5 Prime Satellite Loudspeakers: The SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 System includes
five matching satellite loudspeakers that can be used as fronts, center, and
surrounds in a 5.1ch home theater setup. Additional
Prime Satellite loudspeakers
(sold separately) can be purchased to create a 7.1ch or larger home theater
1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter: The Prime Satellite speaker's 1" aluminum
dome tweeter is light, efficient, and rigid, and plays crystal clear at high
volumes for an exceptional transient response. The tweeter utilizes an FEA-optimized
diffuser for even greater clarity with a sense of utter transparency, while also
offering an "airy" presentation and incredibly unveiled highs so female vocals
and dialogue always sound natural, crisp and smooth.
4.5" Mid-Woofer: Thoughtfully designed for acoustic excellence, the
4.5" mid-woofer is mounted in its own dedicated and completely sealed
compartment to ensure smooth, precise and clear midrange and bass output that's
free from coloration. The polypropylene cone material is extremely light and
rigid and maintains a flat frequency response with excellent handling across the
foundational mid-range frequencies. The mid-woofer also utilizes an aluminum
shorting ring to reduce gap inductance and lower distortion, while its vented
voice coil former minimizes air compression artifacts. The mid-woofer's cast
ABS-fiberglass composite basket ensures precision component alignment and
excellent thermal transfer.
SoundMatch Crossover Design: The innovative SoundMatch Crossover is a
2.3kHz (12dB/oct) two-way design with premium-grade capacitors, air-core
inductors, and heavy-trace printed circuit boards. This high performance
crossover network delivers outstanding phase coherency and time domain behavior.
The crossover's tapered array offers expansive, yet focused and precise
soundstage, resulting in accurate frequency response at all listening positions
in the room. The precise tuning of the SoundMatch Crossover also ensures
pinpoint accuracy of highs, mids, and lows, while maintaining pristine signal
Performance Driven Cabinet Design: The Prime Satellite
loudspeaker cabinet design offers a modern industrial feel with acoustic
enhancements. The speaker cabinet's chamfered front baffle, flush-mounted
edges, and acoustically transparent FEA optimized grille minimize edge diffraction and improve on-axis high frequency response for
clear, precise sound staging. Each speaker cabinet also utilizes a 1"
wide-flared rear-firing port for greater efficiency and smoother response.
All of these advancements are packed into a compact but attractive cabinet,
that's available in a piano gloss black, piano gloss white or premium black ash
5-Way Binding Posts: The SVS Prime Satellite loudspeakers are outfitted with
5-way binding post terminals for connection of bare wire, pin-connectors, spade-lugs,
and banana connectors (single or dual). Use 18AWG speaker wire for wire runs
up to 10', 16AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 25', 14AWG speaker wire for
wire runs up to 50', and 12AWG speaker wire for wire runs up to 75'.
Mounting Options: The SVS Prime Satellite loudspeakers offer flexible
mounting options to suit your home theater application.
- Table-Top Mount: The Prime Satellite speakers can simply be
placed on a stand, shelf, or table-top. Each satellite includes stick-on
feet that can be attached to the bottom of the speakers to protect them
when placed on speaker stands and other surfaces. The rubber feet add
approximately 0.125" to the overall height of the speakers.
- Wall-Mount: Each Prime Satellite loudspeaker comes with
a pre-installed keyhole bracket that makes wall-mounting the speaker simple
and convenient (mounting screws not included). There is also a 1/4"-20
threaded insert on the back of each speaker cabinet for wall mounting the
speakers using articulating wall-mount brackets (sold separately - see
Accessories Tab). Before
hanging, be sure to attach a set of the included rubber bumpers to each lower
back corner of the Prime Satellite (these will help keep the speaker level, and
prevent spinning on the wall).
Placement: Proper placement of the front, center and surround speakers
is essential to achieve the smoothest frequency response, optimal imaging and
the most spacious, three-dimensional soundstage.
- Front Speakers: Stereo imaging and soundstage are affected by
loudspeaker location and the listening position, relative to each other and
room boundaries. Moving the loudspeakers away from room boundaries will tend
to improve stereo imaging and spaciousness by attenuating and delaying
boundary reflections, thus optimizing direct sound and helping to preserve
spatial information in the recording. Toeing-in the loudspeakers 5°-10°
can often improve imaging, however this is also a function of the distance
from nearby boundaries and the ratio of direct-to-reflected sound, so
experimentation with toe-in is recommended to obtain optimal results. The
location of the front loudspeakers relative to nearby boundaries will excite
various "room modes" which will affect the bass response of the
loudspeakers. Generally, placing the loudspeakers closer to room boundaries
(particularly corners) will increase the bass response. Conversely, moving
the loudspeakers away from boundaries and corners will reduce the bass
- Center Speaker: The center channel should be placed directly
on-axis, relative to the primary seating position. As with the main front
speakers, placing the tweeter at/near head level when seated is optimal. But
depending on the placement of the video display or projection screen, this
is not always possible. If the center channel must be located below head
level, then an upward tilt of the speaker is recommended to improve mid/high
frequency response and dialog intelligibility
- Surround Speakers: In a 5.1ch system, the side surround speakers
should be located 90°-110°
off-axis. For the best sense of spaciousness, the tweeter height should be
about 2' above ear level. In a 7.1ch system (requires another pair of
Satellite speakers - sold separately), dedicated rear surround speakers are placed behind the
primary seating position for enhanced rear panning effects. Place the rear
surround speakers at 135°-150°
off-axis, relative to the primary seating position. As with the side
surround speakers, position the rear surround tweeters about 2' above head
level when seated.
Note: Dedicated room treatments like absorbers, diffusers and bass
traps (all sold separately) can greatly improve the sound quality of any
listening environment, and are encouraged to extract the absolute best
performance from any loudspeaker system.
SB-1000 Powered Subwoofer: The SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 System includes the SVS
SB-1000 powered subwoofer with a 12" high output woofer and STA-300D Sledge
amplifier rated at 300 watts RMS and 720 watts Peak. The SB-1000 provides a
variety of connection options and is equipped with variable controls.
12" High Output Woofer: The front-firing 12" high output
woofer of the SVS SB-1000 powered subwoofer pumps out deep and powerful bass
with low distortion, for smooth and accurate performance on music and movies
soundtracks. The woofer features a lightweight 12" cone for enhanced sensitivity
and transient response, a long-throw suspension for high output at low
frequencies, plus a rubber surround for durability and long-life. It also
incorporates FEA-optimized motor technology for low distortion, high-power voice
coil for excellent thermal management, and vented pole piece for greater
STA-300D Sledge Amplifier: The SB-1000 powered subwoofer
employs a Sledge STA-300D amplifier with efficient and cool-running Class D
topology. The amplifier is conservatively rated at 300 watts RMS and 720 watts
Peak. This amp features a highly advanced DSP processor offering unmatched
control over the subwoofer at all volume levels, for distortion free bass.
Rigid Sealed Enclosure: The SVS SB-1000 powered subwoofer
features a rigid and strong cabinet to resist unwanted distortion caused by
vibration. The enclosure is an acoustic suspension (sealed) design for tight,
accurate bass response. The cabinet is elegantly finished in a premium black ash
wood-grain vinyl or gloss piano-black lacquer, and fits with practically any
Variable Controls: The SB-1000 subwoofer has simple and
straightforward control options that make integrating the subwoofer into your
listening environment an easy task. The control knobs are actually digital
actuators for precise and noise-free adjustment.
- Volume Control: The Volume Control (Min/Max) affects
how loud the subwoofer plays. It should be adjusted to match the output
level of your loudspeakers.
- Low Pass Crossover: This Low Pass Crossover affects the
upper frequency limit of the powered sub. The control
range is 50-160 Hz, along with a "LFE" (disabled) setting. The slope of the
low pass crossover is 12 dB/octave. For connection to a home theater
receiver, the low pass should be set to "LFE" (disabled). For stereo
receiver, it should be adjusted to blend with the natural roll-off frequency
of your loudspeakers.
- Phase Control: The Phase Control (0-180°)
delays the signal being processed through the amplifier. It should be
adjusted to obtain the most coherent and stable soundstage and transition
between your loudspeakers and the powered subwoofer.
Low-Level and High-Level Connectivity: Comprehensive and
flexible connectivity with low-level or high-level options allow for easy set-up
and integration into your home theater or stereo system
- LFE/RCA Inputs: These unbalanced RCA inputs are used
for line-level connections between your receiver and the powered sub. For a
single mono connection to a home theater receiver, use the R/LFE input. For
stereo receivers, use both the L/R inputs.
- Speaker Inputs: This connection method is for 2-channel
stereo applications where the integrated amplifier or stereo receiver only
has high-level (i.e., speaker-level) outputs. The powered sub's speaker
inputs consist of 5-way binding posts that will accept bare wire (up to
10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana plugs (dual or single).
- RCA Outputs: These unbalanced RCA outputs are used in
stereo applications to high pass the signal being sent to the loudspeaker
amplifier. The line level outputs feature a fixed 80 Hz 12 dB/octave high
Placement Options: If possible, place the subwoofer near the
front stage, for best blending with the front and center loudspeaker channels.
- Corner Placement: Corner placement will accommodate
most rooms and will reduce the chances for encountering a null (an acoustic
cancellation in the bass response) at the listening position. If your AV
receiver equalizes the subwoofer channel during auto-set-up, corner
placement will often provide the best overall performance.
- Other Placement Options: If corner placement sound
excessively boomy, then try moving the subwoofer to other available
locations along the front stage, listening for the best balance of output
and a smooth accurate response. Always redo the auto-set-up of your AV
receiver after moving the subwoofer to a different location to ensure the
acoustic distance and calibration level are set correctly.
- Dual Subs: To maximize the bass output and impact of
your home theater, two SB-1000s can be paired; one on either side of your
Auto/Standby & On Switch: If this switch is set to
"Auto/Standby", it will automatically turn-on the powered subwoofer in the
presence of an audio signal. If no signal is present for a period of several
minutes, the powered subwoofer will enter "Standby" mode, where power
consumption will be less than 0.5 watts. If this switch is set to "On", the
amplifier will remain on continuously and will not enter "Standby" mode.
Power Status Light: The power status light is located on the
front-panel of the powered subwoofer in the upper left corner. The light will
illuminate blue when the amplifier is on. The light will illuminate red when the
amplifier is in standby mode.
3V-12V Trigger Input: When in standby mode, the powered
sub's trigger input (3.5mm) can be used to automatically turn on the powered
subwoofer if a signal is sent to this input from another component in the system
(like your AV receiver) that features a trigger output