Welp, time to dust off this thread a little. It's been dead as dead can be over the last couple of weeks.
As promised, finally got to listen to the Prime Elevations over the weekend in a height configuration. As expected, they have basically the same width as the Prime sats but Elevations are just quite a bit deeper to create that wedge/slope look. Heft wise, they're definitely heavy for a "satellite" speaker, just like the Prime sats were of course. Definitely well built as we have came to know from SVS.
So how does it sound? Well; decent.
If anything, they pretty much sound like the Prime Sats. For its intended usage as height channels in Atmos/DTS:X configs, I'd say they do the job "okay-ish". The presence is there, but they don't sound very "big" or "cohesive". There's just something lacking with the Elevations.
Now in the demo room where the Elevations was in, they were placed atop 10 foot stands, hanging down like lamps. Perhaps it is the height, as there was another 3 feet of space before ceiling. As a result, the Prime Elevations sounded a bit too directional for its own good. There's a slight disconnect between the bed layers and the height channels, not significantly but enough that it is noticeable.
So at least in the room where the Elevations were in, they were a mixed bag for me. While understandable the exhibitor couldn't bring any higher stands as it wouldn't fit into the cargo lift, I just can't help but think if the Elevations were placed a little higher towards the ceiling, if they were placed a little more "centered" instead of to the sides, could it be a better experience?
I've personally done a setup where I use the Prime Satellites as height presence speakers, mounted only half a feet off the ceiling. The Prime Sats sounded fairly good in this configuration, so I know the Prime Elevations has more to offer. But then that brings me to the next important point; the price.
There is still no official confirmation of the price for the Prime Elevations yet. But if it's going to go for $350 a pair, then I don't see the reason why shouldn't people just get the Prime Satellites instead? You'd save $100 and could use that for a pair of good solid steel wall mounts instead.
For reference; the other speakers in the setup consists of Ultra Bookshelfs L/R, Ultra Center, Prime Bookshelfs as surround and a PC-13 Ultra as the sub (though dual SB-2000s were in the room as well).
SVS Ultra Bookshelf + SVS Ultra Center
Prime Bookshelf Surround with Prime Elevation Heights
Dual Rythmik FV15HP
Yamaha RX-A3060 + Parasound Halo A31 + Emotiva A500