Hey guys! I'm back to share my impressions of my new SVS PB-1000. First off, I'm not really technical about this stuff. I'm still learning. There is not going to be any graphs or any of that type of stuff in this review. I'm still learning about all of that and how to measure using REW, but for now, this is just going to be about what I heard. Onto the review...
My room is 960 cubic feet. Tiny I know. It's a spare bedroom of the duplex I am renting. No acoustic treatments, tile floor with two area rugs, and a love seat. My setup consists of Polk CS20 center, TSI 500 mains, and TSI 200 surrounds. Denon 1713 AVR with Mult EQ XT, Panasonic DMP-BD210 blu ray player and an Xbox 360 E. Monoprice 14 gauge speaker cable, a Monster Standard THX subwoofer cable, and an Auralex Great Gramma for the sub and MoPads under the CS20. This is my first real subwoofer. Others I have heard are a Polk (forget the model) and the Klipsch SW 112.
I love the way the PB-1000 looks! The black ash finish looks great. I don't like gloss black because I have a little ocd and I would constantly be cleaning it. I'm not crazy about the cloth grill. I like the metal grills of the more expensive models better, but it looks good enough. It's got some weight to it and feels sturdy, unlike the Klipsch SW112. The SW112's grill is cheap and flimsy. I don't like the grill because it totally covers up the gorgeous driver. I love that the SVS logo is on the driver. The pictures on the SVS site don't show this, so I was so happy when I unpacked it.
The back is simple. I for one love the actual knobs. I know the more expensive models it's all digital, but I like the knobs. I'm a funciton over form guy, but I do think the PB-1000 is a great looking subwoofer! The LED light on the front is a little too bright, but it doesn't bother me enough to be an issue.
Setup and Impressions:
I started with my sub in the corner, ran Mult Eq XT, and the first thing I put on was the Marshall Mathers LP 2 cd. This is the only cd I actually have since I use ITunes, but I wanted to just put on a pure cd and not be subjected to Itunes eq or wutever they put on it. Utterly disappointed is an understatement for how I felt. The bass was almost non-existent. I set the sub up properly and I ran Mult Eq XT properly btw. I tried to tell myself that I loved it, but I just didn't. I played some blu rays and they faired a little bit better. I went to bed disappointed with my new purchase.
The next morning I decided to really delve into it and do the sub crawl. I moved my love seat and put the sub exactly where I sit. I played bass heavy music like Bass Can You Hear Me and any rap songs I had on my ipod. Putting my head right in front of the driver, I could def hear more bass and the feeling in the chest that I wanted. I crawled around the room and low and behold, I found the sweet spot. Funny enough its only about 2 or 3 feet forward of where the sub actually was. I put the sub there, reran Mult Eq XT, and I put on "Pony" by Ginuine. I sat back into my seat and I absolutely LOVED what I heard! I got a little bit of that hit in the chest that I was looking for this time. It's only a 10'' driver here, so I cant expect too much punch in the chest feelings I guess. The beginning drum beat to Nickelback's (I know I know) "Follow You Home" sounded absolutely amazing! I could feel the bass drum in my body. I replayed that 6 seconds over and over again. It was awesome!
Before I did the crawl I called SVS to see if they could help me. Again, they were extremely nice. They didn't tell me anything I didn't already know, but I just wanted to see how the customer service was, and I was not disappointed in the slightest. Great people to deal with! They told me that their subs only play what is there; nothing more or less. This was the moment of my subwoofer epiphany! I have only listened to crappy subwoofers that were just boomy and bloated, that I had no idea what a real subwoofer is supposed to sound like! My expectations were out of whack because of the 2 subs I've listened to before. It was all clear now.
Once I started with the blu rays, this epiphany only rang more true. The Incredible Hulk for example. The scene at the school. This sub totally rocked the s*** out of me. The way it handled that scene made me realize what good bass really is. The bass that comes out of this subwoofer is nothing but pure, clean, articulate bass. When the .50 cals go off, it sounds like nothing I've ever heard from a sub before. The clean heft and weight that the PB-1000 adds to that scene is incredible! The PB-1000 just sits back and does what it does. When it's called upon to deliver, it delivers in spades. Top Gun is another one of my favorites. The jets sounded like they were in my room!! Again, not overstated or bloated. Clean and articulate. The sonic gun scene from Minority Report was also awesome. I felt that one for sure! I could go on and on, but the result is all the same: AWESOME!!!
I LOVE my PB-1000. All the talk about SVS that I've heard has been more than justified! For $499, this subwoofer is an amazing value! If anyone is reluctant to try it, don't be. The 45 day free trial CAN NOT be beat. It's the reason I went with SVS in the first place. I didn't want to take the chance on my first real sub and have to pay shipping back if I didn't like it. This sub produces pure, clean, raw, articulate, and any other of those buzz words around here that you can think of, bass. It has a flat response apparently (again, no personal measuring gear; have to just go by the website), and I like it. I like how the bass is not over exaggerated in certain frequencies. It takes some getting used to for the first time, but it's something that grows on you. I love just hearing what I'm supposed to be hearing, when I'm supposed to be hearing it. I've learned that a clean, articulate sub does not hit all the time throughout a film, It blends perfectly into the background with the rest of the soundtrack, and when it needs to be heard or felt, it has no problem doing so. My PB-1000 does this amazingly. It's been a real eye opener. Sorry for the misleading thread title, but I DO HATE SVS! I hate them because they have opened my ears and eyes, and now.....I GOTTA HAVE MORE!!!!!
And this is only the beginning of my subwoofer journey!!! Thanks for reading and to everyone on the forums who responded to my threads and gave me advice! I really appreciate it. I was not steered wrong!
Just buy this beauty already!!!