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SVS Prime Tower an audiophile's value pickThe SVS Prime Tower's highly transparent sound will appeal to audiophiles hankering for a big speaker sound, at a price they can afford.
[MUSIC] If you're looking to upgrade your home theater system or build a new hi-fi the most important choice you'll make is over which speakers to buy. More so than any other component the sky's the limit for how much you can spend on a pair. But based on the performance of these speakers you can get great sound for under a grand. Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebury and the SVS Prime Towers offer great sound, great looks and cost less than many TVs. While the piano finish seen here cost an extra hundred dollars per cabinet, the attractive black ash version is available for $999. These are moderately tall four standing speakers and they feature a 3.5 way design with a dedicated midrange driver and two differently tuned base drivers. Like a lot of new speakers we're seeing now, the aluminum tweeter is covered by a protective grille. Great if you have kids or very drunken friends. These are very detailed and dynamic speakers and will work in both home theater setups or in two channel. And you may not even need a subwoofer depending on the size of your room. Whether you like rock, classic or big budget movies, the SVS offer great sound in return for your investment. While they have no real flaws, my only caveat is they can lack warmth and sometimes intimacy with voices compared to other speakers at the price. At this price though you won't get any where near this level of fill quality or sound quality. And for this the SVS Prime Tower are and audiophile's bargain.