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PSB Goes More Up Market with new Platinum Series Line Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 February 2003
PSB Speakers launched their newest loudspeaker series with a total of seven new models. Four models, the T8 Tower, M2 Mini Monitor, C4 Center Channel and S2 Bipolar Surround were introduced in late 2002. The latest releases consist of the T6 Tower, C2 Center Channel and SubSonic10 subwoofer to complete the series.

All of the speakers were designed from the ground up 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 world-renowned facilities of Canada's National Research Council. The smaller T6 tower is a three-way bass reflex design also using the D'Appolito Array configuration consisting of a 1 inch aluminum-dome tweeter flanked by two 3 1/2 inch midrange drivers. Three 6 1/2 inch woofers complete the driver complement.

The C2 center channel is considerably smaller then the C4 employing a two-way bass reflex design featuring a 1 inch aluminum dome tweeter flanked by two 6 1/2 inch woofers. The midranges and woofers on both models utilize woven fiberglass cones and rubber surrounds and Both the C4 and C2 are "timber-matched" to preserve the tonality and dimensionality so critical to convincing surround sound performance.

Completing the series is the SubSonic10 Powered Subwoofer which is comprised of two 12 inch 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 remarkable power with 1500 Watts of dynamic peak power. Proprietary “smart bass” circuitry prevents amplifier overload even under the most extreme drive conditions. The SubSonic 10 high-impact, 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, contributing to the overall visual appeal of the speaker, in addition to lowering cabinet resonances. 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 utilize 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 will start shipping in March at suggested retail prices of $6500 per pair; $1,700 per pair, $2000 each and $2300 per pair, respectively. The T6, C2 and SubSonic10 will begin shipping several months later for a targeted suggested retail price of $4700 per pair, $1200 each and $2000 each, respectively.

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