What We Like
- Massive sound.
- Tight Response with the front port.
- Phase knob as opposed to switch.
What We Don’t Like
- Missing DSP acceleration.
- A little ugly.
SVS makes some of the best subwoofers on the market. While not beautiful for every beholder, there’s one thing that’s certain; these subwoofers sound really, really good. THe PB-2000, in the middle of the line, is no exception to that, making it one of the best subwoofers under $1000.
For my tastes, the PB-2000 isn’t the most beautifully designed subwoofer. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to love here. A medium density MDF cabinet is finished in black ash, with faux wood grain gracing the sides. The front features a removable steel mesh grille, and, don’t worry, it doesn’t resonate. Screw in rubber feet finish off the look, with an extensive back panel that holds all the essentials you’d expect to find.
Again, I don’t love the look of this subwoofer for my tastes. Still, it’s not hard to appreciate what SVS has done here. The cabinet is solid, the finish is beautiful, and the front grille is sturdy, protecting all the goodies inside. Yes, everything about this subwoofer is gorgeous, but in different ways. It feels like SVS put a lot of designs together that don’t work. Still, a lot of it comes down to personal tastes.
However, everything else show up to make this one of the best subwoofers around. The focal point of the feature set is the 500W RMS amplifier, with a 1100W rating for dynamic loads. The back features a standby mode at 0.5W, tuneable low pass filter, and phase knob, allowing you dial in the perfect balance for all the other speakers in your system. Combine that with aluminum 12-inch driver that has an intuitive suspension design, and this subwoofer is competent in the feature department.
I was disappointed though. While not expected, this subwoofer misses out on SVS’ DSP accelerated controls that allow access to tons of customization options including filters, integration options, and more. There still is plenty to appreciate, though. The phase knob is a simple solution to a big problem, allowing you to precisely dial in phase relationships for maximum low-end. I was a bit disappointed at the feature set, but that’s really only in context of the DSP control found on the more expensive SVS options and, when considered alone, the PB-2000 has a lot to offer in terms of features.
The PB-2000 can compete with the more expensive options in terms of its performance. This is, hands down, one of the best sounding subwoofers at this price, borrowing many features from the Ultra line of subwoofers from SVS. The rated 17Hz frequency response is easily achieved with the high headroom amplifier, delivering a rich, but detailed, sound.
Tidying up the ultra low-end, a front port is 4 inches big, with inner and outer flares for controlled bass. Combining this and the incredibly tight woofer creates a low-end that slams but doesn’t become unbearable. Never did I become sick of how much low-end was here. In fact, I appreciate it as it easily picked up low-end and spit it out in one of the most beautiful ways I’ve heard.
The SVS PB-2000 is an amazing subwoofer that provides an experience that extends far beyond what the price would suggest. While lacking DSP acceleration and not being the most gorgeous subwoofer out there, it still sounds incredible.