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SVS PC-2000 Cylinder Subwoofer Review Conclusion

By Jeff Larson

PC2000 SVS pic.jpgThere is a lot to like about the PC-2000. Its two greatest distinctions are the light weight and the very clean and linear performance. I would bet that with respect to deep bass in the 16 to 30 Hz range, the PC-2000 might be the market champion in a performance vs. weight and footprint ratio. You might think to yourself that weight is not a big deal in a sub, and that it is something too seldom dealt with to be a serious advantage since subs are mostly just plopped down in a corner and left alone. However, allow me to make a case for the usefulness of light weight in a subwoofer. Yes, many times the subwoofer is simply plopped into the corner and left alone, but a reason why it is not often moved afterward is because of the weight: it is a daunting task to move around a 70+ lbs object, so we will tend to find reasons not to. The PC2000 is different, because moving it around is a cinch. It is very easy to pick up and its small footprint allows it to be placed in many more spots than most subs. The relative mobility of the PC2000 holds a real set of advantages: it is easier to find the optimal location for the sub, it is easier to adjust the low frequency response for specific listening positions since it’s so easy to move the sub and thus change the response, and its portability makes it a simple matter when moving homes, selling, or just bringing it over to a friend’s place to demo. 

Speaking of demoing a sub, the PC-2000 is a good choice for that, since it has a combination of very good performance and excellent built-in protection against very rough use. The Sledge amplifier does a great job in shielding itself from overheating and protecting the driver from over-excursion. Some of the testing we did on the PC2000 is the most difficult that can be given to a subwoofer: continuous, high signal level sine-waves. In the multiple times that we took it out for testing, not once did we bottom the driver, even when pushing it as hard as we could. This is more than we can say for some other subs we’ve tested, which we managed to produce that cringe-inducing hammering sound, where we prayed the driver still functioned afterward.

There was just one instance in running a battery of repeating CEA-2010 bursts where the amplifier overheated. The subwoofer had been subjected to prolonged heavy-duty test tones and the plate amplifier had been left in a position where it was directly exposed to the sun on a warm, cloudless day, so this was a worst case scenario. Instead of dying from excessive heat, the amplifier was smart enough to switch itself off, which was indicated by the blinking status light. After 20 minutes or so, it had cooled enough to begin operation again. A less sophisticated amplifier might have run itself into a heat death. What these layers of protection add up to is that you can really crank the PC-2000 and not have to worry about damaging it. However, as we mentioned before, you do not want to leave it or any subwoofer running at the edge of its performance limits in regular use, because that surely will kill it eventually.

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The shape and appearance of the PC2000 will doubtlessly be a liability to some subwoofer shoppers. However, if one isn’t put off by its appearance,bassaholic-master-large.jpeg there is no reason to go with its more traditionally-styled PB2000 sibling. The PC-2000 has all the performance of its box-shaped counterpart yet has a much smaller footprint and lighter weight; in other words, all the advantages without the disadvantages. The PC-2000’s good CEA-2010 showing nets an Audioholic’s Bassaholic Large Room rating, signifying that it should be able to provide satisfying bass levels in rooms of 3,000 cubic feet to 5,000 cubic feet (read about our Bassaholics Room Size Rating System). If you can afford it, I would still go for multiple subwoofers, regardless of room size, for the sake of smoothing out the low-frequency response. The extra dynamic range doesn’t hurt either, and the small footprint makes it easier to fit multiples, which is certainly an advantage in small rooms.

It’s worth mentioning that USA customers can get a 45-day in-home free trial with free return shipping when ordering from SVS directly, and SVS carries an above-average warranty of 5 years for all parts. SVS also carries a reputation for superb customer service, which heightens the value of their subwoofers. There are some comparably-priced subwoofers that get louder, some that dig deeper, and some that have a more elegant appearance, but the PC-2000 does an awful lot well, and in terms of light weight and small footprint vs. performance, I would characterize it as the market leader in that respect. It is a solid contender in the sub $1k subwoofer field.

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
MetricRating
Bass ExtensionStarStarStarStar
Bass AccuracyStarStarStarStarStar
Build QualityStarStarStarStar
Fit and FinishStarStarStarStar
Ergonomics & UsabilityStarStarStarStarStar
FeaturesStarStarStarStar
Dynamic RangeStarStarStarStar
PerformanceStarStarStarStar
ValueStarStarStarStarStar

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Recent Forum Posts:

cardsdoc posts on March 21, 2018 11:11
shadyJ, post: 1238960, member: 20472
I would take two PC-2000s over a single PC12-Plus in a heartbeat. The Plus series of subs are getting pretty long in the tooth, they are SVS's oldest sub at the moment. My guess is they probably don't have a huge advantage over the PC-2000s, maybe mostly only at frequencies below 25 Hz. Above that, I would guess maybe only a 2 dB or so advantage, if that. Keep in mind this is all speculation. For sure knowledge, ask SVS.

I am also guessing that SVS will revamp the Plus platform within the next year to bring their new amplifier technology from the 16-Ultras and 4000s to the Plus series. They will probably rename the Plus series the ‘3000’ series, since that fills the gap between the 2000s and 4000s. SVS may take that opportunity to enhance the driver and get more performance out of it.

When I was considering moving from PC-2000 to PC12+ this is what SVS told me:

“In the 20 Hz mode, a pair of PB12-Plus will provide about 60-70% higher dynamic output than a pair of PB-2000s, along with comparable deep extension. In the 16 Hz mode, a pair of PB12-Plus will provide about 40-50% higher dynamic output than a pair of PB-2000s, along with considerably better deep extension and higher clean output in the 13-18 Hz band.”

In my experience the biggest difference was cleaner bass and more output under 20hz in extended mode which I enjoyed. It does have mildly more overall output but I was never listening at high levels so didn't really take advantage of it. Having a digital amp control on the PC12+ I thought was very valuable especially when experimenting a lot with duals and placement. Agree dual PC-2000 over single PC12+. NO question there. I actually just traded up my PC12+s to PC-4000s. My 1 year trade up window was about to end and couldn't resist even though it is probably overkill for me.
shadyJ posts on March 20, 2018 20:36
I would take two PC-2000s over a single PC12-Plus in a heartbeat. The Plus series of subs are getting pretty long in the tooth, they are SVS's oldest sub at the moment. My guess is they probably don't have a huge advantage over the PC-2000s, maybe mostly only at frequencies below 25 Hz. Above that, I would guess maybe only a 2 dB or so advantage, if that. Keep in mind this is all speculation. For sure knowledge, ask SVS.

I am also guessing that SVS will revamp the Plus platform within the next year to bring their new amplifier technology from the 16-Ultras and 4000s to the Plus series. They will probably rename the Plus series the ‘3000’ series, since that fills the gap between the 2000s and 4000s. SVS may take that opportunity to enhance the driver and get more performance out of it.
nibhaz posts on March 20, 2018 20:05
shadyJ, post: 1238940, member: 20472
That depends entirely on how much SPL you are after. For my own tastes, I would want at least two PC-12 Pluses even in a small room. For some people, a single PC-12 NSD would be more than enough even in a large room.
shadyJ since the price difference between a pair of PC 2000s and a single PC-12 + are only a few hundred quid what is your opinion assuming that the goal is a balance between spl and frequency response across multiple seating positions?

I am in compete agreement that a pair of PC-12 Plus would be preferred but for those on a budget the pair of PC-2000s vs a single PC-12 Plus is a interesting thought exercise considering the minimal price delta between the two options.

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shadyJ posts on March 20, 2018 19:16
Stealth3si, post: 1238945, member: 77055
How many cu ft is a small room to you?
maybe less than 2000.
Stealth3si posts on March 20, 2018 18:35
shadyJ, post: 1238940, member: 20472
That depends entirely on how much SPL you are after. For my own tastes, I would want at least two PC-12 Pluses even in a small room. For some people, a single PC-12 NSD would be more than enough even in a large room.
How many cu ft is a small room to you?
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