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These SVS Bookshelf Speakers Offer Clear Sound and a Clean Look

In the confusing Given the cacophony of speaker brands, types, and models, it’s good for audio people like me to have a recommendation that consistently exceeds expectations. SVS, best known for its phenomenal subwoofers, has long been my choice when it comes to unconventional value for money. The company’s Prime series offers fantastic entry-level and mid-range speakers, while the flagship Ultra series offers higher performance at a still reasonable price.

For 2024, SVS’ top speaker series received a rare, ground-up design with striking new angled enclosures and new drivers called Ultra Evolution. SVS completes the design with its familiar piano black finish (wood grain is also on offer), giving the Evolution Bookshelf speakers I tested a chic yet futuristic appeal.

These speakers are quite a sizable investment, and there are a plethora of options in or around their price range that will fight for your money. However, as usual, SVS emerges with a winner. The new Ultra’s distinctive style and thoughtful design result in exhilarating performance with a rapid blend of clarity, dynamics and vivid stereo imaging.

Who bent my speakers?

When you take the Ultra Evolution out of the box, you’ll see sturdy mirror cabinets measuring over 15 inches high, 8 inches wide, and 11 inches back. The folded front looks like Hulk had a temper tantrum and Bruce Banner was contrite and sent it off for rework. Rounded corners at the front and back complete the design and ensure a minimalist look without being boring.

Angled speakers are nothing new; Focal’s Kanta speakers have it, while the million-dollar Grand Utopia towers look like they’ve been sliced ​​with a katana and re-hung as mobiles. It’s still surprising to see this design at such an affordable price.

Photo: Ryan Waniata

While it may be a stylistic flourish, the Ultra’s new perspective is all about the science. SVS engineers used “time-aligned cabinet geometry” to align the center of the speaker’s 6.5-inch composite fiberglass woofer with the 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter for maximum “phase coherence.” In other words, the goal is to better match their frequencies so that they hit your ears at the same time, improving accuracy and stereo imaging. Since imaging evolution is one of my favorite sonic skills, it seems to have worked.

Aluminum dome tweeters are preferred for their durability and quick clarity, but depending on intonation, they sometimes hit my ears too hard in the higher frequencies. SVS claims to have remedied the problem by applying a diamond coating to the tweeter. Using a technique called vapor deposition, “a layer of diamond carbon is applied” to increase rigidity and smooth the sound transition between the tweeter and woofer.

The highs sometimes lean towards the bright side, which is particularly noticeable after longer listening sessions, but the mix of clear and tempered high frequencies keeps all but the sharpest recordings under control. SVS also adds a randomly spaced tweeter cover, designed to both protect the driver and better distribute sound frequencies to increase the sweet spot. You could cover everything with the included magnetic grilles, but without them the Evolution looks much more dynamic.

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