Center Channel Speakers

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Center channel speakers anchor the front stage of a home theater surround sound system with crystal clear dialogue and vocals, a broad soundstage and pinpoint imaging. The SVS Prime and Ultra Center speakers feature 3-way designs with two ported bass drivers and a dedicated midrange driver below the tweeter in its own acoustically sealed chamber. 3-way designs are ideal because they perform closer to a full range speaker and ensure accurate frequency response to the widest possible listening area, while enabling the acoustic image to track accurately across the front stage.

Center channel speakers are critical to a home theater surround sound system because nearly 70% of audio playback comes through the center channel at any given moment. SVS center channel speakers render vocals and dialogue with pristine clarity for music, movies and TV, while tying all the action together across the front stage for a convincing sense of realism. The horizontal driver array of the SVS Prime and Ultra Center channel speakers are optimized for placement on speaker stands, mounts and/or furniture above or below HD displays and projector screens. With proper SVS center speaker placement, vocals and sound effects are attached to the screen and flow from left to right without breaks creating an immersive, “like-being-there” suspension of belief.

Center channel speakers anchor a home theater’s front stage with crystal clear dialogue and vocals, broad dispersion, and seamless sonic panning across the front stage.

SVS Prime and Ultra Evolution Center speakers are 3-way crossover designs with two ported bass drivers and a dedicated midrange below the tweeter. This array delivers the widest “Sweet Spot” possible for truly breathtaking surround sound.

Prime Center
Rated 4.92746113989637 out of 5 stars and 193 reviews
Unrivaled among center channel speakers in its class, Prime Center delivers crisp dynamics, crystal clear vocals, and a broad, precise soundstage. 3-way design is optimized for the widest sweet spo...

$ 399.99

each speaker

  • Tweeter | 1"
  • Midrange | 3.5"
  • Woofer | Dual 5.25"
  • Freq. Response | 48 Hz-25 kHz (±3 dB)
  • Dimension | 7.7" (H) 18.6" (W) 9.2" (D)

$ 399.99 each speaker

Ultra Evolution Center
Rated 4.8695652173913 out of 5 stars and 23 reviews
Flagship reference 3-way SVS center speaker delivers pristine clarity and powerful dynamics with astonishingly large sweet spot for the finest home theaters

$ 799.99

each speaker

  • Tweeter | 1"
  • Midrange | 4.5"
  • Woofer | Dual 6.5"
  • Freq. Response | 40 Hz - 40 kHz (±3 dB)
  • Dimensions | 7.83” (H) 22.05” (W) 11.78” (D)

$ 799.99 each speaker


Yes. Center channel speakers carry roughly 70% of the entire soundtrack at any given time, including nearly all dialog and musical vocals. They also support a seamless soundstage with the front left and right main speakers, allowing sounds to flow precisely from any point between them while conveying sonic transitions smoothly and accurately. It’s definitely not the speaker you want to skimp on. For more information on the importance of center channel speakers, read more here: Why the Center Channel is the Most Important Home Theater Speaker

Yes. If you are running a multichannel home theater like a 5.1 system, the center channel speakers handle nearly all the dialog and vocals and form the center point for all front stage action. It’s what anchors the sound to the action happening onscreen in a convincing way when watching movies or television. For more information on the importance of center channel speakers, visit this page: For more information on the importance of center channel speakers, read more here: Why the Center Channel is the Most Important Home Theater Speaker

Center channel speakers are great for dialog and musical vocals in a multichannel surround sound application. For music listening in a 2-channel stereo application, instrumentals and vocals are layered at different output levels to the left and right channels and not to the center channel, thus the center speaker is not as important.. For more information on best uses for center channel speakers, check out: Why the Center Channel is the Most Important Home Theater Speaker

The best center channel speakers utilize a 3-way driver design with a vertically aligned midrange and tweeter in the middle flanked by a bass woofer on both sides that allows it to perform more like a full-range loudspeaker. This design minimizes off-axis lobing and offers a larger “Sweet spot” and better reproduction of the vocal frequency range. For more information on center (or centre speakers) and which model is best for you, visit this page: SVS Center Channel Speakers

3-way center channel speakers because they deliver a broader sweet spot with clearer dialog and better dispersion characteristics across the front stage. 2-way center channel speakers are susceptible to signal lobing which creates a beaming effect with the sound. This results in more directional output and a smaller sweet spot. For center channel speaker placement tips, visit here.

SVS Speaker Design Philosophy

When designing high performance loudspeakers, even the smallest details have acoustic consequences. Our engineers scrutinize every build material, cabinet angle, engineering process and measurement to achieve a level of audio excellence that is unmistakably SVS.

In this two-part “Understanding Speakers” video series, SVS President Gary Yacoubian explores how an idea becomes an SVS speaker in Part One and offers tips for choosing your perfect speaker in Part Two.

Additional Resources

Placement Tips for a Center Channel Speaker

Simple positioning tips to optimize center channel performance.

SVS Prime and Ultra Series Speakers: A Comparison

Understanding the differences between the two SVS speaker lines.

Choosing Between Bookshelf and Tower Speakers

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The Art of Speaker Placement

Tips for optimizing speaker placement when setting up a two-channel stereo or surround sound home theater speaker system.

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