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The SVS Prime Satellite speaker is a great choice for many different types of users. It provides a very respectable sound quality, with plenty of impressive features, and is easy to connect to a wide range of components. It has a wide frequency range, with a good balance between highs, mids, and lows, and its simple yet effective design makes it a great choice for music and movie listening.
It’s a reasonably priced speaker and offers a good value for the money. However, it is not designed to provide the same level of sound quality as a more expensive speaker, and it does not provide the same level of connectivity as some of the more advanced speakers on the market.
Overall, I’m quite pleased with the SVS Prime Satellite speaker. It has a wide frequency range, with a good balance between highs, mids, and lows, and its simple design makes it easy to connect to a wide range of components. It provides a very respectable sound quality, with plenty of impressive features, and is quite reasonably priced.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
SVS Prime Satellite Review: Sound quality
Let me tell you something right off the bat.
The sound quality performance you'll end up getting from a speaker will always depend on your room acoustics - particularly room dimensions and speaker positions.
The impact of the combination of these two is actually so strong that in most cases, it doesn't even make sense to utter a single word on sound quality without speaking of them.
This is also why it's not unusual to see completely different reviews of the same speaker.
In one case the speaker might be placed in a sweet spot inside the room and hence the user might be satisfied. In other cases the same speaker might be ill placed and hence user might even have returned it.
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The point most people miss here is that it mostly isn't even about the engineering behind the speaker itself. It's about where you place the speaker inside which room.
So, in order to solve this problem, I've partnered with Acoustics and Audio Engineering PhD Andrea Cicero from AC Acustica and created Soundton - a simple, 2D, browser accessible online speaker placement calculator.
With Soundton, now there's a way to figure the sound quality of most speakers before you buy them.
Read more about its working principles at soundton.com.
The end colormap provides you the locations with the best (green) and worst (red) acoustics.