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SVS SB-2000

Powered subwoofer (Black Ash)

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Our take on the SVS SB-2000

I've always found it interesting how often subwoofers get typecast as being right for one application, but not another. "Ported-box subwoofers play really loud and are unbeatable for adding boom to action movies," some people say. Others claim, "Only a sealed-box sub gives me that tight, controlled bass I need for my music." Is it too much to ask to have one sub that can easily plumb the depths of bombastic Hollywood soundtracks, yet also provide pitch-perfect, lightning-quick low frequencies that bring out the best in our music?

A sub that music lovers and movie enthusiasts can agree on

I've always found it interesting how often subwoofers get typecast as being right for one application, but not another. "Ported-box subwoofers play really loud and are unbeatable for adding boom to action movies," some people say. Others claim, "Only a sealed-box sub gives me that tight, controlled bass I need for my music." Is it too much to ask to have one sub that can easily plumb the depths of bombastic Hollywood soundtracks, yet also provide pitch-perfect, lightning-quick low frequencies that bring out the best in our music?

SVS doesn't think so. Say hello to the SVS SB-2000 — a subwoofer that gives you the best of both worlds. Its high-output 12" aluminum-cone woofer and cool-running 500-watt Class D amplifier combine to deliver stunningly accurate bass at prodigious levels all the way down to 19 Hz. And that's something any music or movie buff can really get behind.

SVS SB2000 powered subwoofer in piano gloss black

The SVS SB-2000 subwoofer delivers tight, powerful bass that will thrill home theater enthusiasts and music lovers alike.

Deep, powerful, and precise bass for all occasions

The SB-2000 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, accurate response from this sub for added depth and dimension with all of your entertainment sources. And since the driver creates some serious pressure inside the closed cabinet, SVS builds the SB-2000 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 rubber feet that reduce surface contact area to decrease the amount of vibrations transmitted to the floor. The SB-2000 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 that bring music and movies to life with stunning realism.

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 19-220 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
  • 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
  • filtered RCA line outputs (fixed 80 Hz, 12dB/octave high-pass)
  • remote trigger input
  • protective non-resonant steel mesh grille
  • detachable power cord
  • premium black ash woodgrain vinyl finish
  • 14-1/4"W x 14-5/8"H x 17-1/8"D
  • weight: 34.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Powered subwoofer
  • Grille
  • 8' AC power cord
  • Owner's Manual
  • Quick Start Guide

Easy set up, small and sounds a lot bigger than its size, I like the stand by mode when it doesn't get a signal

Anonymous, Jax Bch, FL

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Video Shielded No
Woofer Size (inches) 12
Woofer Composition Aluminum
Firing Direction Front
Wireless No
Preamp-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs No
Speaker-Level Outputs No
Low-Pass Crossover Freq 50-160 Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq 80 Hz
Phase Switch Yes
Amplifier Output (watts) 500
Frequency Response 19-220 Hz
Height (inches) 14-5/8
Width (inches) 14-1/4
Depth (inches) 18-13/16
Weight 34.8 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

12" High Output Woofer: The front-firing 12" high output woofer of the SVS SB-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 SB-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.

MDF Sealed Enclosure: The SVS SB-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 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-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 SB-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?

Mine is a unique situation. My wife insists that the subwoofer be hidden in our Salamander Design subwoofer enclosure. We also own a Salamander Design AV cabinet ... very nice and functional furniture. The SB-2000 is the largest sub and best overall value that I could fit into the subwoofer enclosure. [ Paul  Aug 05, 2018 ]
best subs made will not buy anything else [ matthew  Jul 23, 2018 ]
I liked the frequency response range and the overall size of this sub. SVS's reputation is very good. [ Alejandro  Jun 30, 2018 ]
I'm tired of going under with subwoofers, every time I research subwoofers SVS always comes up as the best by a lot of people. So I bit the bullet like a big boy and bought these. I hope they are worth every penny... [ EDWIN IRIZARRY  May 10, 2018 ]
Positive reviews. Hoping it will add some body to Elac UF6. [ Onesto  Apr 12, 2018 ]
Research, foot print, customer reviews, frequency response below 20Hz and affordability . Previously owned a Velodyne F1200b for 23 years - then it died. Based on research was not worth fixing. When it worked it was ethereal. Prayerfully, I will be disappointed with the SVS SB-2000. [ charlton  Mar 27, 2018 ]
This is a great subwoofer and wanted to upgrade my system to a dual setup. No hesitation. [ Paul  Mar 23, 2018 ]
I've owned to Klipsch subs and both have gone bad in about 4 years. Not from abuse I assure you. KJZ [ KIM J.  Feb 11, 2018 ]
Free fast shipping to Hawaii! And open box deal... who doesn't like a deal? [ Bryan  Feb 09, 2018 ]
Wanted a non ported sub with some punch. SVS is building a great reputation for this type of sub [ Robert  Dec 23, 2017 ]
When reading many reviews for best subs under $1000, this model showed up repeatedly. [ James  Dec 18, 2017 ]
General reviews all over the internet, plus great price, availability and color. [ X  Dec 12, 2017 ]
I chose this item because, after doing some research, it seems like a great deal. [ Eddie Paul  Nov 07, 2017 ]
Reviews for SVS SB-2000 on Crutchfield and Sound & Vision consistently good, sealed enclosure appears to be clean and crisp for music and movies, above-average power/reserve, SVS apparent good quality backed by 5-year warranty, needed frequency range at least 120 Hz to match current system and HSU only went to 80 Hz, Crutchfield price was best seen and free shipping were factors, have ordered from Crutchfield before, good reputation and can trust customer service, web checkout very efficient. [ DAVID L  Nov 07, 2017 ]
Nice specs and looks good. Able to purchase a scratch and dent item and saved another $105.00 off purchase. Hope it's not to beat up. [ Raymond  Mar 27, 2017 ]
I needed a powered sub that would produce great bass for movies as well as music and the reviews seem to support this feature. I was also impressed by the 500 watt output for a speaker in this price range. [ Andrew  Mar 18, 2017 ]
good for both music and movies [ Scott  Mar 08, 2017 ]
Between this SVS and the JL audios!... Hope i made the right decision. [ Chad  Feb 26, 2017 ]
Great reviews; superb bass frequency response to 22Hz. [ Will  Feb 20, 2017 ]
Birthday gift for my husband [ Paula  Feb 01, 2017 ]
Good reviews. Smaller footprint than most other comparable subs [ Tracy  Jan 31, 2017 ]
Online reviews [ DAVID  Dec 08, 2016 ]
advice of Bryce [ Amy  Nov 06, 2016 ]
Needed a sub for music, not theater. [ Rob  Nov 03, 2016 ]
Reviews are consistent from multiple vendors,the product exceeds expectations. [ Curtis  Oct 13, 2016 ]
FreQ response, Fittment , Price, Works well with A/V unit. [ Robert  Sep 08, 2016 ]
upgrade for bose [ Michael  Jun 13, 2016 ]
Sales rep. Chance answered all questions, excellent customer service, also Crutchfield's excellent products Chance's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=173 [ Fred  May 17, 2016 ]
Highly suggested via sound and vision and on Internet reviews. Needed to replace an underpowered woofer and wanted to buy one with enough power to future proof. [ George  Apr 28, 2016 ]
Because it was the only option. [ Jack Van  Feb 26, 2016 ]
Large amp, large frequency range. [ G  Jan 12, 2016 ]
This product matched the size and performance I was searching for to replace my existing subwoofer [ Paul  Jan 01, 2016 ]
specs, size, good cu reviews [ jerzy  Dec 21, 2015 ]
Research on my own and added advice from Nemo [ David  Jul 19, 2018 ]
I chose this based on my conversations with Sam, who spent a lot of time with me on the phone, and is extremely helpful. One of the best customer service representatives I ever have spoken with. Really, I am trying to come up with more things to buy, just so I can speak with Sam some more LOL, what a great guy! Also, helpful were excellent customer service reps Taylor and Emily M. Crutchfield is truly blessed to have a great team over there. Thanks so much for all of your audio advice. [ Artemis  Mar 13, 2018 ]
This was an open box item with free shipping. Compact 12" sub with nice piano gloss black finish. [ Casey  Dec 11, 2017 ]
I went with dual SB-2000's instead of one SB13-ULTRA because the 2000's only weigh 35 lbs each; the ULTRA weighs 92 lbs. They also have a smaller individual footprint. I wanted to ensure even bass coverage of my listening area, and I don't need SPL above 85 db. My A/V receiver (Anthem MRX720) will be used for bass management (ARC), so i don't need the customizing features the SB13-ULTRA has. I am pairing these with B&W CM8 S2 fronts and a B&W Centre 2 S2 center channel for a medium size room. [ Terri  Sep 04, 2017 ]
Thought the Sb2000 would be a good choice for a 5.1 system. The unit I recieved was defective and had to be returned. [ greyscale  May 18, 2017 ]
Extensive online product research; spouse demanded gloss finish. Purchased separate wireless kit by ML. [ Djordje  Mar 28, 2017 ]
Good review.. [ PHUNG  Dec 23, 2016 ]
Reputation and performance [ Scott  Aug 19, 2016 ]
Reviews of this sub were all fantastic. [ CARMINE T  May 05, 2016 ]
Performance, Good value for the money. [ Stephen  Mar 30, 2016 ]
Very good reviews. [ Orlando  Jan 04, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

The SVS SB-2000 requires a Mini 1/8 TS Male Mono connector for the input trigger. Most receivers have a 1/4 inch mono jack for the trigger out. I solved this by buying a 15 ft. mono cord with 1/4 inch male connectors at each end. I then bought a 1/4 Inch Female To Mini 1/8 TS Male Mono Adaptor to complete the connection from receiver to subwoofer. Hope this helps. [ Donald  May 10, 2016 ]
Thanks for our question. Unfortunately no pictures. Items sold from the scratch and dent outlet normally have very minor cosmetic blemishes. Everything is tested to confirm full operation. Manufacturers warranty still applies, and we have a 60 day satisfaction guarantee on everything we sell. Hope that helps. [ Kenny  Mar 04, 2016 ]  Staff
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