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SVS Subwoofers Reviews

When it comes to subwoofers, SVS has a product line that covers the full spectrum of sizes and features. I’ll walk you through some key things these speakers have in common so you can figure out which one is right for your setup! First off, all of them are designed with high-performance components like low-loss drivers made from solid-grade materials along with top-quality amps to ensure maximum output without distortion or signal loss. So whether your home theater set up requires something small but powerful or a large cabinet size speaker system capable of shaking every seat in the house – there’s an option here for everyone.

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SVS is a manufacturer of subwoofers that produce high-quality sound. All their base drivers are capable of moving great distances which have larger voice coils than usual, and the most advanced model has an 8-inch diameter voice coil – the largest we’ve seen in residential products. To move such massive speakers with speed and accuracy requires considerable power from amplifiers; SVS uses top-notch technology to achieve optimum performance at all times.

The SVS subwoofers have a larger amplifier, even at the entry-level price range. The 1000 series has an amp that can produce 300 watts of continuous power and 700 watts of peak power which is impressive for its price point. Customizing your output to fit with room acoustics adds value here as well.

The 2000 and above series come with a great app that connects to the sub via Bluetooth. The app allows you to adjust your settings for optimal performance in any environment but also gives some cool ways of altering your sound system beyond what is possible just by using knobs on the faceplate or back panel.

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There are five different model ranges in the SVS line. You will see ported and sealed subwoofer options throughout the lineup, but one of your first decisions should be whether to go with a sealed enclosure or a ported cabinet. The advantage of having a sealed enclosure is that it provides you with the faster and more tuneful bass response at lower volumes; however, when played loud enough, it can provide deeper bass than other types of enclosures because sound waves inside have no way out except through moving air particles outside which creates vibrations larger than themselves very similar to how humans speak louder by inhaling before exhaling words.

The SVS 1000 Series

The 1000 series is the new addition to SVS’ all-inclusive home theater subwoofer arsenal. This family of two models consists of a ported 10″ and sealed 12″, both capable of 700 watts on peaks, powered by an amplifier that delivers 300 watts.

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The only two models that do not work with the SVS app are the sealed SP 1000 and ported PB 1000. The cabinet of the former is around 13 inches while for the latter it’s roughly 19 by 15 inches, making them very different in size. These are the only two models that do not work with the SVS app.

With their starting price under $500, you can’t beat the value these provide. To help them blend in better with your room, SVS offers 3 finishes: black ash and piano gloss black or white for an additional 100 dollars. The PB 1000 is only available in black ash.

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The SVS 2000 Pro Series

Now, we’ll look at the SVS 2000 series. When you first glance at this sealed model, it might seem strange that it’s almost twice as costly as its SP 1000 counterpart. However, there is a world of difference between these two models with similar cabinets and 12-inch woofers; SVS developed an entirely unique speaker for just this line.

The only thing similar between the SVS 1000 and 2000 is that they are both twelve inches in diameter. The difference of these subs lies within their voice coils, a magnet structure, basket cone wiring, etc., which can all be found on either subwoofer’s product page under technical specifications.

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There are three models in the 2000 series: The sealed cabinet SB 2000 pro, the ported PB 2000 Pro, and a throwback model to the original SVS subs. All of them use a 550-watt power amp capable of 1500 watts on Peaks.

The SB2000pro is about 15 inches cubic shape with weighing around 50 pounds that will likely be good for many systems while delivering bass down to 17 Hertz and producing up to 121 dB at 30-hertz pressure level

These massive speakers are designed for those who want even more of the bass experience than small bookshelf speakers can provide. The PB 2000 weighs in at 64 pounds and is almost 2 feet tall, 20 inches wide, and 19 inches deep. This speaker’s powerful performance puts out 16 Hertz of sound as well as 128 decibels at 30 hertz – a great range to have an impactful listening experience with music or movies!

If you want the audio quality of a ported subwoofer but do not have enough space for one, SVS offers the PB 2000 Pro cylinder version. The PC 2000 Pro is about 17 inches wide and 34 inches tall. It will cost $50 more than its predecessor so make sure to keep this in mind when making your purchase!

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The PB and PC 2000 Pro also come with plugs for the ports if you want to fine-tune it more with your room. To our ears, SB offers a ton of performance for the money and might be the best value in the whole series.

The SVS 3000 Series

For their 3000 series, SVS took everything they have from the 2000 Pro series with a few more tricks. They made it into a 13-inch high excursion woofer and used another flat voice coil to reduce mass for better driver efficiency. The sealed SB model has 800 watts of continuous power and 2500 peak while the ported one can go down to 18 Hertz producing almost 127 dB at 30 hertz which is astonishing.

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While the sealed SP 3000 uses a large 13-inch woofer, SVS kept the cabinet pretty compact as it’s a 15-inch cube. The ported PB 3000 is $400 more because it’s a much bigger cabinet at about 22 inches high, 18 inches wide, and 26 inches deep. This is one big subwoofer. The PB 3000 goes down to 16 Hertz and produces almost 133 dB of SPL at 30 Hertz.

This speaker is great for both home theater and music. It’s really fast with a lot of basses due to the sealed cabinet, so it wouldn’t work well in an apartment since the sound would travel easily between rooms.

The SVS 4000 Series

The three models in the 4000 series use a massive 13.5-inch woofer with edge wound voice coils, which is similar to what was found on SVS’s 16 ultra subwoofers that were known for their power and performance. Starting off at 1200 W of continuous power, these subs increase up to 4kW peak (4000 watts).

The 4000 models from SVS offer some pretty neat power control. The circuitry they call active power factor correction does line conditioning, surge suppression, and voltage regulation allowing the amp to deliver its full potential even if you have a lot of swings on your AC line. They also added a ground isolation circuit that can help prevent ground loops between devices with different electrical systems (i.e., A/C current vs D/C).

Speaking of AC power, the 4000 series can pull up to 1200 watts out of the wall. So we devised a dedicated circuit for these if possible.

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The 4000 model weighs in at 102 pounds. It is 18 inches tall, 21 inches deep, and wide. The box also has a display that shows you the mode it’s in (balanced inputs/outputs). Even though all three models are balanced with RCA connections, only SP4000 comes with a sealed enclosure to deliver bottom-heavy bass performance that makes your ears go crazy.

Stepping up to the ported versions raised the price around 400 dollars, but PB 4000 is almost 2 feet tall, 20 inches wide, and a whopping 30 inches deep. So you better plan your space out properly if you are considering one of these.

The PC 4000 offers the same sonic output as the PB 4000 and, for many people, may be the better physical option for the room as it’s a 44 inch tall, 16.5-inch cylinder making its footprint far smaller than the PB 4000. Although the PB 4000 does outperform it an ultimate low end and extension.

All of these three models are very impressive, with a 3 DB down point being 19 Hertz, 13 Hertz, and 15 Hertz for the cylinder. The output is equally as impressive at 30 Hertz of 126.8 134.5 and 131.1 DB.

The SVS 16 Ultra Series

At last, we had these 16 Ultra Series subwoofers! If you’ve made it this far, I bet you’re thinking about the final speaker system that will handle all of your bass needs. With a huge sixteen-inch woofer and an eight inch flat round voice coil – capable of taking up to 1500 watts from the wall outlet – using a dedicated circuit is recommended.

The powerful MOSFET amp can deliver 1500 watts of continuous power and 5000 Watts on Peaks. It has the same features as a 4000 series with an excellent heads-up display and full app control, which make it perfect for even the most dynamic thunder-clapping moments in life. This amplifier is quite large physically since both options have similar specs (with the exception that one provides more wattage) but this should not be too much of a problem because they are absolute monsters.

The SVS SB 16 ultra weighs in at 122 pounds and is roughly a 20-inch cube. That makes it pretty easy to place in most home theaters, but you will need help moving it.

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The PB 16 ultra is a massive subwoofer. It’s 174 pounds and 25 inches tall, 22 inches wide, 31 inches deep. Its specs are just as impressive: it can get down to 13 Hertz while producing almost 137 dB of sound! The SB16 Ultra comes close with its ability to produce 130 decibels at 30 hertz–almost half the output power when compared with that of the PB 16 ultra.

When you look at all the technical advancements SVS put into the subwoofer driver and MOSFET amp for this, it becomes very hard to believe they can sell them for what they do. The SB 16 ultra is an excellent choice if your reference system includes home theater and music systems alike as it reaches down deep enough in infrasonic levels that no other model on our list does (the PB16 Ultra).


I hope this overview of the SVS subwoofers has helped you understand which model might be the best for your system. Even if you don’t have the same kind of experience, as I do, it doesn’t mean that you can’t figure out what subwoofers to buy. You just need a little more information and some guidance in your search. That’s why I’ve compiled this SVS subwoofer buying guide to help make things easier for everyone who is looking for a new set of speakers to bring their audio system up to another level or two (or three!). Hopefully, these reviews will give you all the info you need about different SVS subwoofers models so that when it comes time to purchase, you’ll be able to find exactly what meets your needs!