SVS PB-2000 Pro Subwoofer Review

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SVS PB-2000 Pro Subwoofer Review
SRP: £999.00

What is the SVS PB-2000 Pro?

The SVS PB-2000 Pro is a ported subwoofer, and forms part of the company's upgraded mid-range 2000 Pro Series that includes the sealed SB-2000 Pro and cylindrical PC-2000 Pro.

These subs use a newly-designed 12-inch high-excursion woofer, 550W of Sledge digital amplification, the Intelligent Control Interface, and SVS’s Bluetooth remote app.

The PB-2000 Pro is available in black ash, and costs £999 as at the time of writing (February 2021). Let's how see it compares to its stable mates in terms of bass and response.

Design

The SVS PB-2000 Pro looks like a standard ported subwoofer from the company, and is essentially a black rectangular box with a forward-firing 12-inch driver. Beneath the driver there are two 3-inch ports for deeper bass response. The black ash finish is nice, and overall the design of this sub achieves the primary task of delivering deep bass without drawing too much attention to itself.

SVS PB-2000 Pro
SVS PB-2000 with grille on

Having said that, the PB-2000 Pro isn't exactly discreet. It measures 440 x 532 x 600mm (WxHxD), and weighs in at 29.4kg. It benefits from SVS’s usual excellent build quality, with a robust MDF construction, and iso-elastomer feet. The PB-2000 Pro uses a non-resonant extra-thick ABS fabric mesh grille. I definitely prefer this approach to the steel mesh grille used on more expensive SVS models.

Connections and Control

The SVS PB-2000 Pro has a decidedly minimalist rear panel with a basic selection of connections. These include a stereo/LFE phono input and stereo phono output, along with a 12V trigger and a connection for SVS’s SoundPath adapter for wireless subwoofer placement. There’s also an auto/on feature that allows you to choose between the sub always being on or powering up when it receives a signal.

SVS PB-2000 Pro
SVS Intelligent Control Interface (ICI)

The primary reason for the stripped-down rear panel is SVS's Intelligent Control Interface (ICI), which is essentially a multi-function control panel. There are none of the knobs you usually find at the rear of subwoofer, instead replaced by a series of buttons. These provide access to volume, phase and low-pass filters, with the ICI delivering feedback using a series of multifunction LED lights.

Features and Specs

The SVS PB-2000 Pro supports the company's Bluetooth remote app, so it's largely a moot point whether you like the ICI, because the chances are you’ll never actually touch it. The app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon operating systems, and provides a highly effective method of setting up and controlling this sub without leaving the sweet spot!

SVS PB-2000 Pro
SVS Remote App

The app allows you to change the volume, choose preset sound modes, make crossover and polarity adjustments, select room gain compensation and port tuning, and access the three-band parametric EQ. You can set-up and control the subwoofer even when it's out of sight, while the bidirectional feedback shows the changes in real time.

The 2000 Pro series is based around an all-new 12-inch high-excursion driver. This uses an aluminium vented cone designed to ensure a light, ridged, and neutral radiating surface. This improved stiffness to mass ratio is combined with a proprietary injection moulded extreme-excursion surround designed to ensure fast pistonic motion with better control and accuracy.

 

Like the rest of the 2000 Pro range, this ported sub supports SVS's Bluetooth remote app

There’s a dual ferrite magnet motor assembly weighing 15lbs that generates large amounts of magnetics to produce extreme driver excursion without losing control. The PB-2000 Pro has a claimed frequency response of 16-290Hz (+/-3dB) in the standard (all ports open) mode, and 17-290Hz (+/-3dB) in the sealed (all ports plugged) mode.

Power is provided by a Sledge Class D amplifier that SVS rates at 550W RMS, with peaks up to 1,500W. This can move large amounts of current thanks to fully discrete MOSFETs, for an improved performance at all drive levels. There’s also a 50MHz Analog Devices Audio DSP with 56-bit filtering and frequency response curves optimised specifically for the PB-2000 Pro.

Setup and Operation

The SVS PB-2000 Pro was positioned at the front of the room, which is a dedicated home cinema. It was placed between the left and centre speakers, in a spot known to be fairly balanced. The simple cabinet and forward-firing driver make this sub reasonably flexible when it comes to installation.

The app automatically connects with the sub, and the home page makes setting the subwoofer volume easy. It also provides access to the Low Pass Filter, Phase, Polarity, Parametric EQ, and Room Gain Compensation, along with additional help pages to explains what each feature does.

You can set the sub to On (which is the default), Auto (which means it comes on when there's a signal) or you can use a Trigger as part of a controlled system. You can turn the low pass filter on or off depending on whether you're using the sub with a Low Frequency Effect (LFE) channel.

There's also a Phase control, which allows you to shift the timing of the subwoofer output to align with the main speakers or additional subwoofers, and a Polarity control that allows you to reverse the electrical polarity from positive (default) to negative, if necessary.

SVS PB-2000 Pro
SVS PB-2000 Pro rear view

You can custom tune your listening preference by matching the port blocking with the selected tuning in the app: Standard (all ports open and highest maximum output); Extended (one port plugged for deeper extension); and Sealed (both ports plugged for best transient response). 

Room Gain Compensation adjusts for excessive sound waves in smaller rooms, reducing the bass at either -6 or -12 dB per octave below a frequency that is adjustable from 25 to 40 Hz. This is done by turning the compensation on or off and adjusting the high pass frequency and adjustment slope.

There's also a Parametric EQ control with three EQ adjustments, each of which can be set for a frequency between 20 and 200Hz in single Hz increments, for a boost in a range that goes from +6 to -12 dB, and for a Q factor (bandwidth) from 0.2 to 10.

You can create presets as well, with the option of no preset, a Movie preset for film soundtracks (which introduces a mild bass boost), a Music preset for listening to two-channel music with a subwoofer (which is flat) and a Custom preset if you'd rather create one of your own.

Performance

The SVS PB-2000 Pro is a great example of the kind of subwoofer at which this company excels. It is fairly large, but it digs deep and has sufficient power to energise a medium-sized room with ease. It’s also fairly flexible in terms of installation, although as stressed in the previous section, the more care you take in placement, the better the results. The app makes this process easier, and there’s plenty of scope for customising the bass response of your sub and system.

The new 4K disc of Blade boasts a newly-minted Dolby Atmos soundtrack that sports some serious low-end extension, and the PB-2000 Pro is more than up to the task. The Daywalker’s punches and kicks hit like a sledgehammer, the gunfire and explosions have a seismic thump, and the slamming techno beat will shake the foundations. Fans of in-your-face bass will be delighted with this sub’s forceful delivery.

SVS PB-2000 Pro
SVS PB-2000 Pro with grille off

A run through a few classic bass hits reveals a woofer that’s not only deep and powerful, but also capable of a tight and controlled delivery. The LFE rumbles of the approaching T-Rex in Jurassic Park are delivered with precision, as is the T-800 crushing a skull at the start of Terminator 2. The exploding refinery in Oblivion produces an unnerving low-end sensation, while the Catacylst  bomb in Ready Player One washes through the room like an infrasonic tsunami.

The ported PB-2000 Pro is surprisingly nimble when you consider its sheer size, and while it’s best suited to the kind of bass delivery usually associate with blunt force trauma, it’s also capable of a nuanced performance. This subtlety is fairly new to SVS subs, which have previously tended to be somewhat heavy-handed. However, the complex drum arrangements in Whiplash are handled with speed, and the sub weaves through the syncopated flourishes with skill.

 

This ported sub delivers the power and depth expected from SVS, but also manages to be surprisingly responsive

Say what you will about Christopher Nolan, but the man knows how to use bass to its full effect. You might not be able to hear all the dialogue in Tenet, but you can definitely feel all the LFE. The SVS really comes into its own with this soundtrack, hammering home the action with the kind of bass slam that will put a smile on any home cinema fan’s face. The fights and explosions and music are all well served, while a helicopter landing on the villain’s yacht is a real treat.

There’s no denying the PB-2000 Pro really holds its own in the sub-£1,000 price bracket, delivering the deep controlled bass that SVS are famous for, but also proving surprisingly responsive. If you're primarily interested in music you might be better off looking at a sealed unit, but movie fans looking for subterranean bass will be delighted. It's not exactly small or discreet, and your neighbours might stop talking to you, but the PB-2000 Pro delivers the low-end goods.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Deep bass performance
  • Surprisingly responsive
  • Flexible setup and control
  • Effective remote app
  • Great build quality

Cons

  • Not exactly discreet
  • Basic connections

SVS PB-2000 Pro Subwoofer Review

Should I buy one?

The SVS PB-2000 Pro is another welcome addition from the company, filling out this mid-range series of subwoofers that includes sealed and cylindrical models. Each sub offers specific benefits, but all three support the SVS remote app, and use the newly-designed 12-inch high-excursion woofer with 550W of Sledge digital amplification.

The PB-2000 Pro doesn't rewrite the book when it comes to the design of a ported subwoofer, but it gets the job done with elegant simplicity and solid build quality. Setup is equally simple, and the remote app means fiddling around at the back is a thing of the past. The SVS is easy to install and relatively flexible, making it ideal for most rooms.

It also delivers plenty of low-end slam, ensuring anyone who enjoys deep bass won't be disappointed. There's serious depth here, and with a frequency response that goes below 20Hz, the LFE in movie soundtracks often hits like a runaway train. This ported beast isn't as fleet of foot as its sealed sibling, but it extends lower and is no slouch.

While neither small nor discreet, if you've got the space and the budget this ported subwoofer won't disappoint. Those who favour music might prefer the more responsive sealed SB-2000 Pro, while the cylindrical PC-2000 Pro will appeal to anyone looking for deep bass from a smaller footprint, but any self-respecting film fan will love the PB-2000 Pro and it comes highly recommended.

What are my alternatives?

The recently reviewed Paradigm Defiance V12 is certainly worth considering, primarily because this ported sub not only uses a 12-inch driver and includes a remote app, but also supports ARC room correction. It's cheaper as well, not to mention easier to move around and install, but the bigger and beefier SVS goes deeper and has more power.

For the price of one PB-2000 Pro, you could get a pair of BK Electronics P12-300SB-PR subwoofers. This sealed sub uses a passive radiator, allowing it to go below 20Hz, and it's an impressive performer. It's not exactly pretty, nor is it as powerful as the SVS, and it lacks the cutting-edge features, but it delivers bass that’s deep, controlled, and responsive.

Scores

Sound Quality

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9

Build Quality

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9

Value For Money

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8

Verdict

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9
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