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#1 of 9 apatel

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Posted December 25 2009 - 07:20 AM

I'm curious if anyone has compared these two speakers or has experience with them so that I could decide which to go with.  I have the Sierra-1's at home right now, and am probably going to try the MTS-01's in the next few weeks.  I know the Sierra is a bookshelf, and the SVS is a tower, so a comparison may not be fair, but I'm curious what may work best for me.  I am looking for something in a 5.1 home theater system, that can be used for listening to music in 2 channel, or movies in 5.1.

I was originall intending to mount the Sierra's on the wall, but just realized that won't work for me.  So if I get the stand, they will take up as much floorspace as a tower speaker, so I might as well try out the MTS-01, since that's roughly the same footprint on the ground.

I still need to buy a subwoofer.  This is all going to run on a Pioneer Elite SC-27. 

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Posted January 01 2010 - 07:59 AM

 Since I haven't seen a response, I will assume no one has been able to compare these.  I have the MTS-01's being shipped to me, so I will report back on my comparison for everyone.   I may also get a set of Polk Audio A7's to do a 3-way comparison.

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Posted January 01 2010 - 08:42 AM

Isn't the PB 13-Ultra sub coming with the SVS speakers? I'm not familiar with the Sierra speakers.
If I could get a new set of speakers, these SVS would be them. But, I'd see if I could substitute a cylinder sub, for the PB13. I'm sure the PB 13 is excellent, but I just like the cylinder subs, personally. Let us know how you like them?

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Posted February 21 2010 - 05:33 PM

 Just a quick follow up on this, I compared these two and returned the Sierra Acoustics.  They sounded very good to me until I heard the SVS MTS-01s.  The SVS may be slightly brighter, but they sound rich, deep and more powerful than the Sierra's.  Keep in mind the Sierra's are bookshelfs and the SVS are towers.  

The Sierras sounded really good to me, and they produced SERIOUS bass for their size.  They really did knock my socks off, but the SVS were that much better to me.


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Posted February 22 2010 - 07:15 AM

I'm close to buying a MTS-01 + PC12-Plus 5.1 system and it's nice to hear that others like them. (I'm shallow. I like my decisions validated by strangers /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif )


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Posted February 22 2010 - 02:06 PM

Why isn't anyone mentioning the MBS bookshelf speaker ($799). Seems the MTS is getting all the love. /img/vbsmilies/htf/yum.gif">

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The Sierras sounded really good to me, and they produced SERIOUS bass for their size.
39 hz for a 5" driver ain't bad at all.

BTW, I'm envious of the both of ya!
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.
 
 

 


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Posted February 22 2010 - 03:06 PM

Al - did you buy the MTS set? Did you get the whole 5.0 kit (2xMTS, 2xMBS, MCS)? Did you get a sub with the set?


Gene - the MBS are excellent surround speakers. :) I got mentally locked into towers for mains early in my shopping and just stayed in that mode.

I've read in an owners thread that the Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1 One are excellent speakers. Some prefer them to the MTS line. (I've never seen or heard anything by Ascend and have no opinion on their speakers.)



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Posted January 16 2011 - 05:49 PM

I did end up buying the MTS-01 and PB-12 sub from SVSound.  Also got the center channel, and so far after 1 year with this setup, I am very happy with it.  The MTS's are rock solid, sturdy, heavy speakers and they look great.  I get a lot of comments from friends about how high end the speakers look, and they sound great to me as well.  The subwoofer really takes the cake though, I just watched Ironman 2 a few days ago, and some of the scenes shook my entire house.  The sub is crisp and tight, and doesn't put out any rough or distorted lows, I have the gain set in the middle, and even at high volumes it feels like it can put out so much more than what it's producing.  I am thrilled with the speakers and the overall setup.  THANK YOU SVSOUND.


I still have the Pioneer Elite SC-27, and while I am very happy with this unit, there are some things I have learned about it which I didn't know before.  If any one has questions about this, I'd be glad to reply under a new post.




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Posted January 17 2011 - 02:21 AM

Al, glad to hear you like your MTS system!


I'm hearing things in music and TV shows with my MTS set that I've never heard before. I was listening to the "Pay It Forward" soundtrack yesterday, and there were low-frequency components to the songs I've never heard before. Piano and organ music is really revitalized with a good full-range speaker system :D






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