The latest edition of PSB Speakers’ low-cost Alpha Series (especially the P5 bookshelf) has received tons of accolades and awards since they came out a year ago.
But up to now, you couldn’t get a matching sub to go with the existing Alpha bookshelf, tower, and center channel speakers. Well, today, that has been rectified. PSB is shipping two new Alpha Subwoofers.
The two subs, originally announced last September, are dubbed the Alpha S8 and Alpha S10. Both have a rear-slot ported Bass-reflex design and 150w RMS digital amplifier, but the S10 has a 10-inch long-throw polypropylene cone woofer, while the S8 has an 8-inch one.
The subwoofers are designed for refined musicality as opposed to just house-rattling explosions. They voice them to integrate seamlessly into your audio system without drawing undue attention to themselves.
The following is provided courtesy of PSB Speakers:
PSB’s Affordable Alpha Subs Now Shipping
Two New Sub Models Complement PSB’s Critically Acclaimed Alpha Line of Speakers
PICKERING, Ontario, March 11, 2020 (Newswire.com) – PSB Speakers, long renowned for affordable excellence in loudspeaker design, announced two new additions to the latest generation of Alpha Series. The Alpha S10 ($549 U.S. MSRP) and the Alpha S8 ($449 U.S.) powered subwoofers round out the current Alpha lineup launched in early 2019 to critical acclaim.
The S8 and S10 subwoofers exhibit characteristics that are usually left unaddressed at such modest price points. In general, most subwoofers in this category are expected to merely produce noticeable sound pressure levels in the portion of the listening register most frequented by Home Theatre special effects. Detail, finesse and musicality are sacrificed for the sake of dinosaurs stomping their feet or explosions.
Alpha subwoofers are held to much more stringent goals. The S8 and S10 are capable of performing the most demanding musical passages with an incredible degree of refinement. This level of performance comes from a keen understanding of the true purpose of a subwoofer. A subwoofer exists to supplement the other speakers in the audio system seamlessly and without audibly drawing attention to itself. Without good integration of speaker and subwoofer, a uniform and transparent performance cannot be achieved. Through painstaking attention to the design of the crossover filters and tuning, the Alpha S8 and S10 deliver a virtually imperceptive transition between subwoofer and speaker.
Another key design goal was to eliminate one of the biggest culprits of any subwoofer. Port noise not only muddies the overall sonic performance but gives away the position of the subwoofer in the listening space. The S8 and S10 incorporate a rear slot port design specifically created to eliminate any audible port noise or chuffing. In brief, these new subwoofers play their part with accuracy and efficiency while remaining invisible to the ear.
The Alpha S10 and Alpha S8 are equipped with a new 150 watt RMS amplifier which is able to deliver 210W of dynamic power for unconstrained deep-bass peaks and musical accuracy.
This robust new powerplant is perfectly paired with specialized long-throw drivers and efficient, bass-extending bass reflex enclosures designed to maximize all aspects of performance to deliver the flattest frequency response and powerful bass extension.
All aspects of the design, tuning, and choice of components combine to deliver the best low-frequency performance of any subwoofer remotely in its price range.
Key Features of the New PSB Alpha Sub Models:
· Bass reflex design with rear port
· 150 watt digital amplifier
· Compact cabinet volumes with high output
· Woofers feature polypropylene cones and rubber surrounds
· Design and final voicing engineered by Paul Barton
Founded in 1972 by renowned speaker designer Paul Barton, PSB is a leading global speaker brand, now celebrating more than 40 years. Currently sold in more than 70 countries around the world, for music or movie listening, the company has set the standard for high-performance, high-value speakers. PSB products are distributed in the U.S. by Lenbrook America.
I’m an audio writer who started as a young audio salesman/consumer electronics professional back in the late 90s. That’s where I discovered the magic of 2-Channel sound. My thirst for great sound has led me on a delightful music quest that continues today.