Typically, over the last few years Velodyne has been my go-to subwoofer brand and I’ve run them at home in various guises from the EQ Max all the way up to the DD10+. The latter residing in my system until my 2-year-old decided she liked to smash her plastic tiger off it, rapidly.
Unfortunately, the DD10+ had to go and as an interim measure (while she still won’t do as she is told) I thought it would be a good time to buy something a lot cheaper so that if she did destroy it, I wouldn’t lose thousands of pounds in the process. The SVS PB-1000 seemed perfect, so home it came with me. Now bearing in mind you can buy almost 7 of these for the retail price of the Velodyne I wasn’t holding out a lot of hope to be honest, but, needs must.
The SVS PB-1000 has a touch of the Model T about it, you can have it in any colour you like, as long as it is black oak vinyl. The finish is reasonable give the cost of the unit. My only gripe is that you can see the join in the veneer on the base of the cabinet. Given the fact you obviously can’t see this in its operational position, this is minor but should be mentioned.
On the back of the unit you get all of the usual suspects in terms of connections. It contains a 10” drive unit with FEA-optimised motor for low distortion, high-power voice coil, long-throw suspension for high output at deep frequencies and a lightweight cone for enhanced sensitivity and transient response. The amplifier is a Sledge STA-300D with 300 watts RMS continuous power (720 watts peak dynamic power). It is an efficient and cool-running Class D type. All this sounds very basic as you would expect from a £519 subwoofer, but the real magic seems to lie in the inclusion of the front-firing 3.5" high-flow port with inner/outer port flares. Ported subwoofers being somewhat of a rarity at this price point. This allows the subwoofer to plumb the depths down to 19hz, on paper. Usually these figures are to be taken with a bit of a pinch of salt, but the units measured response in my room got down to 20hz without too much bother at all.
Testing the subwoofer with the opening of Casino Royale, it performed admirably and while it has none of the speed and attack I’m used to, it is very entertaining and very cinematic.
Running the bass tones at the beginning of Edge of Tomorrow and also the “drop” scene tells me the performance is no fluke either.
Essentially, this subwoofer is much better than the sum of its parts. On paper it looks like a reasonably average woofer, what seems to lift it is the engineering behind the numbers, everything working in harmony to produce an astonishing kick for the money as well as subtilty when it needs to.
There has been a plethora of branded subwoofers launched in the last few years to try and chase SVS’s performance at their price points and none have really come close across the board. While the SVS PB1000 footprint is rather large, if you can fit it in and have a limited budget to spend, you won’t find any better anywhere on the market. Run two together, and I think you would be in seventh heaven.
The SVS PB1000 is now available for demonstration in store or at your home, contact us at the shop for details.
Review by Dan Bland