A name like SVS may not be familiar to some enthusiasts and audiophiles, but they’ve been in the audio industry for decades with a variety of high-quality products. All their products share a similar design with a minimalistic approach which does their products better than anything else. One such product is the SVS PB-1000, which is a compact single ported driver with a totally unique tuning setup that will give you an incredible amount of bass, with no regard for a subterranean low-frequency extension.
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SVS PB-1000 Subwoofer Review
- Excellent build quality
- Punchy bass
- Ideal for movies
- Affordable price
- Continuously variable volume and phase controls
- Rigid and strong cabinet construction
- It is not ideal for large areas
- It can be annoying to see the front power LED.
- Some port noise was demanded by the music
The appearance of the PB-1000 is nothing special. It has the same features you would expect from a sub-500: a 10-inch driver and 300-watt Class-D amp. A modestly-sized enclosure houses the unit. Vinyl wrap finished in generic faux black oak is also included. However, Maybe there is something more to the performance or some magic sauce or dust Mason and his team put into the amp’s onboard digital signals processor (DSP).
Considering the deep bass extension and thunderous SPL output without sacrificing musicality, PB-1000 defies expectations at every level. Front-firing drivers feature dual high-grade ferrite magnetics and FEA-optimized internal motor technology. This allows for an extreme excursion, high output, and extremely low distortion. The 10-inch driver performs as well as the 12- and 15-inch drivers but is housed in larger cabinets.
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Design, Inputs, and Features
Although the PB-1000’s design may differ from its brother, it retains the same fundamental characteristics as the 1000 series. The PB-1000 is larger than the SB-1000 because of its ported design, but it has a smaller design that makes it great for small spaces where subwoofer placement can be difficult.
With the grille on, the subwoofer measures 18.9 inches by 15 inches by 20 inches (48 x 38.1×50.8 cm). Taking the grille off will reduce the subwoofer’s depth by about half an inch. The subwoofer weighs 46 pounds (20.9kg), which is quite heavy for such an insignificant design.
The cabinet’s design is very distinctive and reflects SVS. The PB-1000 is made from a strong and rigid Medium Density Fibreboard cabinet (MDF), with curvy corners, and covered with a black oak vinyl wrap. The entire front face is covered with a plastic moulded cloth grille. It has a pin/cup retention system that keeps it stable when in use and only the SVS logo at the center.
We are confident that most people will prefer to use the PB-1000 without the grille. It looks better and gives it a more aggressive appearance than the plain black box.
The front view of the sub shows a driver with a 10″ front face and a driver with a 3.5” high flow port with inner/outer flares. To accommodate the ported box design, a 10′” driver was necessary instead of the 12″.
The small LED light on the driver’s top left corner indicates whether the subwoofer has been working or is on standby. It is identical to the larger one. The subwoofer’s standby light is red and it turns blue when it gets a signal. This was frustrating on the SB-1000, and it is still frustrating here. The front cloth grille is subtler but it’s still visible. It will make your eyes look twice as hard in dark environments. This problem can be solved quickly with a little bit of black tape.
We will soon analyze the back of the sub, which contains all the connections and controls. The PB-1000 subwoofer isn’t the type of subwoofer that will impress you with its exotic appearance or quality. However, it wasn’t designed to do this. SVS wanted to keep the price low and created a design that was not too striking in terms of looks but focused on efficiency in a small package. We think they succeeded in this respect. The SB-1000 was available in three colors, but the PB-1000 is only available in Premium Black Ash finish.
The PB-1000 has a 10″ high-performance front-firing driver. It uses a lightweight composite cone of fiber-treated fiber for enhanced sensitivity and transient response. A rubber surround is also used for durability and long life. For excellent thermal management and low distortion along with a high-power voice coil, an FEA-optimized motor technology was used.
The subwoofer’s low price does not mean it sacrifices quality. It has two high-grade ferrite magnets and a vented pole section for increased cooling and low noise. The Sledge STA300D Class D amplifier is capable of providing 300W of continuous power and 720W of peak dynamic power.
The PB-1000 also has a DSP signal processor that allows for more precise response and refined behavior in all operating conditions. This is a significant advantage for the 1000 series, as low-cost subwoofers typically use analog circuits that have lower control precision.
The input impedance rating is 47 kO for unbalanced RCA and 2 kO for speaker level inputs. It has a frequency response of 19Hz to 270Hz at +/-3dB. This sub’s 19Hz rating is quite impressive and shows how much you get for your money.
Connectivity-wise, the PB-1000 has exactly the same configuration as the SB-1000. The PB-1000 has the same LFE coaxial port most people will use to connect to their AV receiver. You will also find a pair of line-level inputs and outputs, while the lower pair contains two pairs of high-level speaker wire inputs (5 x 5). In certain cases, there is also an input for a 3V-12V AC/DC Trigger. There are many ways to connect the subwoofer using these ports. The manual details all possible connections and covers all setups.
Similar to the included ports, the controls work exactly the same. The controls include a power switch, a standby/on a switch, and three knobs to control the volume, phase, and low pass filter (LPF) within the 50Hz-160Hz frequency range. The knobs, unlike most subwoofers, are digital actuators. This allows for greater control and precision as well as noise-free adjustments. SVS was not a popular brand by chance. Small details like these show how much SVS cares about its products.
The subwoofer’s green standby mode is less than 0.5 watts, which is certainly cost-effective in the long term. It is RoHS compliant, has a lead-free design, and comes with all international safety certifications.
It’s a ported subwoofer, which means it has a higher power output than a sealed subwoofer with an identical amplifier. It’s up to you what you are looking for in terms of where it should be placed. The subwoofer should be placed in the corner to produce louder bass, but less accuracy. You might find it a little too loud for your liking, so you may want to place it against a wall. This will increase the deep bass output as well as improve accuracy.
All of this means that you can choose where it is placed. Many people don’t have many choices. There is no right or wrong, and every position will give you different results. Take your time to try different positions to find the one that suits you best. We chose to test in the corner of our viewing position on the left-hand side.
After connecting the PB 1000 to the RCA cable, we calibrated our Onkyo AV receiver with a single 5.1 channel surround system. We used the 2.1 channels setup for our music testing, with the SVS subwoofer and only the front channels.
The PB-1000 produces the kind of forceful, yet detailed bass that we would expect from more powerful and certainly more expensive subwoofers. The subwoofer is actually a great addition to your home theater. Even though your front speakers are quite low, it makes a huge difference.
We decided to review the exact same films we tested during our PB-1000 testing. This was done to compare their performance and decide which one is best for film viewing. For our first test, we chose to watch Saving Private Ryan in 4K UHD. We also listened to the Dolby Atmos track. In particular, we saw two scenes. The first one is the landing on Omaha Beach, and the second is the Battle of Ramelle.
The low-end action began at the beginning of the opening sequence. As the boats approached the beach, the German artillery shells were exploding onto the water surface using the PB-1000. This gives you a glimpse of what’s to come. The real action begins when the Allied soldiers reach the beach. It is difficult to discern the low-end action, but it is incredible how the subwoofer’s sonic attack kept us on our feet.
Saving Private Ryan’s mix has a natural texture. Each explosion and machine-gun fire were being pumped out with great detail. The sub was able to dig down to a depth that one would not expect from a 10” driver and a cabinet so small. But the SVS did it. The PB-1000 could rock us with its masterful low-end, but don’t expect the same air pressure as with the larger boys in the SVS range. The PB-1000 is a true performer in its class, and that’s what really matters.
We found ourselves again in the middle of all the action, this time jumping forward to the Battle of Ramelle. The subwoofer was unaffected and reproduced the terrifying sound of Panzer and Tiger tanks with great authority. It felt as if a tank were right outside our house. Tank fire was heavy, while weapons fire and ordnance blasts had a natural tone. The PB-1000 unleashed its explosive sonic waves when the tank buster decimated the Tiger on the bridge at the end of the battle.
Next, we tried something different. The 4K UHD Jurassic World with its amazing DTSX mix was our choice. The track is subtler and more balanced than the war-torn Saving Private Ryan, but there were plenty of times when the PB-1000 was able to show its muscles.
The Indominous Rex’s footsteps make an obvious sound, while the dinos roars, explosions, and other low-end effects are all reproduced with great accuracy. They never feel muddy or lacking in detail. This film was a perfect fit for the subwoofer and it gave another great performance. This film isn’t about raw performance, but it does show the benefits that a subwoofer at a lower price can offer.
We can conclude our review by saying that the PB-1000 can do incredible things with movies. The port design is perfect for giving you that extra punch in scenes while still maintaining a tight, controlled, and very deep low end. We were impressed with the SB-1000’s performance when we reviewed it, but the PB-1000 was even more impressive.
We switched to a 2.1 channel set up for our music testing and selected some FLAC music tracks to stream through our Onkyo AVR receiver. The PB-1000 provided the required depth, which was missing if we had opted for a stereo system. It is amazing how much volume a subwoofer can provide to music listening. The sub here did that. The drums became more refined, the guitar rhythms became more engaging, and the bass had more articulation.
The PB-1000 started to feel a little sluggish when things got too crazy. Some port noise was heard, but only in very demanding songs. The SB1000 subwoofer with a sealed box design is a better option if you’re a music lover. The PB-1000, a subwoofer that is affordable and can handle almost any challenge you throw at it, is a great choice.
Out of the box, the SVS PB-1000 subwoofer is a fantastic addition to any home theater or music system. The sleek and easy to transport high-grade MDF enclosure gives the bass a very clean and articulate response that won’t leave you longing for an upgrade. Though it is significantly more expensive than its competitors, it is worth every penny with its ability to compete with those from much higher price points.