Now you write up this article? I went and bought 4 prime elevation speakers for Atmos and NOW you tell me how great they are?!? I had to buy them for myself to determine that, yes, they are awesome.
I have a 5.2.4 surround with 2 SVS Ultra Towers, 1 Ultra Center, 2 Prime Bookshelves, 2 PC-12+, and 4 Prime elevation.
I bought a single pc-12+ a while back and was blown away and kept adding more and more SVS stuff until it was all SVS.
My take on the elevation speakers:
I added an extra subwoofer, upgraded to bookshelf surrounds, and added 4 height speakers all at the same time. My system improved drastically. The bass was the biggest improvement. The surrounds definitely improved. The height effects were harder to determine the improvement. That is, until I used my Marantz SR6011 app to change the audio on the fly.
I watched John Wick first, a movie I've seen at least 5 times. It was the only movie I had with Atmos. It was late so I could only watch a couple scenes. I swear, I have watched whole comedy shows where I didn't smile that much. I was grinning ear to ear at points it sounded so damn good. The club shootout scene sounded like I was in the damn club! The next day I watched the helicopter scene in it and it was the first "atmos scene" that had discrete sounds I knew should be coming from above and it sounded great!
The article is spot on. Despite having 9 speakers in my room, you can't really tell where it's coming from. So, I put the sound in 5.1 surround and only after going from 5.2 to 5.2.4 and back does the difference become noticeable. Everything felt flatter. The music score was more effective for sure with atmos. I feel like that's currently the main benefit of atmos - the scores and ambient sounds like insects chirping and weather sounds.
I've since watched Fifth Element and Mad Max Fury Road, both of which have dolby atmos. Especially Mad Max was unbelievable with the new Prime speakers. I know this isn't about atmos, it's about the SVS Prime Speakers, but I don't have a lot of experiences to compare them to. I can't imagine in ceiling speakers for the same price doing a better job other than the positioning being directly over head. I wish I could listen to all atmos audio on everything I watch. Although I can force audio into the top speakers with Neural x, even the same movies that have atmos on disc sound much worse when using Neural X off a digital version with no atmos. I still like putting things on Neural X, but it doesn't always have the greatest effect. The score being on the height speakers is always nice. It really does create a bubble of sound.
I have my front overhead speakers about 3-4 feet in front of the MLP, mounted on the side walls. The rear overhead speakers are about 2-3 feet behind the MLP, also on the side walls. I do not have them equidistant because the rear left overhead speaker would have been too close to an adjacent wall and I didn't want it reflecting off of there. To compensate, I placed the front overhead speakers slightly more forward as compared to my back speakers.
By the way, I bought all my stuff from SVS in part because they have great bang for the buck audio, but also because the service is impeccable. I was given advice on anything I would send them questions about. Never did I wait longer than a day for a response. Usually e-mails were answered within 2 hours!!!! THat's amazing to me and I am so happy to be supporting an Midwestern company like SVS. I will definitely consider them in the future if I buy anymore audio products they offer.
Feel free to ask me anything about the elevations speakers.
Oh! One last thing. I bought 2 elevation speakers from the outlet in anticipation of getting 4. No more white ones ever popped up in the outlet, so I eventually bought the last 2 from the regular store at full price. In the meanwhile, I placed the elevation speakers next to my couch as side surrounds (I had no rear surrounds and still don't). I replaced some inexpensive Pioneer bookshelves. The difference was immediate and noticeable. The elevations were placed on stands and not exactly in ideal position and they still did an amazing job. These speakers really are versatile. My prime bookshelves are in better positions now than the prime elevations and are much meatier, so they sound better than the elevations, but not as big of an improvement as the pioneers to the elevations.
Last edited by megametaman; 05-19-2017 at 08:57 AM.