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SVS SB-3000

Powered subwoofer with app control (Piano Gloss Black)

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Here's a constant tension in my household: on the one side, there's me wanting huge home theater speakers, and on...

Here's a constant tension in my household: on the one side, there's me wanting huge home theater speakers, and on...

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About the SVS SB-3000

A compact powerhouse from SVS

Here's a constant tension in my household: on the one side, there's me wanting huge home theater speakers, and on the other side, there's my partner wanting enough space so she can easily navigate through our living room. SVS has a solution for folks like me: their all-new SB-3000 delivers seismic bass that satisfies low-frequency cravings, but with a compact footprint that won't take over the room. Talk about win-win!

A compact powerhouse from SVS

Here's a constant tension in my household: on the one side, there's me wanting huge home theater speakers, and on the other side, there's my partner wanting enough space so she can easily navigate through our living room. SVS has a solution for folks like me: their all-new SB-3000 delivers seismic bass that satisfies low-frequency cravings, but with a compact footprint that won't take over the room. Talk about win-win!

I believe the SB-3000 to be one of the company's best subwoofer values to date. Use it with confidence for exceptional low-frequency performance with music, movies, and video game soundtracks.

SVS SB-3000 powered subwoofer

The SB-3000 sports SVS's new rear-panel touch controls, which make changing settings simple and intuitive (shown in piano gloss black).

Goal number one: move a lot of air

I'll get into the more nuanced aspects of this sub in a moment. But first things first: the SB-3000's most notable trait is its sheer brute strength. Its heavily braced enclosure houses a massive 13" woofer. This exceptionally large surface area means there's a ton of bass wave generation.

This mammoth driver is powered by an 800-watt RMS amplifier which allows it to produce commanding bass all the way down to 18 Hz (that's dipping into subsonic territory — bass you feel but can't hear). 

Simply put, this sub is a beast. But its hard-hitting bass isn't sloppy or undefined. To the contrary, it offers a high degree of accuracy and low-frequency definition.

Simple control from the sub or your phone

SVS has made the SB-3000 a breeze to operate and control. On the back panel is a new Intelligent Control Interface, which uses touch buttons and an LED bar to make changing DSP settings, volume, and other audio adjustments straightforward.

You can also control this sub via a free app on your phone, which lets you select your room's layout, change audio settings, tweak crossover and volume levels, and switch listening modes right from your seat.

Bass tailored to your room

SVS knows that a sub's performance is largely determined by the acoustics of your room, and your subwoofer's position within it. Thankfully, this sub doesn't have to be wrangled into the one and only perfect spot in your room. It offers a host of sound adjustments that let you get great sound wherever it's located.

Use the app to adjust crossover frequencies, parametric EQ settings, polarity, room gain, and other bass management functions. You can even save up to three groups of tailored settings as presets. These let you set up and switch between "listening modes" for a particular time of day or entertainment source. For instance, you can easily dial the bass down for nighttime listening.

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Product highlights:

  • frequency response: 18-270 Hz (±3 dB)
  • built-in Class D amplifier delivers 800 watts RMS of continuous power (2,500 watts peak dynamic power)
  • front-firing 13" aluminum vented cone
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure
  • rear-panel Intelligent Control Interface with backlit touch controls and LED display
  • full-featured control via Bluetooth® for Apple® and Android™ devices
    • app-based control of crossover frequencies, parametric EQ, polarity, and other bass management functions
    • bi-directional feedback shows adjustments in real time in both app and the subwoofer's display
    • selectable room gain compensation control with adjustable frequency and slope to better match bass to room size
  • three digital Parametric EQ filters with adjustable frequency, cut/boost, and Q values
  • variable low-pass crossover
  • variable phase control (0-180°)
  • line-level/LFE RCA inputs
  • main power on/off switch plus auto standby/on mode
  • detachable high-current 6-foot power cord
  • non-resonant steel mesh grille
  • piano gloss black finish
  • 15-1/4"W x 15-5/8"H x 17-13/16"D (with grille)
  • weight: 54.5 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # SB3000-Pia Gls Bk

What's in the box:

  • Powered subwoofer
  • Grille
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Owner's Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Online Registration Card
  • SVS brochure

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Thumps musically

Crutchfield customer from Newport News, VA on 9/15/2019

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This bad boy will be the sub you expect it to be . I've had to turn it down a bunch. Great size.

Pros: Great size & output

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Leesville, SC on 8/29/2019

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Very pleased with my sub. I use it on a screen porch with Elac speakers for music in the summer & will move it inside to serve as a second sub in my home theater system during the winter months. It seems most capable for both applications.

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SVS SB-3000

Crutchfield customer from Damascus, OR on 7/30/2019

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Does a great job of filling in the bass for my system. Solid build and sounds as good as expected.

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Monster Bass!

Clayton from Johnson City, TN on 7/28/2019

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This sub is an excellent addition to your home theater. I switched from a SVS PC-2000 to the 3000 series and it is night and day. I am extremely happy with this product, I can feel the bass in the ears and chest, brings movies and music to life. I plan to buy a second one in the future for a dual setup.

Pros: Bass frequency range Amount of bass Smaller footprint Excellent build quality SVS quality product As always amazing customer service from Crutchfield

Cons: None, just buy it now!

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Perfect balance between size and power

Tom from Walpole, MA on 7/13/2019

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This subwoofer is the perfect combination of size and power. Very musical. It does have limitations when you play your action movies at reference levels but it can be adjusted easily with mobile app, which works really well.

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Monster bass

Crutchfield customer from Charlestown, MD on 7/9/2019

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The reviews I read before purchase were correct. THIS THING IS A BEAST!! It can also be just as sweet sounding at a very low volume. I love it!!

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Crutchfield customer from Canton, OH on 6/24/2019

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I replaced an SVS PB12 with this sub and the upgrade was dramatic. I have a fairly large theater room, the SB12 was adequate but this SB3000 really opens up and adds big time punch to both my surround sound and stereo music. The base sounds are quick and detailed.

Pros: Good looking sub that really packs a punch!

Cons: Wall behind the sub is vibrating enough now that it affects my turntable

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Two channel subs

Crutchfield customer from Las Vegas, NV on 6/16/2019

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Does everything as advertised which is something in this audio hobby that is rare

Pros: Musically Accurate bass with music ??, enhances all of the frequencies of the main speakers ?? from top too bottom

Cons: None that I can hear ??

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How Deep Does Your Love Go?

Darryl from Youngstown, OH on 6/4/2019

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The SB-3000 is one competent sub-woofer that provides power and big attitude from a small box. SB-3000 isn't scared to punch, kick and claw it way through your chest with massive bass. Great job SVS for creating this midget of a small monster. I had buyer's remorse, because I just bought the SB-2000, but returned the unit for this beast.

Pros: - Fantastic Performance with movies and music - Easy to Setup - Better Bass Management (APP) - Great Built - Small Form Factor

Cons: None at the moment fairly new product only time will tell.

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SVS SB-3000

Crutchfield customer from Plainfield, IL on 5/13/2019

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Great sub. Perfect size for my space.

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Excellent Subwoofer

Rambo from Torrance on 4/10/2019

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This subwoofer is powerful and space saving, not too heavy, you can put it anywhere in the corner, bass is heavy without hiccups on any action movies like the latest Mad Max, I highly recommend this, you will not be disappointed!

Pros: Powerful enough

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Olathe, KS on 4/4/2019

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Nice tight bass at an affordable price. Like the phone app for tuning. Very easy and versatile setup. Compact cabinet makes it easier to place.

Pros: Good sound iPhone setup

Cons: None

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Huge improvement over10 yr old ported Klipsch SW

Robert from Southlake, TX on 4/3/2019

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Bought new pair of Klipsch RF 7 iii speakers and decided to upgrade the old Klipsch SW (10+ years old). Hooked it up and ... WOW! Huge improvement over the ported Klipsch! So much more power/punch. The sealed system is so much tighter and true. I'd become accustomed to the needless boom. The app control is fantastic!

Pros: Huge, powerful, tight bass. The app control.

Cons: None!

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Great Choice - Music and Theater

Randall from Cumming on 3/10/2019

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I purchased the SVS SB-3000 sub to replace a 15 year old Velodyne 12 in ported and powered sub. Very good sub in its day, but was due for replacement, and looking for one that had a good balance between home theater and music listening. I followed the set up instructions exactly and used the app to make all of the adjustments. I thin started performing sound tests with different test tones. One thing was clear, this sub's response is very flat across its range and I could tell immediately it was much tighter than the Velodyne. I then listened to music and the results were outstanding, smooth, effortless with no boominess whatsoever. It is a perfect sub to listen to music and compliment my KEF R-3's, which are crossed over at about 60 Hz, extremely well and seamlessly. For theater, I was expecting I may lose a bit going to a non-ported sub. NOT THE CASE AT ALL! All of the classic low end movie scenes came through very strong and I was not wanting more. All in all, a perfect sub for the right balance of music listening and theater. I plan to purchase a additional one to compliment my theater, with both subs placed on the floor and between my front speakers. Will add another review once I do.

Pros: Extremely flat response, blends seamlessly with the rest of the speakers. The App was easy to use and allows for easy adjustment while listening.

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Dynamic, tight bass

Dewayne from Edmond, OK on 3/10/2019

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Replaced a less powerful and smaller subwoofer with the SVS. What a difference! Very happy about this purchase, and the smartphone SVS app makes adjustments (if needed) easy. Thanks Crutchfield.

Pros: Simple set up, great smartphone app Incredible sound enhancement

Cons: Heavy, but probably unavoidable

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effin amazing

Ernesto from Westminster, MD on 2/13/2019

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I'm finally investing in my system after years of running a popular brand (Bose). And all I can say is that this this SUB is amazing. It's a great compliment to my KEF LS50's. Music and movies sound fantastic and just can't say enough about how pleased I am with the SB-3000. I considered the SB-2000 but glad I went with this one and no regrets.

Pros: Realistic bass with fast response. Movies hit you in the chest. plenty powerful even in a fairly large room. The app is a great plus.

Cons: none that I can think of

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Fantastic sub for a great price.

Crutchfield customer from Sunrise, FL on 1/27/2019

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Incredible sub! Upgraded from a def tech pro sub 800 which isn't a bad Any means but the sb3000 blows it away in every way. Honestly never heard bass like this. Bass that goes so low that you feel. It's so smooth, crisp and powerful. Blends so well, sounds like the bass is coming from all my speakers instead of a separate sub. I'm really impressed with svs. I was considering the sb 2000 but I'm glad I went with the 3000. The app alone makes it worth the $200 more. Being able to adjust the db level of the sub from your phone is a really great. It's one of these things you don't realize how great it is until you have it.

Pros: Clean Smooth Powerful And not too big

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Neighbors beware!

Tim from Saint Paul, MN on 1/25/2019

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This subwoofer (SB-3000 in piano gloss black) is the latest addition to my year of overhauling my system. It is amazing what I was missing with my old sub! The app control is what sold me on this sub along with the beautiful finish and the new 13" driver. I actually had ordered a sub from a different manufacturer but they were on a several week back-order which led me SVS. I have been able to tune it for music, movies and my turntable which I recently dug out of the attic and started using again for kicks.

Pros: Thundering bass, nice to look at, app control

Cons: the app took me a bit to get used

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SVS SB-3000

W Brian from Bullhead City, AZ on 1/20/2019

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Solid subwoofer

Pros: Small, great sounding, extension

Cons: None

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Filling out the frequencies with finesse

Will from Winter Springs, FL on 12/29/2018

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I had to wait several weeks for the SB-3000 since SVS seemed to have supply-side problems at first. But the wait was well worth it. Although I don't have much experience with subs in stereo systems, I do know what good systems sound like and what a range of live music sounds like. With the SB-3000 in place, all genres of music are greatly enhanced, whether at low volumes or ear-splitting, HOA-complaint-inducing levels. And this thing easily digs deep enough to lend immersive excitement to movies. Most importantly, it blends seamlessly into the rest of my system. Complementing the mid-range and treble accuracy of my Quad 21Ls, the SB-3000 fills out the frequencies with similarly accurate bass extension. Throughout the process, Crutchfield was responsive and polite to my questions. This is my first experience with Crutchfield but is unlikely to be my last. Pre-amp/receiver: NAD 1600 Power amp: Arcam A90 Main speakers: Quad 21L Various sources (some of which are in line for an upgrade!)

Pros: * Deep, tight bass * Easy set-up * Intuitive app with multiple options for tricky room configurations * Great customer support from Crutchfield and SVS

Cons: * None so far

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More details on the SVS SB-3000

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Features & specs

Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Video Shielded No
Woofer Size (inches) 13
Woofer Composition Aluminum
Firing Direction Front
Wireless No
Preamp-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs No
Speaker-Level Outputs No
Low-Pass Crossover Freq 30-200 Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq None
Phase Switch Yes
Amplifier Output (watts) 800
Frequency Response 18-270 Hz
Height (inches) 15-5/8
Width (inches) 15-1/4
Depth (inches) 17-13/16
Weight 54.5 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Features

13" High Output Woofer: The SVS SB-3000 features an all-new 13" aluminum vented cone woofer and composite fiber dustcap with exceptional stiffness-to-mass ratio, plus a long-throw parabolic surround and proprietary injection molded gasket that ensures longevity and flawless pistonic motion for pinpoint control and accuracy. A flat edge wound split-wind voice coil within the motor assembly provides effortless, on-demand power at the highest excursion levels, while reducing mass and improving overall driver efficiency. The dual ferrite magnet motor assembly, weighing nearly 25lbs, generates massive amounts of current to produce extreme driver excursion with precise control for deep, accurate, and authoritative bass.

Sledge STA800D2 Amplifier: Conservatively rated at 800 watts RMS / 2500 watts Peak power, the Sledge STA-800D2 amplifier maximizes the full potential of the 13"driver with effortless power and absolute control. The innovative design combines the efficiency of a Class D amplifier with the ability to move large amounts of current through the fully discrete MOSFETs, enabling immense output with exceptional precision resulting in outstanding real-world subwoofer performance at all volume levels. The Sledge STA800D2 amplifier utilizes a sophisticated 50Mhz High Resolution Analog Devices Audio DSP that is one of the most advanced digital processors ever used in a subwoofer. Its the "brains" behind the serious brawn of the Class D amplifier that maintains pinpoint accuracy and pristine sound quality through advanced in-room tuning, optimized frequency response curves, powerful DSP controls and more.

Acoustically Inert, Rigid Cabinet: A double-thick MDF front baffle and extensive internal bracing in the acoustically optimized SB-3000 Series cabinet create a resonance-free environment that serves as a blank canvas for uncompromised subwoofer performance. Acoustic insulation eliminates all coloration or resonance from the cabinet, even when the deepest low frequencies are played at reference volume. The subwoofer cabinet also includes protective, non-resonant steel mesh grille and custom elastomer feet for reducing noise artifacts within a room.

Rear-Panel Intelligent Control Interface (ICI): The Intelligent Control Interface (ICI) on the rear-panel of the SB-3000 cabinet provides control options for the subwoofer's most critical functions. Adjustments can be made for volume (-60 to 0dB) based on listening preferences and content to achieve full and balanced bass response. Other features of the ICI include a low-pass filter (30-200Hz) to ensure smooth sonic transitions and seamless blending with loudspeakers and phase control (0-180°) to shift timing of subwoofer output to align with main speakers or additional subwoofers.

SVS Subwoofer App: The SVS Subwoofer app (for Apple iOS 8.0+ and Android OS 4.3+) ) is the most convenient way ever to control volume, access multiple DSP functions and program custom presets for one-touch tuning optimized for music, movies, gaming, and more from your Bluetooth-connected Apple iOS or Android mobile device. Adjust crossover frequencies, a three-band parametric EQ, polarity, room gain and more from your favorite seat. The SVS subwoofer app also allows advanced customization so you can name the subwoofer for easy preset switching, choose the subwoofer standby mode and reset the subwoofer to factory settings. Bluetooth connectivity allows full control, even when the subwoofer is out of sight and bi-directional feedback shows adjustments in real-time on both the app and rear-panel subwoofer interface.

  • Volume Level: The Volume Level (-60 to 0dB) affects how loud the subwoofer plays. It should be adjusted to match the output level of your loudspeakers. Setting the level too high will cause the bass to seem bloated and is the single most common cause of bad sounding subwoofers. Setting it too low, will cause your movie or music soundtracks to sound "thin" and less dynamic.
  • Low Pass Crossover: This Low Pass Crossover affects the upper frequency limit of the powered sub. The control range is 30-200Hz, along with a "LFE" (disabled) setting. The slope of the low pass crossover can be set 6, 12, 18, or 24dB/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 Adjustment: The Phase Adjustment (0-180°) solves sound wave cancellation issues at specific frequencies and perfectly aligns the arrival of output from speakers and subwoofers to your listening position. Normally set to 0° if the subwoofer is near the main speakers. Adjusting Phase shifts timing of the subwoofer output to align with the main speakers or additional subwoofers.
  • Polarity Switch: In some cases, reversing polarity (Positive or Negative) solves dips or humps at the crossover frequency between a subwoofer and speaker and can be used to fix bass nulls or overly boomy spots in the listening area. Reversing the electrical polarity of the subwoofer amplifier makes it so the woofer moves in when speaker drivers move out and is normally set to positive.
  • Parametric EQ: The built-in Parametric EQ is a powerful tool for removing peaks and dips in your listening area, and for creating custom subwoofer output based on personal listening preferences. It allows you to set the desired center frequency of the filter (20-200Hz), increase or decrease the SPL dB of the filter (-12 to 6.0dB), or adjust the bandwidth of the filter (0.2-10.0).
  • Room Gain Compensation: The Room Gain Compensation feature fixes bloated sounding bass by optimizing low frequency output and extension when too much sound wave density is being created by a small room. The RGC frequency can be set to 25, 31, or 40Hz; while the RGC slope can be set to 6 or 12dB.
  • Presets: You can store up to three preset settings for movie, music and custom. This enables easy switching to optimize the SB-3000's output and settings based on your specific listening preferences with different kinds of content. If using the SVS App, these presets can be renamed as desired.

RCA Inputs & Outputs: Unbalanced RCA inputs are used for line-level connection 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. Use the Left and Right RCA outputs on the SB-3000 to daisy-chain additional powered subwoofers.

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 sounds 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-2000s can be paired; one on either side of your room.

Auto On/Standby: With the "Auto On/Standby" feature activated, the powered sub will automatically turn-on when an audio signal is sensed and automatically turn off if there is no audio signal for several minutes. There is also a Main Power On/Off switch located on the back of the powered sub.

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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Been looking at it for a while and now that is receives the "Best Sub" award, I decided to make the purchase. [ CONROY  Sep 13, 2019 ]
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Loved SB-2000 and upgrading second larger home theater room [ Jeffrey  Feb 13, 2019 ]
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Best performance/warranty @ this price point. [ Edward  Feb 10, 2019 ]
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I have a fairly large room that i needed to compliment my KEF LS50's [ Ernesto Del  Feb 06, 2019 ]
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Very Good reviews, SVS Rocks [ Jake  Dec 20, 2018 ]
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previous SVS purchase [ Matthew  Jun 12, 2019 ]
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Wanted to upgrade the subwoofer in my existing system, this one had great reviews. [ Charles  Jun 10, 2019 ]
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I liked the style, specs and especially the app control [ Tim  Jan 11, 2019 ]
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Get fuller bass from a larger driver and more powerful amp

The SVS SB-4000 offers these features:
  • front-firing 13-1/2" composite paper/fiberglass cone with die-cast aluminum basket for extreme performance and reliability
  • built-in Class D amplifier delivers 1200 watts RMS of continuous power (4000 watts peak dynamic power)
  • frequency response: 19-310 Hz (±3 dB)
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