Have you heard of SVS. SVS Sound is a two decade old speaker company that is making giant inroads making fantastic sounding products at astonishing affordable prices.
      SVS really started getting real recognition when introduced a series of subwoofers. Now they have added new bookshelf and tower speakers. Included in this system, is the SVS Prime Satellite. These are $134 each.

     SVS Prime Satellite. Shown This compact loudspeaker stands less than 9 inches tall, 4.9 inches wide and 6.3 inches deep. It weighs 6.5 pounds. This is small. It can be hung on the wall with a simple screw in the sheetrock, thanks to its built-in key hole slot to hang on. They come in white, with a white grille to become almost invisible on pastel colored walls. They also come in piano gloss black and ash wood grain black. The fit and finish, especially of the gloss black on this ultra affordable speaker is simply outstanding.
      This speaker is small, but packed into its compact box is a an unusal high level of component parts and precise speaker engineering. For example, found on very expensive speakers are air core inductors, used the crossover of the SVS Prime Satellite. This helps the crossover (which separates frequencies to the woofer and tweeter) maintain excellent phase response and time domain behavior.
      FEA optimized design reduces diffraction of the speaker grilles and was used in bracing the cabinet. The 4.5 inch woofer is a high quality unit. It is mounted flush with chamfered front panel also reduce difraction and improve dispersion.
      The 4.5 inch woofer uses a polypropylene cone for excellent stiffness to mass ratio. This improves transient detail of the woofer, as opposed to boomy bass. Cast ABS fiberglass basket insures critical component alignment.
Rated impedance is 8 ohms. Sensitivity 85 db. Rated power 120 to 150 watts.

      SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer. $499.99 As mentioned above, SVS really came into fame with its subwoofers. This 13 inch square front firing powered sub is an astonishing achievement in a small cabinet. It has a 12 inch sealed box design. Sealed box has a smoother rolloff and better transient response. Power is 300 watts RMS or 720 peak watts Class D. Adjustable low pass filter.

Adjustable level control. Very rigid solid cabinet for excellent bass performance.

      The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102 $500. Pioneer’s Elite line is designed for high quality sound and this year that quality is available starting at only $500. The VSXLX102 is rated an honest 80 watts x 7. These are high quality with discrete output transistors, with high grade power supply that allow dynamic sound reproduction, better than the numbers indicate.
     Built-in Phono Preamp. Turntables are back and a special preamp is needed to boost and equalize the small signal that comes from the phono cartridge.
USB Music. Trending now is high resolution music. When you buy an album on iTunes, it is not CD quality. And yet, the CD is 33 year old technology. Other on-line music stores sell music in higher than CD quality. The CD has a sampling rate of 44,100 samples per second. High resolution music has higher than 44.1... 88.2, 96k or 192k. There another format called DSD or Direct Stream Digital. This is the format used on the SACD. It has a sample rate of 8,822,000 ... and you can buy music in this ultra high resolution file and put it on a hard drive or thumb drive and plug it into the Pioneer and it will play it!
      Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. While, better AV receivers now connect to your internet, this Pioneer allows wireless connection to listen to music from your computer, Apple Airplay, internet vTuner, Pandora, Spotify and even Netflix, Tidal and Deezer.

      Sony Universal 4K Blu-ray Player. $299 There are now 4K Blu-ray movies. These offer the absolute best picture and sound. This is a brand new universal disc player not just Blu-rays movie discs, but standard DVDs, regular music CDs and High resolution DVD-A and Super Audio CDs. There are really cheap Blu-ray players available today, but they don’t play all these discs, and they have a small cheaply made chassis, and don’t even have an analog audio output. This Sony offers frame and beam construction, built-in Wi-Fi, built-in Bluetooth with Apps. Plus it plays high resolution music files including DSD from the Super Audio CD format.

Total price of components: $1975. Add $300 for piano gloss black or piano white. Pioneer Blu-ray shown discontinued. New Sony 4K included in system.

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