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    CES 2019: PSB Updates Its Alpha Series of Speakers

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    (PSB) The refreshed Alpha Series is available in two finishes


    (January 8, 2019) PSB has arrived at CES 2019 with an update to all four models of its highly regarded Alpha Series. First introduced in 1991 with extreme affordability and performance in mind, PSB has revisited the speakers’ original intent while delivering true “clean sheet” designs. That means new and improved materials, production techniques, and the incorporation of lessons learned from nearly 30 years of experience.

    The Alpha Series is comprised of the P3 and P5 compact monitors ($199 and $349/pair), the C10 center channel ($299/each), and T20 tower ($599/pair), all of which are constructed using precision machined cabinets that feature internal damping material found on significantly more expensive PSB models. Externally, all four models can be purchased in a simulated Black Ash or Walnut finish with magnetically attached grilles.

    “The PSB Alpha speakers were among the most popular speakers we have ever made so we have had constant requests from the market to design an updated and improved range. The original Alphas were quite good for the time, so this was a tall order” commented Paul Barton, founder and Chief Designer of PSB. “However, by leveraging new materials and design techniques as well as advanced manufacturing capability, these Alpha models are a substantial improvement over the original ones with respect to looks, performance and value.”

    PSB says it has developed two new woofers for the refreshed series (sized at 4 ½” and 5 ¼”), both of which utilize dual layer voice coils and cones made from a special textured polypropylene compound designed to prevent cone breakup while providing a smooth integration with the tweeter. The ¾” tweeter found on all four models is also new, benefiting from a front mounted waveguide that helps blend the tweeter’s performance at the crossover point. That crossover point is managed by a “complex” fourth-order Acoust Linkwitz-Riley filter that keeps sound clean and balanced at loud volume levels.

    All four speakers are available for purchase now.
     

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    1. thrillcat

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      I'm liking those towers, and thinking they would be a great set for my 2-channel system...
       
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      I’m going to be at CES tomorrow through Friday... the PSB/NAD room is on my list. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to give them a listen. If so, I’ll let you know what I think!
       
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      Can’t wait to get your thoughts Todd.

      This is a great redesign. And you know what, what a value! 4th order crossovers on a speaker this cheap is remarkable. Many speakers in this price range are using barely competent filters that are often, at best, 2nd order with minimal response optimization. Paul’s work is always top notch. The value is unmistakable. I really think this brand is under-appreciated.
       
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      Alrighty. I had a chance to sit down with Paul Barton for a very informal chat, heard a brief demo, and sized up the new speakers. I was a little surprised by their overall size. This isn't a knock on the speakers... but they are all sized smaller than I was expecting. The towers, for example, are 6 3/4” x 32 1/2” x 9 3/8”.

      I heard the towers in action and they sounded really really really.... (see where I'm going)... good. Great actually. A very neutral sound that's rich and controlled. Buttery smooth bass. They threw a nice image. Sitting there listening to them, I couldn't help by keep thinking "these only cost $599 for a pair???"

      Paul Barton is obviously extremely proud of his new creations. He says they're a total rebuild, benefiting from trickle-down and lots of experience. Noting that he was able to squeeze some nicer high-end touches into the speaker while keeping it affordable.

      Physically, the speakers looked very nice to my eyes. All three bookshelf/tower models are rear ported. Materials look nice. The drivers have some nice visual details that make them pop and have presence.

      Oh... and they were being driven by a small NAD standalone amp... the D 3020 V2... 60 Watts per channel!

      From my experience, I can easily give these speakers two thumbs up!
       
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      Thanks Todd! These are now officially on my short list.
       
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