SVS goes Diamond with their NEW Ultra Evolution speakers coming to the UK

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Ultra Evolution

SVS recently launched a very interesting new speaker line in their Ultra Evolution and being new flagship speakers naturally I have high expectations for these and I would very much like to hear them.  If you are the same and live in the UK you will be pleased that Karma-AV is delighted to introduce the SVS Ultra Evolution range of speakers to UK market.

The Ultra Evolution line-up features seven new models, including three floor standing tower speakers, two bookshelf speakers, a 3-way centre channel speaker, and the ‘Ultra Elevation’ height effects/surround speaker that look to make Atmos on ceiling speaker installation easier, a different approach to cutting holes in the ceiling.

Speaker evolution with Diamonds

As the ultimate expression of SVS speaker design, the range delivers advancements in driver design, cabinet architecture, and materials. One of the most obvious changes are the acoustically centred, time-aligned drivers, mounted in a curved baffle with the intention of the the sound from each driver arriving at the listener’s ear simultaneously.  SVS claim this ensures excellent phase coherence and imaging. For the three tower models, midrange drivers and woofers are positioned above and below the tweeter SVS claim it allows for seamless crossover blending to create a “point-source” effect.

Also new for SVS is the use of diamond-coated aluminium dome tweeters developed using a vapour deposition whereby a layer of diamond carbon is grown on the surface of the dome to improve rigidity.  This sounds very Bowers and Wilkins 800 range to me which is super intersting given the price of the new SVS speakers. This tweeter development SVS calim raises the response well beyond the limits of human hearing resulting in effortlessly clear high frequencies. It also extends the tweeter’s low frequency response for more seamless blending with the midrange. For the tweeter’s ‘organic cell lattice 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.

Meanwhile, the new woofer implementation in the three Ultra Evolution floor standing speakers is similar in design to that used in the SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer, so there are 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 to apparently deliver a 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.  This sounds very interesting to me.

More details

The midrange drivers and woofers across all models feature glass-fibre composite cones chosen for their  stiffness-to-mass ratio and SVS say also their ability to convey natural dynamics and tonal accuracy.  They use separate, acoustically tuned internal chambers for the midrange drivers to eliminate the potential for cabinet resonances, while chamfered front baffles minimise edge diffraction for optimal off-axis frequency response.

The crossovers feature premium-grade capacitors, inductors, resistors, on a heavy-trace printed circuit board.

Commenting, Gary Yacoubian, SVS President said: “Ultra Evolution redefines what’s possible in its price range and well beyond by creating audio experiences that transcend their class and bring reference performance to more people than ever.”

Price and Availability

Availability: May 2024
Typical retail prices:

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