Compact Champ: SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer Delivers Potent Bass from an Elegant Cabinet That Fits Anywhere
The SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer solves a physics problem that has vexed audio engineers for years: How do you design a truly compact subwoofer that is sturdy, stable, and consistently delivers powerful, realistic low frequencies? The SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer – with its 10-inch cabinet and fully active, dual opposing 8-inch drivers – is the innovative answer. Muscular yet compact enough to fit anywhere, this micro subwoofer is a game-changer.
The mighty SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer seamlessly blends into any room and speaker system, energizing the space with astonishingly rich, effortless bass that's even more impressive when one considers its cabinet size. This compact champ incorporates innovations from the reference-grade SVS 16-Ultra subwoofers, married to fully active, dual opposing 8-inch drivers, and an 800 watt RMS (2,500 watt peak power) Sledge STA-800D2 amplifier with discrete MOSFET output. The versatile 3000 Micro Subwoofer can deliver massive, pristine output for hi-fi and home theater systems. It features the powerful SVS subwoofer control smartphone app for advanced tuning and DSP.
The challenges of designing a subwoofer capable of chest-pounding output at the lowest frequencies – all while maintaining effective thermal and energy management in a compact enclosure – has long been an elusive goal. Previous designs were flawed, with weak output, distortion, and uncontrolled movement of the cabinet itself.
A first-ever design for SVS, two fully active, 8-inch woofers are mounted on opposite sides of the sealed cabinet and move in perfect unison to generate stunning low frequency output with crisp, musical transients. The usable surface area of two 8-inch woofers firing in opposite directions achieves performance on par with significantly larger, single-driver subwoofers. By firing in opposite directions, the mechanical energy transferred to the cabinet is effectively canceled out. This creates a sonically inert environment and solves the longtime curse of micro subwoofers, which are known to "dance" or "walk" across the room. The active dual drivers are connected in parallel to a single power amplifier. Each receives the same amount of current, ensuring pinpoint control and precise, accurate bass.
Each high-excursion, active 8-inch driver employs a progressive inverted surround to ensure maximum linear displacement. This is imperative for moving massive amounts of air and generating sound-pressure levels you can feel.
The 3000 Micro also has brains to match its brawn. A 50 MHz Analog Devices DSP enables sophisticated control and custom frequency response curves for optimized, real-world output and acoustically tuned room gain. It also enables advanced tuning and control via the SVS subwoofer DSP smartphone app.
The use of aluminum throughout the woofer, from bobbin to cone, creates a lightweight, stiff, and thermally optimized driver without resonances or extraneous vibrations. Each SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer is built with isolating elastomer feet and dual protective, non-resonant, steel mesh grilles. The subwoofer comes with a heavy-duty, high-current, 6-foot power cord. Like all Music Direct products, it comes with the 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.
"Its onboard 800W-rated Sledge DSP amplifier keeps a tight rein on proceedings, allowing this sub to mix control and subtlety with brute force when needed."
—EISA Award for 2021-2022, Compact Subwoofer
"The 3000 Micro performed well—remarkably well for its size—and looks great. And SVS's app is very useful. Time and again, I was wowed by the bass extension, slam, and low-frequency detail this tiny subwoofer added to my system.... [For] my listening tastes, SVS's 3000 Micro subwoofer is just right. I'm sure many lovers of music and/or movies will feel the same. A dynamite product."
—Gordon Brockhouse, SoundStage! Simplifi, Reviewers' Choice product
"I found that [the 3000 Micro] delivers more true, deep bass, accurately, at greater levels, than any compact sub I've encountered. For most listening, in most rooms, it will be all the subwoofer you need."
—Daniel Kumin, Sound & Vision
"Once the 3000 Micro was positioned, the SVS iPhone app made the remaining setup almost too easy: No crawling on the floor with a flashlight to change settings. No worrying or keeping notes or trying to remember how the last setting sounded. I just sat on my couch, iPhone in hand, iPad with Roon at my side, playing one recording after another and tweaking filter slope, volume, and turnover frequency one cycle or one dB at a time."
—Herb Reichert, Stereophile
Amplifier: 800 watts RMS (2,500+ watts peak)
Freq. Response: 23–240 Hz ±3 dB
Dimensions (HWD): 10.9" x 11.7" x 10.7"
Weight: 22.5 lbs.
User Manual (PDF, 6.1 MB)