SVS SB-3000 Subwoofer Review Specs

13-in high-excursion driver in sealed enclosure
Amplifier: 800 watts RMS (2,500 watts peak)
Connections: line-level stereo in, high-pass out; trigger input, port for optional wireless adapter
Dimensions (WxHxD, inches): 15.2 x 15 x 17.8
Weight (pounds): 54.5
Price: $1,099 (piano gloss black), $999 (black ash)

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hk2000's picture

"Looking at my measurements, what most shocked me . . ." Speaking of measurements, where are they?

Tommy Lee's picture

S&V has stopped publishing measurements for audio components. The reviews sometimes mention such things, but they are never printed. This makes many of the reviews, especially of speakers, totally useless. TVs get a complete set of measurements, but nothing for audio products. I have protested, as have many others, but nobody appears to be listening. The "explanation" from the editor in the magazine was nonsensical. As a result, after many years of reading Audio, Stereo Review and Sound & Vision, I am allowing my subscription to lapse. I'll just visit this site occasionally, and S&V will get no more money from me.

HJC001's picture

Use of "WAF" is offensive. However, remarks of domesticity make the writing more relevant and enjoyable--good work!

David Vaughn's picture
Sorry the use of WAF is offensive to you and I don't use it to offend, it's a reality in my home. If my wife doesn't accept it, I have zero chance of keeping it! As for relevant and enjoyable, thank you very much :)
Mrsnikoph78's picture

So what are the CEA 2010 measurements for the sub? If it is better than a ported 15 incher I was considering, I would buy this because it is smaller and sealed, so maybe a little better for certain kinds of music.

Tommy Lee's picture

S&V will never tell you the CEA 2010 numbers, or anything else that would require them to get out a measuring device such as a sound level meter. They have become useless.

David Vaughn's picture
The SVS website provides measurements that have always been accurate when compared to third-party testing.
3ddavey13's picture

I have a small (1600 cu. ft.) dedicated HT and after reading the S&V review of SB3000 purchased one from SVS. Luckily for me they were selling a piano black one for $999 because there was a blemish in the finish (took me about 5 minutes to find it!). The sound quality compared to my aging Paradigm PW2200 was incredible - tight, well-defined bass instead of a low boom. While the SB3000 provides more than enough oomph for my room, I plan to add another one. Unfortunately the only way I can calibrate the sub is with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 on a Marantz SR7011 which gives some rather strange results. The sub resides ~ 10' from my sitting position. For the PW2200 I typically get results ranging from 25 to 30 ft. The SB3000 is better coming in at 15-18 ft. Has anyone else had a similar experience? Can I trust Audyssey to set up a sub? I'd like to know before I buy another SB3000. I really don't want to spend $300 on a microphone and software which I don't know how to use. Or should I call (shudder) the Geek Squad?

3ddavey13's picture

I recently contacted SVS when my 13-month old SB3000 died. They never once mentioned that my warranty had expired. Instead of shipping the sub back, they had me perform a simple test to determine whether the amplifier or speaker was at fault (it was the amp). They promptly shipped me a new amp module which was easy to install (1 plug & 10 screws) plus a return shipping label for the old amp. Final cost: $0.00