Today SVS makes a dozen different models of subwoofers, ranging in size from what most people consider to be normal for a subwoofer to a top-of-the-line model that is closer in size to a washing machine. SVS even still pays homage to their original subwoofers with two models in a large cylindrical shape. In this SVS subwoofer product line brief overview, I’ll go over some of the same characteristics the subwoofers share and then get into the various models’ differences to help you find out what will work best for your home theater or music system.
All the SVS subwoofers have a base driver capable of a great deal of movement. The voice coils SVS uses are larger in diameter than you will typically see as well, which allows them to move such a distance but stay linear. The top-of-the-line model has an 8-inch diameter voice coil, which is by far the largest we have ever seen in a residential subwoofer. To move those massive drivers with speed and accuracy requires a lot of amplifier power.
Every SVS subwoofer has a larger Class D amplifier than you would expect to see for its price range. Even the entry-level 1000 series at under $500 has an amp capable of producing 300 watts of continuous power and 700 watts of peak power. Being able to customize the output of a subwoofer to better fit with your room’s acoustic characteristics is a huge plus.
Starting with a 2000 series and above, you get a great app that connects to the sub via Bluetooth. The app gives you many cool ways to adjust and tweak your sub to fit your setup best.
Now let’s take a look at the five different model ranges in the SVS line. As we go through these, you will see ported and sealed subwoofer options throughout the lineup. This is one of the first decisions you should make. As a general rule, the sealed enclosure model provides you with a faster and more tuneful bass response. At the same time, the advantage of a ported cabinet is its ability to play much louder.
The SVS 1000 Series
We’ll start with the 1000 series, which has two models. The ported version uses a 10-inch driver, while the sealed model uses a 12-inch driver. Both of these two models use the SVS 300 watt amplifier, which is capable of 700 watts on peaks.
Like most of the ported and sealed versions from SVS, there is a big physical difference in these two sizes. The sealed SP 1000 is pretty small, with his cabinet measuring around a 13-inch cube. The ported PB 1000 is far more extensive with a cabinet that is roughly 19 inches deep and tall and 15 inches wide. These are the only two models that do not work with the SVS app. But at their starting price point of under $500, you just can’t beat the values these provide. To help this model blend in better with your room, SVS offers the SB 1000 3 finishes, black ash, and $100 more. You can get a piano gloss black or gloss white. The PB 1000 is only available in black ash.
The SVS 2000 Pro Series
Now we’ll look at the pro-2000 series. When you first glance at the SB 2000 sealed model, you might wonder why it cost almost twice as much as the SP 1000. They both appear to be in a similar cabinet with a 12-inch woofer, but there is a world of difference between the two models. SVS developed a unique 12-inch woofer for this series. While we will not get into all of the technical details here on the differences, suffice it to say the only thing similar about the two offers is they are both twelve inches in diameter. The voice coils, a magnet structure, basket cone wiring, and more are all in a different league.
There are three models in the pro 2000 series: the sealed cabinet SB 2000 pro, the ported PB 2000 pro, and a throwback model to the original SVS subs, the PC 2000 Pro, their ported cylinder-shaped subwoofer. All three models use a 550-watt power amp capable of 1500 watts on Peaks. The SB 2000 Pro is about a 15-inch cube and weighs close to 50 pounds. This will likely be the go-to subwoofer for a lot of systems. It is well under $1000 can deliver bass down to 17 Hertz and produce up to 121 dB of pressure at 30 Hertz.
But what if you want even more bass impact? The PB 2000 weighs in at 64 pounds and is almost 2 feet tall, 20 inches wide, and 19 inches deep. This guy can produce bass down to 16 Hertz and put a great 128.3 dB at 30 Hertz.
For those of you who want the ported sound’s impact but do not quite have space, SVS offers the PC 2000 Pro, a cylinder version of the PB 2000 pro. It is about 17 inches wide by 34 inches tall the PC 2000 pro will cost you $50 more over the PB 2000 pro.
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, the SB 2000 Pro offers a ton of performance for the money and might be the best value in the entire series.
The SVS 3000 Series
For the 3000 series, SVS took everything they have and their particular driver used for the 2000 Pro series and added a few more tricks. First, it’s a 13-inch high excursion woofer, and the first in the line use a flat inch wind voice coil, which reduces mass and improves driver efficiency. You’ll have 800 watts of continuous power and 2500 watts peak power on hand with both models. Even the sealed SVS SB 3000 can produce bass down to 18 Hertz and put out almost 127 dB at 30 Hertz, which is just astonishing.
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. Needless to say, we would not recommend this one for an apartment. Like the other series, we do prefer this sealed model here as well. It is super fast and tight, making it an excellent choice for both music and home theater.
The SVS 4000 Series
With a 4000 series, we’re starting to get into the realm of huge subwoofers. The three models incorporate a lot of trickle-down tech from the legendary SVS 16 ultra series. All of them use a massive 13.5-inch woofer with edge wound voice coils. As you might expect, the power increases with a 4000 series going to 1200 watts of continuous power with 4000 watts of peak power. SVS adds some pretty neat power control when you get to the 4000 models. The circuitry they call active power factor correction does line conditioning, surge suppression, and voltage regulation, allowing the amp to deliver its full power potential even if you have some swings on your power line. They also added a ground isolation circuit to help prevent ground loops. 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.
All three models at balanced inputs and outputs along with the RCA connections, and you’ll get a heads up display on the 4000 models to show you the mode it’s in. Even the sealed SP 4000 is pretty serious in size, weighing in at 102 pounds in a box that is roughly 18 inches tall and wide and 21 inches deep.
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, maybe 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
Last but certainly not least, we had these 16 Ultra Series. If you have made it this far, you’re probably looking for the last subwoofer you’ll ever need to buy. As the model number says, these use a huge 16-inch woofer that has an eight-inch flat round voice coil. These can pull 1500 watts out of the wall when they are going full speed. So a dedicated circuit is recommended. The powerful MOSFET amp can deliver 1500 watts continuous power of 5000 Watts on Peaks to satisfy even the most dynamic thunder clapping. Both have the same features as a 4000 series with an excellent heads-up display and full app control. Physically these 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.
The SVS PB 16 ultra is another story. It looks more like a small refrigerator. It’s 174 pounds of a solid subwoofer and a box that is 25 inches tall, 22 inches wide, and 31 inches deep. Spec-wise they are both impressed with the SB 16 Ultra getting down to 16 Hertz and the PB 16 Ultra going all the way down to 13 Hertz. The SB 16 Ultra can put out just shy of 130 dB at 30 Hertz, while the PB 16 Ultra can produce almost 137 dB. These are some seriously staggering numbers.
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 for reference to home theater and music systems. On the other hand, you want a sub that reaches down into the infrasonic levels. The PB 16 ultra is an excellent choice.
I hope this overview of the SVS subwoofers has helped you understand which model might be the best for your system.