Posted Mon Nov 7, 2016 at 09:00 AM PST by Brian Hoss
Immersive sound without the need for bounce.
SVS has finally released their their Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D solution, the SVS Prime Elevation speaker. For height effects, the Prime Elevation speaker is meant to be mounted up high using the included two piece bracket (directed right at the listener), but of course that's only the beginning of what the Prime Elevation promises. The speaker, which is similar in design to the Prime Satellites can also be used as main left, center, or right speaker, and in such a case, can be placed above or below the display while still projecting sound directly at the listening position.
Check out the unboxing below:
The Prime Elevation can also be used as a surround speaker. Unlike bounce sound speakers, the Prime Elevation supports a robust frequency response of 55 Hz-25 kHz. (See full specs here.)
With four Prime Elevation speakers and the new Marantz SR6011, it's pretty straightforward to set up four channel Atmos (2 in front + 2 in the back) as part of a 5.1.4 home theater. And with a four channels working for height effects, either Dolby Surround or DTS Neural:X can be used to up process nonnative Atmos/DTS:X encodes. While this applies to a lot of content, the area that most grabs me is in concord with the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Truly, AAA games, with their fully 3D soundscapes (like with 'Call of Duty: Infinite') are primed to make the most of the up processing and extension to height effect channels.
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