The first component you probably choose when slowly assembling your home theater system was a set of speakers. However, a good subwoofer is required right after that. SVS and Klipsch have both been around for a while and have released subwoofers with strong bass.
But among the SVS SB vs Klipsch R or Reference series, which one is better for home theater?
The SVS SB series is comparatively better than the Klipsch R series. SVS SB-series subwoofers are known for their powerful and deep bass, along with producing incredibly low frequencies. Klipsch R-series subwoofers, on the other hand, are great for producing high-output, rapid, and dramatic bass.
The SVS SB series offers products in the mid-and high-price range, but the Reference series from Klipsch has more low- and mid-priced items with one or two high-end subwoofers.
Want to find out more about the difference between these two series? Keep reading the article-
SVS SB vs Klipsch R: A Quick Comparison
Before we move onto a more detailed comparison let’s take a look at this overview table-
|Features||SVS SB||Klipsch R|
|Performance||Excellent||Good but falls behind comparatively|
|Price Range||Mid & high||Low, Mid & High|
|Connectivity Options||Line-level RCA input and output, Speaker-level inputs, USB control port for SVS Subwoofer DSP app. (Optional wireless)||Line-level RCA input, Speaker-level inputs, 12V trigger input|
|Control Options||Volume, Phase, Crossover (variable 50Hz to 160Hz)High-Pass Filter and parametric equalizer(same)||Volume, Phase, Low Pass Crossover (variable 40Hz to 160Hz|
|Set Up||Easy Installation & setup||Need to be precise in room location|
|Preferred By||Audiophiles & general users||Only General Users|
|Usage(Movie/Music)||Great for both along with TV shows||Good but can get little harsher with high-frequency music|
SVS SB vs Klipsch R: Model Wise Comparison
Before we move on to a detailed comparison, we will be dividing the subwoofers from these two series into three categories based on their price range. Subwoofers priced between $100-399 will be sorted into the low price range.
The mid-range will have a subwoofer priced between $400 and $699. The High end will start from $700 up to $1500. Following this price we have created this table with subwoofers from the SVS SB series and Klipsch R series
|Klipsch R -120 SW||Check Latest Price||Low|
|Klipsch R -112 SW||Check Latest Price||Mid|
|SVS SB 1000||Check Latest Price||Mid|
|SVS SB 2000||Check Latest Price||Mid|
|Klipsch R-115SW||Check Latest Price||High|
|SVS SB 3000||Check Latest Price||High|
Now that we have categorized the models, let’s move onto feature comparison between the two series.
In terms of amplifier power, the SVS SB series comes with much higher power than the Klipsch Reference series.
|Model Name||Amplifier Power|
|Klipsch R -120 SW||200 watts|
|Klipsch R -112 SW||300 watts|
|SVS SB-1000||300 watts|
|SVS SB-2000||500 watts|
|Klipsch R -115 SW||400 watts|
|SVS SB-3000||800 watts|
As we can see from the table, SVS increased their amplifier power with each subwoofer model in the SB series. With higher amplifier power, these SVS subwoofers can produce higher-volume audio with greater accuracy and control.
Moreover, there will be reduced distortion and greater sound quality. So there’s no chance of the subwoofer sounding muffled.
The Klipsch Reference series also increased its power with the newer models but it is not as impressive as the SVS SB series.
In the clash of SVS SB 2000 vs Klipsch R-112 SW, the mid-ranged subwoofers, the SVS model definitely overpowers the latter.
On the high-end subwoofer side, the SVS SB 3000 has double amplifier power compared to the Klipsch R-115SW. Although with 400 watts amplifier power, Klipsch R-115SW does give a noticeable audio accuracy.
But considering Klipsch R-120SW vs SVS SB 1000, the amplifier power that SVS is providing with almost $200 dollars more is not that significant.
Overall the SVS SB series has much higher amplifier power.
Size & Build Quality:
Most of the Klipsch Reference series and SVS SB comes in a similar 12-inch size except R-115SW and SVS SB 3000. SVS is built with premium material and goes effortlessly with any home decor. Klipsch is quite bigger in size but has a good modern finish.
The sturdy, rigid, and long-lasting MDF housing on the Klipsch Reference line subwoofers helps to minimize damaging vibrations and resonance. The cabinets come with a scratch-resistant, textured wood grain vinyl finish.
This modern and sophisticated appearance makes the Reference subwoofers a fantastic addition to any home cinema setup. The woofers are enclosed in a bass-reflex design for optimal efficiency and performance.
The Reference subwoofers also sport a low-profile detachable magnetic grille, keeping the woofer safe and giving a discreet look.
The SVS SB series of subwoofers on the other hand are renowned for their premium build quality. This series uses a lightweight, robust composite material to generate high-quality bass with no distortion.
The SB-1000 has a small, sealed cabinet design. But the SB-2000 and SB-3000, come with a slightly large cabinet design and front-firing driver.
For its cabinets, SVS also used medium-density fiberboard (MDF). All three SB models have black ash and piano gloss black finishes available.
Both of these will be a great addition to your home theater setup, pick the design that complements your setup the most.
Driver Size & Woofer Dimensions:
Other than the SVS SB 3000 and Klipsch R-115SW all the drivers of the SVS SB series and Klipsch R series come with a 12-inch driver.
|Model Name||Driver Size|
|Klipsch R -120 SWKlipsch R -112SWSVS SB-1000SVS SB-2000|
|SVS SB-3000||13 inch|
|Klipsch R -115 SW||15 inch|
Klipsch always tries to bring change to their subwoofer dimensions, focusing on giving the cones more room to move air. Moreover, the bigger cabinet size helps to perform well in specific movie music as well.
SVS SB -1000 is the smaller size, which helps to place it effortlessly into your setup. But SVS SB 2000 and SVS SB 3000 were built with bigger cabinet dimensions.
We have put together a table with the dimension of each subwoofer here, so you can check the dimension and see which is more suitable for you –
|Klipsch R -120 SW||16.5 inch x 14 inch x 19.2 inches|
|Klipsch R -112 SW||17.38″ inch x 15.5″ inch x 18.25-inch|
|SVS SB-1000||13.5 inch x 13 inches x 14 inches|
|SVS SB-2000||14.6-Inch x 14.2-Inch x 15.4-Inch|
|Klipsch R -115 SW||21.5″ inch x 19.5″ inch x 22.3″ inch.|
|SVS SB-3000||15.6 inches x 15.2 inches x 17.8 inches|
You should pick a subwoofer depending on the space available in your room and how it will look with other setup accessories.
For more impactful bass with a compact size subwoofer, the SVS SB series will be better, especially the SVS SB 1000.
SVS SB series subwoofers have a much wider frequency response range than the Klipsch reference series. As a result, SVS SB Subwoofers generate deeper bass and higher frequency than Klipsch.
|Model Name||Frequency Response|
|Klipsch R -120 SW||29-120 Hz|
|Klipsch R -112 SW||24-125 Hz|
|SVS SB-1000||24-260 Hz|
|SVS SB-2000||19- 220 Hz|
|Klipsch R -115 SW||18-125 Hz|
|SVS SB-3000||18-270 Hz|
Just like amplifier power, SVS SB series tried to add more frequency response range in their subwoofers. Klipsch also tries to catch deeper bass with their frequency range.
For a low-end subwoofer, the Klipsch R-120SW has a decent frequency response. With a 29-120 Hz response, you will clearly be able to notice the bass difference while playing classical music.
It also improves the bass quality without punchiness or noise, although it can be a little boomy. But at this price range, this is one of the top-quality bass juggernauts out there.
In the mid-range, the Klipsch R-112SW, and SVS SB 1000 have almost the same frequency response range. Both of them can go as deep as 24 Hz making them generate deep bass.
But with up to 260 Hz response, the SVS SB has a much wider and higher frequency output. Metal, hip-hop, and electronic genre music come out with precise sharpness and more punch with every bass note. But it might not be as expressive while watching movies
However, with 20 dollars less the R-112SW provides a room-filling sound for TV and gaming as well. Moreover, the sub notes produced by R-112SW are perfect for movies But you need to ace the setup otherwise the performance can falter greatly.
SVS SB 2000 however outperforms these two with an even bigger range of 19-220 Hz. With the added depth SVS SB 2000 lets the mids breathe and come out punchier during action-packed movies.
In the high-end battle, SVS SB 3000 dominates the Klipsch R-115W. With an 18-270 Hz frequency response the SVS SB is unmatched. It offers great bass and higher frequency for both music and movies.
Sometimes with a range like this subwoofers tend to get overwhelming but SVS SB delivers a solid performance with control. SB 3000 crushes every music genre with ease and never overpowering or blurring the notes.
But then again, The Klipsch R-115SW does deliver proper raw bass as well. While other subwoofers with a similar $700 price tag tend to get less prominent after 30 HZ this subwoofer does really well all the way to 18 Hz.
Klipsch R-115SW doesn’t have a wider range like SB 3000 but the higher frequency that comes with a range of 125 Hz is impactful just as well.
Control & Connectivity Options:
The SVS SB series subwoofers have more control and connectivity options than the Klipsch Reference series.
Here’s an overview table of control and connectivity options from these subwoofers.
|Model Name||Control Options||Connectivity Options|
|Klipsch R-120 SW||Volume, Phase, Low Pass Crossover (variable 40Hz to 160Hz)||Line-level RCA input, Speaker-level inputs, 12V trigger input|
|Klipsch R-112 SW||Same as Klipsch R-120SW||Along with the previous connectivity options it has optional wireless capability|
|Klipsch R-115 SW||Same as Klipsch R-120SW||Same as Klipsch R-112SW|
|SVS SB 1000||Volume, Phase, Crossover (variable 50Hz to 160Hz)||Line-level RCA input and output, Speaker-level inputs, USB control port for SVS Subwoofer DSP app.|
|SVS SB 2000||Along with the previous control options it has High-Pass Filter||Same as SVS SB1000|
|SVS SB 3000||Same as SVS SB 1000 along with High-Pass Filter and parametric equalizer||Same as the previous with wireless connectivity option|
As seen from the table, the SVS SB series tried integrating more control and connectivity options in their series. With more control options they are able to fine-tune the bass more accurately.
Klipsch on the other hand had the same control and connectivity option through the years except for adding the wireless connectivity option in the Klipsch R-115SW subwoofer.
SVS and Klipsch both come with a moneyback trial option within limited days and with several years of warranty.
|SVS SB-1000, SVS SB-2000, SVS SB-3000||5 Year Unconditional (45 days free trial)|
|Klipsch R -120 SW, Klipsch R-112 SW, Klipsch R-115SW||5 years woofer2 years amplifier(60 days money back)|
SVS offers a 45 days free trial option with all of their subwoofers. You can return the product within 45 days if it’s not up to your preference. They will give you a full refund along with free shipping.
They also give a 5-year unconditional warranty on all of their subwoofers. So any time your subwoofer suddenly malfunctions or its bottom comes out, you can get it fixed.
Klipsch on the hand gives you a much longer trial period of 60 days. They have a refund option as well. They have a 5-year warranty on their woofers but the amplifier has a 2 years warranty.
Which One to Pick Between SVS SB vs Klipsch R?
This actually depends on your budget and preference in the end. The room size and space you have also play an important role. Here’s a short pros and cons table for both subwoofer series-
|SVS SB||Accurate and tight bass responseVersatile placement options due to compact designReliable and well-built constructionWide range of volume and low-frequency control with the SVS app||May require more powerful amplification for larger rooms or to play at higher volumes.Limited color options available.|
|Klipsch Reference||Powerful and dynamic bass performance|
Sleek and attractive design with high-quality materials
Wide range of compatibility with Klipsch speakers and home theater systems.
|May require careful placement |
Less control & connectivity option
Pick the SVS SB series for deeper and tuneful bass available within both compact and larger models. It does have a higher budget but paying a little more for greater overall quality is always a wise decision. Audiophiles mostly prefer the SVS SB for this reason.
For a more budget-friendly bass performance pick the Klipsch R or Reference series. These subwoofers come in almost every price range and slightly bigger sizes.
Our Preference: SVS SB series subwoofer.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Which enclosure material is best for a subwoofer?
MDF is an excellent material for subwoofer enclosures. Sound wave distortion is minimized by the wood’s strength, durability, and thickness. The second-best material after MDF is plywood. It is less heavy than MDF but robust enough to produce the best sound quality when laminated.
Does greater RMS imply higher bass?
Yes, greater RMS implies higher bass. The deeper the bass, the greater the RMS value. But make sure the subwoofer RMS value corresponds to the amplifier.
How do you generate punchy bass?
A compression pedal is one of the most popular techniques to get a punchy bass guitar sound. The bass notes will sound more consistent and have an even distribution of volume as a result. Using a pick is another approach to producing a powerful bass guitar sound.
That is the end of our discussion on SVS SB vs Klipsch R. Both series come with a wide variety of subwoofers mastering different capabilities.
But if looked at overall improvement the SVS SB is definitely the better subwoofer series. That being said, it ultimately depends on you which series suits your specific needs.
Until next time!