SVS Prime Center Speaker

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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.

Specifications

Specifications

  • 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

 

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • Prime Center Speaker

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Reviews

Customer Reviews for SVS Prime Center Speaker

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Rated 5 out of 5
Great and excellent speaker
I know this sounds rediculous, I've had the speaker for 3 years and broke it in when I first got it, then got a different receiver and never connected it. It's a really good speaker, extremely crystal clear dialog and sound effects. For the Outlet price I paid for it in 2019 it was a bargain of the century. You won't be disappointed, the speaker plays far far above it's price range.
February 26, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great and excellent speaker
I know this sounds rediculous, I've had the speaker for 3 years and broke it in when I first got it, then got a different receiver and never connected it. It's a really good speaker, extremely crystal clear dialog and sound effects. For the Outlet price I paid for it in 2019 it was a bargain of the century. You won't be disappointed, the speaker plays far far above it's price range.
February 26, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Foundation for movies
Smaller and much more present than the copper driver center channel its replacing. Dialogue is clearer and easier to hear. I have this in a 5.2.2 system with all SVS prime equipment and love it
January 30, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
My Prime Center
Great, right out of the box. Sounded much more open that the center channel speaker I previously had, just smooth, crisp and very clear. Great job, might have to get the complete set of speakers to match it. Have to work on that! Thanks SVS.
January 12, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Awesome Center channel
Received my center channel last week and I can’t be more happy. I purchased the 5.1 full system with the intention to slowly upgrade each component and then give the 5.1 to my son. This speaker was a huge upgrade and transformed my 5.1 to new heights. Vocals are incredible and clear. If your on the fence I recommend you get it and try it.
December 12, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
SVS Prime Center amazing sound and value.
It took about a week of break in listening but well worth the wait. The only complaint is now I will probably end up replacing the other for Focal Dome satellites with SVS speakers. The focal in the center position was removed years ago and replaced with a spare polk bookshelf which did an admirable job but the SVS is next level. Anyone who watches video content knows how much program content comes through the center position and the single driver 4.5 inch Focal dome is just too small. They are amazing speakers but the center takes a beating and the SVS prime never breaks a sweat. If you are on the fence regarding SVS know that they have a virtually risk free trial period. I also own an SVS 2000 series SW and it was a game changer for my main surround system. Happy listening.
November 7, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
I bought the second pri.e
I bought the second pri.e center for my rear surrounds. I now have all SVS speakers for my 7.1 surround home theater. I have the ultra surrounds for my side surrounds, four prime elevations for my atmosphere speakers, two ultra towers for my main left and right speakers, ultra center for center channel, and pb4000 for sub duties. Entire system sounds awesome and is powered by Denon x6700h av receiver. Let me say that at reference settings it's too loud. Pb4000 set to -20 and still shakes my house. The ultra towers are some serious bass shakers on their own, let me say when I first got the ultra towers I was not impressed with their sound, sounded tinny almost like klipsch speakers. Hate klipsch speakers, any ways I sat through a week of listening and was about to ship them back, just didn't feel like having to box them back up, so decided to try them for another week, boy am I glad I waited. Now everytime I listen to them they just keep sounding better. More often then not I just leave my pb4000 off and can say I don't miss it when watching movies or listening to music. Love watching ready player one the sound is awesome.
October 14, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
I like pipe organ music
I like pipe organ music and the highs are clean and crisp.
The pedal notes were reproduced in the fundamental range almost to the bottom notes. Quite amazing. Almost don't need s subwoofer. I still want those very bottom notes so a pb1000 is still ahead.
August 27, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
best center channel speaker for the price
I have 3 other center speakers and this one is by far the best. Better than Klipsch or Boston Acoustics I bought over the past 10 years.
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May 24, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
good center channel speaker. I would buy again if I needed to but hope I never have to.
May 15, 2020

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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.
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