- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 25 February 2008
SVSound celebrates a decade of business with the announcement of their new MTS-01 speaker line that includes floor-standers (reviewed here), a center channel, and rear surrounds.
Originally named SVSubwoofers, or just SVS, they made subwoofers in the cylindrical shape we are so familiar with now, and soon moved on to box subs. All of their subwoofers have received rave reviews from us, and from everyone else too.
Their business model is based on a true love of clean, deep bass, not simply a desire to run a business and make a living.
They have always designed and manufacturerd their own drivers, and assembled them in their own factories in Ohio, Of course, like most companies, some of the items are outsourced to Asia, like the enclosures, but in general, SVSound products are built at home.
One result of this deep affection for great bass is that the subwoofers have tremendous output. That was their goal, and it was achieved.
A second goal was to make the products as affordable as possible. That meant keeping them simple, and only selling them on the Internet.
The final tally is that SVSound markets some of the best subwoofers at the best prices on the planet.
- Design: 2-1/2 Way; Ported
- Drivers: One 1" Cloth Dome Tweeter, Two 6.5" Fiber Woofers
- MFR: 60 Hz - 30 kHz ± 3 dB
- Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 91 dB/W/M
- Power Handling: 250 Watts
- Dimensions: 41" H x 10" W x 13" D
- Weight: 60 Pounds/Each
- MSRP: $1,499/Pair USA
SVSound started making speakers a couple of years ago, called the SBS-01. They are bookshelf designs. The MTS-01's are their first floor-standers, and the series includes a center channel and rear surrounds. For less than $3,000, you get a 5.0 system that includes a pair of the floor-standers, the center, and two surrounds. Of course, you would want a subwoofer to go with them, to make the system 5.1, and SVSound has plenty to choose from.
Let me get right to the point here. SVSound has carried their business model of using top notch drivers in simple enclosures to the maximum with the MTS-01 series. In particular, they use the ScanSpeak Air-Circ tweeter, which is about $275 each if you buy it from a company that sells raw drivers. It is one of the very best tweeters made, anywhere. Putting such a tweeter in a relatively inexpensive speaker like this is unheard of. The woofers are Peerless, not the most expensive ones, but very good ones nonetheless. The crossover frequency details are proprietary at this point, but I suspect it is a 2-1/2 way design.
The enclosure is braced MDF, covered in black vinyl, except for the top sides, where wooden panels are attached. You can choose from Oak (shown here), Rosenut, or Piano Black.
The rather conservative enclosure is what keeps the price of these speakers down to $1,500/pair. That, plus only selling on-line, and a desire to provide a high performance/cost ratio rather than big profits.
The rear panel has two 2" flared ports. That sounds like a lot of port area for two 6.5" woofers, but remember, SVSound got started making powerful bass. The MTS-01's would get nothing less.
A set of bi-amping/bi-wiring five-way speaker binding posts round out the backside, along with a toggle switch just above the posts that lets you reduce the tweeter output by 3 dB.
A set of metal foot straps comes with the speakers, and you can attach or not attach at your leisure, the metal spikes. I did not attach the spikes because I put the speakers on rugs and didn't want to punch holes in them. However, the straps (minus the spikes) do help to stabilize the tall thin speakers so that they are less likely to be tipped over.