svs 3000 micro vs sb 3000

svs 3000 micro vs sb 3000

svs 3000 micro vs sb 3000

SVS was founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop a better alternative to the underperforming and overpriced subwoofers flooding the US retail market. They have exceeded all expectations, and SVS is now a global brand with great credibility and a whole army of loyal fans of the brand. Using state-of-the-art technology, and high-quality components, the SVS team has created a line of premium audio products that bring music and movies to life with stunning realism - all at affordable prices.

svs sb 3000 

The SVS continues its tradition of delivering more than enough bass for your budget, this time in a relatively compact subwoofer accompanied by a helpful setup and control app.

Based in Youngstown, Ohio, SVS has been making subwoofers since the late 1990s. It started out as a small internet directive company that sold its products through online enthusiast forums but has since grown into a global company with dealer partners around the world. I have owned many SVS subwoofers over the years and have recommended them countless times to friends and family. 

Like other companies, speaker manufacturers must regularly innovate and release new products, or else the competition will pass them by. SVS definitely can't rest on its laurels.

The latest SVS 3000 series consists of a pair of subwoofers - PB-3000 and SB-3000 - in relatively modest cabinets. 

svs 3000 micro vs sb 3000

Unfortunately, I only had to choose one, so I chose the SB-3000. 
The company's marketing says that the SB-3000's reference level performance has "never been available at this price from a sub of this size". This a bold statement, but can it be confirmed?

The genesis of the 3000 series stretches back several years with the introduction of the 16-Ultra series, in which the SVS delivered an ultra-high performance in the sub-$2500 subwoofer category and in the process received the Sound & Vision Top Pick award. The 4000 series followed, which featured slightly smaller subwoofers (13.5" vs. 16") and smaller cabinets at a correspondingly lower price. While the move has given customers more choices, $1,500 is a high price tag for most of them. Can SVS engineers further increase the price and performance of the subwoofer?

As it turns out, yes they could, and with the SB-3000 it did. The new SVS subwoofer measures 15.2 x 15 x 17.8 inches (WxHxD) and weighs 54.5 pounds. The SB-3000 is available in two finishes: black ash or black lacquer with a hard metal grill to protect the front woofer. As the subwoofer enclosure and the subwoofer itself get smaller, the power output below 25Hz decreases, but SVS engineers somehow found a way to make this little beast sub-20Hz expansion along with surprisingly strong output.

The specially designed SB-3000 13" high-speed driver is arguably the best in the company. The new split coil design seems to be the secret ingredient that provides a big breakthrough in performance. When playing at moderate levels, only the middle part of the reel is used. Then, as the volume gets louder and the need for low-frequency expansion increases, the coil expands, allowing you to hear and feel the power of the music or soundtrack. The SB-3000 features a Sledge 800-watt Class-D continuous amplifier with over 2500 watts of peak power. Connectivity options include line-in/out, a 12-volt trigger input, and a port for an SVS wireless adapter (sold separately for $120). There is also a detachable grounded power cable.

svs 3000 micro vs sb 3000

The 3000 Series app allows you to adjust the volume and set the low-pass filter, phase, polarity and room gain compensation (a must-have feature for rooms where the lowest frequencies are exaggerated). It also includes a parametric equalizer (PEQ) with settings to set the desired filter frequency (20-200 Hz), increase or decrease the SPL (dB) of the filter band, and adjust the filter bandwidth (Q-factor) to adjust the subwoofer output to suit with a room. There are also three user presets (Cinema, Music and Custom) to save settings for different listening scenarios, which can be changed on the fly from the app.

My reference system includes four subwoofers that I calibrated using a miniDSP digital room correction processor along with the free Room EQ software. For this review, however, I bypassed the miniDSP and connected the SB-3000 directly to an Anthem AVM-60 preamp/processor, placing it in the middle of my right side wall - one of the best placements in my room.

One advantage of the SB-3000's smaller chassis over some of the company's other models is that it can fit almost anywhere in a room and blend in with its surroundings. To put the dimensions of the SB-3000 in perspective, its body dimensions are 39 percent smaller than the company's SB-4000 and 53 percent smaller than the SB-16 Ultra.

Once installed, I calibrated the output of the SB-3000 with an SPL meter, leaving it for a week and making no adjustments other than keeping the volume at 3 dB as usual. Having lived with several subwoofers for several years, I expected to skip my usual setup, but was surprised to find that if I'm not standing and moving around the room, this is not the case with the SB-3000. Sitting in my main listening position, everything sounded fantastic when watching TV programs and occasional movies.

svs 3000 micro vs sb 3000

Equalizer is not a problem

Since the SB-3000 does not support a built-in auto-equalizer, I disabled the UMIK-1 USB omnidirectional microphone and the RoomEQ master during my second week of evaluation. My idea was to use objective measurements to see how well the subwoofer is integrated with the room and try to tune the performance using the built in PEQ feature. As expected, I measured a slight dip between 35 and 38 Hz - which I was able to fix in less than five minutes using the PEQ plus 3000 series app. All changes made to the app were instantly recognized, making subwoofer output setup an extremely easy process.

Looking at my measurements, I was most shocked by the subwoofer output from 16Hz to 20Hz. You might expect this range to be weak in a subwoofer of this size, but this was not the case with the SB-3000. The readings certainly matched my experience of watching Ultra HD Blu-ray movies such as Pacific Rim and Hacksaw Ridge, both of which have reference-quality Dolby Atmos soundtracks with copious amounts of LFE. The steps of the characters in Pacific Rim could be felt and heard, and my gender resonated with every step of the giant robots.

In Hacksaw Ridge, I also felt the impact of the 16-inch guns during combat. The performance of the SB-3000 was characterized by extreme low-frequency extension, powerful output, and transient accuracy. At one point I had to check my wires to make sure I unplugged the other four subwoofers - it was so impressive!

To prepare for Season 8 of Game of Thrones, I watched Season 7 on Blu-ray to reacquaint myself with the land of Westeros. The Atmos soundtrack on these CDs is fantastic and I love Ramin Djawadi's music with its heavy use of cellos. The SB-3000 paired perfectly with my M&K Sound S-150 speaker system: when Daenerys Targaryen led her dragons into battle in the final episode, I could feel every beat of their wings, as well as their fiery breath as they set fire to opponents.

The SB-3000 continued to impress when I switched to music playback. I expected the subwoofer's performance to be well-suited for hi-fi use, and it turned out to be just that. Regina Spektor's "Fidelity" has an amazing bass line, hard and clean. With a smaller subwoofer, notes can overhang and confuse the sound. But even at reference levels, the SB-3000 is good - every bass note impresses with power, precision, and speed.


When the SVS SB-3000 came out I first thought it wouldn't fit in my 5000 cubic foot home theater and that I would be forced to evaluate it in my much smaller secondary system. But I turned out to be wrong. I was completely blown away by my experience with the SB-3000, which confirmed the company's claim that it is the most efficient subwoofer of its size.

Priced at $999 for Black Ash and $1,099 for Gloss Black, the SB-3000 is priceless. Throw in a great customization and control app and you'll reap the absolute benefits, no matter what finish you choose.


  • Superior performance for the price 
  • Great iOS/Android control app 
  • Compact Form Factor 


  • No automatic calibration / room equalizer

svs 3000 micro vs sb 3000

svs 3000 micro

The small case of the new SVS 3000 Micro subwoofer (almost a cube with edges 278 x 287 x 271 mm) houses a powerful digital amplifier with a peak power of as much as 2,500 W, and the eight-inch speakers of the device produce bass notes from 23 Hz. How did the company manage to achieve such stunning performance? And, most importantly, how the device will show itself in practice - we will check in our test.

So, in the arsenal of the SVS 3000 Micro subwoofer,, there are a pair of 8 ”drivers powered by the proprietary Sledge STA-800D2 amplifier and controlled by the Analog Devices Audio DSP chip (50 MHz). 

The speakers are extremely interesting - they can withstand extremely high loads and are distinguished by an extra-long cone stroke. For the manufacture of the latter, aluminum is used, which is beloved by the company (the cones are made from a solid 6061 aluminum billet), which guarantees rigidity and inertness even with active movement. Grandiose four-layer ventilated coils and massive ferrite magnets complete the picture - it looks like the woofers can easily take out the windows in the room if they wish - everything is implemented not just with a margin, but maximized. Massive suspensions are made of injection-molded blanks of butadiene-nitrile rubber. 

The dual driver configuration (speakers mounted in 1010 steel frames) solves the problem of uncompensated vibrations, and the Sledge STA-800D2 amplifier completes the engineering picture. It works in class D (the output is organized on a fully discrete assembly of MOSFET transistors) and reaches 800 W of continuous power, and in peaks it can deliver more than 2500 W (at a current of up to 25 A).

svs 3000 micro vs sb 3000

System control, including limiting clipping, adjusting the cutoff frequency, and more, is implemented on the Analog Devices DSP processor. The latter is responsible for the advanced (and very convenient) device control system through the panel on the case, and for device settings via a smartphone - yes, SVS has its own app in the app stores, which is very convenient and ergonomic. An interesting nuance is that you will also find a USB port on the patch panel, through which you can connect the SVS SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter unit to the subwoofer, which will allow you to send a signal to the device “over the air”, without wires.

The absolute pride of the SVS 3000 Micro subwoofer is the Rigidly Braced Sealed Cabinet Design. It is the closed box that makes it possible to achieve (of all known acoustic design schemes) the most accurate and textured bass - and this is exactly the acoustic design used here. The cabinet of the model (with isoelastomer supports) is made of thick MDF boards and is equipped with a system of internal struts, which makes it completely inert and provides a vibration dampening effect. The closed design allows you to install a sub literally a centimeter from the walls, which (together with the compact dimensions of the device) will become real manna from heaven for connoisseurs of a “clean” room design.

Of the ergonomic capabilities of the SVS 3000 Micro subwoofer, it is worth noting a three-band parametric equalizer, which allows you to quickly remove bass modes in acoustically unprepared rooms. As well as a set of presets that allow you to switch the device to various modes of operation, from cinema to music.

svs 3000 micro vs sb 3000

Installation of the SVS 3000 Micro does not cause any problems at all - the device weighs ten kilograms, it is easily carried by one person, and the already described detailed system of settings allows you to easily integrate the device into any system. We plugged the SVS 3000 Micro into a home theater system based on a Yamaha RX-A6A receiver and a Klipsch THX Ultra2 speaker package and were blown away by the quality of bass this little guy could deliver.

Like the dogfight from the 4K remastered version of Top Gun, the tread of the Terminator from the second part (Doomsday), and the battles in Venom - in our 35 m2 hall, the device is not only not lost, but it was able to provide " the same” cinematic sound pressure, comparable in sensations to a massage.

However, the best part is that, against the backdrop of its thunderous tread, the SVS 3000 Micro turned out to be surprisingly delicate in detail. On movie tracks, he always expanded the parameters of the hall, pumped up the air, and did not fall into mush in difficult scenes, and in terms of the texture of the bass, he literally grabbed the stars from the sky. The subwoofer showed itself just as well when switching to musical material - Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" got the proper foundation, and Infected Mushroom's "Vicious Delicious" got punch and drive.


SVS confirms its leadership in the field of subwoofers, and the new model 3000 Micro will finally allow even those audiophiles who could not fit a large-sized unit into the interior to join the really deep low notes.

  • The SVS 3000 Micro matches a tiny frame with epic, thundering sound quality.
  • The controls on the 3000 Micro are intuitive and easy to use.
  • The subwoofer is surprisingly relaxed about placement.
  • The SVS 3000 Micro may be intended for newbies, but the control app is not.
  • The glossy finish can pick up fingerprints.
  • The 3000 Micro is relatively pricey.

The Competition

svs 3000 micro vs sb 3000

It’s a little hard to know how to compare the SVS 3000 Micro to the SVS SB 3000 because they are so very similar. They offer similar sound quality, and equal RMS (800 watts). 

The Micro is significantly smaller, as well as around $300 less expensive. 

But here’s the thing: they came out within months of each other. We reviewed the SVS SB 3000 before and at the time, we thought it was the best subwoofer the company had ever produced. 

The fact that they’ve managed to essentially produce a smaller, cheaper version, without sacrificing sound quality or power at all, is nothing short of outstanding. Yes, the SVS SB 3000 does reach deeper than the Micro, going down to 18Hz instead of the Micro’s 23Hz, but that’s really the only significant change. With that in mind, we can’t recommend that you buy the SB-3000 over the Micro. 

The newer subwoofer just runs circles around it, and is a much better overall product. Then again, that’s just in comparison to each other. Both subwoofers are excellent.

what you guys think which one is best please let me know in the comment section below

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