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SVS Subwoofer PB-1000 Pro Manual

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PB-1000 Pro


Congratulations on bringing home one of the finest subwoofers ever made!
The SVS PB-1000 Pro Subwoofer embodies all the technology and engineering advancements made since we developed our first subwoofer nearly two decades ago. You can feel proud knowing your SVS PB-1000 Pro Subwoofer was masterfully engineered to deliver the deepest, most powerful, accurate and detailed bass experience possible. Between the new and unshakable 12-inch 1000 Pro Series driver, effortlessly powerful Sledge STA-325D amplifier, industry-first smartphone DSP and subwoofer control app and other breakthroughs, the PB-1000 Pro represents the finest subwoofer performance you can get for anything close to the price and will provide many years of jaw-dropping low-frequency performance.
We know you are eager to get your new subwoofer set up, so in this manual, you will find instructions on placement, connection, tuning and more. Our SVS Sound Experts are also available seven days a week to take the guesswork out of setting up your new PB-1000 Pro subwoofer. They are equipped to handle even the most complicated questions about placement, calibration, AV receiver settings, and more.
One of the most useful features of your PB-1000 Pro subwoofer is the Free SVS App, which can be used to fine tune performance and create custom presets from the comfort of your favorite seat and the convenience of your mobile device. Just visit the Apple® App® Store, Google Play™ Store or Amazon Appstore and search “SVS App” to get started.
If you have any questions about your SVS PB-1000 Pro Subwoofer, please contact us directly.
www.svsound.com[email protected](877) 626-5623
Happy Listening!


The SVS PB-1000 Pro is designed for easy set-up and integration in both multi-channel home theater and two-channel (stereo) systems. It is best to familiarize yourself with the subwoofer connections and the rear panel of your AV receiver or preamplifier before setting your subwoofer up. Be sure your PB-1000 Pro is switched to Off before plugging it in or connecting to your AV receiver. It’s also best to use cables with secure connections for optimal bass performance.

The convenient SVS mobile app for both Apple® iOS® and Google Android™ allows you to make adjustments for room layout, personal preferences, movies vs. music, and more. It’s the best way to fine tune your subwoofer for perfect performance from the comfort of your favorite seat.
In addition to the SVS mobile app you can control the primary features of the amp using the all-new Intelligent Control Interface (ICI) back-lit user interface on the amplifier plate.
A full explanation of all the advanced subwoofer DSP controls is available on pages 17-19 in this manual, as well as in the SVS subwoofer app tutorial. The following sections cover basic connections and control settings when integrating the PB-1000 Pro into a surround sound or two-channel system.




  1. AC Power Cord Receptacle
  2. On/Off Switch – Turns Subwoofer On/Off
  3. 3V-12V Trigger Input – This feature will automatically turn the subwoofer on/off when a signal is sent to the trigger input from another component in the system (typically the pre/pro or AV receiver). The other component in the system must be equipped with a trigger output feature and requires a TS 1/8” mono cable (pictured below).
  4. Unbalanced (RCA) Line Level Inputs
  5. Unbalanced (RCA) Line Level Outputs
  6. USB Type-A Port – Used for Firmware updates and powering a USB device like the SVS SoundPath Wireless Audio Adapter.
  7. [+] – Push repeatedly or long-press to increase volume, raise the low pass frequency cut-off or to set to LFE, or to increase Phase degree.
  8. [-] – Push repeatedly or long-press to decrease volume, lower the low pass frequency cut-off, or reduce phase degree.
  9. Auto/On – Press this button to select “ON” which keeps the subwoofer on continuously so it will not go into Standby mode. The three center LEDs will be illuminated in  “On” mode. Press again for “Auto” and only the outer two of the above LEDs will be illuminated. The subwoofer will go into standby after 10 minutes if there is no audio signal.
  10. LOW PASS – Press this button to adjust the Low Pass Filter frequency to ensure a smooth sonic transition and flat frequency response between the speakers and subwoofer. The rightmost LED on the status bar indicates the subwoofer is in LFE mode.
  11. LED Bar – Displays the level for Volume, Low Pass Filter Frequency, and Phase PHASE – Press this button to adjust the phase.
  12. VOL – Press this button to adjust the volume.

AC Power Connection
Connect the subwoofer power cord to the subwoofer amplifier and directly into an AC outlet.
Convenience outlets located on the rear panel of some AV receivers or pre/pros are NOT recommended for your PB-1000 Pro as these outlets are not meant for high-power

Line Level Connection – Single LFE Channel

The most common way to connect your PB-1000 Pro is with a single RCA interconnect cable going from the LFE or SUB1 Output on your AV receiver or preamplifier to the  LFE Input on your PB-1000 Pro. This allows your processor to perform the upstream bass management and send the subwoofer a pre-filtered mono signal.

Line Level Connection – Stereo Receiver or Preamplifier Left/Right Channels
Both Left and Right inputs on your PB-1000 Pro can be used in a two-channel stereo application with a stereo preamplifier that has Left and Right line-level outputs.
Connect the left and right outputs of your preamplifier to the left and right line-level inputs of the PB-1000 Pro using RCA interconnects.

Line Level Connection – Stereo Receiver or Preamplifier Left/Right Channels (cont’d)

Enable and adjust the on-board low pass filter of the PB-1000 Pro for a smooth blend with the main speakers.
NOTE: For additional guidance on speaker/subwoofer crossover settings, please consult our SVS Sound Experts or our Merlin subwoofer matching tool at  www.svsound.com/merlin.
www.svsound.com [email protected] • (877) 626-5623

Connecting Multiple Subwoofers or “Going Dual”
Running two or more subwoofers has many acoustic benefits such as: improved frequency response throughout the listening area, fewer peaks, and nulls increased output, and decreased bass localization. The RCA Outputs provide an easy way to integrate multiple PB-1000 Pros or other subwoofers into your audio system.

Many AV Receivers and Surround Processors have more than one subwoofer output. As described previously, you can run a single connection from each subwoofer output
to each of your subwoofers.

If you have more subwoofers than Sub Outputs from your AV Receiver, an easy solution is to use an RCA splitter or RCA Y-adapter to divide the subwoofer output. This is the most commonly recommended way to connect multiple subwoofers when there is only one Sub Out.

Another option is to use the Left and Right RCA outputs on the PB-1000 Pro to Daisy Chain additional subwoofers. It’s important to use the matching output and input terminals. For example, if you are using the RCA inputs, be sure to use the RCA outputs to daisy chain to the next subwoofer.
NOTE: While the settings of each subwoofer should be similar, you will probably find that each sub will need to be calibrated for optimal performance because of its unique room placement. Regardless of how you use your subwoofer, experimentation can often result in better sound. Don’t be afraid to try different settings, you can always return the controls to their defaults.

Connecting Multiple Subwoofers or “Going Dual” (contd)

In a 2-channel system, you can set up Stereo Subwoofers, where one is used for the Left Channel and one for the Right Channel. Typically, the subwoofers will be symmetrically placed according to your speakers. And be sure to maintain all the correct Left and Right output and input connections to ensure optimum performance.

Going Wireless
If you want to add wireless connectivity via the SVS SoundPath Wireless Adapter (sold separately), your PB-1000 Pro conveniently includes a USB input on the amplifier plate  to easily power the Receiver. Set-up is simple and quick and separate instructions are included with the adapter.
NOTE: The PB-1000 Pro amplifier should be turned off when making all connections.

Control Settings for AV Receiver & Processor

If using your PB-1000 Pro subwoofer with an AV Receiver or preamp with bass management, it is recommended to leave all control settings in the default position, aside from the volume, which allows you to adjust the level of output based on your personal preferences.
NOTE: Always re-run AV Receiver auto-set-up after moving the subwoofer to a different location to ensure the acoustic distance and calibration levels are set correctly.
NOTE: If you want to run the subwoofer louder than the initial auto-set-up level, adjust the subwoofer channel level upward in the AV receiver menu until you get the experience and performance you want.
An increase of 2-4 dB louder than the initial set-up level is common for many customers. Volume can be controlled from your mobile device via the Free SVS App or using the  buttons on the rear panel interface.
Please consult the Advanced Subwoofer Controls section of this owner’s manual or contact our SVS Sound Experts if you have questions about any of the control settings.

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Control Settings for Stereo Receiver or Pre-Amplifier 
Most Stereo Receivers and Pre-Amplifiers do not have bass management. Instead, you will use the Left and Right full-range outputs and make adjustments through the DSP  amplifier on the subwoofer.
Be sure to connect both Left and Right outputs to the Left and Right inputs on the subwoofer. Set the Low Pass Filter to “On” and adjust the Crossover Frequency and Slope  to achieve a smooth blend and transition with the main speakers.
Once blended, adjust the Subwoofer volume to match the volume level of your main speakers.
For finer tuning, the SVS Subwoofer Matching Tool on our website provides the recommended low pass filter frequency and slope setting for most loudspeakers on the market.  Just choose your brand and model of speakers from the menus and Merlin does the rest. It’s available 24/7,  365 at https://www.svsound.com/pages/merlin. Our SVS Sound  Experts are also standing by to help with any connection or control questions you have about any of the controls or settings.
NOTE: Volume and low pass filter can be controlled from your mobile device via the Free SVS App, or using the buttons on the rear panel interface.


Placement of subwoofers is a process driven by competing variables that differ in every home. Décor, floor space, furniture, speaker placement, seating location, and of course,  sound quality all factor into the decision of where a subwoofer should be placed. If you have flexibility, there’s an artistry to subwoofer placement that can be aided by understanding some basic acoustic principles and set-up techniques.
If you are limited to a single subwoofer location, it’s best to find the ideal listening location in the room. You’ll notice as you move through the room, the bass response will vary significantly. This is due to the complex pattern of standing sound waves in the room. Sometimes simply moving a few feet in any given direction can improve the balance and accuracy dramatically. Once you find the ‘subwoofer sweet spot’ in the room – reserve that seat for yourself!

Corner Placement
Corner placement of a subwoofer reduces the potential to encounter nulls, which are acoustic cancellation points or ‘dead spots in the room. While this can often make for hugely impactful bass, it can sometimes result in a “boomy” sound depending on your listening position. If you experience this, you can use the tuning controls to blend your  PB-1000 Pro more smoothly with your speakers or try pulling it further away from the walls to smooth out the bass response.

Front Placement
Front of the room placement in between or just to the side of the front channel speakers is another common choice. Front of the room placement usually results in the best blending with the main speakers and center channel and minimizes localization effects.

Side Wall Placement
Sidewall placement is less frequently used but can be an effective subwoofer location for excellent accuracy and output.

Dual Subwoofer Placement
Based on our own extensive testing, and research done by the professional audio community, we recommend the following placement options for dual subwoofers:

While the first two options are proven performers with typically excellent results, they are often difficult to implement in a living/family room environment. All rooms are different, so we recommend staying flexible and trying all possible placement options for the best results.


Your SVS PB-1000 Pro Subwoofer can be controlled from the new SVS Mobile App or via the rear panel for unprecedented flexibility when optimizing performance for room  layout, speakers, system set-up and more.

SVS Subwoofer App
Our groundbreaking SVS Subwoofer DSP app is available for free via the Apple® App® Store, Google Play™ Store, and Amazon Appstore. Just search “SVS App” and follow the prompts to download to your mobile device. Once installed, there’s a helpful tutorial that will guide you through each option and provide common settings to simplify the process. The SVS App operates via Bluetooth and is the only way to access all of the advanced control features available on your PB-1000 Pro. It is the most convenient option for controlling every feature.

Rear Subwoofer Panel
The rear panel features intuitive control options for adjusting volume, low pass frequency and phase.


Adjust to make your system’s low end more powerful and extended while remaining accurate. The subwoofer should sound like it’s naturally adding bass for all the speakers without overly drawing attention to itself. Different content has different levels of output so it’s normal to adjust volume based on the source material and your personal listening preferences.
Low Pass Filter
Enables smooth sonic transition and flat frequency response between speakers and the subwoofer. This allows you to control the upper-frequency cut-off to blend with main speakers. It also allows you to adjust slope, or the rate at which the low pass filter rolls off. If using an AV Receiver with a Subwoofer Output, leave in the OFF position.
Phase Adjustment
Solves sound wave cancellation issues at specific frequencies and perfectly aligns the arrival of output from speakers and subwoofers to your listening position. Normally set to  0° if the subwoofer is near the main speakers. Adjusting Phase shifts timing of the subwoofer output to align with the main speakers or additional subwoofers.
Polarity (SVS App Only)
In some cases, reversing polarity solves dips or humps at the crossover frequency between a subwoofer and speaker and can be used to fix bass nulls or overly boomy spots in the listening area. Reversing the electrical polarity of the subwoofer amplifier makes it so the woofer moves in when speaker drivers move out and is normally set to positive.
Parametric EQ (SVS App Only)
A powerful tool for removing peaks and dips in your listening area, and for creating custom subwoofer output based on personal listening preferences. Works best when used with acoustic measurements. Allows you to set the desired center frequency of the filter, increase or decrease the SPL dB of the filter, or adjust the bandwidth of the filter.
Room Gain Compensation (SVS App Only)
Fixes bloated sounding bass by optimizing low-frequency output and extension when too much sound wave density is being created by a small room.
Presets (SVS App Only) 
Allows up to three pre-saved settings for movie, music and custom. This enables easy switching to optimize your PB-1000 Pro’s output and settings based on your specific listening preferences with different kinds of content. If using the SVS App, these presets can be renamed as desired.

Port Tuning (SVS App Only)
Port blocking allows custom tuning of your PB-1000 Pro Subwoofer based on listening preference by exchanging max output for low-frequency depth and quickness. Foam port plugs are available upon request by emailing [email protected]. When using the feature, always  match port blocking with the selected tuning via the SVS Subwoofer

Two tunings are available:
Standard Tune = All ports open (highest maximum output)
Sealed tune = All ports plugged (best transient response)

System Settings (SVS App Only)
Allows you to make further customizations and reset your subwoofer to factory settings.
Subwoofer Name
Customize the name of your subwoofer for easy preset switching.
Subwoofer Standby
Choose whether to have your subwoofer in Auto, On (Default), or Trigger mode.
Resets PB-1000 Pro Subwoofer back to original Factory Settings.
About this App
Provides version number and other information about the SVS App and also allows you to turn performance monitoring on/off.


Volume -60dB – 0dB (1dB/step)
Low Pass Filter LP Frequency:   30Hz – 200Hz (1Hz/step)
LP Slope:   6dB, 12dB, 18dB, 24dB
Phase 0° – 180° (1degree/step)
Polarity Positive (+) / Negative (-)
Parametric EQ PEQ Frequency:   20 – 200Hz (1Hz/step)
PEQ Boost:   -12.0 – 6.0dB (0.1dB/step)
PEQ Q Factor:   0.2 – 10.0 (0.1/step)
Room Gain Comp RGC Frequency:   25Hz, 31Hz, 40Hz
RGC Slope:    6dB, 12dB
Port Tuning Standard / Sealed


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  • Follow all instructions.
  • Do not use this apparatus near water.
  • Clean only with dry cloth.
  • Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
  • Do not defeat the safety purpose of any polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding-type plug has two prongs and a third grounding point. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for the replacement of the obsolete outlet.
  • Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
  • Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
  • Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
  • Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
  • Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
  • WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, this apparatus should not be exposed to rain or moisture and objects filled with liquids, such as vases, should not be placed on this apparatus.
  • This apparatus conforms to the use requirement in tropical and moderate climates, with a maximum temperature of the environment not exceeding 45°C  (113°F).
  • If the subwoofer is to be used in a confined space (e.g. built into furniture), the space must be ventilated to allow sufficient air to circulate and cool the unit.
  • To completely disconnect this equipment from the mains, disconnect the power supply cord plug from the receptacle.
  • The mains plug of the power supply cord shall remain readily operable.

The lightning flash with an arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to  persons.

 The exclamation point within a triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance {servicing) instructions in the literature companying the product.


FCC Statement
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.   This device must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions,  may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a  particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user  is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

To comply with FCC’s and Industry Canada’s RF radiation exposure limits for general population/uncontrolled exposure, this device must be installed to provide a separation distance of at least 20cm from all persons.
WARNING: Any changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
IC Statement
This device complies with Industry Canada licence-exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and  (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.  CAN ICES-3 (B)  /NMB-3(B)


Your SVS Subwoofer may be gently cleaned as follows:

  • Use a dry microfiber duster to remove any loose surface dust.
  • Use a water-damp microfiber cloth to remove fingerprints, smudges, and other contaminants. Wipe in one direction only, with the grain if applicable.
  •  Follow any damp cleaning immediately with a dry microfiber cloth. Again dry wipe in one direction only, with the grain if applicable.


SVS offers the industry’s most comprehensive warranty on all our products. SVS warrants this subwoofer and all of its products to be free from defects in the workmanship for  5 years from the date of purchase.
This and all of the SVS customer Bill of Rights can be viewed online at: www.svsound.com/bill-of-rights.


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