SVS Ultra Evolution speakers land in UK via Karma-AV

posted on Friday, 5th April 2024 by Steve May

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SVS has launched its flagship Ultra Evolution range of loudspeakers in the UK. The seven strong line includes three floor standing tower speakers, two bookshelf speakers, a 3-way centre channel speaker, and the ‘Ultra Elevation’ height effects/surround speaker. Distribution is via Karma-AV.

The lineup delivers advancements in driver design, cabinet architecture, and component materials. Acoustically centred, time-aligned drivers, mounted in a curved baffle ensure that the sound from each driver arrives at the listener’s ear simultaneously, for superior phase coherence and imaging.

For the three tower models, midrange drivers and woofers are positioned above and below the tweeter to allow for seamless crossover blending to create a point-source effect.

Also new for SVS is the diamond-coated aluminium dome tweeter developed using vapour deposition whereby a layer of diamond carbon is grown on the surface of the dome to improve rigidity.

This extends the tweeter’s low frequency response for more seamless blending with the midrange. For the tweeter’s ‘organic cell lattice tweeter diffuser’ grille, SVS engineers prototyped dozens of patterns using FEA analysis to determine which provided the best off-axis frequency response and dispersion characteristics while protecting the tweeter from physical damage.

The new woofer implementation in the three Ultra Evolution floor standing speakers is similar in design to that deployed by the SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer, whereby dual opposing active woofers at the top and bottom of each cabinet are arranged in a force-balanced array. By firing front and back in unison, the eight woofers in the speaker pair smooth in-room bass response while eliminating mechanical coloration within each cabinet to deliver a deep and controlled low frequency response at all drive levels.

Midrange drivers and woofers across all models feature glass-fibre composite cones chosen for their superb stiffness-to-mass ratio and the ability to convey natural dynamics and tonal accuracy. Separate, acoustically tuned internal chambers for the midrange drivers enhance separation and eliminate the potential for cabinet resonances, while chamfered front baffles minimise edge diffraction for optimal off-axis frequency response. Crossovers feature premium-grade capacitors, inductors, resistors, on a heavy-trace printed circuit board.

Integrators should note that the Ultra Evolution line-up is timbre-matched to all other SVS Prime and original Ultra models allowing systems to mix all three ranges. All speakers include detachable neodymium magnetic grilles. Elastomer bumper feet and metal spike feet attachments are available for tower models.

Typical retail prices of SVS Ultra Evolution range:

Ultra Evolution Pinnacle, Black Ash, Piano Gloss Black, Piano Gloss White pair: £5,999.00
Ultra Evolution Titan, Black Ash, Piano Gloss Black, Piano Gloss White pair: £4,999.00
Ultra Evolution Tower, Black Ash, Piano Gloss Black, Piano Gloss White pair: £3,599.00
Ultra Evolution Bookshelf, Black Ash, Piano Gloss Black, Piano Gloss White pair: £1,499.00
Ultra Evolution Center, Black Ash, Piano Gloss Black, Piano Gloss White single: £999.00
Ultra Evolution Nano Black Ash, Piano Gloss Black, Piano Gloss White pair: £1,099.00
Ultra Elevation Black Ash, Piano Gloss Black, Piano Gloss White pair: £1,099.00

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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