Originally Posted by Reckless95
However, you can test the water by comparing the two series. They pay shipping both ways, and you can test them out for 45 days. You're the only one who can tell us which one is better. I would personally test all the options if you can. Both prime and ultra bookshelves, and the prime tower. This will tell you what your fronts are really doing. ofc the ultra bookshelf+center will cost a bit more, it could be worth it to your ears
"Enjoy a full 45-day in-home audition with any item purchased from SVS. If you're unhappy for any reason, return it for a refund... no questions asked. We'll even cover return shipping for purchases within the contiguous US! We ask that the product be in new condition with original box and packing."
A very good suggestion
Originally Posted by GusGus748s
Are you married to the SVS speakers? You know there are other brands out there. I would suggest buying the best 3.0 you can buy. Surround speakers aren't as important as the front 3 specially the center channel.
I agree %100 that the 3 front should be from the same line no matter what brand of speakers.
Also agree that the surrounds can get away from a lower line of speakers within the same brand, since our hearing is a lot less sensitive when sound come from the back or just ambiance
I personally like a perfect match all around, but then, I did say that I was picky
Originally Posted by adeszko
Totally agree with you, Ray.
The problem for me arises because this will be my first real home theater system, and I want to allow room to upgrade over time. So the question becomes, do I buy the Ultra bookshelves NOW, and then down the road purchase an Ultra center along with either another set of bookshelves or the towers to complete a 5.1 set up OR do I purchase the Prime towers now, and then add a Prime center and bookshelves to complete the 5.1 set-up?
I know it's important to at minimum match the L/C/R speakers for timbre; SVS claims the Ultra and Prime series "play nice" together, but I would still want to stay within the same series to ensure I'm accurately matching the timbre.
It's less of a question about how "picky" I am now, but how picky will I be a year or two from now when I want to complete my 5.1 system? (Let's be honest, though, I won't make it a year or two before completing my system!)
That's why it would be great to see a direct comparison of the respective speakers within each system.
I emailed SVS to ask about the main differences and received a predictable answer. Essentially, the Ultras are made from better materials, and thus result in a better sound. But I want to hear this from someone WITHOUT a direct financial interest in my purchasing the more expensive speakers!
Then my suggestion would be get the Ultra, or if you end up getting another brand get the most that you can afford now
SVS reply was an honest one "Essentially, the Ultras are made from better materials, and thus result in a better sound"
I have learn over the years, it is a lot cheaper in the long run to do the best of one budget for the first time, and you never have that little nagging voice in your head saying "what if?"
The reason I say that is, it sound that you are already thinking to upgrade in the future.
Another option would be to start with 3 fronts, then add over time one piece at the time (sub, surround etc.) as the budget allow it.
Time do go fast, you start with something very good and have a big wow factor, add another piece in the future and you get another
in your face and so long.
Just a few word of wisdom from a guy that kept upgrading and upgrading and...
Best of luck in your decision and keep us posted.