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Just how good are SVS Speakers (Within Their Price Range)?

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Was just wondering how SVS speakers and systems stack up against others in their price range? Thanks.


Tom
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Here I some copypasta from an older thread

I trailed Arx a2's after and was pleasantly surprised withe the bang for the buck. And if they were Prettier I'd have kept them.



I've had the speakers in place for about a week now and I have mixed feelings about them. Please take the following evaluation with a grain of sand, as I'm not comparing them with their price range, just using my own thoughts.

Positives:

AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE! Understated astetics that help the speakers disappear, VERY neutral sound, good detail at higher volumes, non fatiguing, better than expected imaging and weight of sound.

Negatives:

They are not as mid-forward as I would have expected from a M-t-M speaker. The center especially keeps me thinking that I need to nudge up the center gain a bit. At low-moderate volumes they do not have the detail that I was hoping for. I often find myself wishing dialogue was a bit stronger in just about everything I watch.

Movies- These speakers do a surprisingly good job with being seamless across the front stage and don't drive you out of the room with an overly bright experience, like so many HT speakers can do trying to "sizzle".

Pardon my broad conclusion but here goes:
Musically, they sound about where I expected - HT tasked speakers that don't really keep me wanting to go through my music collection to "re-listen" to songs/albums. The best way I can describe them is by comparing them to a particular Movie Theater Chain. These speakers (at volume) sound EVERY BIT as good as any of the "side" Movie Theaters in a Cinemark Movie house, but nowhere near the dynamic impact and detail of Cinemark's XD theaters.

For the Price, I'd say they are amazing speakers that would satisfy 90% of the listeners out there (the same group that would rather NOT pay an additional 4 dollars for a seat in the XD theater). Personally, I think that I've been exposed to a little bit higher end, and am going to need to look elsewhere for satisfaction. Focal Utopia's in the car could be the cause.

I know it's VERY unfair to hold a budget speaker to the standard of $1200 components...but I had to give them a shot.
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I'm a huge SVS subwoofer fan but i'm not impressed with the SCS/SBS speakers. Just not enough output or extension for HT. I do have the Arx speakers though and hands down better than most other towers and bookshelfs in there price range.

I think it isn't fair to compare the SVS SCS to the Arx A2s the A2s just hands down are better speakers. I would compare them to Ascend 340s and not the smaller sealed SVS's.

The Arx are also can be ran sealed or ported, handles more power and are more effiencient.

I've had Arx for quite awhile now about 6-7months and they replaced much more expensive Axiom M22s, VP150 and M2s.
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Originally Posted by jumpnblues View Post

Was just wondering how SVS speakers and systems stack up against others in their price range? Thanks.


Tom

Very well indeed I would say. When I was searching for new speakers my two main choices were the salksound song towers and the svs mts-01. I took a gamble on the svs speakers and 2 years later have no regrets. I recently heard some of the salksound speakers at the recent ak fest and left disappointed. I am sure the room was too blame. But on that day in that room I heard a very unnatural tonal balance. Very electronic and edgy sounding. I know what real instruments sound like and was not hearing it in that room.
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