SVS Prime Center Speaker (Premium Black Ash)

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Model: PRMCNTRBLK UPC: 850071005356 Item: 1587

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Clear Dialogue; Seamless Soundstage

A center speaker has a challenging part to play. It has to be a soloist — delivering clear and natural dialogue across a broad soundstage. A split second later, it has to fill the role of back-up band — melding with the ambiance of the environment to contribute realism in movies and music. The Prime Center Speaker delivers on both of these demands with world-class precision via its 1” aluminum dome tweeter, dedicated and independently sealed 3.5” midrange driver, and dual 5.25” woofers – a true three-way design that is a rarity for center channel speakers in their price class. Voicing is neutral and natural, bringing dialogue and vocals forward just enough to be clear and intelligible. Yet, when called on to play its part in transitions  — like a jet fighter soaring across the sky from left rear channel to front right—it blends in to create a smooth, realistic transition. Elegantly styled like its Prime siblings, the Center will look beautiful in any listening environment.

Superior Technology and Design - Amazing Sound and Performance

Borrowing liberally from the flagship Ultra Center, the Prime Center channel features a true 3-way center channel with a vertically-aligned tweeter and midrange driver. This eliminates comb filtering and lobing in the horizontal axis – resulting in crystal clear dialogue at all listening positions in the room. Now everyone will have a ‘sweet spot’ and won’t have to strain to hear dialogue.

The dual 5.25” woofers deliver a full and rich sound, doing full justice to deep male voices and delivering plenty of punch on special effects. And to make sure those beefy woofers can’t modulate the delicate and critical midrange frequencies, the midrange driver is mounted in its own dedicated and completely sealed compartment.

Available in premium-grade piano gloss black or handsome black ash finish, the Prime Center is handsomely styled and tells the world you’re serious about high performance home theater.

SVS Drivers Extreme Performance and Uncompromised Fidelity

The proprietary SVS drivers utilize the finest materials and design features to ensure the highest sound quality and performance. The Prime Center Speaker driver array features a 1” aluminum dome tweeter, a 3.5" midrange driver, and dual 5.25" woofers.

1” Aluminum Dome Tweeter

Light, efficient, and rigid, providing high SPL (Sound Pressure Level) with minimal distortion and the sense of utter transparency, 1" aluminum dome tweeter deploys a Finite-Element-Analysis (FEA) optimized diffuser to ensure it only has the perfect on-axis and off-axis frequency response. That way, everyone in your listening room gets the best performance. Likewise, since these design traits are also found in the SVS Prime and Ultra speakers, both product lines can blend well with one another while offering that SVS hallmark ‘airy’ presentation and incredibly unveiled highs.

3.5” Midrange Driver

The 3.5” mid-range driver is dedicated to blending with the tweeter and the dual 5.25” woofers, while delivering natural, smooth, and clear vocals. The polypropylene cone is light and rigid to give a flat frequency response and the SPL necessary to match the other drivers. Like all the other woofers in the Prime and Ultra series, the 3.5” mid uses a vented voice coil to keep the motor assembly cool during high SPL playback. All of this is built on an all-new cast ABS-fiberglass composite basket for precise component alignment and an inert frame without resonances or added harmonics. Finally, the 3.5” driver is housed in a dedicated and tuned sub-enclosure to ensure the output is not distorted or colored by the flanking woofers.

5.25” Woofers

SVS built their groundbreaking new 5.25” bass woofers on an all-new cast ABS-fiberglass composite basket for precise component alignment and an inert frame without resonances or added harmonics. Like all of the other drivers in the Prime family, the polypropylene cone is light and rigid to give a flat frequency response and the SPL necessary to keep up with the other drivers. Like all of the other woofers in the Prime and Ultra series, the 5.25” woofers use aluminum shorting rings for reduced distortion, and vented voice coil formers to keep the motor assemblies cool during high SPL playback. For perfect bass extension, both woofers share the majority of the rear ported cabinet volume, which is tuned for maximum bass extension.

SoundMatch Crossover Intelligently Designed for Your Listening Room

SVS's exclusive SoundMatch crossover sports premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors, and heavy-trace printed circuit boards. All of these high-quality components yield lower distortion, tighter tolerances, better heat dissipation, and all around better sound. The 3-way crossover is uniquely tuned so each driver can blend perfectly each other while offering the best on and off-axis response. Likewise, by virtue of using a dedicated midrange driver, vocals are preserved perfectly and presented naturally and clearly for all dialog in center channel soundtracks.



  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 7.7" x 18.6" x 9.2"
  • Weight: 20.2 lbs.
  • Tweeter: 1"
  • Midrange: 3.5"
  • Woofer: dual 5.25"
  • Frequency response: 48 - 25Hz ± 3dB
  • Port: Dual 1" wide-flared, rear-firing 
  • Midrange-to-tweeter crossover: 2.4kHz (12dB/octave slopes)
  • Woofer-to-midrange crossover: 350Hz (12dB/octave slopes)
  • Rated bandwidth: 48Hz - 25kHz (±3dB)
  • Nominal impedance 8 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 86dB (2.83V @ 1 meter full-space, 300-3kHz)
  • Recommended amplifier power: 20 - 200 watts


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Customer Reviews for SVS Prime Center Speaker (Premium Black Ash)

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Rated 5 out of 5
SVS Prime Center
The Prime Center Speaker is my third purchase from SVS. As in the first two purchases which were subwoofers, I was impressed with the robust packaging for shipment. Set up and calibration were extremely easy and I was immediately impressed with the clarity the SVS center added over my previous speaker at center channel. The center channel input is rendered with with complete accuracy and life-like dynamics, especially the human voice. I have the Prime Center in a 5.1 set-up paired with Ohm Super 2.200 mains and the side to side panning is flawless through the center channel. I have had only good experiences with SVS for over 10 years and I believe the Prime Center will be a positive continuation of the same.

July 17, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Impressive center speaker!
Beyond impressed with this Prime Center speaker. My system just came alive! Clear, crisp, rich sound.
July 5, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Adding the prime center
Origionally i had purchased 5 of the Prime Bookshelf speakers, and th SB-1000 sub and the used one of the bookcase speaker as a center speaker, all powered by a Sony STR-DN1080 AV Reciver.
After having added the Prime Center, the sound is now truly remarkable. SVS has got to be one of if not the best around. Very happy with my purchase.
June 28, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
SVS Prime Center Speaker - Quite an Upgrade!
Got an SVS Prime Center to replace my OLd Polk Center and what an upgrade! Now I hear crisp, clear dialogue, shades of tone and overtone and no "muddiness"!
May 8, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great center channel for gaming
My gaming setup was Svs prime satellites with 2 Svs sb1000 , Onkyo receiver and a Ps5. This setup is mainly use for gaming and some times movies. The system sounded great. I just added a Svs prime center to the mix, what a difference in sound , now the games came to life . The sound is much fuller and the details are more present. Very happy with my purchase. My system went from great to amazing. Just wanted to add that my main Home Theater count's with Svs ultra bookshelf speakers, Svs ultra center channel, dual Svs 3000 pro and 2 Svs prime elevation. All powered by Emotiva amps and processor. All this to say even when I also have Svs top speakers for my main theater, this Svs prime system is also an excellent choice for those looking for great sound at a great price. Svs rocks.
May 3, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Prime Center Speaker Changed Our Listening Habits
Awesome! I had no idea my little Energy Take 5.1 surround system was so puny. My wife bought me an SVS SB-1000 Pro subwoofer for my birthday back in January 2023 and it changed the sound immensely. Then because of the amazing change in sound that it made I decided to purchase a Prime Center and it actually started us listening to music again. The sound is massive, even when turned down, I can't wait to get my Prime satellites to replace the four Take 5 satellites and I plan on replacing the Take 5 subwoofer with another SB-1000 Pro as well. I know it will be almost unbelievable. It is amazing what I was missing in my old music, especially the SACDs and DVDs, and the movies, wow!
April 13, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Center channel speaker
I had never used an actual center channel speaker in my 5.1 set up, but rather a small 2 way bookshelf speaker turned on its side, it was ok but seemed lacking in detail. So, after researching and learning the function of a true center channel speaker in surround sound, I decided to order a SVS Prime Center. I am amazed by the clear dialog and all the detail that I was hearing for the first time.
April 9, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
A "sound" investment!
SVS quality and craftsmanship shines thru with their range and quality of speakers. Recently replaced a center surround sound speaker with an SVS and wish I had done it sooner. The difference is remarkable and my wife and I are enjoying every moment.
March 20, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Prime Center
So far I am loving this speaker. It blends great with my Klipsch RP-8000f's. As of right now I am only running a 3.0 in the bedroom and I'm thinking that may be all I need for a while. I am thinking of getting an SVS sub in the future.
March 15, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Big Upgrade over Prime Satellite as center
I have a 10x24x8 home theatre room. I started out with the prime 5.1 system using one of the satellites as my center. While this could certainly get loud and hold its own , some of the dialog was hard to discern from far in such a big room. I decided to upgrade to the prime center to get a bit more fidelity and wow what a difference. I used the trade up program which was seamless. The receiver had to be recalibrated using Audessy and it auto dropped the crossover from 80 on the old satellite to 40hz. No issues in the back seat understanding audio anymore. I love the support from SVS. Just wish the speaker itself was a little smaller , maybe a model to slot under but sure looks cool with the grill off. Overall very happy with SVS support, quality of products and it's commitment to customers. Will be swapping my SB-1000 to a PB-3000 soon.
February 28, 2023
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Looking to upgrade center and sub, really like the SVS Prime Towers, so buying to match.
Justin J on Mar 2, 2019
Looking to upgrade center and sub, really like the SVS Prime Towers, so buying to match.
Justin J on Mar 2, 2019
can I add an SVS prime center speaker to the Prime 5.1 package and create a 7.1 surround system?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2020
  Thanks for your question. Adding the SVS Prime Center Speaker would upgrade your 5.1 system. It wouldnt necessarily result in a 7.1 system because with 7.1 you need 2 pairs of surround speakers surround sides and surround backs. Unfortunately the Prime Satellite Speakers are sold only as a pair and you would need only one to make your system a full 7.1. Another idea is to upgrade with larger left and right front speakers but with the new center still leave you with an extra satellite speaker. Please contact our customer service at 866-961-7781. We can find out if SVS makes single speakers available as a special order.