Originally Posted by Timothy1180
Svs in there prices now reflect shipping, warranty, and now huge marketing. These svs are all Chinese subs too. Even says on box engineered and designed in PROC. Peoples Republic of China.
There is really no reason to buy an SVs sub anymore.
IMHO,SVS still make good value oriented subs, some other ID subs obviously offer more dB per dollar, but that doesn't mean the SVS offerings are in any way bad. The PB-2000 has a high quality driver (a modified Peerless XXLS 12), 500w RMS plate amp, well tuned flat response, near bullet-proof limiters, well built enclosure, metal grill, free delivery, 5 years warranty, Bill of Rights etc etc, all for $800USD - I would consider that good value for money. And if you're only getting 102dB @ 20hz max in-room out of a PB-2000 then something is up- they have been tested to do over 103dB @ 20hz in RMS 2m Ground Plane testing - with boundary gain + room gain you should be able to get at least that.
As to the "made in china" stuff, SVS subs are still designed and engineered in the US, but built in China. I am pretty sure HSU subs are likely BUILT in the PROC but designed in the US by Dr Hsu, so it's a wash there. If you really want USA made look at PSA and JTR.
In the grand scheme of things, dual PB-2000's for $1500USD (delivered + all the perks) will likely be more than enough for 99% of people. Yes, the SVS 1000 and 2000 series are probably $50-$100 over-priced (when compared to some other ID companies offerings ) but again, in the grand scheme of things, this is buggar all $$ and will be quickly forgotten once you start enjoying them.
Just my 2c