I had a chance to take a much closer listen once I got a solid 48 hours on them. I'm going to intentionally benchmark these against speakers that cost a lot more. So any words that sound negative may actually kick the crap out of products costing the same as these speakers. In short: these factually are
overachievers at their price point. If I put a huge grill cloth over the front of the room and told my $10K speaker budget customer they cost 5X or 8X more, he would not think it was out of line. I'm not saying these can compete with the best
$10K speakers; they cannot. But I can find you a lot of highly rated $10K speakers that are not worth that amount of money. So yes, I can quickly locate a dozen $10K speakers that are downright below average yet mysteriously highly recommended by reviewers. Have you ever read a bad review?
Anyways, these Prime's can easily beat some of them. For political reasons, PM me if you want to know more. I don't want to list brands I dislike and are over rated. But you would be shocked to learn how many people need to spend more out of their perception and buy off of reviews. I blame it on their small you-know-what but that's for another thread.
Re: Break-In. There was a small yet noticeable shift after 40 hours. Some of the top end smoothed out a touch. I don't know if that was the crossover shift or the drivers (or both). But don't judge them until you give them some exercise. Out of the box 2 days ago, they sounded a little "thin" around the midbass frequency which had me a little concerned. There was never a shortage of bottom end. After 40 hours, that thinness was gone. Perception wise, if a speaker has more top end, it always sounds "thinner" and with less body. Imagine if you put your hand slightly over the tweeters, the sound would be "fuller" yet nothing else would change. So I am not sure when the top end settled in if that was the reason the midbass sounding in balance or if there was a shift inside the midbasslf. Who knows and I guess who cares.
Mind you, I have initially bolted them up to an extremely good sounding $4800 retail integrated stereo receiver. This product can compete with skies-the-limit priced electronics. I didn't want to hold these speakers back. I wanted to see how much I could extract. Later, I will bolt it up to a home theater receiver which factually won't sound as good.
The great news is I hear NO cabinet resonant frequency. When vendors cut corners, imaging or also called the "phantom center" takes its toll as you can hear the box. For those who are not familiar with the audiophile mumbo-jumbo, you want the voice to sound like it is coming in between the left and right when only playing stereo a.k.a. imaging. The more focused the voice in between the speakers the better because that means the left and right speakers disappear in the room. So with the SVS Prime's they imaged very well. Sometimes bad cabinet designs start to fall apart when you crank them. These play LOUD without any distortion or driver break-up. My guess is they intentionally designed the crossover to dodge the cabinets resonate frequency. But whatever they did worked. Normally it takes megabuck bracing (which is reflected in the weight) in order to make it inert. None the less, their design works. In a perfect world, I'd like them to install a small curved base on the bottom to give the speakers some "jewelry". But they were after audio performance 1st, 2nd and 3rd and not looks. Don't get me wrong, I think they the gloss black looks rather nice (I prefer them without the grill cloths off). Personally, I'd splurge and get the gloss black. Do it right once.
I can comment that these were voiced by a vendor that appreciates more bottom end and bass. They easily measured down to 30Hz in room response. Normally speakers with this sized cabinets are much more anemic.
Part 1 of 2. More to follow... I have to listen some more.