SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Photos and Features

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The SVS SB-1000

SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Black and White Versions
SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Black and White Versions. Images provided by SVS

Overview

SVS's compact SB-1000 offers deep, punchy bass that belies its modest price and small size. This room-friendly sub packs 300 watts of power and a 12" woofer into a cabinet that can fit inconspicuously into almost any space. You may not see where the bass is coming from, but you'll hear powerful, natural lows that will put some excitement back into your movie nights and music listening sessions. 

Here is a rundown on the specifications and features of the SB-1000.

  • Frequency response: 24-260 Hz (±3 dB)
  • Built-in Class D amplifier delivers 300 watts RMS of continuous power (720 watts peak dynamic power)
  • Advanced DSP processor maintains control over the subwoofer at all drive levels for refined, low-distortion sound
  • Lightweight, long-throw 12" woofer for enhanced sensitivity and transient response
  • Acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinet design
  • Rear-mounted volume, crossover, phase, and power controls
  • Digital actuator control knobs for precise and noise-free adjustment
  • Continuously variable low-pass 50-160 Hz crossover with a disable (LFE) setting for connecting an A/V receiver
  • Continuously variable phase control (0-180°)
  • Main power on/off switch plus auto standby/on mode
  • Line-level/LFE RCA inputs
  • Speaker-level inputs
  • Filtered RCA line outputs (fixed 80 Hz, 12dB/octave high-pass)
  • Remote trigger input
  • Detachable power cord
  • Available in both Black Ash and White Finishes.
  • 13"W x 13-1/2"H x 14-5/8"D
  • weight: 27 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
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SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Photo Profile

SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Front View - Grill On
Photo of Front View of the SVS SB-1000 300 Watt DSP Controlled 12-inch Ultra Compact Sealed Subwoofer with Speaker Grill On. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Front View

Here is the front view of the SVS SB-1000 subwoofer with its speaker grill attached.

The SB-1000 features a front-firing, sealed design that measures (including its rubber feet) 13.5 (H) x 13 (W) x 14 5/8 (D). Inside its compact cabinet is a 12-inch driver, supported by a 300 watt continuous power-capable amplifier.

The SB-1000 comes with a Quick Start Guide/Safety Instructions and detachable power cord (not shown in the photo). The full user manual can be downloaded from the SVS website.

For more specification details for the SB-1000, refer to my full review.

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SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Front View - Grill Off

SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Front View - Grill Off
Photo of Front View of the SVS SB-1000 300 Watt DSP Controlled 12-inch Ultra Compact Sealed Subwoofer With Speaker Grill Off. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Front View, Grill Removed

Shown on this page is a look at the SVS SB-1000 subwoofer with its front speaker grill removed. Note that the 12-nch speaker cone takes up almost the entire front face of the cabinet.

Along with the speaker cone, there is a Power Status Light located near the top left of the driver cone (the white spot just above one of the SVS logo imprints). When the subwoofer is in standby mode, the light will glow red, and when in operation, the light will glow blue.

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SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Rear View

SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Rear View
Photo of Rear View of the SVS SB-1000 300 Watt DSP Controlled 12-inch Ultra Compact Sealed Subwoofer. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Rear View

Here's a look at the rear view of the SVS SB-1000, which includes all of its controls and connections.

For a closer view, as well as detailed explanation of the the SB-1000's controls and connections, proceed to the next two photos.

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SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Controls

SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Controls
Photo of the Controls on the SVS SB-1000 300 Watt DSP Controlled 12-inch Ultra Compact Sealed Subwoofer. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Controls, Top to Bottom

Here is a look at the main setting controls provided on the SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer.

Starting on the top, and moving down, are:

Volume (AKA Gain or Level ) The control adjusts the audio output level of the SB-1000. When using the subwoofer with a home theater receiver, it is sometimes best to set the volume control at a fixed point and use your receiver's subwoofer level controls to set the relative subwoofer output level in relation to the other speakers in your system. Then, using the receiver's master volume control you can control the volume of the entire system without changing the volume relationship between the subwoofer and the rest of the speakers.

Phase Control: 0 to 180 degrees. This control adjusts the in-out of the subwoofer cone so that it is in synch with in/out cone motion of the rest of the speakers in the system - this allows for optimum bass output, as well as making sure that all audio frequencies reach your ear properly.

Low Pass Filter (Crossover Frequency): The control determines which frequencies are reproduced by the SB-1000 and which frequencies are reproduced by the rest of the speakers in your home theater system. On the SB-1000 the Low Pass Filter Crossover Frequency is continuously adjustable so that it can be better matched with crossover frequency capabilities of the other speakers in your system.

However, if you a home theater receiver with its own LFE output and subwoofer crossover controls, if you set the Low Pass Filter to LFE, it will bypass the SB-1000's Low Pass Filter control and rely more appropriately on the receiver's subwoofer crossover settings to match the subwoofer with the rest of the speaker in the system.

For a close-up look at the Connections provided on the SB-1000, proceed to the next photo.

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SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Connections

SVS SB-1000 Subwoofer - Connections
Photo of the Connections on the SVS SB-1000 300 Watt DSP Controlled 12-inch Ultra Compact Sealed Subwoofer. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Power Switches and Connections

Shown in the above photos is a close-up look at the Power Switches and Connections provided on the SVS SB-1000 powered subwoofer.

Starting on the top right:

Auto Standby: This allows the SB-1000 to be set so that it becomes fully operational when it detects an incoming low frequency signal. It is important to note that the master power switch located on the very bottom left also needs to be in the ON position for the Auto-on/Standby function to work.

Trigger Input: This allows for a wired remote control on/off command to be sent from a compatible home theater receiver that has a Trigger output connection. Use a mono-3.5 mm cable for this connection.

Line Level Input: LFE or Stereo Line-in inputs for use when connecting the LFE or Subwoofer Preamp output of a home theater receiver and the SB-1000. If your home theater receiver has a dedicated output labeled "subwoofer" or "LFE", connect an RCA cable between that output and the LFE input on the SB-1000.

Line Level Output: If you have a large room, two subwoofers may be needed (or preferred) to provide enough bass coverage. In this case, you can use the Line Level Output(s) of the SB-1000 to connect to additional powered subwoofer. It is preferable that, in this case, both subwoofers are SB-1000s.

High Level (Speaker Level) Inputs: These connections are provided in case normal line-level or LFE subwoofer connection is not available from your home theater or stereo receiver. These terminals enable the connection of standard speaker outputs from a receiver or amplifier to the subwoofer. Then, just as when using the Line or LFE connections, use the Lowpass Filter/Crossover adjustment to determine what frequencies the Subwoofer will use.

Power Receptacle/Master Power Switch: Finally, moving to left of the High Level inputs is the power receptacle for the provided detachable power cord, and the Master Power Switch. As mentioned above, the Master Power Switch needs to be on in order to further use the Auto/Standby Control.

For more details and perspective on the SVS SB-1000 12-inch Compact Powered Subwoofer, refer to my Full Review.

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