PSB Alpha P5 Bookshelf Speaker - Pair

Model: ALPHAP5 UPC: 786357000022 Item: 3097

$399.00

Color: Black - In Stock

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A timeless two-way bookshelf speaker with a 5.25” woofer, the P5 in the new Alpha Series allows you to transform your system with pristine sound. Featuring a refined bass reflex cabinet and port tube first developed for the original Alpha speaker, the Alpha P5 creates a pure and natural soundstage by utilizing the latest and most advanced driver technologies and magnet structures. The P5 was perfectly tuned inside the anechoic chamber of Canada’s acoustic research facilities to produce a perfectly flat frequency response that lets you enjoy the subtleties of your music and movies with lifelike detail.

Anodized aluminium tweeter with waveguide

The P5 uses a 0.75” black anodized aluminium dome tweeter to extend the high-frequency response further than any Alpha ever before while lowering distortion to deliver layered sound with detail and clarity. Unlike lesser designs at this price, all the new Alpha Series tweeters employ ferrofluid cooling to prevent dynamic compression and a neodymium magnet for high sensitivity. The tweeter’s front waveguide and its unique placement below the woofer work together to smooth the response at the crossover and perfect on and off-axis performance.

Perfectly matched bass

When paired with the Alpha Series’ newly designed tweeter, the P5’s custom 5.25” woofer provides remarkable low-frequency response and the highest speaker efficiency in its class. The woofer is constructed from a special textured polypropylene compound that minimizes cone breakup and lowers distortion at full excursion. It’s also supported with dual layer voice coils and a bass reflex design that uses the rear-firing port tube to control the bass response down to room-shaking levels.

Smooth sound reproduction

The Alpha Series’ new crossover exceeds speaker standards with a special custom design that does more than direct low and high frequencies to the individual drivers--it delivers the tightest control and the flattest frequency response. An unusually complex acoustic Butterworth low-pass filter has also been incorporated into the crossover design to lower distortion and create a seamless soundscape in any type of two-channel setup or surround sound system.

Beautiful finishing touches

A unique combination of wall thickness and bracing controls resonances and provides a perfect platform for the P5’s driver components, while its internal damping material is from PSB’s flagship lines and has been positioned precisely for optimal effectiveness. Finished with a high-quality wood grain vinyl and magnetically attached grilles that are acoustically transparent, the P5 is perfectly designed to seamlessly disappear into any décor and provide rich, detailed sound.

  • ¾” Black anodized aluminium dome tweeter with front waveguide
  • 5.25” Textured polypropylene woofer with rubber surround
  • Bass reflex cabinet design with a rear-firing port
  • Acoustically-transparent detachable magnetic grilles
  • Five-way gold-plated binding post speaker terminals

Specifications

Specifications

  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE
    • On Axis @ 0° ± 3dB: 55-21,000Hz
    • On Axis @ 0°±1 1/2dB: 65-20,000Hz
    • Off Axis @ 30°±3dBLF: 65-10,000Hz
    • Cutoff -10dB: 37Hz
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Recommended Power: 10-90 Watts
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): Net 6 3/4” x 11 3/8” x 9 1/2” (170 x 290 x 240mm)
  • Weight: Net 10.15lb (4.6kg)

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Customer Reviews for PSB Alpha P5 Bookshelf Speaker - Pair

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PSB's "Small Wonder" P5 Bookshelfs
I've recently owned the Klipsch RP-150, Elac Uni-Fi and Dynaudio Excite X-14 and though the PSB's are smaller,they sound more balanced to my aging ears. Those who like dance music, rap and metal may want to look elsewhere but for jazz, classical, pop and instrumentals, etc. the P5's sound refined, full and truthful. I'm rediscovering my CD oldies due to the forgiving nature in this attractive Paul Barton design. Newer recordings just sound excellent. I do think it's a shame that the audio press hasn't as yet given these more coverage because they really do deserve it.

It may take a couple days for them to really come into their own. Be patient and experiment with placement and you'll be amply rewarded.

It's said these sound better with a more powerful amp or receiver but i can't imagine they'd sound bad even with modest one. I'm using an older Sony ES receiver that pushes 120 high-current watts and am very pleased with this combination, though other quality receivers with lower power ratings should do just as nicely. These aren't power hogs in the least. After all, the P series are the new entry-level series for the company. It will be interesting to see what Mr. Barton will come up with next.

Pro's:
Tight, tuneful bass
Midrange is full, clear and open
Clear, non fatiguing, airy treble
Cost effective choice for small to medium sized rooms
Good image height and width

Cons:
May not be as punchy and dynamic than others in the <$500 price range.
January 16, 2020

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