SVS Prime Towers In The House! First Impressions And Unboxing Pics

I just did a review on the DALI Oberon 5 Floorstanders, and pretty much that whole review I ranted and raved about how compact they were for a tower speaker. Well, this week I’m checking out a speaker on the opposite end of the tower speaker spectrum, the $1000 a pair SVS Prime Tower.

The Prime Tower is a massive manly man speaker, standing about three feet high. That’s pretty much a whole four inches taller than the aforementioned DALIs I just listened to. But from a quick listen, they also sound a lot bigger, especially on the low end, which is not surprising coming from a company originally known for their massive subwoofers.  These things rock. I’m gonna have a lot of fun. Stay tuned for my review!

AMAZON: SVS Prime Tower Speaker (Black Ash Pair)


Features, Specs, and Unboxing Pics: 

  •  Rated bandwidth: 30 Hz-25 kHz (±3 dB)
  •  Nominal impedance: 8 ohms.
  •  Sensitivity: 87 dB (2.83V @ 1 meter full-space, 300-3kHz)
  •  Recommended amplifier power: 20-250 watts.

Speaker Specs:

  • Floor Standing Tower Loudspeaker
  • Black ash and piano gloss black finish options
  • Single set of 5-way binding posts
  • Dual 1.7” wide-flared rear-firing ports
  • Cloth grille with pin/cup retention system
  • Elastomer stick-on bumper feet (adds 3mm to height)
  • Spiked metal screw-in feet included – adjustable for level
  • Cabinet Dimensions: 36″ (H) X 8″ (W) X 11.1″ (D)
  • Overall Dimensions: 36.6″ (H) X 8″ (W) X 11.6″ (D) (includes grille and feet)
  • Shipped Dimensions: 41.3″ (H) X 14.1″ (W) X 17.3″ (D)
  • Weight: 40.1 pounds
  • Shipped Weight: 46.3 pounds

Driver Specs:

1” Aluminum Dome Tweeter:

  • FEA-optimized diffuser for airy and unveiled presentation
  • Aluminum dome for exceptional transient response

4.5” Midrange Driver:

  • Polypropylene cone for excellent stiffness/mass ratio and pistonic behavior
  • Aluminum shorting ring to reduce gap inductance, lower distortion, and enhance high frequency response
  • Cast ABS-fiberglass composite basket ensures precision component alignment and excellent thermal transfer
  • Vented voice coil former minimizes air compression artifacts

Dual 6.5” Woofers:

  • Long stroke motor and suspension for high output
  • Polypropylene cone for excellent stiffness/mass ratio and pistonic behavior
  • Aluminum shorting ring to reduce gap inductance, lower distortion, and enhance high frequency response
  • Cast ABS-fiberglass composite basket ensures precision component alignment and excellent thermal transfer
  • Vented voice coil former minimizes air compression artifacts

Crossover & Cabinet Specs:

Crossover:

  • 3.5-way crossover with premium-grade capacitors, air-core inductors and heavy-trace printed circuit boards.
  • Tapered woofer array optimizes the transition to the midrange driver and reduces vertical axis lobing
  • Midrange-to-tweeter crossover: 2.1 kHz (12 dB/octave slopes)
  • Top woofer (Combined Woofer) to midrange crossover frequency: 350 Hz (12 dB/octave slopes).
  • Bottom woofer low pass frequency: 165 Hz (customized filter Q and slope)

Cabinet:

  • Separate sealed midrange enclosure shifts standing waves beyond the driver pass band, improving sound quality
  • Separate woofer enclosures with optimized port tuning frequencies for smooth and accurate bass response
  • Acoustically transparent and FEA optimized grilles minimize diffraction
  • Chamfered front baffle and flush-mounted drivers reduce edge diffraction and improved on-axis high frequency response
  • FEA-optimized cabinet and bracing eliminates resonances

 

 

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