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SVS PB-1000

Powered subwoofer

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It's no secret around here that we love bass — especially deep, accurate bass that rocks the house and adds intense realism to our movies, music, and video games. But that kind of low-end performance can cost dearly — a major obstacle for those of us without deep pockets. So we're always on the lookout for subwoofers that deliver the kind of performance we crave at a price we can afford. And that's why we're so stoked about the SVS PB-1000. This powerful sub may be the smallest ported-box model in the SVS lineup, but it pumps out the room-shaking excitement of movie explosions and thunderous concert videos with authority. Best of all, it's an exceptional value that even us bass enthusiasts on a budget can totally get behind.

Pump up the bass without emptying your wallet

It's no secret around here that we love bass — especially deep, accurate bass that rocks the house and adds intense realism to our movies, music, and video games. But that kind of low-end performance can cost dearly — a major obstacle for those of us without deep pockets. So we're always on the lookout for subwoofers that deliver the kind of performance we crave at a price we can afford. And that's why we're so stoked about the SVS PB-1000. This powerful sub may be the smallest ported-box model in the SVS lineup, but it pumps out the room-shaking excitement of movie explosions and thunderous concert videos with authority. Best of all, it's an exceptional value that even us bass enthusiasts on a budget can totally get behind.

SVS PB1000 powered subwoofer

The no-nonsense SVS PB-1000 powered subwoofer delivers deep, powerful bass and solid value.

A ported box that breathes deep

The PB-1000 starts with a bass-reflex (ported) cabinet design that allows its long-throw 10" driver to make wide excursions, creating high-output levels at very low frequencies. The sub's powerful, high-efficiency 300-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-1000'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 SB-1000'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-1000 makes a welcome addition to just about any home theater or stereo music 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: 19-270 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 10" woofer for enhanced sensitivity and high-output levels
  • 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
  • speaker-level inputs
  • filtered RCA line outputs (fixed 80 Hz, 12dB/octave high-pass)
  • remote trigger input
  • detachable power cord
  • premium black ash woodgrain vinyl finish
  • 15"W x 18-15/16"H x 20"D
  • weight: 46 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

Testing the speaker with the new Jurassic World movie- the walls were shaking

Bill, Durham, NC


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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Woofer Size (inches) 10
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 19-270 Hz
Height (inches) 18-7/8
Width (inches) 15
Depth (inches) 20-15/16
Weight 46 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research


10" High Output Woofer: The front-firing 10" high output woofer of the SVS PB-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 10" 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 PB-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 Ported Enclosure: The SVS PB-1000 powered subwoofer features a rigid and strong cabinet to resist unwanted distortion caused by vibration. The cabinet utilizes a bass reflex (ported) design with a front-firing 3.5" high-flow port with inner/outer port flares for smooth bass output. The cabinet is elegantly finished in a premium black ash wood-grain vinyl and fits with practically any décor.

Variable Controls: The PB-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 PB-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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Why did you buy this?

Recommended by trusted reviewers, and priced right. [ Brian  Oct 02, 2018 ]
Big selection.Done with BB [ Gerald  Sep 17, 2018 ]
happy with previous purchase from same manufacturer. Manufacturer and model had excellent reviews. [ MICHAEL  Aug 21, 2018 ]
Advice from tech rep Ozzy,Love that guy [ robert  Aug 13, 2018 ]
After doing research, this subwoofer looks like it has all the attributes in a home theater sub. Adequate power, low end extension, sheer output. [ JONATHAN E  Jul 25, 2018 ]
Quality built sub with great performance. [ A  Jul 25, 2018 ]
My son found it, it seems to be the right size for our room [ S  Jul 11, 2018 ]
Research led me to this. Also could have brought from other places little cheaper, but have had positive experience with Crutchfield several times in the past, so came back. [ BALAJI  Jun 12, 2018 ]
I wanted a ported subwoofer, because I am installing it in an alcove I am creating during a remodel project. This sub seemed to have overwhelmingly positive reviews for the price point, so I took the plunge. [ MARK  Apr 06, 2018 ]
Great Barnd. And ab great company SVS [ VictorAriel  Jan 17, 2018 ]
Love my PSB headphones and speakers. The room was too small for an SVS sub so I kept the sub the same brand as my sound bar [ Jason  Dec 29, 2017 ]
Due to reviews and the bass response below 30hz [ Brian  Nov 20, 2017 ]
Originally thought about a lesser Polk, but the wrecommendations that I saw all over the web, from my consultant and from the chat with Crutchfield mad me think that I would be out of propertion with my system if I went with a lesser subwoofer. [ Mark  Oct 10, 2017 ]
Lots of research of different brand offerings. This seemed to deliver the most in quality for the price with almost always perfect scores in reviews. It will be used mostly for movies and gaming. However it seems to fair pretty well with music as well which is a bonus. Can't wait to hook it up! [ AndyB  Sep 26, 2017 ]
online review [ Michael  Aug 05, 2017 ]
Crutchfield does an excellent job of presenting features and specs. Also very helpful customer reviews. [ Rod  Jul 30, 2017 ]
Based on online audio reviews [ Stephen  Jul 08, 2017 ]
Excellent reviews from several reputable websites. Needed to upgrade an old Kenwood sub. [ Michael  Jun 09, 2017 ]
I heard it is a really good sub for the price. [ Abe  May 09, 2017 ]
reviews [ Gregory  Mar 14, 2017 ]
For Reference reading the reviews and the Troy Assistant in Crutchfield Chat [ MARIO  Mar 08, 2017 ]
Great reviews and quality of brand. Super low frequency response for a 10" sub. [ Kenneth  Feb 27, 2017 ]
Loved the look, specs and customer reviews [ K A  Feb 23, 2017 ]
lots of good reviews [ Joseph  Dec 28, 2016 ]
reviews [ Scott  Dec 26, 2016 ]
This product had the best reviews for subwoofers on the internet as well as the best warranty around. I prefer buying my electronics from Crutchfield! [ Heather  Dec 19, 2016 ]
I chose this item due to SVS's quality products, warranty, customer and industry reviews and Crutchfield's service. [ Richar  Nov 25, 2016 ]
I previously bought two of these subs and their performance exceed my expectations. [ AYODHA  Nov 20, 2016 ]
Great Reputation as being a high quality sub [ Howard  Oct 06, 2016 ]
Internet research, price, vendor website information [ Jeff  Sep 02, 2016 ]
Internet available reviews. [ RANDALL G  Jul 21, 2016 ]
Needed more bass for the home gym in a compact package. [ Jason  Jul 14, 2016 ]
I checked out hundreds of reviews and this was the right size I was looking for, so was a no brainer for me. [ william  Jun 15, 2016 ]
After reading many reviews on SVS sub-woofers, this fits the bill to replace an older Boston sub that is having amplifier issues. I believe that this is the best sub available in this price range. [ SEAN R  May 29, 2016 ]
It the best sub for money. Going dual and and can't wait to check it out. SVS rocks!. [ Sathyanarayanan  Mar 24, 2016 ]
Excellent reviews and value given the price point [ Paul  Mar 22, 2016 ]
reviews said it was not boomy and low distortion, had great control on low frequencies [ Lal  Feb 03, 2016 ]
SVS seems to have a solid reputation making high quality subwoofers. Judging from professional reviews of the PB 1000, there's nothing in it's price range that can match its performance. The room where this sub will be used is fairly small, so a sub like the PB 2000 or an HSU VTF-3 is just overkill. I wanted a sub that was able to play down to 20hz, but be fairly linear, and be no bigger than an end table. The PB 1000 seems to fit the bill. [ Jeffrey  Jan 27, 2016 ]
SVS was a name that was thrown around a lot for it's reputation and quality of speakers and subs. I read and did a lot of comparisons before settling down on the PB 1000. This thing absolutely owns the low ends and I plan on getting a second one later this year [ Reza  Jan 26, 2016 ]
needed a sub and this was recommended by your representative [ TERRY  Dec 16, 2015 ]
Reputation, and the money back guarantee or the right to upgrade, if needed. Plus Andy helped to narrow it down to this model vs. the next larger model. [ Douglas  Dec 09, 2015 ]

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a 500-watt RMS amplifier

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