PSB Speakers will introduce a host of new speakers and subs at CEDIA Expo 2019, which kicks off on Thursday, September 12 in Denver, CO.
The new CSIW SUB28 (MSRP US$999; shown above, left) dual 8" in-wall subwoofer and CS 500W (US$1,199) dedicated subwoofer amplifier will be available in October while the CSIR SUB (US$1,299; shown above, right) and the CSIW SUB10 (US$1,199) for new construction will be shipping in January 2020.
To make implementation easier for integrators, PSB has developed a complementary subwoofer amplifier (CS 500W) to power up to two subwoofers simultaneously. All three subwoofer models are voiced to deliver tight, detailed bass response.
The CSIW SUB28 is a sealed cabinet subwoofer with dual 8" high performance drivers capable of delivering detailed low frequency performance. Equipped with heavy duty nylon dog-ears, and a magnetic small perforation grille, it can be used in both new construction or retrofit applications.
The CSIR SUB in-room subwoofer measures 15.75" x 15.75 x 4.7", so it can disappear into the décor of a room if desired. The CSIR SUB can be applied in three distinct ways. It can be mounted on a narrow, low profile plinth and placed upright. It can also be set on its back, allowing it to be tucked out of the way, behind or under furniture. It comes with a mounting bracket, enabling the subwoofer to be wall mounted to maximize floor space. The 10", high performance shallow driver offers deep and resonant bass.
For new construction, the CSIW SUB10 subwoofer was created to isolate the sealed cabinet from the drywall, as well as minimize the protrusion of the grille from the surface of the drywall. The unique design couples the subwoofer cabinet to the stud beams and allows the grille to accommodate various wall thicknesses. It features a high excursion, shallow driver.
The CS-500W digital 500 watt subwoofer amplifier delivers ample power for up to two PSB subwoofers in parallel. The DSP is capable of being calibrated to several selectable EQ settings as well as containing profiles tailored for the PSB subwoofers. A built-in limiter circuit filters the incoming information and keeps it from driving the subwoofer beyond safe operating parameters. It can be powered up by several means including signal sensing and 12volt trigger. A rack mount kit enables the subwoofer amp to be mounted into a 1U rack space.
"The new PSB Architectural Subs and their dedicated Amplifier, offer the professional system designer three terrific options for serious low frequency performance," says oe de Jesus, Lenbrook's Product Manager for Custom Installation. "Our goal has been to create a powerful sub amplifier that can drive up to two of the new models at a time and, with a set of pre-calibrations for each of our subwoofers, ensure a much more seamless blend. The subwoofer application will inherently take less time to deploy and be considerably tighter and more precise. Tremendous synergy at work here with our new subs and amplifier."
PSB will also be previewing the first of a new range of high-performance wall mount speaker solutions called the PWM Series. The first model to launch from the new range will be the versatile PWM2, an on-wall speaker that can be oriented either vertically or horizontally and be also used as a front left, right, centre, or surround channel speaker. The PWM2 will be available in January 2020, in a choice of Satin White or Satin Black finish, with a MSRP of US$1,749 each.
Measuring 36" long, the PWM2 is less than 4" deep, so its slim profile allows it to hug the wall and maintain a minimal visual presence. A wall mount bracket for vertical or horizontal mounting will be included.
A three-way design incorporating newly-designed drivers and cabinet design, the PWM2 uses a 1" Titanium dome tweeter, two 3" midrange and two 4" woofers, both with carbon fiber cones.
"Following up on our long-time success of the PSB W1 on-wall, the PWM2 was conceived based on direct feedback we have received from the CI marketplace," continues de Jesus. "Whether as part of a complete on-wall system, a basic TV application or as an on-wall centre channel solution with floorstanding speakers, the upcoming PWM models will deliver legendary PSB sonic performance coupled with aesthetic and install cues desired in today's applications."
Finally, PSB will also showcase its new CS AIC 860 angled in-ceiling speaker, which, like the others, was designed and voiced by the growing PSB design team mentored by PSB founder and speaker industry icon, Paul Barton.
Available this November for an MSRP of US$649, it is designed to allow the proper dispersion required to create a three-dimensional sound stage when recessed into the ceiling. This is especially true for high performance in-ceiling LCR speakers in the front of the theatre.
The design of the CS AIC 860 minimizes the amount of refraction common to many angled speakers which can often "give away" the position of the speaker. With the new PSB design, the listener experiences a wide and consistent sound field which seems to emanate from the chosen listening area rather than from the installation point, says the company.
The premium 6.5" woofer uses a carbon-filled polypropylene cone for both stiffness and light weight. The woofer includes trickle-down technology that PSB has developed for its flagship Imagine Series to get higher sensitivity, bass extension and lower harmonic distortion at high playback levels. High frequencies are capably handled by a 1" titanium tweeter with Wave Guide and indexed adjustment for precise adjustment of the tweeter's acoustic axis. Also included are acoustic adjustments for the mid/woofer and tweeter level for additional tuning to the room or listener location.
The CS AIC 860 features frameless magnetic grilles with invisible scrims for a seamless visual appearance. Both round and square grilles are provided, adding design flexibility while simplifying inventory requirements. Installation is via a mounting system that using heavy duty doglegs. Cutting templates are included. Optional Pre-construction brackets and back cans are also available.
Final voicing was performed at Canada's National Research Council by the PSB design team.
"In-ceiling speakers have always been in high demand however elevating their performance has long been an engineering challenge for loudspeaker designers," explains de Jesus. "One of Paul Barton's claims to fame in his storied career is controlling dispersion and creating fantastic imaging with his speakers. Those skills were put to excellent use with the CS AIC 860."