SVS SB-1000 review & specs

SVS SB-1000 – the “Universal Soldier” in the Home and Studio Spaces

SVS SB-1000

The active (with its own built-in amplifier) floor model SB-1000 is the junior device among the closed subwoofers of this brand. This is the world-class device, so it provides the extreme intensity, deep and articulate bass. It is super compact and fits even the small room or studio. It belongs to the class D and plays musical files in a very wide frequency bandwidth. It is a home sub but the device issued in the cafes, on the skating-rinks, roller rinks, and the other public places. This SVS SB-1000 review demonstrates its main features.

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SVS SB-1000 Design

The cabinet is the cube of the right shape designed with the premium black ash finish. The size of the sides is 12.99 inches. It is tough enough and has the rounded edges that impede the inside resonances. Though the internal space is small, the substantial 12-inched head, engaging almost the completely forward panel, is installed in the sub. The device is stylish and neat because it is made of the fiberboard the medium density. This wooden material makes the sub affordable and improves its acoustic performance.

The bright-blue LED-indicator on the front panel is too conspicuous and large that shows the location of the device. So, it will be a little awkward to sneak the device up into the room.

The closed-system design guarantees better quality of the bass and allows its mounting closely to the wall. The removable grid seals the dynamic. The back panel of the device is very remarkable for its main control keys. They are located over its perimeter for setting up the sounding to meet your specific needs. All the necessary inputs and outputs are also there.

SVS SB-1000 Features

The main SB-1000 specs are of the high quality. The full set of inputs – stereophonic, high and low-level, LFI – extends the opportunities of connecting the sub with the various amplifiers. For example, it is possible to connect the amplifier with two clamps with the low-level input.

  • It is equipped with the powerful digital amplifier with its peaking capacity of 720 WT.
  • 300 WT of the power allows the mounting either in the small or large spaces. It the room is too big you can install some of those subs, and their depth will be perfect.
  • There is DSP (processor) in the SUB that operates as a limiter.
  • The injection timing is regulated very smoothly.
  • The cabinet is not too rough and can vibrate, but only if you make the abnormal volume.
  • It has its own volume control that makes the device independent on the receiver’s volume settings.
  • Two ferrite magnets, magnet systems, the voice coil, and the rubber gimbal with the big range of motion are over the top minimize the distortion in the emitter.

SVS SB-1000 Performance & Sound quality

SB-1000’s completeness and sounding power could compete with the inverter models even of greater size. Its accuracy and sound focus plainly surpasses the most of competitors without dependence in spite of their type and size. Before listening to the music, it is better to lower the volume for the leveling of the voice-frequency balance.

The most remarkable feature is the diversity of the bass. It is very important to get different basses for all genres of music and the special bass for movies. SVS managed to find the best decision.

For example, the device refers to the blast wave pretty authentic and causes a physical sense of vibration. The sub works the fast blows of the gunfire clearly and bitingly without any delay. While watching the film you’ll see that the bass is very full and surround. The sounds like the drone of aircraft engines are impressive due to the long-term low-frequency effect. They are worked out with a high degree of control – you can hear and even feel physically the minor fluctuations of the volume level (pressure changes, airflow etc.).

It seems at first that the rhythm-section operating is too fast for rock and heavy metal. However, the separate notes and hits are very clear. The subwoofer does not try to mix this stuff and to make it completely indiscriminate, booming mess. Even if the music does not contain much bass, the sub’s presence is tangible.

SVS SB-1000 Setup

Careful installation and SB-1000 setup is the core issue in achieving success. You can install the sub along the wall or in the corner. If there are two subs in the room, it is better to place them in two corners a little bit in front of the loudspeakers.

There are several signal connection options. The first one is AVR/PRO connection, the other – Multichannel/stereo apps (Line level connection) for the apps with the L/R line level outputs. The last method is the Speaker Level connection for the amplifiers with the high-level inputs as the only ones.

The crossover offers a wide range of regulations (24 –260 Hz), but the optimal cutoff frequency is 90 Hz. It provides the most exact tune. The device has the detachable automatic system of the entering sleep mode and the trigger input for the integration to the automation system. Power consumption accounts for 0.5 Watt in the sleep mode; therefore, there is no need to de-energize the system completely. In general, if you want to get the bass according to the material you watch or listen to, it is necessary to change the settings, to control volume.


SVS SB-1000 settings gift a listening experience that is coherent, cohesive, and musically engaging. It is considered to be one of the best bang-for-buck subwoofers on the market. The power is evident while listening to music. The soft and natural bass that enriches the sound background will surprise the movie fans.

The device fits any spaces; its settings are simple, full and convenient. The small structure does not infringe the interior composition. The device is perfect for those who are keen on music and movie, who cares about the sound and can detect the faintest sound shades.

Common features


SVS SB-1000






4.5 of 5




Amplification type


Detachable grilles


Nominal output power (RMS), W


Maximal output power (RMS), W


Audio amplifier output power, W


Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB


Impedance, Ohm


Frequency response, Hz


Crossover frequency, Hz



Driver quantity


Driver size, in


Driver placement

front panel

Port placement

has not


RCA LFE inputs


RCA stereo line level inputs (pair)


RCA outputs


XLR inputs (pair)

XLR outputs (pair)



Speaker outputs (pair)


Speaker inputs (pair)



Subwoofer phase

Low-pass filter

Main power switch


Body material


Woofer composition




Enclosure type


User manual



Dimensions (H x W x D), cm/in

30.8 x 28 x 33/14 x 13 x 13.5

Weight, kg/pounds


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