Ok I am the first to admit, I never really put a lot of thought into my PC audio. It was were there and I guess I just never really wanted to invest in better audio and or speakers. Well today I am going to compare my lazily put together “2.1” Sanyo soundbar and Creative sub-woofer, that I janked together to make work, to a system that really makes a difference when it comes to a high fidelity audio solution from SVS Sound. I guess the question in my mind is, does higher ended audio make a difference in gaming?
Prior to CES, I am gonna come clean, I have never heard of SVS Sound. Being a bit naive when it comes to audio, all I knew of was the bigger brands like Sennheiser, Bose, Audio Technica, Alpine, Pioneer, Sony, Samsung, and LG. Well at CES I visited the SVS suite and was pleasantly surprised with the sound quality that I heard. When SVS offered to send me over a pair of their Prime Wireless speakers and an SB-1000 sub-woofer, this was an opportunity to see how crappy my audio setup actually was. Well here we are, but before we talk about sound quality, let’s have a look at the pricing and construction of the SVS Prime Wireless Speaker system.
The SVS Prime Wireless speaker system can be purchased as a single (mono) for $499 or dual (stereo) configuration for $599. Being OCN, a single mono speaker would simply not do. I would have to agree that most of us on OCN would rather have two speakers, especially since it’s only $100 more to add a second passive speaker to the already active speaker. Each speaker cabinet is equal in size, but not in weight, as the first Prime Wireless speaker has an active amplifier, which weighs in at 9.55 lbs, with the second passive speaker weighing slightly less at 8.73 lbs. The built in amplifier, which actually is dual class-d amps for bi-driver amplification, that powers each speaker cabinet with 100 watts of RMS power, 50 watts to the 1” aluminum dome tweeter, and 50 watts to the 4.5” mid-range driver. A digitally controlled tweeter to woofer crossover at 2khz with a 12db octave slope, is present to control frequencies. The front of each Prime Wireless speaker is covered in acoustically transparent and FEA optimized grille that minimize diffraction. Each speaker cabinet has a piano gloss finish with colors coming in black and white. Fingerprints would be evident on the black gloss model, but honestly how much would one even handle their speakers? Personally the finish IMO is stellar.
Accommodating just about every imaginable connection, Optical SPDIF, RCA, and AUX inputs can be used for wired connections. A sub-woofer output, 2 Ethernet ports, and a USB port also aid in the connection department. A mono to stereo switch is present, however I don’t see one messing with the configuration that much. As the name suggests, Wireless is the Prime Wireless Speaker system’s strong suit. Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, and others, can all be accessed via a smartphone or other compatible mobile devices. All this magic is done via WiFi and or Bluetooth. The app that one would use is the DTS Play-Fi app, which is available for iOS and Android, is the best way to go wireless via a smartphone.
The way that I have the SVS Prime Wireless system hooked up is in wired configuration, of which the source being my computer, via a optical SPDIF cable to the SVS Prime Wireless active right speaker. On the PC side, I set my sound profile to the 24-bit/96khz sound resolution which the optical SPDIF connection on the SVS Prime Wireless can handle. Also something to note, the Prime Wireless can also handle a 24-bit/192 khz sampling rate via its Wi-Fi connection. I also did test the Prime Wireless with the Bluetooth connection and found that latency was really good, however I prefer a wired audio connection for gaming. On the music side of things, of which the SVS Prime Wireless Speaker system also excels at, aims to be somewhat of a SONOS competitor. Having a multi-room capability via the DTS Play-Fi app, one could control audio in several different rooms of a Wi-Fi enabled household.
So the cherry on top is the SVS SB-1000 sub-woofer, which when connected, a 2V auto detecting low pass filter at 80Hz is engaged. The SB-1000 features a 12 inch, front firing, 300 watt RMS with 700 watts peak amplifier, all stuffed in a 13x13x13 enclosure. Pretty impressive. Let me tell you, this thing pounds. With a 24 - 260 Hz range, this reminded me of my car audio days with my subs rattling the crap out of my car. Thank god, this is so much more refined.
So in conclusion, the SVS Prime Wireless system simply put, is amazing. Sound quality is leagues better than any PC only solution, while being just as easy to set up. In comparison to my “2.1” soundbar sub-woofer hack job I did, wow. The highs are crystal clear, the mids are pronounced as well as bass is handled beautifully by the SB-1000 sub-woofer. The SVS Sound Prime Wireless Speaker system by itself is impressive, it gets even better when you add in a quality sub-woofer to let the left and right channels take care of the mids and highs correctly. Let me tell ya, it doesn’t get much better than this. The only downfall would be pricing compared to PC speaker solutions, however the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for” which is definitely true here. To put things into better perspective, SVS Sound only does audio. That can’t be said for a lot of PC speaker manufacturers. The SVS Prime Wireless Speaker system is a step up from the already great SVS Prime Satellite that the company debuted a few years back. The shortfall was that it needed a quality receiver to be powered. This led to more connections being used. So now with quality in mind, SVS Sound has hit the nail on the head, you just have to be willing to pay for it.
With that, 5 out of 5 flames. The SVS Prime Wireless Speaker system blew me away, with sound quality, loudness, all while not sacrificing clarity. Look no further, these speakers should last you a millennia.
Alright guys, I am gonna go enjoy these phenomenal speakers some more, if you haven’t liked and subscribed by now, you know what to do. I’ll see you in the next one.
SVS Sound Prime Wireless Speaker System
SVS Sound SB-1000 12" Subwoofer