SVS PB-1000 Test/Review

Discussion in 'Subwoofers' started by Travis T, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Travis T Enthusiast

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    I was lucky enough to be selected to test a new SVS PB-1000 subwoofer, courtesy of SVS and Audioholics.

    Official SVS page/product description - PB-1000 - SVS
    Specs:
    • 10" driver, ported box
    • 300w RMS / 720w Peak
    • Freq. Response 19-270hz +/- 3db
    • 18.4"h x 15"w x 17.4"d
    • $499 delivered

    Current subwoofer for comparison: Bic PL200 - BIC America - Top Rated Since 1973
    Specs:
    12" driver, ported box
    250w RMS / 1000w Peak
    Freq. Response 22hz-200hz
    17.25"h x 14.75"w x 19.5"d
    Currently $329 delivered on Amazon.com, I think I paid $275 or so around a year ago.

    I've had a couple of weeks to play around with the sub, and can finally share my impressions.

    Shipping/Initial Impressions
    The sub arrived quickly from SVS, and was very well packaged. The sub has your typical black ash finish with a removeable grill, seems to be of pretty nice quality for the price point. SVS says the pb1000 weighs 46lb, BIC claims the Pl200 weighs 52lb. I haven't put them on the scale, but from moving them around the SVS sure feels heavier than the BIC(That's not a bad thing!).

    Performance Impressions

    I was curious about claimed performance, and looked at the frequency response graphs for the SVS(sourced from the SVS product webpage) and the closest I could find for the BIC PL200(data-bass.com). I know the results aren't 100% comparable, since they weren't done by the same people with the exact same setup, but thought it was an interesting comparison. The SVS has a lot flatter performance and better low frequency performance, while the BIC actually spikes to a higher output at frequencies above 35-40hz or so if the charts are to be believed.

    Living Room
    For starters, I unhooked the BIC subwoofer and placed the SVS in the same location and used it for general tv watching/videogame playing for a few days as a break-in. I've heard people say subwoofer break-in is a myth, but the SVS sure seemed to sound better after a few days of use. My living room is a little large for either subwoofer, as I have an open floor plan living room/kitchen combo with an open hallway leading off of it.

    Using the same receiver settings as my other subwoofer, I found that my impressions were pretty close to what I would've guessed by looking at charts online. Better low frequency performance from the SVS, but there definitely seemed to be less maximum impact at higher frequencies. Even so, it seemed to be a lot clearer and "tighter" bass, definitely less sloppy sounding than the BIC subwoofer. I ran my receivers auto setup and did some tweaking. Once I had it adjusted to my liking, I was much more satisfied with the SVS than my first impression. Higher frequency performance was close between the two once I was happy with my audio settings, but the SVS was the winner in all of the other categories. Much better low-end, and you actually hear seperate explosions rather than one big muddy roar from the BIC. If I was told I could keep either sub and had to give the other one away, I'd definitely pick the SVS as the keeper. But for this room I ideally need to move to a higher end subwoofer. While I do prefer the SVS pb-1000 over the BIC pl200, if I was spending the money to upgrade I think I'd spring for a higher end model, like the pb12-plus/pb13-ultra if we are talking about the SVS line up.

    Secondary Room
    I also tested both subs in a smaller room with a secondary tv/audio setup. In the smaller room, both subs were noticeably better(funny how that works!). Here is where there was really a huge difference between to the subs. When setup in this smaller room, the SVS was hands down better than the BIC to my ears. For this room setup, It is definitely worth the price difference and a worthy upgrade.

    Media:
    While testing the SVS, I watched/played/listened to a variety of media I was familiar with, some of them were:
    Games:
    • Halo 4
    • Battlefield 3
    • Forza 4
    Blu-Rays:

    • Terminator Salvation
    • Battle Los Angeles
    • Flight of the Phoenix
    • Transformers Revenge of the Fallen
    • War of the Worlds
    • Dredd
    • The Dark Knight

    Photos:
    SVS PB-1000 - No Cover/Grill(Right) and Bic PL200(Left)
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    SVS PB-1000 - No Grill
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    SVS PB-1000
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    SVS Angle Shot
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    SVS Rear(Level is set pretty high here from playing around, did my comparison with both subs levels set to 12 o'clock/half way)
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  2. hizzaah Full Audioholic

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    Awesome review! I prefer the ones like yours which talk about real world scenarios instead of one's full of charts and graphs.

    They gonna let you keep it? :D
  3. connieflyer Audioholic

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    You did not say what size the second room was. Would be useful to compare performance against larger room. Thanks
  4. Travis T Enthusiast

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    Thanks, that's a good idea. I'll grab some room measurements and update this evening.

    I've got my fingers crossed! :)
  5. Travis T Enthusiast

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    The second room I tested in was 16x16x8, so 2,048 cubic foot. The first room is too much of a pain in the behind to measure properly, picture roughly 38'x16'x8' plus an open hallway, angled wall to rectangular front door vestibule, and half height wall seperating kitchen/dining room area. Acoustically terrible and easily over 5000' cubic ft, for either of these subwoofers it is probably the equivalent of a hotdog down a hallway for true audiophiles. :D

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