I apologize in advance for the lengthy review. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I tried to cover as much as I could in the limited week and a half I had to listen, photograph and put together this review on top of my full-time job. Big thanks to the SVS team and ED MULLEN for giving me the chance to demo this subwoofer and to annoy my neighbors for the past two weeks. My dog is not very excited about it either as you can tell, yes that’s a SVS SB-1000 box in the background... INTRO: Anyways before I get started, I just wanted to say that I am in no way affiliated with SVS. I’m just a regular guy that’s passionate about audio. I won a contest to test the sub for 2 weeks and write a review.. I’ve never written a review for anything before. I don’t have the time to put together charts and graphs. With that said, this review will be an objective review of my real life observations. I will tell you what this sub can and can't do, what I heard and felt, and how the SB-1000 added or detracted from my test systems. I’ll compare it and pair it up (in a “5.2” configuration) to my other sub, the SVS PB12-Ultra /2. For music in a 2.1 desktop/computer setup, I paired the SB-1000 with my Emotiva Airmotiv6 powered studio monitors. I’m a visual person, so I'll have plenty of photos and videos for my review. The youtube videos will sound distorted because my camera microphone was not able to capture the loud volume/spl produced by the subwoofer. The sub did not distort in real life. *If the videos didn’t load for you, try refreshing this webpage. PACKAGING: SB-1000 arrived in a medium sized box, the SB-1000 by itself only weighs 27 lbs, but with all the packaging it probably weighed around 35 lbs or something? Don’t quote me on that though.. I was able to carry it up 3 flights of stairs without any problems. It is double boxed and contains sturdy packing materials-padding/styrofoam around the edges, the sub is wrapped in a plastic cover. Came with a power cord and an instruction card. FEATURES, SPECS, WARRANTY: $499 is an entry level price and seems pretty reasonable for what the SB-1000 can do and what you get, considering you get some pretty good performance out of this thing. It sub goes down to 24 Hz and all the way up to 260 Hz +-3db. SB-1000 is a sealed sub with a 12" front firing driver powered by a Sledge DSP controlled amplifier capable of 300w RMS (720w peak). The Sledge amp is a class D, DSP controlled amplifier. The rear of the sub also features several control knobs which control volume, phase, and LFE crossover filter control. The control knobs feel pretty sturdy and have a high-quality smooth liquidy feel to them, you can feel the clicks as you turn the knobs. For a full list of specs and frequency response graphs, please refer to the official SVS website (svsound.com or SB-1000 - SVS ) The SB-1000 has a small 13in x 13in x 13in footprint so you can easily throw it under your computer desk like I did, or place it anywhere in your room, it really doesn’t take much space. It is targeted for users who are looking to utilize it in a small to medium size room. The front of the sub has an LED which lights up blue when the sub is active. In my case, the LED light fit right in with the inadvertent blue-light theme of my system (take a look at the photo below). The SB-1000 is a black ash painted wood enclosure. The black ash has a smooth finish, and is textured. I think it looks pretty good. Because it is a sealed sub, it should be bit tighter/faster and less boomy compared to ported subs when it comes to handling musical bass (*spoiler* Spoiler and yes it is! ). It will not reproduce subsonic bass frequencies like its other ported $499 counter-part, the PB-1000 (per the specs, the PB-1000 goes down to 19 Hz). So if you're specifically looking for more spl/volume in the low end frequencies and don’t care about distortion or resonance caused by the sub port, and you mostly watch movies or play games, my guess is that the PB-1000 might be a better fit for you. I wanted a subwoofer to use for music, so the SB-1000 is a better fit for my situation. Let’s talk about some incentives. Priced at $499, ships for free, and comes backed with a 5 year manufacturer warranty. If you buy it and you’re not satisfied, you can return it within 45 days for a refund (minus return shipping), or trade it up within 1 year of your purchase towards a bigger better SVS sub. Speaking from personal experience, SVS’ customer service & support is above-average and that alone is worth some peace of mind. Here’s what you get if you buy it.