Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: East Lansing, MI
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My review for my first experience with SVS and the PB-1000
I put my order in on Monday the 7th, It was shipped on the 8th, It was at my door on the 9th. Given I live in Michigan and its only maybe 5 hours to the SVS facility, I was still very impressed to have my subwoofer delivered only 2 days after ordering. To save the details it looked well handled, wasn’t damaged at all, and it even came with a note personalized to me.
The SVS customer service was top notch for me. I emailed them a few times prior to purchase asking for their recommendations given my room size and speaker setup. I even asked if they would recommend the SB-12 (a more expensive model) over the PB-1000 for my situation, and they said I would probably be better off with the PB-12 given my needs. They didn’t try to up sell me at all, which shows me they really wanted me to be happy, not just spend money. Once the sub arrived I had a quick setup question, so I emailed them, less than 15 minutes later they responded, fully answering my question. I was very happy with how I was treated and I feel if I have any further questions about their products I can get reliable, honest information from them.
Now for what everyone want to know. How does it sound? First let me start by saying this, I am a novice home theater guy, and this is by far the most expensive piece to my setup (I’ll list my room and speaker specs at the end of the post). To give you an idea, the sub I upgraded from was a Mirage LF100. So given that I’ve never heard anything in its price range or higher, I will attempt to describe my experience with it.
Right away I ran audyssey with the sub volume at 12 o’clock as recommend. I played a few songs and the difference was clear. This sub was already putting out more than my previous sub ever had, even at lower volumes. I could hear new lows that I never got with the LF100 (albeit that isn’t saying much haha). I will say that after this very quick and rushed setup I felt a little underwhelmed, as I had very high expectations for this sub. I wasn’t concerned though as I felt once I rearranged a few things and played around with some of the settings it would sound much better.
So after a bit of tuning and also turning the volume dial to about 2 o’clock I played the same songs again. And let me just say the difference was incredible. The whole room was filled with deep rich bass. I couch feel the couch shake. It was very impressive. I will say though, I hear many of you asking about “could ya feel it hit you in the chest?” and my answer is no not really. I wouldn’t describe the bass that comes out as boomy where you literally get hit by a pressure wave. Now as I said the couch did rumble and a few things hanging on the wall felt it too. It was definitely loud, crisp, clean, and deep, which was exactly what I was looking for.
Now this is where I was most impressed. This sub really shines when watching movies. Last night I watched “how to train your dragon” with my girlfriend, and man was the bass great! The dragon’s wings flapping felt like they were right next to me. On top of that I watched Transformers to test how it handled explosions, and it performed great! I never noticed any unwanted/distorted noise, even at loud volumes. So with the addition of this sub, my movie watching experience dramatically improved even more so than my music listening (although for music I primarily listen to rock type music so there isn’t as many super low bass moments).
Overall: (5 stars out of 5)
My experience with this sub has been very satisfying, and I feel it was worth every penny spent. I also know that with SVS’s great customer care I can upgrade to the PB-12 next year and get full money of my PB-1000 put towards it with their 1 year trade up policy (which I plan on utilizing). In short I would say this sub performs best for movies, but still very very good for music (the few Bass Mekanik songs I did listen to were very impressive). I think SVS may have made a long time customer out of me, as I’m positive that now that I’ve experienced “real” bass, I will be on the never ended quest to get the “best” bass. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is thinking about exploring higher end subs, I think this product will give you a great idea of what you can expect and definitely won’t leave you disappointed if you are upgrading from a budget system like myself
If you have any questions feel free to ask, I’d be willing to try a few different things out if people are interested, but keep in mind I’m a novice when it comes to home theater and if you have technical questions I may or may not be able to answer them.
Room specs: Approximately 12’X15’ with 8’ ceilings
Receiver: Denon AVR 1611
Fronts: 3 Way Bass Reflex Speaker System Black Model 312
Center: Mirage Omnisat
Surrounds: Mirage Omni 50