SVS SB 2000 Pro VS SB 3000 Subwoofer[Comparison and all Specs]

 SVS SB 2000 pro vs SB 3000 Subwoofer

Both the SVS SB-2000 Pro and SB-3000 subwoofers are relatively compact subwoofers with serious output.(click here to feel the difference)

The SB-2000 Pro features a 12-inch driver with 550 Watts RMS, 1,500+ Watts peak power Sledge amplifier with fully discrete MOSFET output, and SVS subwoofer DSP smartphone app in a compact cabinet measuring roughly 15-inches on all sides.

The SB-3000 features an all-new first ever 13-inch high-excursion SVS driver and 800 watts RMS, 2,500+ watts peak power Sledge amplifier with fully discrete MOSFET output. Its deep and thunderous low frequency output with revealing clarity and flawless tonal accuracy delights hardcore audiophiles and home theater fans alike. Measuring just over 15-inches cubed, the SB-3000 outperforms much larger subwoofers and takes command of a room sonically without taking over visually.

                                SVS SB 2000 pro and SB 3000 Subwoofer comparison

They both feature SVS’ built-in DSP with Bluetooth integration. This feature allows you to use an app from your phone - from the comfort of your seated position - to control volume, adjust settings such as high-pass filter, phase, 3-bands of Parametric EQ and other features. I really, really love this feature and it is, in my humble opinion, something that sets the SVS line apart from other subwoofers.

SVS SB 2000 pro vs SB 3000 Subwoofer specs

Another “feature” about SVS is their longstanding customer service marks, 5-year warranty and 45-day return “risk-free in-home trial”.


The price for each varies depending on finish. I tested the gloss white SB-2000 Pro and the gloss black SB-3000. I have listed the prices (as of this review) below:

SB-2000 Pro: $799 (black ash), $899 (gloss)

SB-3000: $999 (black ash), $1099 (gloss)

Frequency Response:

The below frequency responses were taken with all DSP options disabled, volume at maximum and 0.05v RMS input in to the LFE channel. You can see the SB-2000 Pro has a more linear frequency response while the SB-3000 has a rise in the higher-frequency response until approximately 160Hz where both subwoofers begin to trail off.

SVS SB 2000 pro specs
SVS SB 2000 Pro

Room Gain Compensation:

The below provides an idea of how the integrated DSP’s “room gain compensation” feature works. As you can see, depending on the chosen frequency, the low-frequency response is rolled off earlier than the subwoofer naturally rolls off. This might be ideal for those who have a very small room and get exaggerated bass or have neighbors who they do not want to bother with very low frequency effects.

SVS SB 3000 Pro frequency
SVS SB 3000 Pro

Parting / Random Thoughts:

At only $200 more, the SB-3000 represents the better value, in my humble opinion. It isn’t much larger than the SB-2000 Pro and it has considerably more output capability. However, the SB-3000 might be overkill for most. My living room (which is where I demoed these subwoofers) is about 20x20 feet but is open to the kitchen, the dining room, and the hallway.

So, effectively, my living room is considerably larger than the dimensions indicate. Still, I found the SB-2000 Pro to be ample for music listening in my room, as there is a room mode that boosts the response by about 6dB at 30Hz. For movies with LFE below 25Hz, though, the SB-3000 proved more useful. So, it really is up to you what makes the most sense.

If you do want very LFE and/or you don’t have the benefit of room gain (large room or bad placement), then the SB-3000 is the better option. If you have a smaller room and/or you don’t need very low-frequency output then the SB-2000 Pro will be just fine. And, remember, 2 subs are always better than one. So, it might even make more sense to purchase two of the SB-2000 Pro (if it is within your budget).

With the variety of DSP features in these subwoofers, there really is no reason why someone could not get a very nice response in their listening position. I highly recommend you take the time to download Room EQ Wizard and use the MiniDSP UMIK-1 (or UMIK-2) in order to help you match the subwoofer(s) to the main speakers.

The built-in Bluetooth of these subwoofers in conjunction with the BT app (for iPhone and Android) makes it incredibly easy to dial in the sound to your liking.

Even from the comfort of your couch. This means no getting up from your seat and going back and forth between the amp and your seat to get the sound just right. This is a feature that is incredibly useful. That said, some users may prefer to use a room correction program such as Dirac Live which then diminishes the need for the built-in DSP of the SVS subwoofers.

There was no audible mechanical resonance and no indication of this in the data.

I was quite impressed with both subwoofers and would recommend them to anyone in the market for a subwoofer with plenty of output down to 30Hz. And with room gain, these should be able to satisfy most listeners’ needs. If you need ultra-low output, though, then you may want to consider a larger woofer and/or ported design.


SVS SB 2000 Detail Specs

Frequency Response / Acoustic Data:
19-220 Hz +/- 3 dB
Expect 2-3 Hz deeper extension in small to mid-size rooms.
2-meter ground plane away from reflective structures (quasi-anechoic)
Roll-off slope optimized to take maximum advantage of available room gain

Subwoofer Specs:
Premium black ash and piano black finish options
Protective non-resonant steel mesh grille
Front-firing 12" driver
Rear-mounted amplifier
Screw-in rubber feet
Robust Medium Density Fiberboard(MDF) cabinet construction
Cabinet Dimensions: 14.6" (H) x 14.2" (W) x 15.4" (D) (without grille)
Overall Dimensions: 14.6" (H) x 14.2" (W) x 17.1" (D) (with grille)
Weight (unboxed): 34.8 pounds
Shipped Dimensions: 21" (H) x 20.2" (W) x 23.2" (D)
Shipped Weight: 51 pounds

Driver Specs:
SVS 12” 2000-series driver
Powder-coated cast aluminum basket
Dual high-grade ferrite magnets
Finite Element Analysis (FEA)-optimized motor structure
Dual shorting rings reduce gap induction and lower distortion
Extended pole piece improves heat sink and thermal management properties
2” diameter, high-power voice coil
Upgraded Nomex spider for improved linearity and driver control at extreme drive levels
High-quality insulated tinsel leads with 3-point-contact precision alignment
Lightweight aluminum cone with polypropylene dust cap provides excellent rigidity and pistonic behavior
Low-creep rubber long-throw surround for excellent durability and longevity

Amplifier Specs:
Sledge STA-500D DSP amplifier
500 watts RMS continuous (1100 watts peak dynamic)
Efficient and cool-running Class D topology
DSP control for accurate response and refined behavior under all operating conditions
Main power rocker switch
Auto-On / On toggle switch
3-12V trigger with 1/8” (3.5 mm) TRS mini-jack input
Green standby mode with < 0.5 watts consumption
Stereo line-level RCA Input & Output connections
Input impedance – 47 kΩ (unbalanced line-level RCA)
Continuously variable volume/gain control
Continuously variable (0-180 degrees) phase control
Continuously variable (50-160 Hz) 12 dB/octave low pass filter frequency with disable/LFE setting
Fixed 80 Hz 12 dB/octave high pass filter on line-level outputs
RoHS-compliant, lead-free construction, and worldwide safety certifications
Detachable power cord

SVS SB 3000 Detail Specs:

Frequency Response / Acoustic Data:
18-270Hz ± 3 dB
Roll-off slope specifically optimized to take maximum advantage of available room gain
2-meter ground plane away from reflective structures (quasi-anechoic)

Subwoofer Specs:
Premium Black Ash and Piano Gloss Black finish options
Protective non-resonant steel mesh grille
Front-firing 13-inch high-excursion SVS driver
Rear-mounted amplifier with Intelligent Control Interface(ICI)
Screw-in rubber feet
Robust Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) cabinet construction
Dimensions (w/ grille): 15.6” (397mm) H X 15.2” (385mm) W X 17.8” (451mm) D
Dimensions (without grille): 15.6” (397mm) H X 15.2” (385mm) W X 15.7” (399mm) D
Shipped Dimensions: 23.7” (603mm) H 20.7” (527mm) W X 20.9” (530mm) D
Weight (unboxed): 54.5 lbs. (24.7 kg)
Shipped Weight: 63.6lbs (28.9kg)

Driver Specs:
All New Proprietary 13” high-excursion SVS 3000 Series Subwoofer Driver.
SVS's first flat edge wound split-wind voice coil provides maximum magnetics at high excursion while reducing mass and improving overall driver efficiency. Built around a premium grade 2” polyimide-impregnated fiberglass former for maximum thermal conductivity.
Two massive, dedicated toroidal ferrite magnets generate unparalleled levels of magnetic force to drive the highest levels of excursion, SPL, and start/go power for the deepest and most authoritative bass possible.
All-new High-density FEA-optimized cast aluminum basket provides unequaled levels of rigidity, tensile strength, and energy transference available from a subwoofer.
Four balanced 24-strand silver-plated Litz wire high-temperature leads woven through the 6.5” 2-ply Nomex composite spider provide a pristine electrical connection from the amplifier to the voice coil.
A new 13” 1050 Aluminum vented cone ensures a light, rigid, and neutral radiating surface.
Precision machined motor elements and narrow tolerance suspension parts produce unmatched linearity at full excursion for exceptionally tight and fast output, even at reference volumes.
Extreme oversized low carbon vented 1008 steel U-yoke and top plate provide superior cooling and improved magnetics for maximum performance and efficiency.
6063 Aluminum shorting sleeve reduces gap induction and distortion, enhances thermal conductivity, and improves magnetic linearity.
Nickel-plated high-tension spring terminals.
Proprietary injection molded gasket and SBR extreme-excursion surround maintain ideal pistonic motion for pinpoint accuracy and control.

Amplifier Specs:
Massively powerful Sledge 800-watt continuous Class D design with 2,500+ watts of Peak Power.
High-efficiency cool-running Class-D switching topology with massive 25 Amp 600 Volt MOSFET results in lower EMI and highest efficiency while providing effortless power to produce SPLs and low-frequency output with pristine clarity well beyond reference listening levels.
High-resolution 50MHz Analog Devices Audio DSP with double precision 56bit filtering is the most advanced subwoofer processor available for perfect audio reproduction.
Unmatched intelligence from user-adjustable low pass, phase, polarity, and room gain compensation with three parametric EQs for the absolute best alignment with speakers and optimized performance in any room.
Groundbreaking SVS Bluetooth DSP control app for iOS and Android devices with three users presets allows custom tuning for every room and system.
RCA stereo input/output with ultra-wide input voltage for consumer and professional audio applications.
All new rear panel Intelligent Control Interface (ICI) user interface with bright back-lit controls.
Auto/On and 3-12V AC/DC trigger for Maximum Installation Convenience.
Input impedance 16kohm (unbalanced RCA).
Green 0.5-watt low standby power consumption.
RoHS-compliant, lead-free construction, worldwide safety certifications.

SVS App Specs:
The most powerful and flexible Bluetooth-controlled subwoofer DSP app works with both iOS and Android operating systems.
An easiest and most convenient way to adjust crossover frequencies, parametric EQ, polarity, room gain, and all other bass management functions.
Three convenient custom presets allow for perfect tuning in any room or system, from your favorite seat.
Single tap adjustment for controlling variable port tuning with standard extended and sealed modes.
Unique bidirectional feedback shows adjustments in real time on both the app and subwoofer interface.
Easy-to-follow tutorial provides clear guidance for all functions.

Included Accessories:
Protective non-resonant steel mesh grille
Iso-elastomer feet included
Extra heavy-duty, high current 6' power cord

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