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SVS PB12-NSD Subwoofer Listening Session

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For all of the listening sessions the PB12-NSD was placed in the front right corner of the room firing into the corner about 8 inches from the walls. This places the subwoofer a little over 4 meters from the primary listening position. I have determined this to be the best available single subwoofer placement in the room for most units. Audyssey was run on the system to allow it to integrate the PB12-NSD, which was then followed by a check and recalibration of the subwoofer and speaker levels prior to the listening sessions. The internal low pass filter was defeated in favor of the internal one inside of the Onkyo PR-SC886P.

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CD: Primus - Green Naugahyde 

In order to give the PB12-NSD a chance to strut its stuff with music I selected the newest full length from eclectic funk rockers Primus. As is usual for the group the material on the album ranges from bluegrass, almost folk rock at times, to funk, rock, metal and full out improvisation sessions. The recording is very clean. The drum kit is exceptionally punchy and tightly tuned as usual and the bass guitar ranges from smooth upright bass to electric fuzz distortion, funk slap and anything else you can think of. There isn’t anything really low or particularly taxing here, as usual that will come from the movie demo session, but what there is on the Green Naugahyde album, is an extreme variety of bass tones and textures. The PB12-NSD easily tracked the fundamental changes of the frenetic bass licks while providing a satisfying tromp to the kick drum and floor toms. Les Claypool’s myriad bass runs and tones had significant dynamic pop and clarity. Even when turning the level up to a point that was quite loud the PB12-NSD maintained excellent pitch definition and composure, providing just the right underpinning as needed and when called for. I listened to almost the entire album plus a few other selected tracks from different artists afterwards and the PB12-NSD exhibited a fine performance devoid of any notable deficiencies with all of them.

Blu-ray: X-men – First Class

I selected the Blu-ray disc of the film X-men First Class to evaluate the PB12-NSD’s performance with a powerful, bass heavy surround mix. I’m a fan of all of the X-men films and this x-men-first-class-2011-blu-ray-rip.jpgone has by far the most demanding audio track for a subwoofer out of the series. At times the bass range dives below 20Hz at very high levels. I knew this would be a tough test for a single PB12-NSD in my large room. I was surprised and impressed during the first Magneto scene at the amount of bass and depth presented without any sign of distress or overload. During down time between major action sequences the bass content of background scores or day to day activity was represented very well. During the much louder action sequences the PB12-NSD did a good job of filling the room with power and depth. Ocassionally on a particularly loud part I would see the limiter light flash. The later parts of the movie and most notably the end battle scene contain prodigious deep reaching bass that will tax any system. The PB12-NSD gave everything it had and despite the limiter indicator lighting up frequently still sounded very good. Judging from this I would say that SVS has done a tremendous job with the system protection circuits. I do not recall hearing any notable port noise during the listening session either. The PB12-NSD could not match the deep bass extension and dynamic output performance that its larger and much more expensive cousin the PB13-Ultra had, but this is unsurprising. It still offered a very solid all around performance with strong deep bass extension. Think of it as a little less than a half of a PB13-Ultra. Normally in a room of this size I would want two units for headroom and response smoothing but even still, a single PB12-NSD performed exceptionally well for a sub in this price class.

 

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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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