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PSB Synchrony Home Theater Loudspeaker System Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008
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PSB Synchrony Home Theater Loudspeaker System
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The Downside
PSB did an excellent job in hiding every finished seam in the construction of the Synchrony Series.  Unfortunately, the slot-fitting grille cover for the Synchrony One was so tight that the only way I was able to remove it was by pulling on the fabric.  This led to some undesired stretching of the material and I'm fearful that, after removing the grille several times, the material will separate itself from the grille cover.

The overall low impedance of the Synchrony's will require something more than a moderately powered receiver with a budget power supply.  This most likely will not be a problem, as I can't imagine someone investing in the PSB speakers without having a competent receiver or power amplifier to drive them.

Although the HD10 subwoofer is a very strong performer, greater performance capacities can be achieved in both the low-frequency extremes and output amplitude by incorporating a more capable, i.e., much larger subwoofer into the Synchrony series system.

PSB's cherry finish definitely has a classy refined look and offers an interesting contrast between the curved side panels and machined aluminum components.  Unfortunately, the black ash option I requested for this review, which undoubtedly will be the preferred choice for many consumers, does not offer a great deal of visual impact.   For the untrained eye, there's not a lot that would make it stand out in a generic lineup of similarly-shaped tower loudspeakers. 

PSB Synchrony Home Theater Loudspeaker System is Paul Barton’s most ambitious effort to date.  Making extensive use of the world-renowned Canadian National Research Council facilities and incorporating the most sophisticated design software programs and measuring instruments, Barton and his team have created a loudspeaker line of superior performance and value.  Along with the science, PSB conducted extensive double-blind listening tests to optimize their product for real-world listening environments.  Adding advanced construction techniques, along with intelligent use of high-quality materials, transducers and associated components, PSB has markedly advanced the art and science applied to loudspeaker design.

Collectively, these key elements culminate in an exceptionally cohesive reference listening system, offering high dynamic contrast with textbook flat-frequency response.  With diminishing distortion and open window transparency, the PSB Synchrony One loudspeaker series virtually imparts such a minute sonic signature that it becomes difficult to apply descriptors to how it sounds.   Dynamic music tracks and movies are rendered true to the source without enhancement of the PSB system.  Sonic elements, such as high-frequency extension, cohesive midrange and articulate extended bass, will only be experienced if the recording engineer has correctly translated it to the playback medium. 

The PSB Synchrony Series was a sheer pleasure to experience.  During my time with it, I found myself immersed in music and movie soundtracks, often oblivious to the mechanical devices that were recreating these sonic images.  “Void of character” and “absent of individual personality” are terms that often have negative connotations.  In the case of the PSB Synchrony Series of loudspeakers, these phrases are not only positive, they are some of the highest compliments I can bestow.  Enthusiastically recommended.

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