|PSB Showcases Their Ultimate-Performance Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater News Speaker Systems News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Thursday, 25 September 2003|
PSB Speakers are highlighting their newest loudspeaker series with a total of seven new models. The Series consists of seven models, the T8 and T6 Towers, M2 Monitor, C4 and C2 Center Channels, S2 Bipolar Surround and SubSonic 10 Powered Subwoofer.
PSB speakers are made using design tools such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA), laser vibrometry and computer optimization. More important is that both the drivers, crossovers and the final products were designed and developed by founder Paul Barton through objective measurements and critical listening tests at the Canada's National Research Council.
The flagship tower, the PSB Platinum T8, uses seven new drivers: three 8-inch woofers, two 4-1/2-inch midrange drivers (all with woven fiberglass cones and rubber surrounds), plus two 1-inch aluminum-dome, low resonance (Fs) tweeters. One tweeter faces forward and the other (which can be enabled or disabled by use of a jumper) is rear firing. The midrange drivers and the front tweeter are placed in a D’Appolito array that focuses their wide and smooth range to provide open, lucid, and dynamic sound over a large horizontal and vertical “sweet spot” with clarity.
The three woofers employ 40-ounce magnet structures for bass control and power handling. The midrange drivers use a 20-ounce magnet structure, while that of each tweeter is 16 ounces. The 10-1/2 W x 46-1/2 H x 16 D-inch enclosure is available in black ash or cherry, with a die-cast aluminum base, top, and side extrusions that, as in the other systems in the new series, help provide structural rigidity for reduced cabinet resonance.
The smaller T6 tower is a three-way bass reflex design also using the D'Appolito Array configuration consisting of a 1" aluminum-dome tweeter flanked by two 3 1/2" midrange drivers. Three 6 1/2" woofers complete the driver complement.
The Platinum C4 center channel speaker employs the D’Appolito-array with two 3-1/2-inch midrange drivers flanking the same 1-inch aluminum-dome tweeter used in the T8 and T6. Two 6-1/2-inch drivers flank the three-driver D’Appolito array. The C2 center channel is considerably smaller employing a two-way bass reflex design featuring a 1" aluminum dome tweeter flanked by two 6 1/2" woofers. The midranges and woofers on both models use woven fiberglass cones and rubber surrounds. Both the C4 and C2 are "timber-matched" to preserve the tonality and dimensionality.
Another Platinum entry, the M2, combines a new 6-1/2-inch woven-fiberglass-cone, rubber-surround woofer with the series’ new 1-inch aluminum-dome tweeter. The enclosure measures 9-1/4 x 15-1/2 x 12 inches.
For surround use, the bipolar Platinum S2 places two sets of the same drivers used in the M2 at a 90-degree angle to each other to provide a combination of sonic diffusion and localization of effects and instruments. The enclosure measures 15 x 15-1/2 x 9/24 inches.
Completing the series is the SubSonic 10 Powered Subwoofer which is comprised of two 12" high power, long-throw woofers in a bass reflex design powered by an internal BASH, Class H amplifier. This subwoofer yields 500 watts RMS of power with 1500 watts dynamic peak power. Proprietary “smart bass” circuitry prevents amplifier overload even under the most extreme drive conditions. The SubSonic 10 high-impact, accurate deep bass is rated at 22 Hz and below.
All Platinum Series loudspeakers are available in real wood veneer, with die-cast aluminum ends and extrusions. The aluminum clad front panels are both a structural feature and visual presentation for listeners who prefer to listen with the grille removed. These speakers are provided with dual, 5-way gold-plated, solid metal binding posts plus adjustable spikes and levelers, and are magnetically shielded, for use in proximity to video monitors. All woofer midrange drivers use woven fiberglass cones. The finishes and cabinet construction are consistent throughout the line for easy mixing and matching of various models.
The T8, M2, C4 and S2 are now shipping at suggested retail prices of $6,999 per pair; $1999 per pair, $1,999each and $2,399 per pair, respectively. Phase II of the series consisting of the T6, C2 and SubSonic10 will begin shipping in the 4th quarter 2003 at suggested retail prices of $4,999 per pair, $1,499 each and $2,499 each.