Secrets Product Review

SVS SBS-01 5.1 Speaker System

Part 1

November, 2005

by John E. Johnson Jr.



● Consists of Four SBS-01 Bookshelf Speakers
    (Shielded and Sealed), One SCS-01 Center
    Channel Speaker (Shielded and Sealed), and
    One PB10-ISD Subwoofer (Ported)
● Drivers: One 1" Silk Dome Tweeter, One 5.25"
    Polypropylene Cone Woofer (Two Woofers in
    the Center Channel Speaker)
● MFR: 68 Hz - 20 kHz
± 3 dB
● Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
● Sensitivity: 85 dB (Bookshelf), 87 dB (Center
● Power Rating: 20 - 120 Watts
● Dimensions: 12" H x 7" W x 9.5" D
    (Bookshelf), 7" H x 20" W x 8.5" D (Center)
● Weight: 11 Pounds (Bookshelf), 19 Pounds
● MSRP: $899 (through December, 2005) USA
    for 5.1 System; $999 for 7.1 (through
    December, 2005); Speaker Stands are
    Optional at $54.95/Pair



SVS, known for several years as a fine manufacturer of subwoofers that are sold only online, has announced that the three letters of their name will now stand for SVSound rather than SVSubwoofers.

The reason for that is the release of a 5.1 package called the SBS-01, which consists of four SBS-01 bookshelf speakers, one SCS-01 center channel speaker, and the PB10-ISD subwoofer.

We reviewed the PB10-ISD previously, and now review the speakers with that subwoofer here.

The Design

The SBS-01 and SCS-01 are made to SVS' specifications in China. They have sealed enclosures and are magnetically shielded.

The tweeter has a silk dome that you can see through, thus the name ClearSilk. The NBS woofer has a polypropylene cone.

While the SBS-01 uses one woofer, the SCS-01 has two. The tweeter is offset from the center line between the two woofers.

The PB10-ISD uses a 10" woofer and 300 watt amplifier in a ported enclosure.

All of the speakers, subwoofer, and optional speaker stands are black powder-coated for a consistent appearance.







The five-way binding posts on the rear panel have plastic knobs but are sturdy. Small plugs are in the posts as per EU requirements, but they can be removed by using the tip of a knife.


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