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SVS PB12-NSD Subwoofer Conclusion

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In light of the the build and parts quality, the generous 5 year “everything’s covered” warranty, the performance in the objective measurement session, which includes: Outstanding bandwidth uniformity, linear response, low distortion and true 20Hz extension, etc... There is a whole lot to like about the PB12-NSD and relatively few gripes. It is a big subwoofer compared to many of the micro “subs” on the market and some people may not want something this large in their room. Also the matte black finish, while perfectly fine for me, may not appeal to others who may enjoy a more pleasing aesthetic. Also other subwoofers may provide extra bells and whistles lacking from the PB12-NSD such as EQ pre-sets, more connection options, remotes, etc. Otherwise in the aspect of producing bass the PB12-NSD fires on all cylinders and provides a bulletproof, low distortion bottom end. $769 shipped to your door is a bargain price for this kind of all around performance and well within the reach of most audio aficionados, even those with tight budgets. Anyone looking for a new affordable high performance subwoofer (Or perhaps two at this price.), would be remiss not to include the PB12-NSD into their considerations, even if you are not the type who usually buys products internet direct, sight unseen. SVS has done it again.

The SVS PB12-NSD receives the Audioholics Bassoholic Large Room rating, which means that this sub is recommended as maintaining adequate headroom in rooms or spaces of between 3,000 to 5,000 cubic feet and/or for users who usually listen at moderate to high volume levels. For further information in how we make these recommendations see the full article here.

See: Audioholics Subwoofer Room Size Rating Protocol

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SVS PB12-NSD Review

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The Score Card

The scoring below is based on each piece of equipment doing the duty it is designed for. The numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the individual cost of each unit, thus giving a rating roughly equal to:

Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating

Audioholics.com note: The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing of the product in question. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings.

Audioholics Rating Scale

  • StarStarStarStarStar — Excellent
  • StarStarStarStar — Very Good
  • StarStarStar — Good
  • StarStar — Fair
  • Star — Poor
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Bass ExtensionStarStarStarStar
Bass AccuracyStarStarStarStar
Build QualityStarStarStarStarStar
Fit and FinishStarStarStarStarStar
Ergonomics & UsabilityStarStarStarStar
FeaturesStarStarStarStar
Dynamic RangeStarStarStarStar
PerformanceStarStarStarStarhalf-star
ValueStarStarStarStarhalf-star
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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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