SVS Flexes Its Muscle – and Drops Hints – At CES 2019
SVS's Prime Wireless SoundBase at CES 2018(January 18, 2019) SVS brought its new 3000 Series of subsonic sledge hammers to CES 2019, showing off both the SB-3000 ($999-$1,099 depending on finish) and PB-3000 ($1,399) in a great sounding demo at the Venetian in Las Vegas. The 3000 Series, which was originally announced last November, features both a sealed (SB) and ported (PB) design that carry an all-new 13” driver backed by a dual ferrite magnet motor assembly and a rigid lightweight aluminum venter cone with a composite fiber dust cap. Power is delivered by a Sledge STA-800D2 amp that features Class D efficiency and 800 watts RMS output (2,500 watts peak). That power is married to a 50MHz Analog Devices Audio DSP with 56-bit filtering, a processor that controls output through room optimization, frequency response curves, and other DSP controls. Much like other recently released SVS subs, these kinds of controls (and a few others) can be accessed and fine-tuned using the free SVS app available for Apple, Android, and Amazon devices.
The PB-3000 was actively being put through its paces at CES, flexing its muscle with thunder and thump, filling a demo suite with controlled and textured bass. I was certainly impressed and performance output sounded great. This particular model is rated to hit down to 16Hz when run with both ports open, while the sealed cabinet natively hits just 2Hz higher (down to 18Hz). Size-wise, both subs are very manageable and have a room-friendly visual presence, which isn’t surprising for SVS designs. Taking those factors under consideration, the subs should prove to be incredibly popular with enthusiasts looking to strike a balance of great performance and form factor (not to mention price).
SVS's Prime Wireless models were surprise reveals at last year’s CES event, so it's not shocking the company arrived with an intriguing new product up its sleeve (pictured). This product hasn’t been officially announced and SVS was asking media outlets not to share too many specifics. Here's what I can tell you: it’s an all-new full-range speaker design and I’ve had a chance to see specs (which are extremely compelling) and hear the speaker in action (it sounded great). No release date has been set (it could be quite a while), but SVS is definitely prepping to uncork another great model for fans looking to outfit a room with an affordable high-performance sonic engine.
We’ll have updates on the new product as soon as they become available. In the mean time, click on the video below to hear SVS's VP of Marketing (Nick Brown) talk about the company's presence at CES 2019.