New from SVS: A Review of the PB-3000 and SB-3000 Subwoofers
SVS lowers the boom. Big time.
“An iron fist inside a velvet glove.” That’s how SVS characterizes the company’s newest line of subwoofers, the 3000 series – and it’s a fitting description. But massive, sternum-vibrating power and room-shaking bass from a company that wins nearly every subwoofer award in the industry, year after year, isn’t the big story here.
What’s getting everyone’s attention is the 3000 series price tag – and the fact that SVS’ two newest subwoofers – the PB-3000 and the SB-3000 – offer true reference caliber sound for, quite literally, thousands of dollars less than anything else on the market with similar output specs. Bottom line: For those of us who love big, beautiful sound but don’t have big, beautiful bank accounts, SVS’s 3000 series is a game-changer.
Forget what you think you know about subwoofer performance.A quick history: In 2015, SVS turned the subwoofer world on its head with a new flagship line called “16-Ultra.” Reviews were consistently 5-star and mostly giddy with praise. (“Bone crushing.” “My jaw was stuck ajar.” “The single best subwoofer ever.”) A year later, SVS debuted its 4000 series, a slightly smaller trio of subwoofers more moderately priced, but with the same 16-Ultra innovations built-in. Now, with the new 3000 series, SVS pays it forward yet again with a number of noteworthy innovations built into both models, the PB-3000 and the SB-3000:
The biggest, most advanced driver in this price range – a 13-inch High Excursion SVS Driver – plus a flat edge, wound split-wind voice coil designed to maximize magnetics. Together, the two work to provide sternum-vibrating bass without sacrificing refinement or control. From a sonic perspective, we’re talking the lowest possible frequencies with the highest level of precision… and in the land of awesome subwoofers and awesome home theaters, that’s huge.
Massive power by way of a Sledge STA-800D2 amplifier – conservatively rated at 800 watts RMS / 2500+ watts peak power – the “iron fist” part of the equation. (The motor alone weighs 40 pounds.)
The most advanced digital processor ever used in a subwoofer – a sophisticated 50 Mhz High Resolution Analog Devices Audio DSP for pinpoint accuracy and pristine sound quality maintained through advanced in-room tuning, optimized frequency response curves and powerful DSP controls.
Easy control via SVS’ Bluetooth mobile app for Apple and Android – control volume, as well as multiple DSP functions and your own custom presets. You can even adjust crossover frequencies to suit your favorite movie-watching, music-listening, game-playing chair.
Fine tune all nuanced, critical functions – use the Intelligent Control Interface (ICI) on the rear panel to adjust for smooth sonic transitions and/or blending with the other speakers in the room.
The biggest difference between the SB-3000 and the PB-3000 is structural, given the slightly more expensive PB-3000 has the acoustic advantage of dual forward-facing ports to maximize airflow and eliminate turbulence. Next, we break the two models down:
The SVS SB-3000. 10 times the sub for 1/10th the cost.
Out of the box, the SB-3000 is a room-shaking history-maker, in that no other subwoofer comes close to this kind of raw power and absolute precision at this price. (Not to mention, at this size: 15” cubed without the grille. The SB-3000 easily outperforms subwoofers two and three times bigger.) Audiophiles will love it for its stunning refinement and musicality, home theater buffs will love for its deep, thunderous, cinema-like sound, most will love the fact it so easily hides away, and everyone will love the fact this amazing little miracle from SVS costs less than a grand.
The PB-3000. SVS ups the ante with another SVS first.
The PB-3000 represents SVS’ first-ever dual ported subwoofer. When cranked up, the two forward-facing ports help maximize airflow and driver motion while eliminating port turbulence. This helps its 13-inch driver perform at peak efficiency without even a whiff of extraneous noise. The end effect is remarkable: deep, thunderous lows – some below the threshold of human hearing, yet felt with authority – and all with flawless tonal accuracy. In every other respect, save for the $400 higher price tag, and the slightly bigger size (21.9” tall and 18.3” wide), the PB-3000 and the SB-3000 are exactly the same.
Building a system around the world’s best subwoofers.
A subwoofer is to home theater what a fireplace is to a cabin in Bangor: really, really important. Another way of saying: Whether your thing is music, movies or gaming in VR, the right subwoofer with the right speakers will absolutely enhance the experience 10-fold. The trick? Determining which additional components are best for the job.
Only a month ago, World Wide Stereo and SVS introduced the company’s new SVS Prime Wireless Speaker System, featuring a new SVS wireless bookshelf speaker. And if your goal is no wires anywhere, SVS Prime Tower speakers and SVS Prime Elevation speakers can be made wireless using the SVS Soundbase. Each comes with SVS’ signature sound – a combination of sonic accuracy, lively dynamics and, of course, major punch. And, as usual, everything works together seamlessly.
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Right now, brand new SVS PB-3000s and SB-3000s are available for pre-order (scroll on down to reserve yours today). So if you’re ready for some serious fun with the world’s best subwoofers – at the world’s best prices – we’ve got your back with our very own happiness guarantee: Free Shipping to anywhere + World Wide Stereo’s Price Match Guarantee + 60-Day Returns Policy + Award-Winning Support.
Bottom line: We’re thrilled to carry SVS. We’re blown away by SVS performance and value, and we’re betting you’ll feel the same way. Any questions, please – do not hesitate to contact us today. We hope to see you (or hear from you) soon!