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Our take on the SVS PB-2000 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
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We're absolutely thrilled to be able to offer the SVS PB-2000 to our customers. Why? Because it's not often that you come across a subwoofer in this price range that can faithfully deliver bass as low and loud as this one. (All the way down to 17 Hz, to be precise!) In fact, the PB-2000 just may be in a class by itself. If you're looking for a powered sub that can fill a large home theater with deep, powerful bass that will shake the sofa and thump you in the chest, then you've come to the right place. So strap yourself in, fire up your favorite action flick or concert video, and prepare for a white-knuckle sonic adventure.
With its 500-watt amplifier, 12" aluminum cone woofer, and flared, low-noise front port, the SVS PB-2000 delivers powerful bass that will rattle your home theater's rafters.
A ported box that breathes deep
The PB-2000 starts with a bass-reflex (ported) cabinet design that allows its long-throw 12" driver to make wide excursions, creating high-output levels at very low frequencies. The sub's powerful, high-efficiency 500-watt Class D amplifier features 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.
SVS placed the PB-2000's flared, low-noise port on the front of the enclosure to minimize back-wall interaction for greater bass accuracy and easier sub placement. The PB-2000's strong, rigid cabinet helps eliminate cabinet flex and resonance to keep your 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 rubber feet that reduce surface contact area to decrease the amount of vibrations transmitted to the floor. The PB-2000 makes an ideal addition to home theater or stereo music setups in larger listening rooms.
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 that bring music and movies to life with stunning realism.
- frequency response: 17-260 Hz (±3 dB)
- built-in Class D amplifier delivers 500 watts RMS of continuous power (1100 watts peak dynamic power)
- advanced DSP processor maintains control over the subwoofer at all drive levels for refined, low-distortion sound
- lightweight 12" aluminum woofer cone with powder-coated cast aluminum basket for high efficiency and low distortion
- bass reflex (ported) 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
- filtered RCA line outputs (fixed 80 Hz, 12dB/octave high-pass)
- remote trigger input
- protective non-resonant steel mesh grille
- detachable power cord
- black ash woodgrain vinyl finish
- 17-5/16"W x 20-15/16"H x 23-1/4"D
- weight: 65.6 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Powered subwoofer
- 8' AC power cord
- Owner's Manual
- Important Safety Instructions
Had a Polk auido PSW650 for years but lost in house fire. Bought PB2000 and love the base response and metal grill.
Paul, Forest City, IA
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Features and Specs
|Woofer Size (inches)||12|
|Low-Pass Crossover Freq||50-160 Hz|
|High-Pass Crossover Freq||80 Hz|
|Amplifier Output (watts)||500|
|Frequency Response||17-260 Hz|
|Speaker Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Speaker Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Amplifier Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Amplifier Labor Warranty||5 Years|
12" High Output Woofer: The front-firing 12" high output woofer of the SVS PB-2000 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" aluminum cone for enhanced sensitivity and transient response, an upgraded suspension for improved linearity and control, plus a long-excursion rubber surround for durability and long-life. It also incorporates FEA-optimized motor technology for low distortion, heavy-duty 2" voice coil for extreme power handling, and an extended pole piece that improves heat sink and thermal management properties.
STA-500D Sledge Amplifier: The PB-2000 powered subwoofer employs a Sledge STA-500D amplifier with efficient and cool-running Class D topology. The amplifier is conservatively rated at 500 watts RMS and 1000 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 Ported Enclosure: The SVS PB-2000 powered subwoofer features a rigid MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) cabinet with screw-in rubber feet and a non-resonant steel mesh grille to resist unwanted distortion caused by vibration. The cabinet utilizes a bass reflex (ported) design with a front-firing 4" high-flow port with inner/outer port flares for smooth bass and high output. The cabinet is elegantly finished in a premium black ash wood-grain vinyl and fits with practically any décor.
Variable Controls: The PB-2000 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.
Inputs & Outputs: Comprehensive and flexible connectivity 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 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.
- 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 80Hz, 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 PB-2000s 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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Why did you buy this?
Positive reviews [ stacey Oct 12, 2018 ]
SVS seems to have some very good feedback on their subwoofers. [ Eli Sep 27, 2018 ]
Reading the reviews from other buyers. [ Robert S. Sep 06, 2018 ]
It has great reviews, a five year warranty and I need to upgrade the subwoofer in my surround system. [ HECTOR Aug 23, 2018 ]
Good reviews/high performance & reliability, 5 year warranty, free shipping & if there are problems under warranty, SVS is willing to send parts instead of just forcing you to ship the whole 65+ pound subwoofer back to them. I would be willing to try replacing parts with telephonic troubleshooting first. Packing & lifting a 65 pound subwoofer should be a last resort for warranty work. [ Kendrick Jun 03, 2018 ]
Fantastic reviews - expected to be several steps above other options at the price point or less. [ David Apr 15, 2018 ]
Based on reviews from multiple sources. [ Brad Feb 17, 2018 ]
Great reviews [ Anthony Feb 12, 2018 ]
Performance [ Mikael Dec 22, 2017 ]
This sub will be asked to fill a very large room with deep loud bass for 90% movie enjoyment. Again Kritina felt my choice was on target as well. [ Randy Dec 15, 2017 ]
great reviews [ Sean Nov 07, 2017 ]
Great sub! [ Kelvin Nov 06, 2017 ]
After exhaustive research (months) for the best subwoofer given price, room size, and primary usage (HT), I decided on the PB-2000. Hopefully it doesn't suck. [ Matthew Thomas Oct 23, 2017 ]
Based on market research and expert recommendations [ Raymond M. Oct 14, 2017 ]
I have one already and going with 2nd unit for my HT/2ch setup. Plus, it's a great piece of equipment. [ Albert Oct 11, 2017 ]
One of the best reviewed subs on the web. [ Jason Sep 21, 2017 ]
for theater room set up and svs is the best subwoofer brand with most power. [ THOMAS E Jul 23, 2017 ]
It was recommended by Tom Greer to compliment my new Marantz NR1608. [ Rogelio Jun 18, 2017 ]
I have 3 subs in my movie theater. 2 polk 505 and 1 HSU-3. I feel that my bass is not where I wanted to be. After searching around and reading all the reviews. adding the svs pb-2000 i can take it to imax bass =) [ LAZARO Jun 08, 2017 ]
SVS brand and many positive reviews [ E May 09, 2017 ]
Best value for a subwoofer. [ JOSEPH May 02, 2017 ]
I bought some Polk Signature Series S60s that I like but lacked the bass I was expecting, so I bought this to shore up the bottom end of music, we'll see how it goes! [ mark Jan 21, 2017 ]
Reputation of brand, reviews on Crutchfield's and other websites. [ Robert Jan 06, 2017 ]
Read reviews and seems to be a quality sub for a good price. [ MICHAEL Nov 28, 2016 ]
Nothing but great review on this sub [ Robby Oct 24, 2016 ]
svs is the best [ Trent Sep 30, 2016 ]
The SVS name is all you need to know. These guys are serious about bass and they crush the competition. [ Robert Aug 11, 2016 ]
good reviews and reputable company.. [ Myron May 27, 2016 ]
Hogan gave the run down on this sub. I was considering this and the Klipsch 15". He considered both good choices but for musical application, which is my main concern, this would be his choice. We shall see! Hogan's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=122 [ Herbert Apr 27, 2016 ]
great reviews and warranty [ JOE M Apr 27, 2016 ]
Reviews on internet [ James Mar 07, 2016 ]
All the great reviews this item received from all over the web not just here is the reason I chose to purchase it. [ Eddy Dec 18, 2015 ]
3 questions already asked
I think either of those subwoofers would work well with your Phase Tech Euro 745es speakers given the specifications I found online listed in a brochure I found for them online. This would be a nice increase in bass from what they produce and will allow you to change settings on the receiver so they get less bass. HTH! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul Oct 02, 2017 ] Staff
Hi Scott: I am not familiar with your receiver or speakers, but I would imagine they will do very well. It is a very large and powerful sub but also fully adjustable. If you check out the crutchfield pictures of the back you`ll see 3 adjustment knobs, volume, phase, and crossover. It also has connections for preamp or LFE. Hope that helps! [ Herbert Nov 27, 2016 ]
I use this sub withe SVC satellites, center, and a pair of bookshelf speakers all SVC. Have a Yamaha rx a750 and it rocks without strain, nice clear deep Bass. I listen loud in a 10 x 20 ft room, the volume at -20 is too loud! The 750 handles my setup nicely. [ Antonio Nov 27, 2016 ]
Its awesome blends well with my b&w cm 9s and m1"s its great for home theater and and nice with music too not gonna hear a better sub for that price ice had a few different ones and im sticking with this one and probably buying another one soon. [ ralph Nov 27, 2016 ]
Excellent. The receiver type doesn't matter since the sub is powered. I have all Def Tech speakers and this sub is the icing on the cake. Really powerful and shakes the room. A very big box but a buy worth making. I get complements on the sub often. [ Robert Nov 27, 2016 ]
For sure [ ralph Nov 27, 2016 ]
yes it should, it is a very nice subwoofer,sounds very good, [ KEITH Feb 07, 2016 ]
You will definitely enjoy this sub with your onkyo tx-nr727. Just make sure your speaker crossover setup is correct for your room. Crutchfield can help if you need it. It rocks the room....Ed [ Edward Feb 06, 2016 ]
I had different models of hi-end sub polkaudo, definitive tech and etc. This is something else. I have it with a Marantz SR7008 and it really goes down like they said. recommended 100%. Wish i helped [ ANTONIO A Feb 05, 2016 ]
wouldn't see why not. I have the TX-NR636 and it works fine. More important factor would be what kind of tower or bookshelf speakers you have with it. I have klipsch synergy f30s up front and this sub blends beautifully. I assume since your looking at this sub you probably have a decent setup. [ Marcus Feb 05, 2016 ]
look at it this way, this sub is big and it puts out big bass clear and accurate. My space is 12x18 and the sub is more than enough. Best sub for the money. Yes it would work with your setup, I went svs with everything. No regrets. [ Antonio Feb 05, 2016 ]
Yep. I have mine connected to my Onk you TX-NR5008 [ Jerry Feb 05, 2016 ]
NO [ Angela Renee Feb 05, 2016 ]