SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Speaker System Review Test Bench

Test Bench

Satellite Sensitivity: 84 dB from 500 Hz to 2 kHz


This graph shows the quasi-anechoic (employing close-miking of all woofers) frequency response of the Prime Satellite (purple trace) and SB-1000 subwoofer (blue trace). The passive loudspeaker was measured with grille at a distance of 1 meter with a 2.83-volt input.

The Prime Satellite’s listening-window response (a five-point average of axial and ±15° horizontal and vertical responses) measures +2.44/–3.23 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. An average of axial and ±15° horizontal responses measures +3.09/–3.35 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. The –3-dB point is at 98 Hz, and the –6-dB point is at 86 Hz. Impedance reaches a minimum of 4.56 ohms at 302 Hz and a phase angle of +37.89° at 1.1 kHz.

The SB-1000’s close-miked response, normalized to the level at 80 Hz, indicates that the lower –3-dB point is at 23 Hz and the –6-dB point is at 21 Hz. The upper –3-dB point is at 162 Hz with the Low Pass Filter control set to maximum.—MJP

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Ash's picture

I see that the upper -3dB is measured with LPF set to max ..
How about after using LFE ? Is 200 Hz crossover achievable ?

sakruse1's picture

I am looking at the SVS Prime Satellite and Klipsch Quintet. Which is the better system at the this price point? Is there another better option?

Grimsurfer's picture

I read a lot of different reviews on Sound and Vision before recently pulling the trigger on an SVS SB-1000 sub. This post is my first on this site and is my attempt at paying back all the great info I've gathered in articles and posts.

The high ratings that the listening community gives the SB-1000 were confirmed in my living room. This recent addition has transformed by trustworthy 1990s era HK-3350 receiver driving similarly-aged B&W DM601s into an amazing home stereo system. (Sure I could upgrade but I wanted to see how much new life this sub could breathe into this system.)

The speed, accuracy, and punch of the SB-1000 is astonishing. Its compact size (especially when compared with ported designs) makes it easy to place in a room. The multiple inputs (pre, LFE, and high level) makes it easy to connect to any system.

The SB-1000 continues to retail in the States at the $500 mark thru SVS. Due to dollar differentials in my country, the price comes in at around $650 Canadian. So those outside the US need to be prepared. There are few SVS retailers here, but the one I dealt with (Sonic Boom Audio in Toronto) had great product knowledge — giving me the confidence to complete an out-of-town order.

I’m really happy with my SVS SB-1000 and Is worth serious consideration by those seeking an accurate and responsive subwoofer offering a serious punch at a very competitive price.