I have debated whether or not to offer an alternative viewpoint to the discussion of whether SVS should add a 3000 model subwoofer. Since things are fairly quiet, I think I will.
Let me preface my comments by agreeing that they probably will add a 3000 model. Like others, I don't see it as a coincidence that SVS left a gap between the 2000 model and the 4000 model, and that they have discontinued the 12-Plus. I also believe that they know what they are doing from a business perspective, as SVS appears to be a very successful company. And, I am a long-time and satisfied SVS customer. But, I'll confess that, as a subwoofer fan, I wish that they were a little bolder in their approach at times. And, the discussion of a likely 3000 model is a perfect example of that for me.
If I compare the max output numbers of the PB2000 (which was tested) to the assumed output numbers of the PB4000 (which averages about 1db more than the PB13) there is an average difference between the two models of ~6db down to 20Hz. Below 20Hz, the difference is much greater.
In my opinion, that is actually a very good difference between the two models. And, it gives people clear choices. Someone can buy a single PB2000, or two PB2000's, or one PB4000. From a business perspective, it does make sense to split the difference at a 3db average difference with a 3000 model. That will enable people to move up more incrementally, taking advantage of the upgrade policy.
But, in my opinion, a 3db increase in max output is a pretty modest and incremental increase. Frankly, I think that was a problem with the PB12-Plus before, especially once the PB2000 was introduced. And, I think that it's a problem with the PB16 now. When the PB16 came out, it was about 4db more powerful than the PB13 below 35Hz. Above 35Hz, they remained roughly equal. With the introduction of the PB4000, the difference in max output has shrunk to only ~3db below 35Hz. I am finding it harder now to recommend the flagship PB16, compared to the PB4000.
I believe that I understand the commercial reasons why SVS chose not to be even bolder with the PB16, and those reasons make good business sense. But, that kind of business decision is increasingly separating SVS from the bolder and more innovative ID companies. (Not that SVS isn't being innovative in other ways, with the display, remote, and DSP.) I want to be clear that I am still a loyal SVS subwoofer owner. But, I am also a subwoofer fan. And, when I try to help other people make good subwoofer buying decisions, I can't help wishing that the PB16 were a little bolder venture than it is.
I really think that keeping at least 4 or 5db between models is a better policy than only keeping 3db between models. And frankly, the flagship offering should stand well above the other models, in my opinion. Again, I understand other owner points of view on this subject, and I believe that I understand the commercial one, too. But, I still can't help wishing that my selected company were a little bolder within the industry in which it competes. The sealed models may be competing against some of the name brand "music" subwoofers. But, the ported models have to compete against the true ID companies. And, their offerings tend to be much more aggressive, with more significant output differences between their various models.
I just wanted to share my viewpoint on this, and I hope that no one will get upset with me for doing so.