Very early on in my audiophile journey I heard a pair of computer speakers that sounded amazing, totally different then most of the other Altec Lansing attempts in the college dorms at the time. The owner very happily introduced me to his small hidden subwoofer that was the source of much pride for him at the time. After some growth into more audiophile pursuits, the dream of something that fits under the desk from the sub category was quickly met with several physical challenges. Big sound requires bigger spaces. SVS hopes to address some of these concerns with the release of their new SVS 3000 Micro subwoofer.
Hot on the heels of a new 1000 series product release, the new SVS 3000 Micro offers up a smaller case, but still includes SVS’s DSP app for setup and configuration. Posted specs include reach down to 23Hz and a box that runs roughly 11 x 11.7 inches. From the press release:
Engineering a subwoofer capable of output you can feel at the lowest frequencies, while maintaining effective thermal and energy management in a micro-sized enclosure, has always been the challenge for manufacturers. The category has been burdened with weak output, distortion, a disappointing user experience, and uncontrolled movement of the cabinet. Micro subwoofers have even been known to “dance” across a room.SVS 3000 Micro Press Release
3000 Micro answers the challenge with a potent set of innovations packed into a compact 10-inch cabinet. Starting with the drive units; fully active dual opposing 8-inch SVS drivers unleash heart-pounding low end with pinpoint control. By firing in opposite directions in unison, the mechanical energy transferred to the cabinet is effectively canceled out. This creates a sonically inert enclosure and solves the curse of micro subwoofers moving around a room.
Drivers are only potential, of course, and require an equally capable amplifier. SVS engineers applied groundbreaking innovations from the reference SVS 16-Ultra subwoofers to create the Sledge STA-800D2 amplifier with discrete MOSFET output that combines the high current output of MOSFET transistors with Class D efficiency. Boasting an impressive 800 watts RMS and 2,500+ watts peak power and vanishingly low distortion, the unique design unleashes nearly limitless on-demand current to the active dual driver array, while maintaining pinpoint control. 3000 Micro handles demanding bass content effortlessly, while always remaining accurate in frequency response.
Harnessing the massive power of the Sledge amplifier is a 50 MHz Analog Devices Audio DSP with 56-bit filtering, the most sophisticated DSP engine available in a home audio subwoofer. The abundant processing power maintains pristine sound quality that’s faithful to the source material through advanced in-room tuning, optimized frequency response curves, powerful DSP controls and more. This level of processing power is an anomaly at this price range and plays a key role in maximizing the 3000 Micro subwoofer’s real-world potential.
The SVS 3000 Micro is available now direct from the SVS site (plus the company’s dealer network) and retails for $799.99 for either high gloss piano black or white.
More info: SVS Website