SVS SB-2000 review & specs

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SVS SB-2000: great sub for any size room

SVS SB-2000 review & specs

If you like very tight, controlled bass that sits in the mix like butter on toast SVS SB-2000 is your sub. It takes a little getting used to hearing bass the way it is supposed to sound. The bass is never heavy no matter how loud it is. There are double hits on the electronic bass and you’ll appreciate this eventually. This sub goes really low but its response begins to taper off below about 30 Hz. Do you want to know even more features of the subwoofer? Read our SVS SB-2000 review and get what you need.

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SVS SB-2000 plays the deepest notes along with a great definition. It's just that if you want those last deepest notes played loud and cleanly, you have to pony up. Despite being compact for a 12-inch sub, it's not really that much small. Its build quality is exceptional and it looks much better than what's shown in the pictures. It looks grayish black in the pictures but it's nearly all black.


This SVS SB-2000 fist perfectly. Be aware the removable metal grill is curved outward and adds about 2-1/2" inches to its depth. We believe it had a flat grill. It would be even more compact. The sub is sealed -- no rear port. All its power comes out the front. This works very well as it's in an enclosed space and sound coming out a port would bounce around inside its cubby hole and possibly cause problems.

Note that sealed box subwoofers are preferred for jazz and classical music because they respond more quickly to changes in the music. An added advantage is that the sealed box takes up less space. Adding this speaker doesn’t yield a night to day improvement in the sound from a system, but it did deliver what you can expect, richer and fuller reproduction of the music. Fantastic highs, mids, midbass, and even really accurate bass for a 5-inch woofer.

Performance & Sound quality

SB-2000 specs are if the frequency is too low for it to play (which is far lower than anything you'll encounter in music/games/movies), it just goes silent. There is no distortion as you approach the lower end of its frequency range, it reproduces everything clearly until the driver is physically incapable of reproducing the sound. This subwoofer has exceptional clarity while delivering ample thumping power for an immersive experience for whatever you're listening to.

The difference between most of the other muddy boomy subs is like night and day. Everything from Classical (like Cellos) to Dubstep, Hip-Hop, Rock, and Techno/Electronica sound so much better. Bass in this sealed model is extremely tight and the excursion is insane! High-quality Class D amps too.


With a very solid cabinet and intuitive SB-2000 setup, it is easy to understand connections. With this setup (300W/channel), you can't put the sub past 6 clicks volume (1 click past 120hz on the low pass) else it pops on some Porcupine Tree tracks, however, this can vary a lot due to differences in mastering. Keep in mind that this may not be the case with a lower powered receiver/amp; the A500 is known for use in speaker testing for its ability to drive (and destroy, 600W bridged mono) anything that you can connect to it. SVS SB-2000 settings take about 10 hours of continuous playing before the subwoofer started to sound its best, so don't judge it before breaking it in.

The SB-2000 has L/R line level inputs (use one for AV receiver applications). It also has L/R line level outputs. These are high-passed at 80 Hz (12 dB/octave). The line level outputs would only be used in a 2 channel stereo application (i.e., not an AV receiver or surround sound processor) with no digital bass management. The line level outputs are used to filter the bass 80 Hz from the connected loudspeaker amplifier and loudspeakers.

Give it some time to open up. It will take some time and you will have to play around with the phase control and various placement position to get the best bass.


It's definitely worth the extra over the SB-2000. At $600-700 per unit it's an investment, but an incredibly worthwhile one if you're an audiophile or serious about your home theater. For the price range, it's in, literally, nothing else on the market comes close to this bad boy. It's built very well, nice fit and finish and nothing seems cheap or whatever.SB-2000 does sound very tight with the bass, controlled. I think most people would enjoy this subwoofer, either for music or movies.

Common features


SVS SB-2000






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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



black ash, gloss black

Enclosure type


User manual



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

37 x 36 x 43/14.6 x 14.2 x 17.1

Weight, kg/pounds


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