Originally Posted by tezster
Hmm... I wonder if it would be worthwhile upgrading to an SB3000 from the SB2000?
I do think the price point is on the high side. And based on the photos, it looks like they're using the same cheap plastic feet from the SB2000.
In my case, it's only a worthwhile consideration because the size is only slightly larger than my SB2000, and SVS have a number of Canadian dealers which I could order from. I can't make room for anything bigger in my current space (otherwise, I'd probably go for ID 15" sealed subs).
FWIW, I think that it would be a pretty good upgrade, depending on Canadian prices. In the US, the difference would only be $300, and I think you would be getting a lot for your money--depending of course on your interests.
The obvious things are the slightly larger cabinet volume, slightly larger driver, and slightly more powerful amplifier. I believe that the combination of all three will add up to about 3db more output. But, the SB3000 also gives you access to more user adjustability, if you want to take advantage of that. I have heard some people suggest that most people don't ever use those features, but I have noticed quite a few Ultra owners, on this thread, comment that they do.
I have never personally used the smartphone app, but it is there if you want it. What I have found very helpful is the front-mounted digital display with the remote control. That makes adjustments pretty easy. I think that the bottom-line is that the SB3000 is an all-around better quality subwoofer than the SB2000. I think that the 3000, 4000 Ultra, and 16 Ultra lines were intended to represent both qualitative and technological advances over the models they replaced. And, from all accounts they have been successful.
To be perfectly fair, I really wish that SVS would get their act together on the amp Quality Control issue. It's been disappointingly bad lately. On the plus side, the service after the sale is terrific, and that's not something that we can say about some other brands. Also to be fair, there is nothing wrong with the small hard rubber feet that SVS puts on its subwoofers. Some subwoofers don't come with feet at all. And, it's not like they serve much useful purpose.
Are SVS subwoofers a good value compared to other subwoofers? That depends on whom you ask. From a sheer output standpoint, there are definitely better values available. Do you personally like the cabinet design and finish, and the additional technology/convenience features that the higher-end models offer? Or, the Customer Bill-of-Rights? If so, then maybe they are.
When I recommend subwoofers to other people, I tend to concentrate on performance--output, because that's quantifiable. And, I figure that other people can decide for themselves what the other things are worth to them. So, I may not recommend SVS subwoofers, over another model, based solely on performance for price. But, if you already know that you like SVS subwoofers, I think that the SB3000 is worth $300 more than the SB2000. Of course, YMMV, but that's my personal opinion for what its worth.