The desire for more bass is there, but the integration of a subwoofer is becoming a challenge. The 3000 Micro from SVS can easily solve many problems. We tested him.
The subwoofer specialist SVS-Sound from the USA, usually just called SVS, is diligently expanding its portfolio. The new stars in the bass sky are the PB 1000 Pro (with bass reflex), SB 1000 Pro (closed), and 3000 Micro. We take a closer look at the latter in this test.
The range of SVS now ranges from the monstrous and wall plaster-endangering SB-16 Ultra down to the cute 3000 Micro. But don’t let the cute looks fool you. The pressure that came out later in the test raised doubts as to whether it was really just a bass cube at work.
In-home cinema, it has long been customary to integrate one or more dedicated depth workers into the speaker set for an immersive sound experience. But two-channel listeners also like to use the bass boxes and are less and less loyal to their speaker brand. SVS is very popular with buyers.
The reasons for this lie in the fair pricing and the simple operation or in the ingenious app control. If there is no AV receiver with sophisticated calibration via a microphone at the listening position, controlling the subwoofer via the app is a must-have. Since classic stereo setups usually work with amplifiers without calibration, the app is worth its weight in gold here.
But what to do with the subwoofer?
The black boxes (with or without a front grille) often do not fit well into the homely ambiance. This is where the SVS 3000 Micro subwoofer comes in. The cube with its dimensions of 29.7 x 27.2 x 27.7 cm (LxHxW) is not bulky. Only a subtle SVS logo can be seen on the front.
SVS 3000 Micro Drivers
The bass drivers on the left and right are behind round grilles. The colors are ” Piano Gloss Black ” and ” Piano Gloss White “, both look very classy. The sub is connected via stereo cinch inputs and outputs. One of these can also be used for the amp’s LFE output if one is available.
Because the drivers work in push-pull, i.e. the phase of the signal is rotated by 180 degrees, the moments of movement cancel each other out and the vibrations are not transmitted to the housing or the substrate.
The precision in the bass reproduction was noticeable in the test. The housing of the 3000 Micro is closed, which is an advantage when playing music. In the listening room, the bass was so powerful that we couldn’t believe that the tiny thing was solely responsible for it.
Of course, there are limits to the volume, but it’s definitely enough for the living room and a lot of trouble with the neighbors. Big compliments to the developers of SV-Sound, the 3000 Micro is a real problem solver.
The SVS app is clearly one of the best apps on the subwoofer market. It runs on iOS, Android, and Fire OS devices. The crossover frequencies, the parametric equalizer, the polarity, room amplification, and many other bass management functions can be conveniently and clearly controlled via the app.
Amazingly deep bass power for the dimensions, the lower transmission limit (-6 dB) is between 22 and 26 Hz depending on the crossover setting. At high levels, the SVS creates proportionally less deep bass – clearly visible in the distortion diagram. 91 dBSPL is possible without compromises, and at least 100 dBSPL is possible if our distortion and compression limits are slightly exceeded. Only 7 W power consumption.
The SVS 3000 Micro is a miniature subwoofer that pleasantly surprises with bass density
and depth, coupled with good control, excellent uniformity, and a wide frequency response bandwidth. Completing the positive image of the subwoofer is a nice design with a matte lacquer finish and the ability to control via an application on a smartphone or tablet.