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SVS Prime Elevation Height effects speakers (Piano Gloss Black)

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Well-engineered effects speakers like SVS's Prime Elevation models can help create that seamless "acoustic...

Well-engineered effects speakers like SVS's Prime Elevation models can help create that seamless "acoustic...

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About the SVS Prime Elevation

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A different approach to home theater effects speakers

Well-engineered effects speakers like SVS's Prime Elevation models can help create that seamless "acoustic bubble" that makes home theater so immersive.
Different ways to use the Prime Elevation

More than just height effects speakers, SVS's Prime Elevation models can be used as side or rear surrounds, or as main left/center/right speakers.

A different approach to home theater effects speakers

Well-engineered effects speakers like SVS's Prime Elevation models can help create that seamless "acoustic bubble" that makes home theater so immersive.

The Prime Elevations can be used as direct-radiating height effects speakers for the latest object-based audio formats like Dolby Atmos®, DTS:X®, and Auro-3D®.

The common approach for Dolby Atmos speakers is bouncing sound off the ceiling from below, but that requires ideal room conditions, and the speakers' frequency response must be limited. SVS's Prime Elevation models don't rely on reflecting sounds off the ceiling.

Because they're designed to be mounted high on the wall, Prime Elevations also make great effects speakers for older surround systems.

Not just for the latest surround formats

With its angled front baffle, Prime Elevation can also be used as left or right fronts, a center channel, or side and/or rear surrounds. Their accurate, open sound will remind you of high-end bookshelf monitors. They perform well in rooms of all shapes and sizes.

The Prime Elevation's 4-1/2" woofer cone is made of polypropylene, which is extremely lightweight and rigid, allowing the woofer to sound clear and natural through the midrange.

The 1" aluminum dome tweeter is fitted with a special diffusor that keeps high frequencies sounding crystal clear, even when you crank up the volume.

Build a complete Prime system

Bookshelf speakers: SVS Prime Bookshelf
Floor-standing speaker: SVS Prime Tower
Center channel: SVS Prime Center
Powered subwoofer: SVS SB-1000 or SVS SB-2000

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Product highlights (each):

  • height effects speaker for Dolby Atmos®, DTS:X®, and Auro-3D®, can also be used as side or rear surrounds, or as main LCR speakers
  • 2-way design
    • 1" aluminum dome tweeter
    • 4-1/2" polypropylene mid/woofer
  • frequency response: 55-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • recommended power: 20-150 watts
  • sensitivity: 87 dB
  • nominal impedance: 8 ohms
  • bass-reflex cabinet with rear-firing port
  • designed to mount on the wall or be placed on stands
  • Multi-Angle Wall Bracket system allows speaker to be wall-mounted in any of four positions
  • 1/4" threaded brass insert for use with other mounting brackets
  • elastomer stick-on bumper feet
  • 5-way binding posts accept bare wire, pins, spade lugs, and banana connectors
  • removable cloth grille
  • 5-1/2"W x 9-5/16"H x 7-7/8"D
  • weight: 7.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • MFR # Prime Elevation- PG

What's in the box:

  • 2 Surround loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles (pre-installed)
  • 2 Speaker brackets
  • 2 Wall-brackets
  • 2 Ceiling-brackets
  • 8 Wall-anchors
  • 2 Machine screws
  • 8 Self-tapping screws
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber bumpers
  • Owner's Manual
  • SVS brochure
  • Online Product Registration Card
  • Wall-Mounting Template

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More details on the SVS Prime Elevation

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Features & specs

Type Other
Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF/Lacquer
Color Gloss Black
Tweeter Type Hard-Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1.0
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 4.5
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 20-150
Sensitivity 87 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 55-25k Hz
Connector Type 5-Way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Wall-mountable Yes
Bracket Included Adjustable bracket
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research


Elevation Speaker: The SVS Prime Elevation is a versatile loudspeaker that can play many roles in a home theater surround sound system. Designed to easily mount directly to the wall with the multi-purpose wall/ceiling bracket (patent pending), the SVS Prime Elevation can be used as direct-radiating height effects speakers for immersive object-based audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D. With its angled front baffle, Prime Elevation can also be used as left or right fronts, a center channel, surrounds and surround back speakers to provide crisp, dynamic sound in rooms of all shapes with all different architectural features.

Immersive Surround Sound: Exciting new surround sound formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D, often referred to as "object based surround sound", unleash the ultimate immersive home audio experience by incorporating sound effects emanating from overhead. Previously, surround sound only existed on a single plane, but Height Effects Speakers (like the SVS Prime Elevation) are introducing a higher dimension of home theater audio.

  • The standard approach to height effects speakers, bouncing sound off the ceiling from below, requires perfect room conditions and frequency response limiting of the speaker, both of which negatively affect sound quality. Unfortunately, this method doesn't work well in many rooms (due to room shape, ceiling design and a number of other factors) and even when it does work, not all listening positions enjoy the same level of impact or immersive effects as they do with a full-range, direct radiating solution like the SVS Prime Elevation.
  • The SVS Prime Elevation is an optimal height effects speaker because it directly radiates full-range sound to the listener, refuting the compromised ceiling bounce approach. This novel solution provides an uncompromised listening experience for anyone who wants to enjoy maximum sonic impact from their state-of-the-art home theater. Mount it high on a wall near the ceiling using the simple multi-angle wall bracket (patent pending) and object based surround sound (like Dolby Atmos & DTS:X) can be enjoyed at full fidelity in any room, without the compromises of ceiling bounce or in-ceiling speakers.

Two-Way Driver Design: The SVS Prime Elevation utilizes a two-way driver design with a 1" aluminum dome tweeter, 4.5" mid-woofer, and SoundMatch crossover (2.3kHz @ 12dB/oct).

  • 1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter: The Prime Elevation 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 purity.

Angled MDF Cabinet: The Prime Elevation speaker employs an angled cabinet with MDF construction and internal bracing for resonance-free sound. The speaker cabinet's chamfered front baffle, flush-mounted drivers, tapered 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 finish.

5-Way Binding Posts: The SVS Prime Elevation 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'.

Applications: The SVS Prime Elevation's angled front baffle, multi-purpose wall bracket (patent pending), and advanced engineering enable it to perform amazingly as front, surround, surround back, or height speakers. It can even be used in a bipole/dipole configuration. The Prime Elevation is acoustically engineered to offer the same amazing performance no matter what role its playing.

  • Height Effects: Use Prime Elevation as down-firing height effects speakers for vast improvement over compromised "ceiling bounce" solutions or for easier installation versus in-ceiling speaker solutions. In this setup, the SVS Prime Elevation speakers can be mounted to the side walls or rear wall (with the woofer and tweeter angled down), as close to the ceiling as possible. Or, it can be mounted on the ceiling so it fires directly downward.
  • Surround/Surround Backs: Use Prime Elevation as surround or surround back speakers, placed on side wall for rear effects or rear wall for side effects when optimal placement is not possible. As a side surround, the Elevation can be placed towards the back of the room in a front firing position. For rear surround channels, the speakers can be placed on a side wall in a rear firing position. Since the angled front baffle is directing the sound towards the back wall, it will provide rear surround effects and a diffuse soundfield. For the best sense of spaciousness, we recommend the tweeter height of your speaker be about 2' above ear level at the listening position. If overhead effects speakers are already being used in other channels of the system, we recommend mounting the Prime Elevation closer to ear level when used as surround speakers.
  • Up or Down Firing Fronts: Use can also use the Prime Elevation as up or down-firing front speakers placed above or below the listening area. The speakers can be placed down closer to the floor and angled up towards the listening area, or placed across the top of the front wall and angled down towards the listening area.
  • Bipole/Dipole: A pair of Prime Elevation speakers can be used together to make a traditional bipole or dipole surround speaker (you will need to purchase two pair of Prime Elevation speakers). To do this, you will use one surround channel from your AV receiver, and the speakers must be wired together in series (see owner's manual for wiring diagram). In bipole mode, both sets of speakers have the same output, which is "in phase". This will provide a more localized and directional surround sound effect. In dipole mode, one Elevation speaker is electrically reversed from the other, or "out-of-phase". This will provide a more diffuse and non-directional surround sound effect.

Mounting Options: The SVS Prime Elevation speaker addresses a multitude of mounting & placement challenges thanks to its angled front baffle design and multi-angle wall/ceiling bracket (patent pending). Even in the most challenging rooms, installation is a snap with the included template and mounting hardware.

  • Multi-Angle Wall/Ceiling Bracket (Patent Pending): Since the Prime Elevation will often be wall or ceiling mounted, SVS engineers specially designed the innovative multi-angle wall bracket (patent pending) so you can easily position and install the speaker in almost any direction to get the best performance possible. It offers four different wall-mount directions (up or down-firing and side or rear-firing); and can also be mounted to ceiling so it fires directly downward. Always install the multi-angle wall/ceiling bracket with two or more screws into a stud or ceiling joist to ensure secure and stable mounting.
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Insert: The SVS Prime Elevation also features a 1/4"-20 insert that works with many other mounting brackets (sold separately).
  • Rubber Feet: The SVS Prime Elevation Speakers include stick-on bumpers that can be attached to the bottom to offer protection when placed on speaker stands, desktops, shelves and other surfaces. These rubber feet add approximately 0.125" to the overall height of the speakers.

Prime Series: The Prime series of loudspeakers from SVS consist of two floorstanding speakers (Prime Tower / Prime Pinnacle, a bookshelf speaker (Prime Bookshelf), a center channel speaker (Prime Center), a surround speaker (Prime Elevation), and a satellite speaker (Prime Satellite) - all sold separately. The SVS Prime series delivers pinpoint accuracy, powerful dynamics, exceptional clarity, and an immersive audio experience.

Optional Powered Sub: A SVS powered sub (sold separately) makes a great addition to the Prime series of loudspeakers.

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Customer Q&A

5 questions already asked

Can they be used as your prime 2 channel stereo speakers?
billy  Jan 07, 2022
5 answers
Sure, I use them in a mid-sized room and they sound great.Enter
thomas  Jan 07, 2022
Yes, but I would go with a set of svs prime or ultra bookshelf speakers as the mains. I plan on getting the ultras to replace my old mains. The prime elevation speakers do sound great though.
brandon  Jan 07, 2022
They are not good for main speakers because they lack any bass under 100 hz or so. The slant on the front of the speaker won't direct the sound forward toward the listener when used as the front 2 channels. There are many better speakers that are designed for the main front channel use that are not much more expensive.
michael  Jan 07, 2022
If I understand your question you are asking if they can be used as either your only speakers in 2channel system or as mains (left right) in a multi channel setup. Sure. They are capable two way speakers. You can use them anywhere
ed  Jan 07, 2022
Yes, they can be used as 2 channel, center channel or as elevation speakers.
reggie  Jan 07, 2022
Can I mount it as one of the surrounds and expect good results as an Atmos height speakers??
maneesh  Aug 09, 2021
6 answers
Absolutely, I originally had Elac up firing speakers and when I put the svs up they blew me away , as Gene Dellasalla from audiohilics has stated the ceiling bounce doesn???t do any justice compacted to the prime elevation . A great product that doesn???t disappoint, take that to the bank ????????
robert  Aug 10, 2021
I would always suggest ceiling or Wall mounting these or any other atmos speaker. Have mine at about eight feet left and right of my seating position.
richard s.  Aug 10, 2021
Yes I mounted mine as high as I could on the wall facing me, it works great when I have a Atmos movie playing
randolph  Aug 10, 2021
The best selling point of the SVS PRIME ELEVATION is their versatility. You can set this speaker as your mains, center surrounds, back surround or height speakers. However they are made specially for Atmos. I have 4 of these on my 7.2.4 set up and their performance is phenomenal. I have them installed on the wall a few inches below from the ceiling. The speaker have a 30 degree angle so it sounds almost as good as in ceiling speakers. I???ll be honest for me this is the best on wall Atmos speaker so far. I forgot to mention you can also mount them on ceiling with the included speaker mount for the best Atmos experience.
cesar  Aug 10, 2021
That's what I'm doing. I'm using two as my front height speakers. They works fine.
douglas  Aug 09, 2021
Yes, it can be mount as a surround speaker with good results.
gaetano  Aug 09, 2021
Is the ceiling mount insert included with each Prime Elevation Speaker ordered?
robert  May 15, 2020
8 answers
The first 2 sets I got early in 2019 did not have the inserts. Called SVS and they shipped them to me for no cost. The 3rd pair I got for Christmas 2019 had the inserts included in the box.
mike  May 20, 2020
Yes, Wall (not ceiling) mounting brackets are included. I have them mounted on my wall a couple inches below the ceiling
sanjay  May 20, 2020
Yes, they are included.
jamie  May 20, 2020
No, you must get it separately, but if you call SVS they will ship you one.
joe  May 20, 2020
Yes. Everything I needed was included with easy to understand instructions. I had the speakers up in a matter of minutes. I highly recommend them. They make a big difference in the overall sound quality of my system.
william  May 20, 2020
Yes the inserts should be in the packaging.
gary  May 20, 2020
The pair that I have DIDNT come with them and if you???re planning on ordering them and they don???t come with them,all you have to do is contact SVS customer service and they will send you a pair for free.
justin  May 20, 2020
Yes it is, and it???s very easy to mount!
brian  May 20, 2020
There's a back port on the back which will be closed when mounted on the wall. Why this design flaw?
georgi  Dec 19, 2021
1 answer
I don't believe it's a flaw. I use mine as atmos and they are mounted on the wall. They are crossed over at 90hz. They will stick out from the wall about 3/8" . I never hear any port noise so I think they are perfect for the application. You won't regret the purchase.
mark  Dec 19, 2021
Hi... I have a 5.1 NS 333 /444 /555 sw 300 yamaha speaker setup (6 ohm) with yamaha rx v683 receiver 7.2 channel with DTX , ATMOS support. Receiver can be set for 4/6/8 ohm so mine is set on 6ohm as per my speakers impedance. CAN I ADD SVS PRIME ELEVATION WHICH IS 8 OHM IN MY SET UP TO UPGRADE TO 5.1.2 ATMOS. Will it affect the performance of the speakers or amp bcoz of different impedance ratings ? .. thanks
shahbaz  Jul 01, 2020
3 answers
Your receiver should always be set to 8 ohms regardless of your speakers impedance; Audioholics has an excellent you tube video explaining why -- it is important you watch that video -- should be easy to find. On multiple occasions through the years I've not had any problems mixing impedance rated speakers in my home theater setup -- and the receiver always set to 8 ohms. Be sure to watch that Audioholics video. It is very enlightening. Also, these SVS primes are excellent -- I have a pair I use for Atmos.
michael  Jul 03, 2020
No way, no how that they can affect the performance of what you already have in a negative way imo. If anything they will enhance the performance of your system, thanks
carl  Jul 03, 2020
While most modern amplifiers and receivers will handle 8 ohms, and probably 6 ohm speakers with no problems, I am not sure about the impact of mixing impedances
sanjay  Jul 03, 2020

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