REVIEW: SVS PB-1000 Subwoofer
THE VERDICT:
The PB-1000 nearly hits all the right notes. For movies it outperforms nearly everything I’ve heard in this price range. If it had just a tad more tightness and detail for music it would be perfect.

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Design8.5
Features8
Value10
Performance8.5
The Good
  • The SVS PB-1000 subwoofer is a fantastic value at $499. It's low-frequency punch with movies and music is indicative of subs that cost much more.
The Bad
  • While the PB-1000 is fantastic for movies, with music it can lack the refined detail needed for some tracks.
8.8Overall Score

 

SVS PB1000 10-inch 300 Watt Powered Subwoofer

Price: $499.99

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SVS PB-1000 Subwoofer Review

SVS is one of the few companies who’ve found success with the “direct to consumer” sales model. The reason for their success is really quite simple. They make excellent sounding products. Every time I’ve had the opportunity to listen to one of SVS’s products, I’ve come away impressed. So, when my personal trusty 10 inch subwoofer finally kicked the proverbial bucket, SVS was the first place I looked to for a new subwoofer.

 

My needs were really quite simple. I listen to a good bit of music, but I really needed a sub that could kick-butt for movies in my home theater. My home theater room isn’t particularly large, so big monster subwoofers like the PC-13 Ultra and PB-13 Ultra were overkill. I also had a strict budget in mind (around 500 bucks) so I wanted to get the most bang for my buck. I finally decided on the SVS PB-1000.

 

The only finish option available for the PB-1000 is black oak. Although the piano gloss finish that some of their models come in is nice (really nice), I’d rather not have to constantly wipe smudgy fingerprints off on a daily basis. When the double boxed package arrived, I was a little surprised at the volume and size of the subwoofer cabinet, especially since it housed only a 10 inch woofer. Despite it’s size, the PB-1000 only weighs about 46 lbs so lugging it around my theater room trying to find a proper place for it was pretty easy.

SVS PB-1000 Subwoofer

 

SVS gives you a few options for connecting the PB-1000 sub to your system. LFE, speaker level, and line level inputs are all included on the subwoofer. These connections work perfectly for stereo use or home theater use. In my case I used the LFE input and connected the PB-1000 to my trusty Onkyo receiver.

 

Performance

U571 is a movie well-known for its ability to torture subwoofers, so I was intrigued to see how the PB-1000 would stack-up.  The depth charge scene in U571 has such low frequencies that it’s common to hear port chuffing from a subwoofer. Thankfully and surprisingly, with the PB-1000 I got none of that. However, what I did get was a crazy thrill ride that vibrated my chair and walls.

 

The battlefield scene from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was just as thrilling. As the imposing Oliphants marched onto the battlefield their footsteps pounded my listening area and again vibrated my chair. The next movie I tested completely sold me on the PB-1000. Edge of Tomorrow is a movie I always enjoy testing with subwoofers because of the low-frequency sweep that’s in the opening credits. The action heavy movie which is full of explosions and chest pounding action is a good measuring stick for a subwoofer. So I plopped in the Blu-ray and sat back ready to enjoy the thrill ride.  About a quarter-way through the movie my wife came down stairs and wanted to know what I was listening to. I explained to her I was listening to my newly acquired SVS subwoofer. She replied that the floor and the walls upstairs were vibrating. My only reply to her was…. “Nice”. Long story short if you live in an apartment, this subwoofer will make your neighbors angry.

 

With music the SVS PB-1000 did show some minor weaknesses. With most music it sounds excellent. However, it lacks the detail and precision needed for some tracks. When comparing the ported PB-1000 to the sealed SB-1000, the SB-1000 has the edge when it comes to accuracy. That being said, having listened to both subwoofers I prefer the PB-1000 because of its low-frequency punch.

 

Conclusion

The SVS PB-1000 subwoofer is pretty impressive. It’s unusual to see a subwoofer under $500 that sounds this good. While it may not have the musical accuracy that some audiophiles crave, it’s an excellent performer for home theater. If you’re the type who likes to anger your neighbors then the PB-1000 subwoofer may be the right sub for you.
 


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