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SVS PB12-NSD Subwoofer Review

by February 05, 2012
  • Product Name: PB12-NSD Subwoofer
  • Manufacturer: SV Sound
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: February 05, 2012 20:05
  • MSRP: $ 769 (Free Shipping Included)
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  • 12” forward firing long throw “NSD” woofer
  • Forward firing 4” flared port
  • 1” MDF window braced enclosure
  • Non-resonant steel mesh grill
  • Amplifier: 400 watts rms into 4ohms nominal (STA-400D Sledge/Class D)
  • Frequency Response: 18-150Hz +/-3dB
  • Finishes: Black textured vinyl
  • Dimensions (H/W/D): 20.9” x 17.3” x 22”
  • Weight: 66 lbs.
  • Warranty: 5 years (Bumper to bumper)

Driver features

  • FEA optimized
  • Rubber long throw surround
  • Nomex linear roll spider
  • Aluminum cone with composite dust cap
  • Powder coated die-cast aluminum frame
  • Integrated tinsel leads
  • Dual shorting rings and pole extenders
  • Double stacked ferrite magnets
  • 2” diameter voice coil with GSV former
  • Vented pole piece

Additional Features

  • Gain control
  • Variable phase
  • Fully adjustable low pass filter with Disable setting
  • Unfiltered (for daisy-chain) and 80 Hz HPF line level RCA outputs
  • Detachable power cord with main power switch and fuse
  • RoHS compliant, lead-free construction and world-wide safety certifications        
  • Auto-On / On switch with "green" standby mode
  • Stereo line-level RCA I/O connections
  • Customized EQ and DSP limiter settings specifically for the PB12-NSD
  • Limiter LED

Inputs/Outputs

  • Unbalanced (RCA) LFE input and output
  • Stereo unbalanced (RCA) inputs and outputs L/R

 

Pros

  • Impressive all around performance
  • Unflappable operation at the limit
  • Extremely linear response
  • True 20Hz extension on the cheap

Cons

  • Only one finish available
  • Large
  • Basic connections and controls only

Introduction

SVS has long been known for high performance subwoofers and the PB12-NSD while the most cost effective vented subwoofer in the current line up, still musters up a hefty amount of room filling bass. (Also offered is the PC12-NSD cylinder version which is said to have nearly identical performance.) Tipping the scales at 66lbs the heart of the PB12-NSD is a quality 12" long throw, aluminum cone driver vented through a 4" diameter flared port, all housed in a large, well braced, black vinyl wrapped enclosure, which happens to be the only finish option available. The brains of the operation come from a 400 watt version of SVS's Sledge amplifier platform. This combination available shipped to your home for $769, provides extension with authority to 20Hz and perhaps a bit lower in some rooms. Build, performance and parts quality for this price range were all found to be exceptional. While the PB12-NSD is short on finish options and may not have some of the extra bells and whistles offered by other subwoofers on the market, what it does do very well is the task of producing accurate and powerful bass with depth and finese that most other subs in this price range cannot match, as evidenced by the PB12-NSD achieving the Audioholics Large Room rating. At the end of the day that is what a subwoofer is supposed to do and the PB12-NSD does not disappoint.
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Recent Forum Posts:

Mr._Clark posts on October 03, 2020 10:40
shadyJ, post: 1422122, member: 20472
Sound like the woofer has been knocked out of alignment. SVS should be able to take care of you there. The platform they use for that sub is the Peerless XXLS 12". If for some reason they don't carry that driver in stock, you can always buy one elsewhere. Here is the 4-ohm version and here is the 8-ohm version. My guess is that SVS uses a 4-ohm driver, but sometimes it says on the driver itself, so you can just remove it and look for yourself.
Thanks, I'll take a look at it.
afterlife2 posts on September 30, 2020 15:20
mbruno1089, post: 1422070, member: 92966
I have the opportunity to buy a used PB12-nsd for $499. It was purchased in 2013 and is “lightly used”
trying to stay around $500, would it be best to buy this sub or a new sub for a similar price, possibly the pb1000?
I bet he’d take 400. Give it a try or get the pb2000 as stated by Willy.
mazersteven posts on September 30, 2020 14:54
William Lemmerhirt, post: 1422271, member: 81215
As for a 500 dollar budget, I would find another 200 bucks and buy a pc/pb2000 from the outlet.

Absolutely!!!
William Lemmerhirt posts on September 30, 2020 14:40
mbruno1089, post: 1422070, member: 92966
I have the opportunity to buy a used PB12-nsd for $499. It was purchased in 2013 and is “lightly used”
trying to stay around $500, would it be best to buy this sub or a new sub for a similar price, possibly the pb1000?

The NSD while older is still a better sub than the pb1000. I would say 399 is more appt for pricing, simply due to age, lightly used or not, and I would definitely choose it over the 1000.
As for a 500 dollar budget, I would find another 200 bucks and buy a pc/pb2000 from the outlet.
kini posts on September 30, 2020 12:57
mbruno1089, post: 1422070, member: 92966
I have the opportunity to buy a used PB12-nsd for $499. It was purchased in 2013 and is “lightly used”
trying to stay around $500, would it be best to buy this sub or a new sub for a similar price, possibly the pb1000?
SVS sells them new at that price around the holidays. Or at least they did the last several years. $250 would be a decent deal if the sub is excellent condition.
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