PSB Showcases "Ultimate -Performance" Loudspeakers

The Striking PSB Platinum Series Includes Seven New Models; Two Tower and Center Channel Combinations, A Monitor, A Bipolar Surround, and Subwoofer

PSB Speakers, the Canadian manufacturer of high -performance speaker systems, will be 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.

The PSB Platinum Series delivers stunning, state -of -the -art performance as a result of the most sophisticated design and measurement techniques. Designed from the ground up utilizing the most advanced 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. Every speaker in the Platinum Series will meet and exceed the expectations of high -end speaker buyers who want both maximum musical realism and maximum home -theater impact.

According to PSB founder and chief designer, Paul Barton, "the PSB Platinum Series is our answer to the many listeners who have wondered how much further we could go beyond the celebrated qualities of our Stratus models. We looked long and hard at that, and identified ways to make meaningful, really audible advances in performance and still maintain the value that has always characterized our speakers. I think there will be quite a stir about these speakers. "

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 exceptionally open, lucid, and dynamic sound over an unusually large horizontal and vertical "sweet spot" with superb clarity, so that groups of listeners can enjoy maximum definition of movie dialog, effects and music.

The three woofers employ 40 -ounce magnet structures for exceptional 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 distinctive 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 system's striking appearance is "form -follows -function."

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 transparency and dynamics of theses speakers is going to get audiophiles talking," Barton says, "as will its pristine midrange and low -frequency impact. And the appearance and build quality are going to turn some heads as well."

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 utilize woven fiberglass cones and rubber surrounds. Both the C4 and C2 are meticulously "timber -matched" to preserve the tonality and dimensionality so critical to convincing surround sound performance.

For the many listeners who value the imaging and spatiality of mini -monitors, as well as the way they slip into a modest -sized listening -viewing environment, 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 excellent localization of effects and instruments -for the best of both worlds in surround sound. 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 remarkable power with 1500 watts dynamic peak power - a powerhouse for even the most sophisticated home theater systems. Proprietary "smart bass" circuitry prevents amplifier overload even under the most extreme drive conditions. The SubSonic 10 high -impact, accurate ultra -deep bass is rated at an earth moving 22 Hz and below.

All Platinum Series loudspeakers are available in real wood veneer, with distinctive 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 striking 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.

"These are exciting products," says Barton. "We think they are going to redefine a lot of people's expectations of high -end performance."

The T8, M2, C4 and S2 are now shipping at suggested retail prices of $6999/pair; $1999/pair, $1999each and $2399/pair, respectively. Phase II of the series consisting of the T6, C2 and SubSonic10 will begin shipping 4th quarter 2003 at suggested retail prices of $4999/pair, $1499 each and $2499 each, respectively.

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