SVS 3000 Micro Sealed Subwoofer Review

4.31 Mixed Usages
4.4 Bass Extension:
4.4 Bass Accuracy:
4.3 Build Quality:
4.3 Dynamic Range:
4.3 Features:
4.3 Fit and Finish:
Release year: 2021 Rating: 4.7 Warranty: 5 years dual 8" woofer best for: compact spaces usage: music and movies

If you want high quality sound from a compact subwoofer, then the SVS 3000 Micro Sealed Subwoofer is best for you. With the use of DSP, the subwoofer sounds like a powerhouse. While the subwoofer is quite costly, it has every reason to be. Unlike others, it has an app that allows you to sit back and control the settings. Music sounds impressive with strong and mellow bass. Explosions in movies are impactful as well.

Our Verdict

SVS uses advanced engineering techniques that work with room boundaries so that a compact subwoofer can deliver bigger sound. It uses a high current voice coil that improves excursion while controlling the heat dissipation easily. With Rear-Panel Intelligent Control Interface (ICI) of the subwoofer, it is easy to tweak the sound.

PROS
  • Dual woofer driver
  • DSP improves the sound
  • Clean and articulate bass
  • Powerful compares to other 8” subwoofers
  • Great for music and movies
  • Low profile design
CONS
  • Not for large rooms
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Specification

GENERAL:

Subwoofer for Home Audio Yes
Subwoofer Type Powered Subwoofer
Subwoofer Variation Sealed Cabinet Subwoofer
Woofer Size (inches) 8 inches
Best Usage: Medium Room
Amplifier Power Rating 2500W
Enclosure Sealed

AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS

Power Handling(Peak): 2500W
Power Handling(RMS): 800W
Frequency Response: 23Hz to 240Hz +/-3dB
Low Frequency Response: 30Hz – 200Hz
Nominal Impedance: 16 ohms
Sensitivity: n/a

CONNECTIVITY:

RCA stereo line level inputs (pair): Yes
RCA Output: N/A
RCA LFE Input: Yes
XLR Outputs (pair): N/A
XLR Inputs (pair): N/A
Speaker level input (pair): N/A
Speaker Level Output (pair): N/A
Wireless: N/A
Connector Type: RCA

DRIVERS:

Woofer Quantity: 2
Woofer Size: 8-Inches
Woofer Composition: aluminum with injection-molded NBR
Firing Direction: Side-firing
Enclosure: Sealed
Amplifier Class: Class D
Amplifier Output (watts): 2500 W

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED ):

Bass Extension: Powerful and thunderous bass
Bass Accuracy: Precise, tight and accurate bass
Dynamic Range: very good dynamic range
Power Handling: quite powerful compared to its size
Frequency Response: Wide frequency response
Transient Response: Decent transient response
Overall Performance: amazing and powerful performance

CONTROL:

Low-Pass Crossover Freq: 30-200 Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq: n/a
Phase Switch: Yes
App Control: Yes
Remote: N/A

PHYSICAL SPECS:

Height: 10.9
Width: 11.7
Depth: 10.7
Weight: 22.5 lbs
Enclosure: Sealed
Grille: yes
Moisture Resistancy: n/a
Cabinet Material: MDF
Color Variation Piano Gloss Black and Piano Gloss White

IN THE BOX:

Accessories: 1 Powered subwoofer, power cord, Quick Start Guide, SVS Brochure
User manual: Yes
Warranty: 5 years

RATING SYSTEM:

Bass Extension: 4.4
Bass Accuracy: 4.36
Dynamic Range: 4.26
Features: 4.3
Build Quality: 4.26
Fit and Finish: 4.25
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Details Review

Design and build:

SVS 3000 Micro Sealed subwoofer is made of MDF, and it is available in different color options. The size is small so it will fit into tight spaces. It has internal bracing to eliminate any sort of vibration and resonance. Acoustic absorption method is used so that the bass response remains clean and clear during listening sessions. The speaker uses ‘iso-elastic screw-in feet’ that will remove any noise or unwanted vibration. It uses non-resonant metal grilles to protect the woofer.  

Performance:

 

The subwoofer uses a 50 MHz DSP Engine that causes the small subwoofer to produce bigger and greater sound. It has two 8” woofer drivers facing each other and placed on opposite walls of a sealed cabinet. This layout eliminates mechanical energy so that no vibration can arise. They are connected to the amplifier parallelly so that each woofer receives the same amount of current.

Aluminum is used in the woofer as it has good rigidity and is lightweight. In addition to this, it has composite fiber dustcap that is responsible for precise frequency response. The use of progressive inverted surround will ensure the bass is deeper and more powerful from this small cabinet. It is powered by a Class D Power Sledge STA-800D2 amplifier that is efficient, reduces distortion and delivers dynamic sound.

Connectivity and control:

 

Unlike most other subwoofers that do not have any remote or app, the SVS 3000 Sealed subwoofer has an app that you can use to adjust the settings of it. It connects to the subwoofer via Bluetooth. So, while line of sight is not important, you need to make sure you are within range.

The back side of the subwoofer has volume control, Low pass filter control, and phase control. It has an auto on/off switch that will help in power saving. Use the RCA audio input to connect receivers and preamplifiers. With RCA output, you can daisy chain another 3000 Micro Sealed subwoofers if you want multiple subs in the room.

The subwoofer is quite versatile in terms of connectivity. It allows you to go wireless, that is, to connect subwoofer and AV receiver wirelessly. For that, connect the SVS SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter into the USB port.

Placement:

It is suggested to place the subwoofer in the corner of the room on the front wall. The next possible option is, try placing it between the speakers on the front wall. Some users also place the subwoofer on side walls. This is a method that is not used very often. You can try this and then see which position delivers the best sound as per your room size and layout.

Use case:

The SVS Micro Sealed Subwoofer is great for music. It works with bass and upper bass region. You will hear mellow and accurate bass from it.

Compatible device:

Use your receiver to adjust and tweak the bass response. You can customize different presets like music, movies and one is to customize as you wish. The app has a 3-band equalizer that includes Frequency, Boost and Q-factor. Use the app to adjust Room Gain Frequency and Slope.

Cost:

SVS 3000 Micro Sealed subwoofer is costly compared to other subwoofers in the market. If you have budget issues you can look into other affordable models. That said, the cost is justified with well-designed cabinet, powerful dual woofers and advanced engineering techniques used in the subwoofer.

FAQ:

 

Which subwoofer is an affordable alternative to the SVS 3000 Micro Sealed subwoofer?

Since SVS manufactures quality subwoofer, you can check for an affordable option like the SVS SB-1000 Pro. It has a 12” high-excursion woofer driver that produces accurate and precise sound. It has a sealed cabinet and uses DSP to improve the sound. Similar to the 3000 Micro Sealed sub, it also supports an app.

How to improve the bass response of the SVS 3000 Micro Sealed subwoofer?

Since the 3000 subwoofers from SVS already come with low pass filter and phase control. Along with these there are multiple settings available in the app. Using these, you can improve or alter the bass as per your own choice. Also, check the receiver you are using to see if it has bass settings. You can also adjust the settings to alter the bass.

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