Last year I bought and reviewed the SVS Sound PB-1000 subwoofer, a 10” woofer in a ported box that performs extremely well for a price of $500. It has done an admirable job filling those lower octaves in my home theater for almost a year now. At the 2014 CES, SVS was there to introduce two new subwoofers with 12” drivers: The PB-2000 and the SB-2000. Since I own the PB-1000, I wanted to see how it would stack up to the PB-2000.
In my 2,000+ cubic foot home theater room, the two match-up well for music, with there being distinct but overall subtle differences. With movies, there is no contest as the PB-2000 blows away the PB-1000 on low-frequency effects. For my money, the PB-2000 delivers performance that is hard to beat and will satisfy all but the most demanding bass heads.
|Amplifier:||500 watts RMS, 1100 watts peak|
|Inputs:||LFE, RCA Line Level|
|Review Date:||February 25, 2014|
The amplifier has seen an increase in power as well. RMS power has increased from 300 watts to 500 watts and peak output from 700 watts to 1100 watts. The rest of the subwoofer controls are the same except for the lack of speaker-level inputs that the PB-1000 has. Very few people actually use speaker level inputs today, so for most people I don’t think this will matter.
What really matters with a subwoofer is performance. To be able to really compare the PB-2000 to the PB-1000, I connected an RCA switcher between my preamp and the subs and level matched them both at my seat for 50 Hz. I used no EQ for any speakers, including the subs, so as not to influence the results.
Music: Distinct, Subtle Differences
The most immediate aspect I observed with the PB-2000 is how little I really noticed it because it brought no attention to itself. All the bass is tied into the rest of the soundstage even with the PB-2000 being in a separate location. A common worry with ported subwoofers is that you’ll get a chuffing sound from the port, but that was nowhere to be seen. Instead, the PB-2000 just provided a boost to those lower octaves when necessary.
On “Lost Cause” from Beck, the soundstage has increased depth with the added low-frequency extension. Everything seems to come alive a bit more when the PB-2000 plays, and falls just slightly flatter on the PB-1000. It isn’t a large difference, but a subtle one you could pick up on. What had far more impact was “Drive” from REM’s Automatic for the People. The bass notes just dig deeper with the PB-2000 and have more depth and texture to them, so you can feel the physical impact more than with the PB-1000. The ba