SVS make some massive subwoofers, but also some less domineering models, and this is the smallest (and most affordable) in the range.
It's only just over a foot in all directions, but manages to squeeze 300W of amplification and a 12" driver into that compact footprint.
Its front-firing, sealed box design, and high-level input option makes this a good choice for adding some depth to an existing system, especially one which doens't have a dedicated subwoofer line-level output.
Although competitors may theoretically offer more watts per pound, it's not just the quantity that matters - this diminutive offering shows the SVS pedigree, with fast, tight control and grip, and with the capacity to deliver 700W peak, it's by no means under-powered. On paper it goes down to 24Hz, which is well below the resonances of a bass guitar, kick drum, or low organ, and will cope with the most demanding electronically-produced music. For reference, A0 on a concert grand piano has a fundamental frequency of 27.5Hz, so in simple terms, this is certainly deep enough for all music.
It performs equally well with demanding movie scenes, with low growling rumbles, and deep impact effects well reproduced.
Home Cinema Choice gave it best buy, ahead of the B&W ASW610, Velodyne Impact, and Monitor Audio Radius.
For an entry-level subwoofer, this really does everything you could ask.
- Front-firing long-stroke 12″ driver
- STA-300D Sledge, 300 watt amplifier
- Premium black ash finish
- Injection-moulded grille with black cloth covering
- Rigid and braced MDF cabinet
- 24-300 Hz +/- 3 dB
- Dimensions HxWxD cm: 33 x 33 x 33
- Weight: 14.5 kg
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