Originally Posted by frostie202
Thanks Jim. This will be much appreciated. I'd really like to know what the real world limitations are of the PB1000 before diving in head first.
OK, the short of it is I think you'll find the PB1000 is worth $500. This sub pretty much does everything SVS says it will, and strikes me as a solid value. But I did find an uncharacteristic issue...
I did a "mini" test this morning; played a couple of CD's, some punishing electronic music and a few movie scenes. The CD's were no problem, even though one of them I deliberately selected because it has some very deep bass guitar work. The blu-rays were all good, except for Tron again; for some reason it seems to be over-driving this one. If I back the gain down a little it sounds fine, so maybe this soundtrack is recorded hot. I haven't run into that previously, so it's left me a little baffled. For anyone else that wants to try it and see if they experience the same thing select the track towards the beginning where Kevin Flynn gets picked up by the Transporters. For me those booster rockets are just obnoxious. All the others movies I tried -- Avatar, WotW and Ironman -- were fine, and played with authoritative bass.
One thing I found a bit surprising was I could get the port to make some noise, and with a few of the electronic tracks the drive made a sound as well. My quick assessment was perhaps the the sound was coming from surround, as opposed to a mechanical limit of the driver being hit. SVS is actually known for their DSP programming, and are almost fanatical about not allowing their subwoofers to make any unpleasant sounds. The Tron thing is perhaps an anomaly, and more then likely not related to the PB1000 at all, but I have to admit the port and driver noises caught me a bit off guard. I've become fairly adept at pushing subwoofers to their limit though -- I'm the only person to ever get the amp from a PowerSound Audio sub to go into protection mode and shut down -- so what I experienced you may never encounter.