SVS introduces Ultra Evolution loudspeaker range

US-based company SVS has unveiled its seven-model Ultra Evolution range of speakers in the UK. The new series consists of three floorstanding tower speakers, two bookshelf speakers and a centre and surrounds for use with a home cinema.

The company says the range delivers advancements in driver design, cabinet architecture and materials, adding: “Most noticeable are the acoustically centred, time-aligned drivers, mounted in a curved baffle so that sound from each driver arrives at the listener’s ear simultaneously, ensuring excellent phase coherence and imaging”.

For the three tower models, midrange and bass drivers are positioned above and below the tweeter to allow for crossover blending to create what SVS calls a: “point-source” effect. Also new for the company 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 advanced material science raises the response well beyond the limits of human hearing resulting in effortlessly clear high frequencies,” according to SVS. “It also extends the tweeter’s low frequency response for more seamless blending with the midrange.”

There is also new driver implementation in the three Ultra Evolution floorstanders similar in design to that deployed by the SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer, whereby dual opposing active bass drivers at the top and bottom of each cabinet are arranged in a force-balanced array. The company claims that: “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 and bass across all models feature glass-fibre composite cones chosen for their stiffness-to-mass ratio and the ability to convey natural dynamics and tonal accuracy. Separate, acoustically tuned internal chambers for the midrange drivers have been employed to help enhance separation and eliminate the potential for cabinet resonances, while chamfered front baffles are on hand to minimise edge diffraction for optimal off-axis frequency response. Crossovers feature premium-grade capacitors, inductors and resistors, on a heavy-trace printed circuit board.

The Ultra Evolution lineup is timbre-matched to all other SVS Prime and original Ultra models allowing system builders to successfully mix the three ranges. All speakers include detachable neodymium magnetic grilles. Elastomer bumper feet and metal spike feet attachments are available for tower models

The flagship Ultra Evolution Pinnacle (above) consists of a 25mm Diamond Coated tweeter, two 133mm glass fibre composite midrange drivers and four 203mm glass fibre bass drivers in Force-Balanced Array. It has a claimed sensitivity of 88dB into 6ohm loads and costs £6,000 per pair.

The Ultra Evolution Titan comes in at £5,000, offering the same sensitivity and tweeter/driver combination except the midrange drivers are a smaller 115mm and the four bass drivers 165mm.

In the case of the Ultra Evolution Tower the four bass drivers come in at a smaller 133mm and sensitivity drops to 87dB (6ohm). Price is £5,000 per pair.

The Ultra Evolution Bookshelf speaker is – as the name suggests – a standmount cabinet, with a claimed sensitivity of 87dB (6ohm). It pairs a 25mm tweeter with a single 165mm mid/bass driver and is priced at £1,500.

Finally, the Ultra Evolution Nano completes the range. Another standmount but with a slightly smaller cabinet than the Bookshelf, it has a 135mm mid/bass driver and quoted sensitivity of 85dB. It costs £1,100 per pair.

The SVS Ultra Evolution speaker range is available in Black Ash, Piano Gloss Black or Piano Gloss White.

Available to buy now, you can find out more about the SVS Ultra Evolution range here.