Originally Posted by Bazzy
Any chance you will also be getting an SB1000 to test soon? It would be cool if you could test it at the same time as the PB1000 & read about how the two perform against each other!
Bazzy, you're everywhere!
I actually had my choice of which one to review, and I selected the PB1000 over the SB1000. Reason being is the SB1000 struck me as a "light" version of SB12-NSD, so I'm not 100% certain I understand what market it's targeted at. The SB12 is a proven commodity with an excellent track record, so why produce something just a tiny bit smaller with a little less performance? Even the price is only $150 (US) difference, which for most is probably not a deal breaker.
The PB1000, on the other hand, is unlike any other current SVS product, so it strikes me as a solid new market for them to position a sub. It's almost like a reincarnation of the PB10-NSD, which was heralded as an amazing bargain from what I gather (I never had the opportunity to hear it myself unfortunately).
I did encounter one interesting anomaly with the PB1000 last night though... I ran a few of my test scenes -- WotW Emergence, LotR Bridge at Khazad Doom, Tron The Games -- and it all sounded very good, except Tron. When I got to that one the bass was a horrible drone, with a total loss of clarity and definition. I had to turn the gain and AVR volume way down because it was actually annoying. I popped in WotW again and that was fine, so it seems as though it didn't like Tron for some reason. I hooked the XS15 back up so I can finish reviewing that one. This weekend I'm going to try it with the XS15 and see if my Tron disk went bad or something. It's a brand new OPPO BDP103 player, so I don't think that's the issue.