Welcome back ! Today we’re taking a look at the SVS SB 3000 subwoofer. And I believe that this is the sub to beat at $1,000 for movies, and also perhaps even for music. We are definitely going to be comparing it to some of the REL subwoofers like the T series, which is known for its musicality and also their new home gear series.
So the SVS SB 3000 subwoofer is a sealed enclosure design, which is preferred by some audiophiles for being a more musical enclosure design. Now, this is a powered subwoofer with 100 watts powered by their sledge amplifier and this amplifier is capable of a peak power of up to 2500 watts. So this makes a very competent and a very, very powerful amplifier in a sealed enclosure.
This type of power is not only necessary, but required for a sealed enclosure like this especially for home theatre purposes. Now with this much power going into it, there is no doubt that you need a strong driver capable of delivering that piece instead of a chuffing, distorting sound and SVS’s 13 inch driver with very heavy surrounds is capable of just that. It pumps out bass like no tomorrow and there is no distortion to be found, even at high SPL levels.
Now I found that very impressive because I used to have the SB 2000. And in that case, I did run into the drivers giving up before the amplifier did. Now in this case, I find that I can crank up the volume to ridiculous levels that this house rumbles and things fall off without any distortion and just clean bass.
Of course in a bigger space, it is very possible that this driver will start giving up and distorting, and for that, you will need a bigger subwoofer, but in my current space, I thought even the SB 3000 was a bit of an overkill, with this ridiculous output capability. Now certainly the output and the power of the subwoofer is very impressive, but that is not what impressed me the most with it.
What impressed me the most was that despite being a sealed enclosure design, it is able to take it down all the way down to 18 Hertz, and even lower in some rooms. When I put test tones through the subwoofer, I felt the bass and definitely things were falling down in my house. So the ability for it to dig down low, is quite impressive. This especially is great for movies.
Now on the back of the subwoofer, everything is very easy to understand and very intuitive. There’s LED lights to indicate where you are and indications on the face at the front. The volume and also the low pass can be controlled on the back of this subwoofer. Not only that but it has Bluetooth capability able to connect with the SVS app to control everything and fine tune everything to your liking. And get this, you’re able to change the phase all the way from 180 to zero.
Most people have three settings to change the phase, and in this case you’re able to fine tune all the way from 180 to zero. This gives you a very very flexible way of integrating your subwoofer to your room allowing you to really fine tune the speakers. And also there are many many options that I was not able to go through with this subwoofer. If you want to you can, and definitely make the best out of this sub in your space.
Now as a reviewer who reviews audio gear and as someone who breathes and lives this stuff, I believe that the SVS guys really know what they’re doing because they understand that everyone’s needs are different and that their rooms are different, and therefore they’re giving you this app with the fine capability of fine tuning everything to your room.
So what you end up having is a very capable sub that you can fine tune and adjust to make it even better suited for your space and needs.
SVS SB 3000 AND BOWERS AND WILKINS 705S2 INTEGRATION
Now with that being said, let’s get into my experience with this subwoofer and some of the comparisons. Now when I look at several First, there’s three things that I look for primarily, the first thing is how well it integrates with my speakers in this case the Bowers and Wilkins 705 s2 speakers I have in here, and how seamless it is from where my main speakers start to roll off and where the subwoofer picks back up. I should not be able to hear the subwoofer on its own, it should be as if I don’t have one. And in fact, if anyone walked into the room, they should be asking me, is the subwoofer even on ?
That’s what I want: seamless integration for music. Now the second thing I want is the ability to take it down low to a certain point. You have to understand that most music, and I mean most music, don’t have passages that require 20 hertz or lower. That is purely, in my opinion for more movie purposes and enjoyment, which do in fact have 20 hertz and even lower in some cases in movie tracks.
And the third thing I look for is how fast the subwoofer is, and also the tonality. Very simply put, the SVS SB 3000 subwoofer practically nailed every category in my books; first of all it has an app that lets you fine tune everything to your room, to your speakers and to your needs. So this really comes down to practice and how good you are in setting everything up and understanding your room and your speakers.
SVS SB 3000 VS REL T SERIES SUBWOOFERS
If you really know what you’re doing, then you can get a lot out of the subwoofer and also the seamless integration between the speaker becomes a no brainer. In this case bringing in a little bit of a comparison here, I do find that REL subwoofers like the home theatre series that we just reviewed and also the T series are a little bit easier to integrate right off the bat into your system meaning; connect and play. It also sounds more or less more seamless than if I were to connect and play.
The SVS by using the app on it, I can get pretty similar and even better results at times depending on how good I am with adjusting it to my room and my speakers.
Now, in accordance with the second point of what I look for in a subwoofer, the ability to dig lower , the SVS SB 3000 is the clear winner. It is able to take it lower than the REL home theatre series, and of course their musical t series and I understand why people like SVS subwoofers for their home theatre, and they’re big on the home theatre market.
I also understand why some home theatre enthusiasts say that the subwoofer is the centre. And the most important thing when it comes to movie experience, someone said while he was watching King Kong and there was a scene where King Kong and T Rex fight each other, he was so engaged that while eating sushi, he dropped it. And let me tell you, he never drops sushi.
So without a doubt the SVS SB 3000 would be my choice to go for home theatre purposes because it is able to go down deeper and output a higher SPL level than REL subwoofers both the home theatre series and the T series in the similar price category. Now with that being said, when it comes to musical passages, I do find that the REL offers better tonal balance and especially with the t series and their high level connection.
I found that the tonal balance was better and also the seamless integration between the speaker and the subwoofer was easier to integrate. However the SVS 3000 is not far behind. So in very short comparison, I will say that the sb 3000 is a home theatre first and music second, whereas the REL home theatre subwoofer is more of a music first and home theatre second type of subwoofer.
Now you have to understand that SVS and REL are companies that have come a long way to make better subwoofers both for music and home theatre purposes. And in my books, before it was true to say that SVS is better for home theatre and REL is better for music back in the day, now I feel like after testing the SB 3000 and some of the RELs most recent subwoofers, I find that both of them are equally good for both purposes currently with slight distinctions from where they come from.
SVS is still slightly better for home theatre but it is extremely pleasing for musical purposes and I can definitely attest that some of the people who own the SVS subwoofers are very happy with it.
And I find that they’re doing an excellent job of that as well, allowing more output capability on their sealed enclosures and making very good changes to their new lineup. So for someone who has a 100 inch projector screen and watches movies from time to time but also loves music, and has a mean music listening room, then the SB 3000 makes a lot of sense.
But if I don’t have a home theatre system and I am not interested in watching anything but just listening to music, then I would definitely go with REL subwoofers without a doubt, so I definitely recommend the SVS SB 3000 subwoofer for anyone who was looking for a subwoofer for movies and also even for music.