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SVS SB2000 Pro subwoofer connection

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Posted on June 25, 2020 at 21:51:02
jh4all
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Hello, I thought I would post a few questions here to see if someone can help me out.

I just ordered two SB2000 pro's for a dedicated stereo system. I am trying to figure out what is the best way to hook the subs up to my system. I have been using a single REL Storm III hooked up from the high inputs to my McIntosh MC-60 mono blocks. The SB2000 pros only have one set of inputs which are RCA's. My preamp has two sets of outputs, one set goes to the mono blocks. I have downloaded the manual and it shows for two channel system to use a splitter at the preamp and run one RCA to sub and the other to amp. I also talked with someone from SVS on the phone to ask the best way to connect everything up. Not really quite sure he understood. he said refer to the manual. So if I have two outs on my preamp, I see no reason why I need a splitter at preamp. Also the manual does not show where to or how to hook up on the sub side. Do I plug it in to the LFE which is Right channel? Do I plug into left channel since I do not need LFE? or do I use a splitter and plug it into both? Or is there a better way? Ideally the signal going into the subs would probably be best coming from my amps, but I decided the convenience of the app was more important than a slight loss of sound quality if any.

Thanks in advance for any help.

 

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RE: SVS SB2000 Pro subwoofer connection, posted on June 26, 2020 at 06:03:24
BCR
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Since your preamp has 2 sets of outputs you don't need a splitter. You can use the left or right input on each sub, it makes no difference. The LFE is used if you have a home theater processor.

 

RE: SVS SB2000 Pro subwoofer connection, posted on June 26, 2020 at 06:19:12
Ivan303
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"I also talked with someone from SVS on the phone to ask the best way to connect everything up. Not really quite sure he understood. he said refer to the manual."

Great customer support: "Refer to the manual"

At $1000 a pop I'd expect better.







 

Correct but.................., posted on June 26, 2020 at 07:22:33
Kal Rubinson
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using this arrangement, your main speakers will still be running full-range and, therefore, doubling the low bass with the subs. As a result, you will not gain additional power-handling from them as you would with a proper crossover.

 

RE: Correct but.................., posted on June 26, 2020 at 07:43:45
jh4all
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Thanks BCR.

Kal, is that not the case with all subs unless I use external crossovers? How would you recommend to connect them. Do you have a recommendation for crossovers that are reasonable?

Thanks

 

RE: SVS SB2000 Pro subwoofer connection, posted on June 26, 2020 at 07:47:27
jh4all
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In all fairness to SVS, the guy did try to help. Rereading what I said is not quite right. He kept referring to the manual.

 

RE: SVS SB2000 Pro subwoofer connection, posted on June 26, 2020 at 09:02:44
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I am very surprised that the SVS has no high pass filter. I have used this HSU high pass filter with a sub that I owned that did not include a high pass filter. BTW, some prefer running speakers full range without a high pass filter. You can try it both ways and see what you like better!

 

RE: SVS SB2000 Pro subwoofer connection, posted on June 26, 2020 at 10:18:45
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Congrats - Those are nice subs. Experiment with placing.

As long as both of your preamp outputs are controlled by your volume control, you do not need a splitter. I have this arrangement in my system.

I use a Schiit Loki EQ between the preamp and the mains (not the subs) to roll the bass off the mains for better integration.
Gsquared

 

RE: SVS SB2000 Pro subwoofer connection, posted on June 26, 2020 at 14:10:26
jh4all
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Thanks G Squared. Do you use a splitter to plug into both left and right on each sub? Or just a single cable into either one, and if so, which one?

The Loki sounds like something I should looked into.

 

RE: SVS SB2000 Pro subwoofer connection, posted on June 26, 2020 at 15:33:30
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Since you have a preamp with 2 outputs, 2 subs and no HT. I would designate one sub left and the other right. The left output of the preamp's second set of outputs go to the left sub (L input on the sub) and same for the right.
Gsquared

 

RE: Correct but.................., posted on June 26, 2020 at 17:12:39
Kal Rubinson
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1. Yes, in general. There are subs that have a full crossover in them but they are rarely of high quality.

2. Ummm. I would suggest a real crossover.

3. http://www.acousticfrontiers.com/three-ways-to-add-a-subwoofer-crossover-to-your-two-channel-system/

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=External%20Active%20Crossover&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-156598-770501-6&mkcid=2&keyword=external%20active%20crossover&crlp=435126930848_&MT_ID=590146&geo_id=10232&rlsatarget=kwd-328009605539&adpos=&device=c&mktype=&loc=9004331&poi=&abcId=1146006&cmpgn=8069766428&sitelnk=&adgroupid=88906479248&network=g&matchtype=p&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0cPUp9qg6gIVB4TICh1eog4IEAMYASAAEgL7o_D_BwE

 

RE: SVS SB2000 Pro subwoofer connection, posted on June 26, 2020 at 22:33:04
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I've got a similar configuration to yours. My preamp has two sets of outputs and my main speakers are connected to monoblock amplifiers with my subs connected to the second set of preamp outputs. I don't use the LFE inputs on my subs because I want them to augment the bottom octave only. I set the low-pass filter on my subs to 50-Hz. Here's a picture of my system with my monoblocks sitting on top of my Rythmik Servo Subs. I'm using a Mytek Brooklyn Bridge as my preamp/DAC.


 

RE: SVS SB2000 Pro subwoofer connection, posted on June 27, 2020 at 16:48:05
jh4all
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Nice subs! Apparently it does not matter which input I plug into on the subs. I believe SVS sums the two together. Thanks for sharing.

 

RE: Correct but.................., posted on June 29, 2020 at 04:28:00
KanedaK
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You could get a sublime acoustic K231 crossover and a couple different xover frequency cards; once burned-in, it's a great sounding crossover (most affordable crossovers would ruin the sound of your system with sub-par circuits). The next best thing is Bryston 10B!

 

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