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Hardware Review SVS Prime Wireless Speakers, Soundbase and SB-3000 combined hardware review

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Sam Posten, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. Sam Posten

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    Hey all, just a note that I'm working with Dave Upton to add some real world data gathering via UMIK and Room Equalization Wizard to this review. I'm a total noob with that and this is not a dedicated music listening space, so more to follow on that!
     
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    Quite a few views on this but no feedback. Any Q's out there or anyone considering a 2.1 music solution these days?
     
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    No. :)
     
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    I totally don't understand these products, or who the notional buyer is.

    My view of the world:
    • Normal person buys wireless speaker to put discretely in corner of house, on a side table, or on kitchen island. They use it to play music in the background for personal use, and also for parties.
    • Music-tech enthusiast buys multi-speaker set of Sonos or HomePod or whatever and has speakers sprinkled around the house. No way they're close enough to be wired. They play from smartphone and/or AVR.
    • Audiophile stereo enthusiast has a high-quality 2.x (preferably with full range tower speakers) connected to an AVR. They don't need "wireless" speakers because they have a dedicated listening space, with their 2.x speakers placed and positioned just so with their high-quality amps and pre-pro wired in between them.

    So what the heck is going on with this SVS entry into wireless speakers?!?
    • "Wireless" stereo speakers that have to be connected together with a wire? Doesn't the whole "having to be wired together" literally defeat the point of being wireless?
    • What is the sound base? It's a "wireless" amplifier that has to be wired to speakers? At $499? Huh? Why not save $20 and buy the Denon AVR-S740H? It's "wireless" in the same way, in that it also has to be plugged into the wall and wired to speakers, and has all the wireless formats and can run off all the wireless streaming sources*. Bonus: an AVR isn’t stuck with stereo: it’s just as “wireless” for surround sound including Atmos, and supports numerous inputs from all your devices!
    • What is wireless about the SB-3000? There's nothing in SVS's product page or product video about its wireless capability. You describe it as being wired to the soundbase or wired to the "wireless" speakers. Again...Huh?!?
    "Stream music from Spotify®, Pandora®, Tidal and unparalleled music playback options, thanks to our built-in HEOS technology, Apple AirPlay 2, and Amazon Alexa voice compatibility for seamless control."

    These products make no sense to me at all.

    What am I missing?
     
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    Yes, they come together as an Active / Wireless pair, wired together. Or you can buy two Active speakers and set them up wirelessly

    You need an RCA cable to the Wireless Speaker or SoundBase for sub output. The device can be MANAGED wirelessly.

    Again my belief is there is a need for higher than HomePod quality 2.1 systems that don't need the full AVR setup. You disagree, that's cool.
     
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    I guess this review would have made sense to me if they'd sent their actual wireless setup, rather than this weirdo wired-ish system. It's doubly confounding because the SVS is a classical 2.x system. Two stereo speakers that need to be positioned and spaced and toed in to create a stereo sweet spot, for a listener to sit still and let an album wash over them. The HomePod and Echo and such are whole-room speakers and designed for arbitrary placement; also, they have digital women living inside who answer questions and do helpful things.

    I'm drawing a blank on who the customer is for a $1500 wired-less 2.1 system that only plays streaming audio. :huh:

    I also don't understand the difference between the sound base and a "full AVR setup". Both require a central box to be wired to speakers and connected to input sources. One is less expensive and can do everything. The other is an SVS "wireless" device.


    Good luck to SVS. I'm a big fan and ten year owner of the awesome MTS system with a canonical cylinder sub. But their foray into wireless looks just wrongheaded.
     
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    I'm also confused as to how these products are wireless. I can take a $20 Echo dot and plug it into any powered monitors and have the same thing. Actually I can take any bluetooth enabled speakers (not just monitors) like a sound bar or JBL and have the same set up.

    I was so hopeful that this was going to be an actual wireless speaker and not just internet connectivity. Soon maybe...
     
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    I think you are misunderstanding. The Prime Wireless speakers ARE wireless speakers. The Prime Soundbase is an amplifier that allows you to turn any speakers wireless.
     
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    I just got the SB-3000 and I’m looking forward to seeing what it can do. It’s replacing an Atlantic Technology 642e that’s on the fritz. I’m using it in a 5.1 configuration, however.

    I bought the sub during the SVS Labor Day promotion. It arrived while I’m out of town at a film festival so I haven’t been able to enjoy setting it up yet. I may see what it will take to get the 642e working again and do something with it.
     
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    Awesome @DavidJ please keep us posted!
     
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    BTW, I recently upgraded the sub in my living room to an SB-2000 from a BIC F-12. At first I just put it in the same location as the BIC, but ended up fine tuning the location and now I'm quite happy with it.
     
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    Will do. I hope to get it setup in the next day or two.
     
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