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SVS SB-1000

Powered subwoofer (Piano Gloss Black)

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Our take on the SVS SB-1000

SVS's compact SB-1000 offers deep, punchy bass that belies its modest price and small size. This room-friendly sub packs 300 watts of power and a 12" woofer into a cabinet that can fit inconspicuously into almost any space. You may not see where the bass is coming from, but you'll hear powerful, natural lows that will put some excitement back into your movie nights and music listening sessions.

Deep, powerful bass from a compact subwoofer

SVS's compact SB-1000 offers deep, punchy bass that belies its modest price and small size. This room-friendly sub packs 300 watts of power and a 12" woofer into a cabinet that can fit inconspicuously into almost any space. You may not see where the bass is coming from, but you'll hear powerful, natural lows that will put some excitement back into your movie nights and music listening sessions.

Airtight design for accurate bass

The SB-1000 has a built-in Digital Signal Processor (DSP) that dynamically controls amplifier power to ensure you hear deep, low-distortion bass no matter how loud your music and movies get. It also uses an acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinet design with no hole or port to interact with your room, so you'll experience tight, lightning-quick response from this sub that gives added depth and dimension to drums, bass guitars, and keyboards.

And since the driver creates some serious pressure inside the closed cabinet, SVS builds the SB-1000 strong and rigid to eliminate any cabinet flex and keep the bass clean.

Easy system integration

Line-level inputs and outputs let you easily connect this sub to most audio systems. A Low Frequency Effects (LFE) input accepts the subwoofer connection from your A/V receiver. Its back-panel volume, crossover, and phase controls help you fine-tune the bass to ensure a perfect sonic match with your main speakers and your room. The sub includes four conical feet that reduce surface contact area to decrease the amount of vibrations transmitted to the floor. The SB-1000 makes an excellent addition to just about any stereo music or home theater setup.

Who is SVS?

SVS was founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop a better alternative to the under-performing and over-priced subwoofers popular at the time. By leveraging advanced technology, using the highest quality components, and applying rigorous engineering and design principles, the SVS team has developed a line of high-performance, high-value audio products which bring music and movies to life with stunning realism.

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 24-260 Hz (±3 dB)
  • built-in Class D amplifier delivers 300 watts RMS of continuous power (720 watts peak dynamic power)
  • advanced DSP processor maintains control over the subwoofer at all drive levels for refined, low-distortion sound
  • lightweight, long-throw 12" woofer for enhanced sensitivity and transient response
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinet design
  • rear-mounted volume, crossover, phase, and power controls
  • digital actuator control knobs for precise and noise-free adjustment
  • continuously variable low-pass 50-160 Hz crossover with a disable (LFE) setting for connecting an A/V receiver
  • continuously variable phase control (0-180°)
  • main power on/off switch plus auto standby/on mode
  • line-level/LFE RCA inputs
  • speaker-level inputs
  • filtered RCA line outputs (fixed 80 Hz, 12dB/octave high-pass)
  • remote trigger input
  • detachable power cord
  • high-gloss piano white lacquer finish
  • 13-1/16"W x 13-1/2"H x 15-5/8"D
  • weight: 27 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Powered subwoofer
  • Grille (installed)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Owner's Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions

I bought one of these to use as the subwoofer for my new media room. Awesome bass! Everyone who has heard my system comments about how the bass is perfect.

Trevor, Omaha, NE


SVS SB-1000 Reviews

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(49 Reviews)

SVS SB-1000

Crutchfield customer from Lancaster, CA on 2/4/2019

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Very Tight Accurate Bass Definition, SeparAtion, Tonality , Subperb Extremely Deep Powerful Bottom End



Awesome for Music & Movie's

Manny from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on 1/15/2019

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I'm very happy with this sub but I'm more impressed by the service that the Crutchfield Team offered. Summary: I had already purchased another sub from my local BB, a Definitive Technology SuperCube 2000, the sales rep was really pushing it as the best in this price range. After taking it home and listening to it, it was OK, had plenty of volume BUT something was missing. I listen to music extensively (w/Martin Logan's) more then I watch movies (although I do enjoy movies), the DT2000 just sounded muddy to me with most music I listen to, Rock, Fusion, Classical, Jazz (to name a few), so I thought lets see what else is out there so I came across Crutchfield's site and noticed they offered live chat, I figured why not ask, can't hurt? I didn't mention I purchased the DT's right away. I was chatting with Chad, he asked the right questions and recommended I try this one especially because I'm more of a music listener. I got a good feeling abut Chad so I went for it and I'm glad I did. The bass sounds much more pronounced and with movies it's equally impressive as it gets the floor shaking 'plenty' (sorry neighbors). For now on when it comes to sound I'll be sure to check in here before I pull the trigger again. It's a refreshing feeling to do business with a company big on expertise/service and fair terms with competitive pricing. You just can't go wrong with that these days. Job well done Crutchfield Team!

Pros: Clear, Punchy but yet can get low and dirty for that floor rumbling effect!

Cons: For the money it doesn't get any better than this, for small to medium sized rooms I say just go for it.

SVS SB-1000

Crutchfield customer from Chapin, SC on 12/31/2018

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ordered fri before noon and received sub next day. easy to set up and works great!



I like it!!

Crutchfield customer from Punta Gorda, FL on 12/25/2018

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Really pleased with unit. Blends well with my speakers ( svs prime bookshelf's ) in a small to mid-sized room just fine, crossing it at about 60hz which may in fact be to high but still playing with the controls so it will get better with time. Like I said, really pleased.

Pros: Tight bass, not sloppy

Cons: none

SVS SB-1000

Crutchfield customer from Wenatchee, WA on 12/12/2018

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Returned supercube 2000 and ordered svs sb1000. Just fit in space under end table as allocated by my wife. Fills in dialogue and music well. Tight and not boomy. Makes dialogue and music quite natural with onkyo tx-rz830 with older mk bookshelf speakers Works fine with svs wireless kit.



Great Sub!!

Trevor from Omaha, NE on 12/10/2018

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I bought one of these to use as the subwoofer for my new media room. Awesome bass! Everyone who has heard my system comments about how the bass is perfect.

Pros: Easy to set up. Great Bass. Easy to adjust.

Cons: None.

Really Good and good with KEFs!

Allan from Royal Oak, MI on 11/28/2018

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I recently picked up some KEF LS 50s and while they are great speakers, they just don't go as low as i would like. I'm using the KEFs for music and decided to get a CyberMonday deal on a sub. Crutchfield obliged with an open box SVS SB-1000. I needed a relatively small sub that would blend well with the KEFs. A sealed box sub seemed to be a better bet than a ported box for my usage so the SB-1000 was what i decided to go with. After a few days the sub showed up on my doorstep. After a relatively short period of twiddling dials, I got a pretty decent blend of speaker to the sub. I settled in for a listening session and these things sound great!!! The bass is tight and i'm not getting any negative interactions with the KEFs. This is just what I wanted. I would highly recommend this for matching up with a bookshelf speaker or a bass deficient floorstander., I'm confident that I made the right choice for my system and I should be listening to this sub for years to come.

Pros: - Good Match with bookshelf speakers for a music system - Light weight, easy to position and more than adequate for my (small) listening room

Cons: For the price - none.

Thumping Bass

Terry from New York, NY on 11/15/2018

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This speaker is excellent for music. You really feel the percussion and thump. i'm pairing this with the Definitive Technology pro 800 for the boom. These speakers compliment each other really well. Highly recommended. For those who hear rattle from the Definitive sub tighten all screws, tighten the red speaker tabs on the back and remove the rubber pieces from the feet.

Pros: Fits neatly in the corner. Handsome looking woofer.

Cons: none

Worth every penny

Steve from Orange, VA on 11/14/2018

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Hands down the best sub I've ever owned! Tight bass for movies and music and worth every penny.

Pros: Tight, room filling bass

Cons: None

Detailed sound that blends perfectly

Chris from Grants Pass, OR on 10/13/2018

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This is one amazing sub. My Living room is 15x30 with 8' ceilings and it is perfect. Perfect sound and does not overpower the music. Sounds excellent with music and movies. I am running it at about 55% volume. I first ordered the Polk HTS12. Holy smokes! Way to much sub for my needs. I had to put it in the middle of the room toeven make it usable. Problem was at about 35% system volume, I could hear the bass 3 houses away. So, I sent that back and got the Definitive Technoligies pro sub 1000, and it was too boomy And not clear at certain frequencies. So I sent that back and decided to try the SVS SB1000. I'm glad I did as this thing is amazing.

Pros: Great sound, wont dominate your music, works excellent for movies. Not muddy at all. It won't bother my neighbors as long as I keep the volume respectable.

Cons: None

SVS SB-1000

William from Weimar, CA on 7/24/2018

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Good support sound for highs and lows. It compliments my Elac-6 speakers with a Yamaha R-N602 with excellent matching of all frequencies. All with the great advice via Crutchfield expertise.



Phenomenal Value

Alex from Eagle River, AK on 7/23/2018

I got this sub as part of SVS's Prime Satellite 5.1 package. We got the package for our ski condo where the potential to disturb neighbors is high. We wanted something small that provides deep accurate bass but not really deep, transfer through the door and walls bass...still does to an extent but it isn't a ported sub which would be more of an issue. This sub is very accurate and often surprises me when it hits a really low passage. It's better for music than for movies but does an outstanding job with both. For the money it can't be easily bested. For a more movie centric use I'd suggest one of SVS's ported subs. Very happy with this sub! The satellited are great too, Crutchfield should start carrying SVS's speakers too, FAR better than Bose for the same money. Not even a remotely fair comparison really.

Pros: Compact size Accurate Musical

Cons: Not a bottom dwelling sub

Tight response

Tom from Alabama on 7/10/2018

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Using sub in a 2.1 setup for music matched with Polk Audio RTI-6 speakers and Rotel Preamp. Replaced an old JBL bottom firing sub. Listening to classic rock, blues, jazz, bluegrass and contemporary Americana. Tight bass, not booming. I like it.

Pros: Tight response, variable phasing

Cons: None


Johnny from Hales Corners, WI on 6/27/2018

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I read a lot about sub woofers and all reviews pointed to SVS, I decided to go with dual subs because of recommendations and I am highly impressed! These subs rock!



Accurate little powerhouse.

Dave from Katy, TX on 5/30/2018

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Thanks Doug at Crutchfield! Doug confirmed exactly what I needed. A small yet powerful sealed, non "booming", accurate front firing sub for an office with very limited space and placement options where my use will be MUSIC- primarily classic rock, folk, country, jazz, pop and classical listening. The SB1000 is very tight as opposed to most ported subs and very accurate when it comes to reproducing low frequencies for music. I am fortunate enough to have bass management thru my amp, but this little sub has every other connection option imaginable if needed. For the money you simply can't beat the sound of this thing for HIFI in a small to mid sized room. Don't make the mistake of investing in hi end speakers only to ruin the sound with a muddy sub. If you like accurate music and great movie sound at reasonable volumes, this sub is a winner. If you have a huge room and/or just want to shake the place for movies or rap, look for a bigger or ported sub.

Pros: Accurate, tight bass indicative of sealed subs. Very small cabinet, not overly placement sensitive. Front firing design seems to help with placement for my specific application. YMMV.

Cons: Not really a con, just be sure you want an accurate high end sounding sub for music that is also sufficient for movies in a small to medium sized room. That's what this sub does really well. If you have a super large room, like rap or throw frat parties get a larger ported SVS or get two.

Very nice sub for the money

Jimmy from Long Is City, NY on 5/6/2018

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Very happy with this sub so far (still relatively new). I use it for my home theater, not for music. I'd qualify my review by stating that I like it for the money. Considering the size of the driver, it does feel a little under-powered. Probably should have bought the next size up. Too soon to determine build quality but styling and finish really look great. Can be a little muddy on the low-end but not so much that it gets in the way.

Pros: Very decent depth of sound Nice finish Low price

Cons: Slightly under-powered Lacking (just a little) on the low end definition (can sound a bit muddy)

Perfect for my needs.

sabra from Charlotte, NC on 4/24/2018

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This is a powerful and CLEAN sub. I'm using it in a 15' x 15' room for mostly audio. Running it off a pro mixer (control room out) and have it mixed so ever-gently (paired with some Klipsch bookshelf speakers) and it gives a very natural warm sound without being muddy. I'm not sure how any of the reviewers that say it "lacks volume" are getting that impression. It may just be a matter of personal taste. However, I want real-sounding bass that replicates the instruments I'm listening to in a sound-recording. This sub works perfectly for my needs. Highly recommend! .. oh. and I have my sub sitting on a hard-wood floor surface about 1-foot way from a wall. It DOES matter where you locate your sub.

Pros: Compact. Clean sounding.

Cons: none

SVS SB-1000

william from Altamont, NY on 4/2/2018

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Comparing this sub with my retired Boston acoustic mss-130 sub I'm a little disappointed. That was a 10" sealed down firing sub, this is a 12" forward firing with more power yet it seems slightly less powerful. It suits my system but I was expecting a little more. It still fills a larger HT room though. Shipping was quick and the price was decent. If I had th cash and to do again I'd opt for the SB2000 though. Over all good sub.

Pros: Small size. Good sound quality

Cons: Expected more bass from a 12" sub rated at this power level

Great sound, compact

Crutchfield customer from Calabash, NC on 3/26/2018

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Works well with my bookcase speakers and room size. Easy setup using the SVS recommendations. However, if you have a large room, this sub may not be what you're looking for.

Pros: Small size, great sound.

Cons: A bit pricey.

Nice low end but want more

Crutchfield customer from Big Pine, CA on 3/4/2018

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Good but not enough volume. I just ordered a svs2000 to supplement

Pros: Small and clean presentation. Lows tight and clear

Cons: Lacks volume

Great with music

John from Stratford, CT on 2/19/2018

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Very nice sub. Had hooked up with speaker wire. Now it is with RCA with full input ,using its own crossover. Works great either way. Kicks out those low tones. Used just for music. Went on SVS web site and gave me starting point crossover for my speakers. Very nice sounds much better than my surround sound sub did. Thanks to Tyler for recommendation.

Pros: Compact size and made nice. Like blue light when it's working.

Cons: None


Logan from Lapeer, MI on 1/30/2018

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If you want booming sub for a great price. This is the product to go buy. Deep sub that vibrates the whole house.

Pros: Deep rich sounds Adjustable nobs to customise to your liking

Cons: None

SVS SB-1000

Crutchfield customer from Ingleside, TX on 1/29/2018

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Using in my bedroom and it has nice tight clean bass



Good bass

Jim from Palos Park, IL on 12/25/2017

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Great add on your if looking for that extra bass. Go larger if you want a really big bass sound Works great for regular music

Pros: Compact

Cons: Not for massive bass

Bass so loud it shakes the place

NIKKO from Santa Clara, CA on 12/1/2017

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This thing rocks. I'm definitely no expert but for my living room, it can easily overwhelm you. Some people talk about feeling bass in your chest and even at higher volumes, this sub doesn't give you that sensation but you do feel it in your butt as it vibrates and shakes the floor. We have had to add felt pads behind all of our picture frames on the wall because they vibrate and the cabinets in our hallway on the complete other side of the house "breathe" when the bass hits so we have had to felt pad those doors as well. Overall - this thing rocks and makes music and movies whole.

Pros: Smallish, powerful, powerful, completely transforms the movie watching experience.

Cons: I needed to fortify everything in my house to stop it from rattling when this thing really starts to slam.

SVS SB-1000

Crutchfield customer from Hanover, PA on 11/22/2017

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If you are looking to compliment bookshelf speakers in a small to medium sized area, this sealed subwoofer is simply outstanding. Tight, detailed electric bass blends seamlessly and drums have clarity and impact. This subwoofer is easy to set up and I haven't mentioned a price that is half what you should expect to pay. I would recommend a SVS PB1000 ported subwoofer for use in a surround sound system for even more dynamic punch.



Accurate Bass Response

Arjun from San Francisco, CA on 11/10/2017

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This woofer is amazing! Precise and real loud. I was contemplating between the ported vs sealed woofer and i can assure you that i made a wise choice choosing the SVS SB-1000. My apartment is pretty small and the living room where i am using this is around 14*10 feet. This woofer makes me feel every beat and thump that i was missing with my previous Bose home theater. I am using it only at 50% volume but boy... This thing is real good. I tried cranking it up to 100% and i could hear everything rattling around in the apartment. I am pairing this with the Denon AVR-X4300H and keeping this to LFE with 0 phase and 50% volume. I am so happy!!

Pros: 1. Precise Sound 2. Accurate Reproduction

Cons: 1. Should have included the SVS stands. Neighbors would be really unhappy!

Bass for Days!

Crutchfield customer from Atlanta, GA on 8/3/2017

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I had a tough time deciding on this mainly due to the price. It was a lot of money for a single sub-woofer especially compared to my previous ones. Though this time I wanted to try something different to see if I was missing out on anything. Oh boy was I missing out! This sub-woofer works beyond great with movies and music and is really accurate even as you crank the volume up. I had to talk to several people (friends and Crutchfield advisers) and everyone said to go with SVS hands down. I'm glad that I did and wish I took the plunge sooner. If you are on the fence like I was just dive in! You will not regret it!

Pros: Accurate and house filling sound (it fills way more than a room with sound)

Cons: None

Boomy Bass

Donald from VA on 7/24/2017

I bought this subwoofer based on the recommendation of a representative from Crutchfield. After having it for a little less than a year, I can say that I do not like it. Bass, yes, there's lots of it but not the kind that pleases my ears. The SB-1000 is very boomy and not well defined, in other words, mushy. It will not be part of my surround sound system for much longer.

Pros: Bass and lots of it

Cons: Boomy and mushy, too large and they are not very attractive

SVS SB-1000, Black Ash

Ronald from Huntington, NY on 7/3/2017

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Initially I did not notice any difference from my old Polk sub. I spoke with SVS and they suggested I use my receivers auto calibration system. What a difference! The bass is clean clear and awesome. Thank you Crutchfield and SVS

Pros: Easy to set up and great sound.

Cons: None

Awesome sub!

James from Sayreville, NJ on 6/27/2017

Incredible sub for the money period. I mean this thing really rocks the house, and I only have it on 50%. Really great sub that really makes a home theater what its supposed to be. I'm just thrilled with the PB-1000.

Pros: Super deep bass for a low price. Its a high quality bass too, not boomy at all.

Cons: None that I can find.

Clean tight bass

Aron from San Diego, CA on 3/5/2017

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clean tight bass, blends in beautifully with music and movies. Sealed sub is the way to go.

Pros: Tight hard hitting bass, blends in perfectly. Small compact size

Cons: my neighbors are to close

You can feel the boom.

Chris from NC on 2/15/2017

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I love this subwoofer. It has deep tight bass. Awesome with music. Great bang for the price. It has better bass than my 10 year old M&K.

Pros: The compact design works well with smaller rooms.

Cons: None

Love it!

David from Jersey City, NJ on 1/18/2017

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This SVS subwoofer is used along with a Arcam integrated amplifier with Sonus Faber Venere 2.5 speakers and a Peach Tree DAC iTX. All my music is FLACs including high-bit rate (e.g. 24/192) from a Synology NAS via async USB B. It sounds great as an audio 2.1 system and it has no issues for film / TV / BluRay. Great low bass with high accuracy / tight. I've played all sorts of music -- pop, jazz, blues, classical, hip hop, metal -- and it does it all. I've set it only at 1/3 volume and can't imagine going much above it in the living room of my one bedroom apartment which is not a tiny room by any means. Aesthetically the black gloss piano finish and compact size goes well with my decor -- real walnut furniture (mid century modern), walnut veneer speakers, back glass entertainment console, black LCD TV, etc. So it's a win / win for me!

Pros: Has all sorts of inputs -- high level, LFE, etc. Adjustable -- cross over frequency, volume, phase control Standby mode (both awake/sleep) works flawlessly without the mono trigger cable to amp Good looking in black gloss piano finish Modest price for the sound quality On-time free two day shipping as usual

Cons: Can't think of anything besides wishing that Crutchfield had a local listening / viewing center

There's a reason for all those great reviews.

Ken K from Buffalo, NY on 1/6/2017

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I replaced an older down-firing, rear-ported beast of a sub with the SVS SB-1000. Sorta like replacing a manatee with a gazelle. No more one-note, bloated, boomy bass. Instead I now have velvety, deep, fast musical bass. Who knew bass players played more than one note?! My living room is 16'x 20' with 9' ceilings. I was concerned that the SB-1000 would be a little underpowered for the room. Not at all! Not even close. This thing rocks the whole apartment just fine. Finding a sweet spot for it was easier, too, due to it's compact size. Holds it's own with movie soundtracks, too. Super deep, well-controlled accurate bass at a decent price. I couldn't be happier.

Pros: Bass like butter! Great on movies, but really shines with music.

Cons: I'd like to have the option to purchase a steel grille for it (like the one on the SB-2000).

SVS SB-1000

Crutchfield customer from Bakersfield, CA on 12/31/2016

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Awesome! It sounds like the movie theater in my living room. Easy to install and setup for flawless sound



Nice, tight bass

AP from Friendswood, TX on 12/21/2016

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Love this sub! I replaced a Klipsch 12". This SVS 10" is less "boomy", with a tighter sound. I plan to add a second one, once I pay this off.



Compact size and good bass

Gene from Spokane, WA on 12/18/2016

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This sub passed the wife test first as it is compact enough to fit behind some furniture and isn't seen. It was easy to setup and adjusted to my room and system easily. I using it with a .Marantz integrated amp which uses speaker line level outputs for the sub and also Klipsch Rpm160 speakers in a room 25 by 35. I found the bass to be tight and gets deep deep enough for the jazz and blues i listen too. I like it and am happy with it.

Pros: compact size, good bass for music

Cons: none i can think of

Strong, tight and fast bass

Paul from Ottawa, Ontario on 12/8/2016

After a great deal of research, I puchased an SB-1000 as a modern upgrade to my HK 3350 receiver and B&W satellites. I was seeking a sub that could deliver clean and accurate bass in a 12 x 16 foot living room connected to a slightly smaller dining room. My interests are purely musical though quite broad (60s-80s classic rock, 70s prog rock, Motown, R&B, and the odd pop riff), so I wanted something that had a capacity ranging from drums to bass and cello. The multiple inputs (including a high level one) simplified the connection to my older system. Owners of newer amplifier/receivers also have the choice of line-level or LFE hook-up. Either way, the initial set up was very simple (see SVS' article on subwoofer set up). The SB-1000 delivered fast, tight, and accurate bass right away. It dramatically improved my system's sound stage to the point where a blindfolded listener could be excused for thinking that I'm running a systen of hundreds of watts (RMS) through towers. The form factor of the SB-1000 is compact, fitting into my living room unobtrusively. Sonic performance is superb and very linear. It proportionally delivers strong bass, saving one from the hassle of having to fiddle with gain at low or high volumes. I really enjoy this sub and would highly recommend it for apartments and medium sized homes. In my view, it offers the best bang for the buck out there, making it a safe choice for those new to subwoofers.

Pros: Performance, ease of installation and set-up, small form factor

Cons: Rear mounted controls (would be handy setting up initially near a wall or corner), difficult to find at retail level (best ordered online or thru distributor)

SVS SB-1000

Crutchfield customer from cochecton ny on 10/27/2016

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i have only had this sub a short time but so far it has performed very well with jazz pop and rock excellent sub at a very good price.



Great sub.

DenWyg from Burlington, VT on 6/10/2016

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This sub pairs perfectly with my old school Paradigm bipolars. It's musical, but provides plenty of punch. I am very pleased.

Pros: Easy setup. Small footprint. Fantastic response.

Cons: None yet.


James from Goose Creek, SC on 6/5/2016

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I like to set my sub to "Auto" so it will turn itself off after I turn my receiver off (Denon mid level receiver). In standby it shows a red light and it has a blue indicator light which turns on when the unit is on, but my unit doesn't come on when I think there's enough bass in the movie or program i'm watching to warrant the subwoofer to be assisting my speakers. When it comes on it sounds good, but my unit comes on intermittently and not when I think it should be on. I read the reviews for this unit before I decided to buy it and there were enough positive reviews for it for me to decide to buy it. I need to call Crutchfield and discuss this with one of their techs.

Pros: It sounds good when it works.

Cons: 50% of the time when the unit is set to "Auto" it stays in the off mode even when there is clearly bass in the movie or program i'm watching that needs the sub and the unit doesn't come on like it should. I'm disappointed to say the least.

Crutchfield response on 6/7/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.


Brent from Indianapolis, IN on 5/27/2016

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Fantastic Packaging, nothing like i have ever experienced, thats where the positive ends. Understand your room's cubic volume, I would rate this sub at best as a PC sub or for a very small room. SVS S B-2000 could have and should have been what I was sold. RCA Jacket pulled off the LSE speaker jack, you only get one opportunity to make a first impression. Im sure a good product, just a poor fit and a wrong selection by my sales person.



very good sub

lisa from Tucson, AZ on 5/2/2016

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I bought this with the intention of replacing my HSU sub (excellent sub but massive). I decided to see if I liked having two subs instead of just one before removing the HSU sub. I liked having two so much that I intend to buy another SVS sub soon so I can finally get the beast out of my living room .

Pros: small but has plenty of punch

Cons: none

Sub woofer .

Richard D. Bills from Jacksonville, FL on 4/5/2016

In the last 6 year I have had to replace 2 sub woofers,( paying over $600.00 for each name brand)due to amp fail. I picked this sub, because of 5 year warranty and good ratings. Set it up with my 3D sound system(6.1) Testing with some of the DVD I knew had outstanding sound. Did a fine tune and I love the sound. I did get what I was looking for at a price I liked.

Pros: None

Cons: none

SVS is now my favorite powered subwoofer

Paul from austin, TX on 3/23/2016

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The SVS SB-1000 powered subwoofer surpasses all my expectations. The compact design that houses a large 12 inch subwoofer in an acoustic suspension means loud, deep and accurate bass. This subwoofer blends perfectly with my Definitive Technology ST8020 as the low extension of the SVS subwoofer round out my entire system. The bass is always nicely controlled and even on very loud passages the driver never had a hiccup. I have always had ported powered subwoofer and after hearing how clean and accurate an acoustic suspension powered subwoofer sounds I am never going back.

Pros: Powerful accurate bass Very easy to adjust and tailor to your existing system Low distortion at loud passages Very compact and light design for a 12 inch subwoofer

Cons: None so far


steve from las vegas, NV on 2/6/2016

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Recommended by my advisor Rex, I even called the company to talk to them about there products. SVS answered all my questions and concerns, very friendly, helpful, and explained the difference between each of there products I was interested in. Set up for this subwoofer was easy, did exactly what the company said in there instructions book., This sub ROCKS!!!!, everything I have watch is fantastic with it. I have had def. tech. subs before this one and the SVS is just incredible, I'm impressed with the company,warranty, and the quality of this product.

Pros: BEST subwoofer I've bought, easy set up, and will be buying more SVS products in the future

Cons: None

Very Very Smooth Sub

Dunamis from Hawaii on 1/10/2016

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The old. Onkyo Receiver, Bose 6.1 system that's 10 years old, still sounded good and was working well, buy It was out of date. No bluetooth, wifi, usb, etc... In with the New! Yamaha Aventage RX-A840 purchased from a different online retailer. Everything else is from Crutchfield. Cables are AudioQuest Pearl & Cinnamon HDMI. Speaker cables are AudioQuest Type 4 & Rocket 33 for speakers & Black Lab for Sub. SVS SB-1000 Sub (Scratch & Dent) Focal Chorus 705 Bookshelf Speakers & Focal Chorus 716 Floor Speakers. Center Channel Klipsch RP-440C. And all housed in a Rosewood 7ft x 9ft entertainment center with a 3 yr old LED Samsung 50 in TV. I probably spent $3K 10 yrs ago and I did not use AudioQuest cables. The old system was nice, but my ears have matured away from Bose since upgrading my car system to Focal, listening to Hi-Res music files with a DAC, and having high end Headphones and Earbuds. I understand there are much nicer systems for a lot more money. But, for the money, I am a very happy customer. I would have loved to use a Focal Center, but I needed a center that could hold my TV, and Klipsch had one. The sound is amazingly Smooth, balanced, and powerful! Everything blends well despite being a front facing 5.1 system. I get Great separation on movies, music, and TV programs. Yamaha does an excellent job of processing and I don't miss having speakers behind or beside me. Very clean Highs, Mids & Lows singing in perfect harmony...

Pros: Powerful & Very Smooth Bass. Not Boomy unless you want it to be.

Cons: None

Makes a Big Difference

Ken S from Maryland on 10/1/2015

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Was running a 3.1 set-up with a Yamaha RX-V677 AVR, and Definitive Technology 800 side speakers and sub, as well as a DT 1000 center speaker. Sounded good, but decided to upgrade a bit. Changed my side speakers to Definitive Technology 1000. Nice difference. Movies sounded good, but felt music was a little underwhelming. Planned on upgrading the sub to Definitive Technology 1000 Pro Sub, but decided to do a little research first. After reading a number of forum posts and reviews, came away with the impression that there were better choices for a powered subwoofer. SVS subs consistently received stellar reviews from customers and industry reviewers. Picked the SB 1000 sub over the PB 1000 because 1) many reviewers said it was better for music, and 2) it was smaller. I live in a townhouse and my living room is not too large. I added a set of SVS Soundpath Subwoofer isolation feet which raised the sub a bit more off the ground and helped prevent floor and wall shaking. Want to stay on good terms with my townhouse neighbor. Love the sound and depth coming from the SVS sub. Much more complex than what I got from the DT 800 sub. Of course, I didn't compare it to the DT 1000 sub, but I'm very happy with my choice. The SVS sub and Definitive Technology speakers are a great package.




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Features and Specs

Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Video Shielded No
Woofer Size (inches) 12
Woofer Composition Not given
Firing Direction Front
Wireless No
Preamp-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Outputs No
Low-Pass Crossover Freq 50-160 Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq 80 Hz
Phase Switch Yes
Amplifier Output (watts) 300
Frequency Response 24-260 Hz
Height (inches) 13-1/2
Width (inches) 13-1/16
Depth (inches) 15-5/8
Weight 27 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research


12" High Output Woofer: The front-firing 12" high output woofer of the SVS SB-1000 powered subwoofer pumps out deep and powerful bass with low distortion, for smooth and accurate performance on music and movies soundtracks. The woofer features a lightweight 12" cone for enhanced sensitivity and transient response, a long-throw suspension for high output at low frequencies, plus a rubber surround for durability and long-life. It also incorporates FEA-optimized motor technology for low distortion, high-power voice coil for excellent thermal management, and vented pole piece for greater cooling.

STA-300D Sledge Amplifier: The SB-1000 powered subwoofer employs a Sledge STA-300D amplifier with efficient and cool-running Class D topology. The amplifier is conservatively rated at 300 watts RMS and 720 watts Peak. This amp features a highly advanced DSP processor offering unmatched control over the subwoofer at all volume levels, for distortion free bass.

Rigid Sealed Enclosure: The SVS SB-1000 powered subwoofer features a rigid and strong cabinet to resist unwanted distortion caused by vibration. The enclosure is an acoustic suspension (sealed) design for tight, accurate bass response. The cabinet is elegantly finished in a premium black ash wood-grain vinyl or gloss piano-black lacquer, and fits with practically any décor.

Variable Controls: The SB-1000 subwoofer has simple and straightforward control options that make integrating the subwoofer into your listening environment an easy task. The control knobs are actually digital actuators for precise and noise-free adjustment.

  • Volume Control: The Volume Control (Min/Max) affects how loud the subwoofer plays. It should be adjusted to match the output level of your loudspeakers.
  • Low Pass Crossover: This Low Pass Crossover affects the upper frequency limit of the powered sub. The control
    range is 50-160 Hz, along with a "LFE" (disabled) setting. The slope of the low pass crossover is 12 dB/octave. For connection to a home theater receiver, the low pass should be set to "LFE" (disabled). For stereo receiver, it should be adjusted to blend with the natural roll-off frequency of your loudspeakers.
  • Phase Control: The Phase Control (0-180°) delays the signal being processed through the amplifier. It should be adjusted to obtain the most coherent and stable soundstage and transition between your loudspeakers and the powered subwoofer.

Low-Level and High-Level Connectivity: Comprehensive and flexible connectivity with low-level or high-level options allow for easy set-up and integration into your home theater or stereo system

  • LFE/RCA Inputs: These unbalanced RCA inputs are used for line-level connections between your receiver and the powered sub. For a single mono connection to a home theater receiver, use the R/LFE input. For stereo receivers, use both the L/R inputs.
  • Speaker Inputs: This connection method is for 2-channel stereo applications where the integrated amplifier or stereo receiver only has high-level (i.e., speaker-level) outputs. The powered sub's speaker inputs consist of 5-way binding posts that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana plugs (dual or single).
  • RCA Outputs: These unbalanced RCA outputs are used in stereo applications to high pass the signal being sent to the loudspeaker amplifier. The line level outputs feature a fixed 80 Hz 12 dB/octave high pass filter.

Placement Options: If possible, place the subwoofer near the front stage, for best blending with the front and center loudspeaker channels.

  • Corner Placement: Corner placement will accommodate most rooms and will reduce the chances for encountering a null (an acoustic cancellation in the bass response) at the listening position. If your AV receiver equalizes the subwoofer channel during auto-set-up, corner placement will often provide the best overall performance.
  • Other Placement Options: If corner placement sound excessively boomy, then try moving the subwoofer to other available locations along the front stage, listening for the best balance of output and a smooth accurate response. Always redo the auto-set-up of your AV receiver after moving the subwoofer to a different location to ensure the acoustic distance and calibration level are set correctly.
  • Dual Subs: To maximize the bass output and impact of your home theater, two SB-1000s can be paired; one on either side of your room.

Auto/Standby & On Switch: If this switch is set to "Auto/Standby", it will automatically turn-on the powered subwoofer in the presence of an audio signal. If no signal is present for a period of several minutes, the powered subwoofer will enter "Standby" mode, where power consumption will be less than 0.5 watts. If this switch is set to "On", the amplifier will remain on continuously and will not enter "Standby" mode.

Power Status Light: The power status light is located on the front-panel of the powered subwoofer in the upper left corner. The light will illuminate blue when the amplifier is on. The light will illuminate red when the amplifier is in standby mode.

3V-12V Trigger Input: When in standby mode, the powered sub's trigger input (3.5mm) can be used to automatically turn on the powered subwoofer if a signal is sent to this input from another component in the system (like your AV receiver) that features a trigger output.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

19 year old paradigm pw-2200 subwoofer will not turn on. Reviews of SVS subwoofers influenced me, as did the price of the new sub. [ Miguel R.  Feb 13, 2019 ]
This sub has line level inputs and outputs. Most all buyers are happy with the quality of this sub. [ Mark  Jan 20, 2019 ]
SVS makes the best subwoofer on the market. The power, versatility, and compact size of the SB-1000 made it a perfect fit for my living room. A big plus was being able to confirm my choice with Travis. [ G  Nov 22, 2018 ]
recommended by your team as I requested a total home theater build. [ manuel  Oct 18, 2018 ]
Needed a sub to bulk up the low end in my 2-channel bookshelf living room set up. I have two SB-2000s in my basement set up, but I think another 2000 would be overkill for the light duty of the living room, so I'll save a couple hundred $$ on the little brother and still know I'm getting the sound and build quality of an SVS. These things can take a beating. [ NEAL  May 21, 2018 ]
My old Cambridge Soundworks Bass Cube 12S stopped working, so I needed a new sub for my office. I am happy with the SVS PB12-NSD I have for my home theater setup, so I figured I couldn't go wrong with a smaller sub from SVS. [ Davin  Mar 27, 2018 ]
Good reviews, Small size for a big sound. matches with my current surround speaker package. [ WILLIAM  Mar 19, 2018 ]
Great sound and value for the price [ IBRAHIIM  Mar 08, 2018 ]
reviews and research [ Mitchel  Mar 07, 2018 ]
SVS reputation, product compact size with a 12 inch woofer and price. Would have preferred a frequency range that extended to 20 HZ or below but 24 HZ was close enough. The options and features offered a lot of flexibility. [ Winfield  Sep 06, 2017 ]
My choice was based on Crutchfield articles and contact with a representative. [ Ronald  Jun 20, 2017 ]
Recommended By Crutchfield Advisor Wade. [ SCOTT A.  May 02, 2017 ]
Lots of good reviews on this Seal Subwoofer for music and movies. [ AYUBE  Apr 18, 2017 ]
Recommended by one of your advisors based on my application and size of my cabinet. [ J  Jan 23, 2017 ]
Wanted a sealed sub, as I prefer tight bass to boomy overwhelming sound. Great reviews on SVS brand. Didn't want to break the bank, but I do love bass. [ Theodore  Jan 10, 2017 ]
Has speaker level inputs, compact size and reputation of company that makes it is good. [ Gene  Dec 01, 2016 ]
David at Crutchfield recommended it over the Klipsch R-112sw I was looking at. [ David  Oct 25, 2016 ]
Reviews are pretty good. [ Andrew  Oct 05, 2016 ]
I had a Klipsch sub woofer that just didn't work and I read the reviews for this SVS unit and it sounded like a good unit for me. I've been pleased with it since I made the purchase from Crutchfield and i'm glad I decided on this unit. [ James  Sep 14, 2016 ]
Reviews..haven't heard it yet... [ Mickey  Aug 16, 2016 ]
Best independent reviews. Reviews verified manufacturer specs. [ John  Mar 20, 2016 ]
I have never heard of SVS before, this was recommend by my advisor Abe. I did some online research and for the most part most audio experts agree that SVS makes great Subs for the $$$ [ Aaron  Dec 31, 2015 ]
Small footprint with very high ratings from a company that was started just to make great subs. Replacing a Polk PSW-111 whose amp died after just 5 yrs of light use. Much cheaper than the SVS, but I'm hoping the SVS will perform better and last longer. [ Guest  Dec 28, 2015 ]
For older two-channel systems like my tube amplifier, this has speaker level inputs (non-banana plug). Fingers crossed that it'll pair well with my Klipsch Heresy III speakers! [ Mark  Jul 08, 2017 ]
I chose this speaker with the help of the Crutchfield online tech. This was to replace my failed Mirage MM8. [ anthony  Oct 12, 2018 ]
I have a High End Piano Finish Pioneer stereo that to my taste is lacking Bass and I like the way this subwoofer looks assorted and the price was reasonable. [ CHARLES  Aug 23, 2018 ]
I had read a lot of articles about the benefits of two subwoofers in a large home theater setup and am very happy with the outcome. It helps fill a room with 10.5' ceilings and odd harmonic characteristics in a way that my original subwoofer could not do without the second subwoofer. [ JOSEPH P  Jul 19, 2017 ]

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SVS SB-2000, Piano Gloss

Get deeper bass and more power

The SVS SB-2000 offers these features:

a 500-watt RMS amplifier

frequency response down to 19 Hz

a lightweight aluminum cone driver for greater efficiency and accuracy

note: the SB-2000 does not offer speaker-level inputs