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The SVS SB-2000 Subwoofer Review Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
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The SVS SB-2000 Subwoofer Review
Set Up and Listening

The SB-2000 is a sealed design, and weighs 51 Lbs. It sports a 12-inch woofer, with a 500 watt on board amplifier. The SB-2000’s published specs have it going to down the depths of 19 Hz. It is decent sized, but not large enough that can’t be easily placed even a medium space. It is supplied with a metal grille to protect the driver, which is a good thing if you have young kids or pets, as naturally a sub will reside on the floor, in reach of curious hands or paws. The review sample was beautifully finished in black.

Around back, there are a bevy of connections and controls. These include control for Volume, Phase, Low Pass Filter, Power, and Trigger Output. There are Line Level inputs and Outputs. There are several ways you can connect the SB-2000, depending on your ancillary equipment. The supplied manual was clear and helpful in facilitating a quick set up.

SVS SB-2000

Set Up & Listening

The SB-2000 took up residence for most of the review period in my home theater set up in the main living room. I used the Marantz 7005 pre-processor, and the 7055 multi channel power amp. Speakers are Paradigm Monitor Series 5 all around. My usual sub is an older, modest PSB model. Cabling was a mix of Kimber and Audioquest. A Vizio 55 inch HDTV completes the picture.

I ran an Audioquest sub cable from the mono Subwoofer Output of the Marantz pre-processor into the SVS' Line Level input. You can also provide it with a stereo signal if your preamp is equipped with stereo outputs. From there I used it, as is, for a number of weeks. After that, I used the built in Audyssesy EQ function on my Marantz processor to dial in everything. The results were outstanding.

The SB-2000 was a game changer for my home theater. There was an added weight and realism to the entire presentation that was just not there before. I like bass, like everyone else, but can’t stand, loose, flabby, rumblings that masquerade as bass. The only thing I did after getting everything in order was dial in the volume and experiment with the phase switch.

Movie soundtracks were explosive, and bombastic ones were larger than life, as intended, but everything seem to stop and start on a dime. The SB-2000’s precision may have been the key here. The soundstage never fell apart. I cannot say the same about other subwoofers I have auditioned in the system. Lesser units left notes overhanging, with a lot of low-end smear.

Examples include the Man Of Steel soundtrack, which features plenty of over the top action scenes, and subterranean rumblings. The SB-2000 turns the living room into a private screening room. And, there was no interference with dialogue, or other ambient sounds. This is extremely important as even much HDTV content offers quick mashups of intense action, CGI, and dialogue.


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