SVS SB-2000 500 Watt DSP Controlled 12" Compact Sealed Subwoofer

Model: SB2000BLK UPC: 850071005240 Item: 1585

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The SVS SB-2000 is the best sealed subwoofer you’ll find for under $1000. It provides 12 inches of absolutely unrivaled bass and a sound that will bring out every kind of emotion. The raw punch of the powerful bass brings together this unseen sonic package. 

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Combining Power, Intelligent Processing, and Innovative Driver Design

The SB-2000 500 Watt DSP Controlled 12" Compact Sealed Subwoofer delivers an unrivaled bass experience for music, movies, TV, and everything you want to listen to. Enjoy deeper, more impactful sound experiences worthy of emotional and visceral reactions.

The SVS SB-2000 subwoofer achieves a staggering 19 - 240Hz frequency response from an enclosure weighing only 35 pounds and measuring 14.2" all around (without feet and grille). The subwoofer's weight, compact footprint, and elegant appearance make it easy to set up in any room. It's also one of the best subwoofer for 5.1 home theaters and other surround systems.

No small performer, the SB-2000 matches or beats the output levels of subwoofers twice the size and weight. An innovative driver and amplifier, high end materials, and revised tuning allow the SB-2000 subwoofer achieve levels of articulation, musicality, dynamics, and fathomless extension unequaled in other compact subwoofers. Put simply, it's the best performing sealed subwoofer under $1000 by a wide margin.

Sledge Amplifier STA-500D

The Sledge STA-500D is the sonic engine that brings an unprecedented amp technology and sophistication not found anywhere else at this price point. On sheer power alone, it effortlessly punches out 500 watts RMS and 1100 peak watts.

The SB-2000 boasts smooth and precise digital signal processing at all drive levels, plus flexible connectivity for ease of setup and seamless integration into all home theater and stereo systems. When it's not in use, the energy-saving standby mode consumes less than 0.5 watts. All told, this subwoofer is a never-before-at-this-price sonic package.

SVS 12" High Output Driver

Designed from scratch - and optimized through exhaustive testing until it delivered unprecedented performance - the powerful 2000-series driver does SVS proud.

Matched and maximized to its Sledge amplifier, it effortlessly delivers the STA-500D's precision, dynamic flexibility, and raw punch. The result: the driver delivers higher output, improved linearity, and lower distortion, which means loads of clean, precise, deep, powerful bass for your movies and music.

  • Computer FEA-optimized motor for even lower distortion
  • Heavy-duty voice coil for extreme power handling
  • Upgraded suspension for improved linearity and control
  • Rubber surround for durability and long life




  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 14.6" x 14.2" x 15.4"
  • Weight: 34.8 lbs.
  • Driver size: 12"
  • Frequency response: 19 - 220Hz ± 3dB


  • Front-firing 12" driver


  • Sledge STA-500D DSP amplifier
  • 500 watts RMS continuous (1100 watts peak dynamic)
  • Efficient and cool-running Class D topology
  • Green standby mode with > 0.5 watts consumption
  • Input impedance: 47kΩ (unbalanced line-level RCA)
  • RoHS compliant, lead-free construction, worldwide safety certifications


What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • SB-2000 500 Watt DSP Controlled 12" Compact Sealed Subwoofer
  • 8 foot power cord


Customer Reviews for SVS SB-2000 500 Watt DSP Controlled 12" Compact Sealed Subwoofer

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From "enjoyment" to "excitement"
My home theater has been around for a while. I purchased it 17 years ago. It was, to my standards, state of the art. Lexicon DC1 Digital Pre-amplifier, Lexicon 225 and 212 (x2) amplifiers, Classe Tuner, Revel speakers, and Velodyne Servo F-1500 subwoofer. After all these years, it still delivers a beautiful sound and much enjoyment to my senses. A few days ago I disconnected the Velodyne subwoofer and replaced it with a pair of SB-2000's. I put on some Steely Dan and couldn't stop smiling. Wow! The "bass punch" is so sweet. And now I'm bummed that I didn't do this a long time ago. My excitement level is through the roof! Hey SVS -- so very glad to have found you.
January 6, 2016
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For speakers I have a 5.1 home theater with a pair of Klipsch RB-81's, a matching Klipsch in-wall center and a pair of Definitive technology Pro-1000's for surrounds, with the SVS-2000 as a sub-bass anchor, with an NAD 758 receiver to power it all. A couple of pro installers spent 10 man hours wiring this and then did an "Audyssey" set up and called it good enough and went to their next job. The problem was that that my system hardly sounded like it should for the $4000-5000 total I had spent (with regular TV, apple TV, 3 dvd players, etc,) and was nowhere near my expectations. My first-rate components didn't seem to be working in balance. The center seemed to be working too hard and the SVS subwoofer, for example, wasn't producing much bass. In fact, I was so frustrated I was ready to box up my new subwoofer and upgrade to the SVS Ultra, even though my room wasn't that big and the Ultra would have cost $1000 over the SB-2000 price! I am very glad though that I called customer service first and explained my system wasn't delivering what I expected. Daren, who said he had personally lived with the SB-2000 for several years, knew it should be doing a better job. He was very helpful in walking me through the NAD 758 setup menu in which he had me set each of the home theater speakers to different relative decibel (DB) settings. Changing those settings from the defaults made the difference between night and day! A helpful suggestion, SVS: I believe that there should be a notice in bold print that Audessy or any other packaged receiver computer program more than likely will not deliver acceptable sound and that the speakers should really be set up separately. Moreover, I subsequently learned on my own that my NAD receiver, for example, has an excellent enhanced audio setting (EARS") for stereo and broadcast sources-- far better than the Audessy setting, as well as an enhanced movie setting to best capture the slam-bang-boom of contemporary movies that make extensive use of spectacular sound effects. My next step, now that I decided this SVS subwoofer was a definite "keeper," was to rent the exact movie suggested by a disappointed reviewer of this very product. I wanted to see if this customer's problem wasn't most likely the same as mine had been-- that is, a failure to properly balance the speakers in the setup menu. I found in viewing this and other "action movies" that this subwoofer, once properly balanced in my system, now works absolutely brilliantly with a variety of sources. It is very powerful when called to duty to simulate an explosion, for example, yet restrained with jazz quartets. With jazz and classical music sources it behaves very well, never showy or intrusive. It's perfect for my room of 3500 sf. The bigger Ultra would certainly have been overkill and overwhelming for this application. I appreciate the fact that neither Daren nor the other rep at SVS didn't try to "upsell" me a bigger and more costly subwoofer. Congratulations SVS on a product well-executed! And one final bit of praise: I love the modular design so that at some point in the future if there was an electrical amp failure, that it's easily field repairable by anyone handy with a screwdriver.
December 18, 2014
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One of the best subs you can buy.
I'm a professional AV integrator, and we sell and install some very high end AV. We have switched to using SVS subs exclusively in almost all of our installation. Here's why:
1. Price - You can't get any better bang for your buck.
2. Performance - Depth and extension without bottoming out.
3. Power - Hard hitting, yet articulate.
4. Support - Got a question? Call them and ask!

Do yourself a favor and pick one of these subs up. You won't be sorry.
August 16, 2016
Originally posted at
Doesn't know it's limits
When the SB-2000 subwoofer has run in (like two weeks or so) it indeed sounded as deep, tight and accurate as everyone says. I tested a lot of my LFE heavy Blu-ray's to make sure that the subwoofer can handle everything thrown at. Even movies with subwoofer heavy scenes like Inception or Star Trek didn't pose any problems for the SB-2000 sub. Besides that it is also one of the easiest subs to place and setup (only the blue light at first was a bit of a distraction, but you'll get used to that). I also like the small footprint and the sleek design.

But... everything changed when my Blu-ray copy of Edge of Tomorrow arrived. This movie contains a few very low frequency sweep tones at the intro of the movie and that's where all the problems started. The driver excursion was extremely high and the subwoofer chassis started shaking too much causing the rubber feet to bounce lightly on my even level floor. I was shocked but played the scene again to study the behavior from the sub up close. The chassis wasn't only shaking too much, but the woofer excursion seemed so high that I could actually hear a little rubber 'flapping' from the woofer itself (hard to hear from seating position). The weird thing is that the volume of my receiver and sub were set on a normal (not loud) level and my receiver crossover is only set to 60Hz. No other movies posed problems thus far except this scene (the rest of the movie wasn't really LFE heavy).

Not only it seamed that the woofer itself had a difficult time, but the chassis itself is to lightweight to handle the power of the internal components. I actually placed new feet under the sub to try if that solves it, but unfortunately it is a weight problem. Placing something weighty on top of the sub solved the problem, but of course the driver excursion was still shockingly high and the rubber 'flapping' was still there. I also tested the scene on an older REL Q50 (12 inch) sub and that one handled it without problems and even sounded almost similar (of course it can't go as deep as the SVS). That sub has the same weight and is only 50 Watts...

So eventually I want to like the SVS SB-2000, but am suprised that it already showed it's limit with one movie on a normal volume in a small living room, but an older sub like the aformentioned REL Q50 didn't.
October 5, 2014
Originally posted at
Simply Amazing!
Bought a pair of these and an SB-2000 sub for a dedicated music listening room. Could not be happier. Money well spent!
October 31, 2017
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2.2 stereo done right
I replaced an older, high end, Velodyne subwoofer with dual SB-2000’s. I’ve had these for a few weeks now and have listened to a large variety of music - and some movies. There is no letdown in terms of bass power/performance, but the effect of having 2 subs has greatly smoothed out the bass response in the room. Musically, the sound is warmer, and yet the crispness of the Ultra Bookshelf speakers is complimented by smoother, stereo bass. Top to bottom, I am hearing a very musical sound. Not boomy or overpowering but solid, open and natural. I could not be happier with this purchase.
September 24, 2017
Originally posted at
.More than suits my needs.
Pairs nicely with my Yamaha Receiver and very efficient Klipsch Heresy II speakers. Far exceeds any expectations I had.
April 5, 2016
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David G.
Got my SB-2000 (Black piano finish) on Christmas eve, two days after ordering it through SVS. Where do I begin? The fast service? FedEx stated it would not show up till the following Tuesday. Surprise! Not bad for free shipping. Fit and finish? Most excellent. The competition that I had narrowed it down to before seeing an add in Sound and Vision and other mags was Golden Ear Technology, JL and REL. My ideal goals and size requirements and current bank account put the prices at $999 to $2000, mostly towards the upper figure. Being almost tax time the upper figure was not in the budget this year. So after much soul searching, about three seconds...I placed my order. After it arrived my buddy was here to help me. By the way, he's getting one too now. We got it up and running and I was surprised to hear that it was no where as stiff and thuddy as my Velodyne's of the past did when brand new. I got it dialed in after a half hour of play, still tweaking once in awhile. I'm so happy to hear that last octave that I had been missing with my last one. And it's breaking in quite well and fast too. As everyone in other reviews say, it's tight and musical...yes it is! Through the years past I was a salesman in middle to high end mom and pop salons. $30k to $100k+ out the door not too uncommon. I couldn't afford the best but I could get the sound close enough for my taste. One of my new acquaintances owns a ultra high end store locally. 30k to 109k for a pair of speakers is the norm. But I get to go in and talk and listen to the gear of my dreams. This includes subwoofers. One brand I was looking at that had a few models I could afford. They are excellent sounding and I can tell you that the SB-2000 can hold itself right there next to them with ease for $200 to $1200 less. And with the piano finish, it looks better in the room too. I had planned to only get one but in the near future when I set up my new stereo listening room with my Magnepans I'll need two more so this one can stay with my theater system. That should tell you everything you need to know about my feelings on the SB-2000's. And yes...I will be purchasing some gear with my friend at his store, I like to keep my money locally if at all possible just not on this purchase, and I'm always happy to save money and get just what I wanted to hear, you have 45 days to do this or SVS will take them back. You just can't go wrong. OH! And one other thing that I found astounding, that I've never seen before (at least when you order direct from SVS) There is an envelope that says open first. SVS takes the time to personalize a letter to you with your name on it. It's really a small item in a big world, but it's attention to detail that makes them stand out. And NO I don't work for them, I give kudos where due.
December 26, 2016
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Great product
I purchased the SB-2000 in early 2015. After I let it burn in for a while, I spent some mandatory time moving it around my listening room and adjusting the controls. After finding a final resting place for the sub and performing a lot of listen/adjust/listen/adjust sessions (no more than a case of beers worth time, in reality), I settled in for a few listening sessions. Holy cow, did I have a big smile on my face. It brought so much depth and guts to the music! My main monitors sound exquisite but do not have a great bottom end. The sub really filled everything out. Furthermore, it's fast and articulate. No boomy or flabby bass with this thing. The sub did not interfere with the imaging, soundstage or detail of the main speakers. It got out of the way and did its job. Everything, and I mean everything, sounds better...more "holy cow. yes!" inducing. Art Pepper, Monk, Albert King, Freddie King, the latest Led Zep remasters, old Dead soundboard rips, new D'Angelo, Burial and Flying Lotus. It all sounds righteous with this little monster.
Highly recommended
February 23, 2015
Originally posted at
SB-2000 - Clean, Tight, Powerful, and Warranted for 5 Years
I don't do a lot of product reviews, but this one is well deserved. I replaced a JBL 12" bottom loaded, 300W, ported sub with this one and the sound, and accent for both music and movies is great, and a great improvement over the JBL. It has plenty of power for my 14'x25'x8' room (corner placement), does not sound boomy, and has a great tight sound that rounds out the low end of all the music I listen to on my 7.1 system, predominantly rock. The kicker here, so to speak, is the 5 year warranty, especially after my prior experience. I have owned a recording studio, sound & light company, and still play and record original music, so I hope I have some idea what I'm talking about. If you know what you're doing there is no reason this sub won't sound great with your system.
September 28, 2017
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