PSB Speakers Announces Alpha AM3 and Alpha AM5 Affordable Active Monitors with Bluetooth

October 15 2020, 01:05
Canadian manufacturer PSB Speakers, long renowned in loudspeaker design, announced the immediate availability of two new affordable compact, powered speakers, the Alpha AM3 and Alpha AM5. The new models are founded on PSB’s almost 50 years of speaker design expertise and the Alpha P3 and P5 models, introduced last year. The Alpha AM3 ($399/pr U.S. MSRP) and Alpha AM5 ($599/pr) feature phono and optical inputs, built-in Bluetooth, USB DAC, and much more.

The flexible design of these Alpha active monitors makes them perfectly suited for desktop, bookshelf or stand-mount placement. Ready to use as all-in-one audio centers, the Alpha AM3 and AM5 are effortless to setup and use and can serve as the foundation of a compact, home entertainment system. There's no amplifier to hook up or apps to download. Users can just stream and listen to their favorite music wireless with Qualcomm aptX Bluetooth from their mobile devices.

The compact speakers are also ideal to connect to a computer or TV for room-filling, natural sound. Both models even feature several sound modes allowing users to accentuate dialog, soundstage and more. And because the Alpha AM3 and Alpha AM5 speakers were designed to fulfill many different needs and usage profiles, PSB Speakers included connectivity for all. Apart from the Bluetooth module, vinyl lovers will also appreciate the dedicated RCA phono input. And in addition to a 3.5 mm analog input, there's also an optical input that is great to connect an Apple TV or Roku streaming players, and there's even a built-in USB DAC, with a USB power jack to power external devices, and a convenient IR remote control.

Leveraging amplification expertise from Lenbrook's sister brands provided the PSB design team the considerable advantage of designing a speaker for a known amplifier. Add the power of DSP and suddenly the frequency response, bass extension and total output are optimized to a remarkable level of performance for such compact speakers. And where desired, the subwoofer output will allow expanding the possibilities with even deeper bass and greater impact.

With similar designs - offered in a choice of Matte White or Matte Black finish - the differences between the Alpha AM5 and AM3 can primarily be found in the size of the cabinet, the amount of amplifier power and the size of the woofer. Using PSB’s proprietary Alpha drivers, the AM5 features a 5.25" woofer with textured polypropylene cone and a 2x 50W amplifier. The AM3 utilizes a 4" woofer and a 2x 35W amp. Both speaker feature the same 3/4" aluminum dome tweeter with neodymium magnet and feature acoustically-transparent detachable magnetic grilles.

"Exceptionally few powered speakers share intellectual resources of this magnitude, making the Alpha AM5 and Alpha AM3 standouts in the crowd of powered speakers. Beyond the Alpha AM’s compact size, affordability and versatility of application is a sonic performance that clearly lives up to the PSB heritage," comments Joe de Jesus, Lenbrook’s Product Manager for PSB Speakers. "Like all PSB speakers, final voicing was performed by Founder and Chief Designer, Paul Barton, at Canada’s famed National Research Council." |
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