SVS SB-1000 Review
If you have any knowledge about the audio equipment, you must have heard about the company SVS.
The company created a brand name for its high-quality products, especially when it comes to premium subwoofers. As more people tend to become fans of home theaters, besides big expensive subwoofers, the SVS started offering smaller ones for people that are on a budget or don’t have much space at their homes.
People with limited space prefer smaller speakers but without the much sacrifice of the quality and performance. That’s why SVS created two options for them, the SB-1000 and the PB-1000.
This review will be about SVS SB-1000.
- Small size
- Excellent quality
- Clear and precise bass
- Too small for big spaces
- It doesn’t go as low as other subs
- The front LED is distracting
- Lacks punch
The first thing that catches your eye when you look at SVS SB-1000 is its small size. The dimensions are 13.5 x 13 x 14.6 inches (HWD) and weight of 27 pounds. So it is small and lightweight enough to move it around and fit in most places.
The SB nomenclature stands for a sealed box. The cabinet is simple, with round corners, and the driver covers the whole front part. If you use the grille, it covers the entire front face with curved corners to match the cabinet’s design. The grille is also simple, with only the SVS logo in the bottom center.
Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) is the material used for the construction of the cabinet. The sides are thinner at 0.75 inches, but the front panel is 1 inch thick. On the inside, there are four 2-inches of thick damping materials, each for every corner.
When you remove the grille, the 12 inches frontal driver reveals. On the driver’s top left side, a small LED light serves to indicate whether the subwoofer is on standby (the light is red) or receives a signal (the light goes blue). Although this light becomes more subtle when the grille is on, many people don’t like its front position because it can be distracting when you use the subwoofer in a dark environment. A much better solution will be if the light is on the back end of the device.
As far as the color choices are about, you can choose from premium black ash, piano gloss black, or piano gloss white.
The 12-inch forward-firing driver has a long-throw design and consists of a lightweight fiber composite cone surrounded with rubber. Inside, there are dual high-grade ferrite magnets, FEA optimized motor technology, a vented pole piece, and a higher-power voice coil. They have the purpose of lowering the distortion, provide cooling and manage the heating.
The SVS SB-1000 comes with an STA-300D Class D amp that provides 300 watts of continuous power and 720 watts of peak dynamic power.
Unlike other budget-friendly subwoofers, which use analog circuits with less precision, SB-1000 has an advanced DSP signal processor.
The frequency response is 24 Hz to 260 Hz (+/- 3 dB).
There are a standard LFE coaxial port and a pair of line-level inputs on the back of the subwoofer. There is also a pair of line-level outputs and two pairs of five-way high-level speaker wire inputs. A 3V-12V AC/DC trigger input is present, which comes as a surprise for a device in this price range.
From controls, there is a power switch, an auto standby/on button, and three knobs for volume, phase, and low pass filter (50 Hz – 160 Hz LPF).
These dials are not analog but digital actuators that provide better precision and noise-free adjustments, which is another example of the manufacturer’s dedication to preserving the quality even in lower-cost models. Comprehensive and flexible connections are essential for setup without problems and easy integration in any home theater system.
When in standby mode, the SB-1000 consumes 0.5 watts, which is cost-friendly in the long run. The subwoofer is RoHS compliant with its lead-free construction.
On the bottom, there are four rubber-coated feet for floor protection. They are unscrewable in case you want to put other types of feet.
Sound quality of SVS SB-1000
The SVS SB-1000 sounds nice, clean, and tight. Since there is no port, there is no port noise. The bass is accurate and precise.
When watching movies, you will be surprised by the detailed presentation. The bass is solid and deep but effortless at the same time with no distortion. This small sealed subwoofer digs a lot deeper than expected.
When listening to music, SB-1000 has excellent dynamics and details, although sometimes it feels like it could use a little bit more punch to take out the best from the track.
Of course, there are limitations for this small subwoofer, but if you take its size and price into consideration, its performance is a considerable achievement.
SVS SB-1000 is definitely worth its price. Because of the small footprint, you can place it anywhere. Because of its excellent design, it won’t stick out. Sounds fantastic with music; sounds good with movies. It has a five-year warranty.
In case you want more low-frequency and size is not an issue, then probably the better choice is SVS PB-1000, an upgraded version of the SB-1000.