Originally Posted by dpstrand
These are being sold as "near field monitors" on amazon. How well do they work as the front channels of a home theater, compared to something like the svs ultra bookshelves?
The Amazon Listing is not correct, neither the DIY 2.2A or 3.1 are near field monitors. Conceptually they are similar to the SVS Ultras. That is, they are designed for use as a stereo pair, or as part of a home theater system. The rear ports on both HiVi speakers mean they will perform best away from a wall, and on stands.
I have not heard the SVS Ultras, but in looking at the specifications they seem quite similar in design to the DIY 2.2A. That is, both are very high quality 2 way designs using 6.5" woofers and dome tweeters. They are about the same dimensions (the internal volume is about the same), and the 2.2A weigh slightly more. Of course, the HiVis are not assembled and you will have to do it yourself if you want them to look anywhere near as nice as the beautiful gloss finish the SVS Ultras have.
However, I would bet they are in the same general ball park in sound quality. That is, my 2.2As are replacing a pair of ACI Sapphire XL 2 way monitors, which when they were available retailed for more than the SVS Ultras. I think the Sapphires were slightly better...but it is close. I am sure others will disagree with my subjective opinion...but to answer your question, they are not near field monitors.
You can get more specs and information from the HiVi US site: http://www.hivi.us/products/index.as...ssid=100019001