I must say I am very impressed with SVS. I purchased 2 PB-2000's (which I reviewed in a different post) and the SVS Ultra center speaker. I am in construction of my home theater which will take awhile to complete so I went WAY outside my budget to get more for my buck (I am a strong believer in "you get what you pay for"). It will take me a bit to save for the rest of the SVS ultra line, but will be worth every penny when I'm done.
I went to Best Buy looking to buy the Bose surround setup. Once I heard the Klipsch Icon speakers, I immediately changed my thoughts. The Klipsch sounded crisp, clear, and loud. I honestly didn't think another speaker could match it. Not until I came across the SVS line!!!
Please don't get me wrong, the Klipsch sounded great, but didn't blend with the PB-2000's like I was hoping. When I sat in the room and closed my eyes, I could tell exactly where the center and subs were by pointing my finger.
When I first got the speaker, first I noticed was the size difference. This is almost twice the weight, longer and wider than the Klipsch.
I hooked the SVS up and immediately noticed a difference. The SVS filled the air with it's presence. It ALMOST reminded me of a soundbar, bringing sound to all points of the room. I couldn't tell where any of the subs were when I closed my eyes, the SVS center took over the show and turned the segregation into a party. There wasn't even distortion when cranked to 0dbs. Both speakers have identical wood paneling so can't say much about the designs, except that they are real eye catchers. Just like the PB-2000's, I don't think I will have the grill on this either. I was so happy with the sound and look of the SVS that I found myself starring at the speakers more than the movie I tested out.
In conclusion, if you are on a budget, I would highly recommend the Klipsch series speakers, but if you are looking for a setup that will have your guests talking and asking questions, go for the SVS. The sound, build and especially customer service are worth every dime spent.