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High-end sound without the high-end price
SVS is best-known for their high-performance, high-value subwoofers. They've taken that same winning formula of rigorous engineering and top-quality components, and applied it to their most affordable speaker line: the Prime Series. The compact Prime Bookshelf monitors don't take up much space, but they paint a compellingly clear sonic picture of whatever music or movie you have playing.
Mastering the science and art of speaker design
SVS begins the speaker design process with extensive computer modeling, which helps them zero in on the right driver, crossover, and cabinet characteristics. Then, like other world-class speaker companies, they test each design in an anechoic chamber, which eliminates the effects of room reflections, to ensure highly accurate measurements.
The third and most critical step involves lots of listening. SVS's listening room was specifically designed to resemble a typical living room. The engineering team listens to familiar tracks over and over, working toward sound that is both accurate and emotionally engaging. This is where the art of listening balances out scientific measurement.
SVS designs every driver in-house
While many companies build their speakers using off-the-shelf components, SVS designs all their drivers in-house. This is a huge advantage because it gives them complete control over how the drivers, crossover, and cabinet interact.
The Prime Bookshelf 6-1/2" woofer is mounted in its own dedicated compartment, sealed off from the tweeter. The polypropylene cone material is extremely lightweight and rigid, allowing the woofer to sound clear and natural through the midrange, while also delivering surprisingly solid bass.
SVS's 1" aluminum dome tweeter is fitted with a special diffusor that keeps high frequencies sounding clean and clear, even when you crank up the volume.
Smart, solid construction
Pick up one of the Prime Bookshelf monitors and you'll be surprised by how solid and heavy it feels. Each cabinet is made of sturdy MDF, with an extra-thick front baffle and internal bracing to control unwanted vibrations. Those tapered edges on the front baffle are called chamfers. They reduce edge diffraction for clearer, more precise soundstaging. (They look cool, too.)
These speakers can easily fit on a desk or other furniture, but for the best sound, place them on high-quality speaker stands, positioned at least a foot or two out from the back wall.
Build a complete Prime system
Center channel: SVS Prime Center
Surround speakers: SVS Prime Elevation
Floor-standing speaker: SVS Prime Tower
Powered subwoofer: SVS SB-1000 or SVS SB-2000
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- 2-way design
- 1" aluminum dome tweeter
- 6-1/2" polypropylene woofer
- frequency response: 48-25,000 Hz (± 3dB)
- recommended amplifier power: 25-150 watts
- sensitivity: 87 dB
- nominal impedance: 8 ohms
- bass-reflex cabinet with rear-firing port
- chamfered front baffle and flush-mounted drivers reduce edge diffraction and improve high frequency response
- 5-way binding posts accept bare wire, pins, spade lugs, and banana connectors
- removable cloth grille
- 8-1/16"W x 13-1/4"H x 10-5/16"D
- weight: 15.5 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- MFR # Prime Bookshelf - BA
What's in the box:
SVS Prime Bookshelf owner's manual
- 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
- 2 Grilles (pre-installed)
- 8 Self-adhesive rubber bumpers
- Owner's Manual
- SVS brochure
- Online Product Registration Card