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Boston Acoustics P430

On-wall home theater speaker

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  • Boston Acoustics P430

    Speaker sold individually.
    Silver and black grilles included.

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  • Boston Acoustics P430

    Silver and black grilles included (black shown)

  • Boston Acoustics P430

    Silver and black grilles included (silver shown)

 

Our take on the Boston Acoustics P430

by Tom Mathew
Boston Acoustics

Get stellar home theater sound with the P430 speaker, sold individually, from Boston Acoustics. This sleek wall-mountable speaker delivers rich, high-impact sound with amazing clarity — perfect for enveloping surround sound. And its slender design makes it a great cosmetic match for today's popular flat-panel TVs. Get up to seven P430s and match them up with a Boston Acoustics powered subwoofer. Or use the P430s as your front and center speakers, and Bravo IIs as compact, voice-matched surrounds. But no matter how you configure your Boston Acoustics home theater speaker system, you'll experience unparalleled home theater performance.

Mount the P430 on your wall using the included bracket, or place it on a shelf or table with the P4TS table stand (sold separately). Either way, you'll get great sound and a handsome look. The P430 includes a 4-1/2" woofer and 1" dome tweeter for dynamic mids and highs, as well as a 4-1/2" passive radiator for more powerful bass response. It comes with both silver and black grilles, so you can get just the right look.

The Boston Sound™
All Boston Acoustics speakers have a consistent tonal quality that has come to be known as the Boston Sound. Boston designs all of its speakers to work together seamlessly, delivering natural, balanced sound from one end of the sonic spectrum to the other. Whether you're listening to music or movies, you'll hear a faithful reproduction of what the original artists intended.

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Highlights:

  • sold individually
  • bass-reflex
  • video-shielded design
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • frequency response 80-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity 90 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • 1" dome tweeter
  • 4-1/2" woofer
  • 4-1/2" passive radiator
  • included bracket for easy wall-mounting
  • 5-way binding posts
  • extruded aluminum cabinet
  • silver and black grilles included
  • ideal for use with TVs 30" and up
  • 18"W x 5-5/8"H x 4-13/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Passive Radiator
Number of Speakers
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1
Bipole or Dipole
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No
Tweeter
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Dome
Midrange size (inches)
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N/A
Woofer size (inches)
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4-1/2
Connector Type
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5-way post
Power Range
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15-125
Sensitivity
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90 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Height (inches)
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18
Width (inches)
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5-5/8
Depth (inches)
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4-13/16
Weight (pounds)
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6.4
Mounting Bracket Included
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • One P430 Speaker
  • 2 Metal grilles (one silver/one black)
  • Wall mounting bracket (can be vertical or horizontal)
  • 2 Mounting bolts (speaker to bracket)
  • 2 Flat washers
  • 4 Toggle bolts
  • 2 TV set top mounting brackets
  • 2 Adhesive backed rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Grille installation note
  • TV bracket installation note
  • Warranty information
  • Wall mounting bracket template
  • Product registration card
  • Note about optional stands
  • Boston Acoustics brochure

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Features
Dimension Note

Features

Overview: The Boston Acoustics P430 is sold as a single speaker, this allows you to use one as a center speaker, two as a pair of main or surround speakers, or a package of 3, 5, 6, or 7 in a multi-channel home theater system. The P430 is voice-matched to the other Boston Acoustics P4 series speakers. The P430 is sized to fit well along side TVs in the 30 inch range.

Enclosure: The cabinet is extruded aluminum resulting in a superb structural integrity that eliminates the spurious resonances and vibrations that degrade the sound of typical speakers.

Grilles: The package includes 2 aluminum grilles, one silver and one black, to match a variety of decors.

Tweeter: The P430 speaker uses Boston's 1" VR aluminum dome tweeter with AMD (Amplitude Modification Device). This tweeter uses a specially anodized aluminum dome. Compared to a soft dome, aluminum is equally light, yet more rigid. Compared to other hard dome materials, an aluminum dome is unrivaled in its ability to accurately track the input signal, in other words, when the voice coil says "jump," the aluminum dome does so, without changing shape. AMD is used to further optimize the aluminum dome's output, without taking anything away. AMD is a patented acoustical tuning device that uses precisely sized hollow tubes positioned in front of the tweeter to refocus short wavelength energy and create an extremely smooth, flat response. This is done without using elaborate electronic components that can degrade the sound's purity.

Woofer: The P430 has a 4 1/2" woofer and a 4 1/2" passive radiator. The woofer has a large 1 1/2" voice coil for superb driver control and extremely high power handling. It's built from the ground up for the P4 series speakers and uses a rubber surround for added durability. In lieu of a ported enclosure, the P430 uses a passive radiator to augment the bass response by increasing efficiency.

Video Shielded: This speaker includes MagnaGuard, Boston Acoustics' proprietary magnetic shielding technology. By reducing and containing the magnetic field naturally generated by a loudspeaker's magnet, MagnaGuard allows you to place the speaker near a TV or monitor without distorting the picture.

5-way Binding Posts: The wire terminals are 5-way binding posts, allowing you to connect the speaker wire using dual banana plugs, single banana plugs, spade connectors, pin connectors, or bare wire. Bare wire up to 10 gauge fits through the posts. Because of the way the speaker terminal is recessed into the cabinet, if spade connectors are used, they need to be angled.

Wall Mounting Brackets: The P430 is equipped with a metal wall-mounting bracket which can be positioned vertically or horizontally. Using the wall bracket adds about an inch to the depth of the speaker. The bracket has three mounting options to allow varied angles. When mounted vertically, the speaker can face perpendicular to the wall or it can be angled 15° left or right. When mounted horizontally, the speaker can face perpendicular to the wall or it can be angled 15° up or down. Mounting hardware is included.

Bass Management: When setting bass management parameters on your home theater receiver, the outputs for this speaker should be set to Small.

Optional Stands: The P430 speaker can be placed on one of two optional stands, the table top stand (item number 065P4TS) or the floor stand (item number 065P4FL).

Dimension Note

Depth: The measured depth of the P430 is 3.943". The included bracket is necessary for wall mounting so the effective depth becomes 4.784".

 
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Written By Chris B, Houston TX on Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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I had a boxed set hove theater system with a sub, it was ok, but lacked the depth and sense of space that the Boston Acoustics provided. Great service and a fair price. Great product = Happy Customer...
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