PSB Alpha B1
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Item #: 760ALPB1B
Your price: $299.99 pair Earn up to 300 Rewards points
The Alpha B1s will show you what high-end sound is all about, but at a low-end price. Like every PSB speaker, they're designed to make sure you don't miss all the thrilling special effects and emotionally engaging sounds in your movies and music. You'll be amazed by their ability to produce clean, clear highs and mids that make your movies and music come to life. It's no wonder they're among PSB's best-selling speakers.
PSB's engineers began by designing each Alpha speaker from scratch to ensure that they'll deliver the same level of performance typically found on speakers twice their price. The Alpha B1s use a 3/4" aluminum dome tweeter to deliver crisp, sparkling highs. The 5-1/4" woofers are made of metalized polypropylene, making them strong but lightweight. It means you'll hear excellent midrange detail and distinct bass without a trace of the listening fatigue that can happen with lesser speakers.
Create a complete, budget-friendly Alpha home theater system using a combination of Alpha B1s in the front of your room, the C1 center channel, and either another pair of B1s or the LR1 satellite speakers in the back of your room. And don't forget to add a PSB powered subwoofer (or two) for room-thumping bass.
Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.
I laugh when people copy what part of what a reviewer wrote about the speakers, and I will at the end. I have very expensive Paradigm Bookshelf speakers in my study, with a nice Rega turntable, Parasound preamp and amplifier, and so on. However, in my office I wanted a less expensive system to use while I work on my computer. I reduce the quality to the Denon DP300F with a Grado Prestige Blue, Marantz Integrated amp, Vincent MM/MC phono preamp, a very good older model Klipsch 8" downfiring sub (this is key), and the B1 pair or speakers. If you don't understand why I ordered the B1 instead of Klipsch, Infinity, Polk or other big box speaker, then you probably should buy this speaker. First it gives a solid 65-18,000 Hz reproductions, but many are so used to the piercing tweeters, they don't understand the beauty of the slightly veiled top end of the B1. This speaker is made for long term listening, and they purposely didn't actenuate the top, but don't kid yourself, the frequency is there in proportion to the other frequency. Now lets begin with the history of the B1 (25 years and counting). Since 2007 (when Stereophile first added the new model as Budget Speaker of the Year), they have and are still rated in the recommended speaker 2015. In 2007, when the speaker was first tested (read article in Stereophile), the results were the transients in this speaker are exceeded only by the best electrostatic speakers. If you don't have the ear, don't buy them.
Pros: Transients, balanced output, detailed beyond belief.
Cons: By design it doesn't have energy below 58 HZ. It messes very well with a quality subwoofer, but recommended not greater than 8".
Vinyl is back, and I've been listening to old jazz, bluegrass, and pop favorites and some 50+ year old albums that were my parents'. Rubenstein and Horowitz sound great.
Pros: small, price at Crutchfield was great.
Just a terrific speaker for a small room. I am a classical music listener and these sound fantastic with inexpensive stands and my NAD 320BEE two-channel amplifier. Clean, great soundstage, no congestion. I only listen at reasonable volume levels and these are a wonderful find.
Pros: Small size, well-balanced sound.
Cons: None that I know of yet.
I was disappointed with these speakers in light of all the excellent reviews in Crutchfield and elsewhere on-line. The midrange and mid-bass were very good but the speaker seems to be deficient somewhat in its high-frequency detail and extension. I bought these for a desktop system that includes an AudioQuest Dragonfly V1.2 DAC and a Denon RCD-M40 mini cd-receiver (from a Denon D-M40 micro desktop stereo; the speakers that come with the D-M40 are decent but I wanted an upgrade). I bought both the Denon and Dragonfly from Crutchfield and am very happy with them. The Denon has ample power to drive the PSB's to more than adequate listening levels, especially for my desktop. From the moment I hooked them up, however, I noted that the highs did not have the articulation or definition or "air" that my JBL 4408 monitors have in my main system or that my Grado SR80 headphones have. On any given mp3, for example, I could plug in the headphones and hear significantly more high-frequency content and definition than was present from the PSB's. It seemed to me like the mid-bass/midrange driver in the PSB was superior to the tweeter being used, or maybe that the crossover was rolling off or otherwise constricting the highs above a certain point. I don't know, but I returned them and subsequently bought a pair of NHT SuperOne 2.1 speakers that I am extremely pleased with. As usual, Crutchfield's service on this and all my previous transactions has been excellent.
Pros: Great mid-bass/midrange; good-looking speaker; appears to be well-made.
Cons: Somewhat lacking in high-frequency resolution/extension/detail.
Cons: Slightly bigger size for a book shelf.
Unbelievable detail at the mid bass / high note level. More bass than I expected for this size and price of speaker. It actually looks good and does not take up much space. If your looking for an outstanding sound and value this is it.
Pros: Sound, size and cost.
Cons: Absolutely none. Try a pair.
I am not experienced at all in how to review speakers. However, when I shop for anything, I read a ton of reviews and as much information about whatever I'm considering purchasing, plus I look at other comparable items from other companies so I can compare as many things as possible. I was "sure" I wanted to buy BOSE speakers, because they're supposed to be so "great" (and I love the BOSE speakers I have with my computer -- small but powerful!) -- well, when I compared these speakers with some BOSE speakers that were $50 more, one of the things inside the speakers (can't remember what it was) was made out of paper or cardboard, and these speakers had "rubber" for the particular "part" that was inside the speaker (and I know I sound ignorant, because I am about these things), but the point is, I was not happy with some of the things I saw when comparing the BOSE speakers I was looking at with these particular speakers (and I wanted bookshelf speakers at a reasonable amount of money with as good a sound as possible). So, I looked at a few other bookshelf speakers around the same price, and the reviews were really good considering what I wanted for what I could afford and for a certain quality that I was NOT willing to sacrifice. Needless to say, when my husband hooked up these speakers, I was really pleased with the sound! I give them a 5-star rating because of overall quality, reasonable price and a pretty big sound, and the fact that they look great! I recommend these!!
These are exactly as expected, since I already own 2 pair. PSB is my favorite speaker line from top (Stratus Gold i) to bottom (Alpha B1). I own 17 PSB speakers. This is the best speaker for the price, period. I frequently loan out a pair to friends with more expensive but lesser brands. They then buy PSBs. I will use this pair with my Heathkit AR1515 receiver in my den. In a absolute scale, these would be 3 star, but that would not be fair, since 5 stars would be B&W 801 and PSB Stratus Gold i.
Pros: They are easy to drive (high impedance, low reactance), have good range and excellent dynamics. They are inexpensive, and relatively insensitive to room location. You could build a very nice system around these with a good subwoofer to cover the lows. The sound is very smooth, with no apparent emphasis or thinness. No boominess from trying to fake low frequency extension and no stridency on any material I listen with. They also look nice, despite the vinyl finish.
Cons: Low end is missing, but that is the price for a small enclosure, low price, and smooth sound. With a sub, no downsides at all.
I purchased these to add height channels to my existing PSB Image 7.1 system. They match well with the ten year old Images. The height channel really makes a difference.
I purchased these speakers to match up with the PSB surround sound system to make my 7.1 system and WOW.Best purchase I have ever made-Thank you Crutchfield and Will for all your help.
Pros: Pure and Natural sound with all movies and music-Love it
Bought the last pair available in the store in Bergen and still breaking them in, these small giants reproduce especially fast music like nothing I´ve heard. Listening to Koan´s When the Silence is Speaking, converted by a cheap DacMagic and driven by an old Electrocompaniet AW60 amp, they just pour out a wealth of articulated and detailed music. Some sibilance on female vocals which I´m told will disappear with use. If you come across these just get them.
The speakers sound great! Especially for the money
Pros: Sound great, look good, solid construction
Cons: None for the price
Hands down the best pair of speakers you can buy for $300. The professional reviews aren't hype. I bought these as a gift for a friend. After listening to them I wanted to keep them for myself. Very close in sound quality to my $3,000 speakers.
I'm blown away by the musicality and sound space of the small, entry level speakers.
Pros: Simply fabulous in the mid-range, especially on vocals and instruments like the clarinet, violin, etc.. The sound space is great as well - "sounds like you're there". Big sound, especially in a small or medium sized room.
Cons: As you would expect from small bookshelf speakers, bass output will be lacking if you are listening to music that wants that. Add a subwoofer in that instance.
These speakers are incredibly clear. I love the big speaker sound from such a small bookshelf speaker. After listening to many different bookshelf speakers from many differnt manufacturers the PSB Alpha B1 had the best combination of clear, crisp highs and very impressive lows in an econmical package.
Pros: Space saving design. Well made enclosures. Awesome music/movie sound reproduction.
Cons: None so far. I've only used them in my home theater for a couple weeks.
I've only had these speakers for a few weeks now, but I think they are great so far. They are small, but do better on the low end than I would have guessed. I thought I might have needed a subwoofer, but right now, I am not planning on getting one. Another great things about these PSB's is that they are not picky as far as placement.
I purchased a pair of these over 7 years ago for a dedicated 2 channel system. Fantastic budget speakers. Since then, I have incorporated the Alpha B1's into a 5.1 system with 2 Alpha LR1's, a CLR1 center channel speaker and a Velodyne sub that I had purchased in the late 1990's. Explosive dynamics, clear dialog and great surround effects. I still listen to 2 channel on that system, periodically, through the Alpha B1's despite having upgraded my 2 channel system considerably over the years. Next I need to buy a new surround receiver. Crutchfield will be the obvious source.
Pros: Very neutral and surprising bass extension for their size and price.
Cons: They really need to be played at slightly higher volume to sound their best so they shouldn't be paired with cheap, low power amplification.
Best bang for the buck speaker out there. Fast effortless sound when driven by good electronics. The better the cables and components, the more these speakers shine. It's hard to beat these B1 at this price point.
Pros: Value. Clean sound & smooth across the range. nice finish
Cons: Not too keen on the metal grilles
Outstanding quality and sound. I have had larger and smaller versions form the same company and these are the best.
Pros: Clarity of sound and power.
I have very little space In my bedroom, so I needed speakers that could go In front of my TV on Its stand. These PSB`S did the job. Great sound!! Super clear and open!!
Pros: Small speaker with a big sound!! Great looking. Very open sound. Give these speakers a try.
Cons: If you need more bass, get a subwoofer. I have a 8 Inch sub that helps to get the real lows.
These are excellent budget speakers. You will be surprised how solid and attractive they are. They have a nice soundstage, and a balanced tonality. The bass is not deep, but they are bookshelves, so no one would expect that. I can't imagine someone not being happy with these for the price. I also cannot imagine someone thinking there is a better speaker at this price point. Maybe for a hundred more, you could get a little improvement, but not at this price. Deservedly an audio classic, and the ultimate entry point for anyone looking to lock into audio quality.
Reasonably priced and sounds good though I am not a audiophile but has a good ear for music. I have been buying all my electronics from Crutchfield for about 20 years as no one could beat their service and Eddie is my favorite sales advisor.
Pros: Good base for its size and clarity of music.
Cons: Struggles a bit with high octaves.
I have to say I've been surprised and impressed by the sound coming from the Alpha B1s, from the overall smoothness and balance to the surprising bass to the mids, which are the "special" strength of this model. I have owned significantly more expensive tower and bookshelf speaker speakers, and the Alphas do not compete on output or size (nor did I expect them to). I would probably also agree with some reviews which have noted that the treble extension is not as effortless as with some bookshelf models starting at about double the price. However, the overall impression is much better than I had expected, and they fill their (moderately-sized) space very admirably for two-channel listening without a sub. The metal grille is also a plus as far as being relatively kid-proof.
Pros: Mids, overall balance, well-rounded bass. Understated appearance. Very surprising performance from a bookshelf speaker of this price and size.
Cons: Not much, actually. Maybe it would be nice if Crutchfield carried some of the other finish choices.
|Tweeter Size (inches)||0.75|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.25|
|Frequency Response||65-21,000 Hz|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Keyhole|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||24-28|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
Two-Way Design: The PSB Alpha Series B1 bookshelf loudspeaker features a true two-way design that employs a single 5.25" mid-woofer paired with a single .75" ferrofluid-cooled tweeter. The result is an extremely tight sound with excellent imaging characteristics
5.25" Woofer: Each PSB Alpha Series B1 speaker employs a 5.25" injection molded metalized polypropylene woofer with rubber surround for accurate, detailed midbass.
0.75" Tweeter: Each Alpha Series B1 loudspeaker is equipped with a 0.75" aluminum dome, ferrofluid-cooled tweeter for crisp, clear highs.Waveguide: The B1 bookshelf speaker's tweeters utilize an acoustical waveguide to deliver, more even high frequency response, no matter what part of the room you're in.
Crossover Network: The tweeter and woofer are crossed over at 3,000 Hz.
Magnetically Shielded: The B1 is magnetically shielded for safe placement adjacent to your television.
Wood Grain Vinyl Cabinet: The PSB Alpha Series B1 bookshelf speaker features a black wood grain vinyl cabinet that matches almost any decor.
Bass Reflex Design: The PSB B1 loudspeaker utilizes a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response.
Aluminum Grille: The speakers come with removable aluminum (metal-mesh) black grilles.
5-Way Binding Posts: The 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 12-gauge), pin connectors, spade connectors, banana plugs, and dual banana plugs.
Color-Coded: The speaker's binding posts are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.
Rubber Feet: The PSB B1 loudspeakers include eight self-adhesive rubber feet to safely and securely place the speakers on floor-stands or other AV furniture.
Wall Mounting: Each PSB Alpha Series B1bookshelf speaker features a single keyhole slot and dual 1/4"-20 threaded insert to wall-mount the speaker.
Internal Volume: 0.29 cu ft
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The last time that I had heard these speakers was in 2007 when I was an installer for a high end audio shop (lots of B&W and mangnapans). Obviously they made a large impact on me and were considered by many as the best speaker per dollar on the market. [ Jeremy Dec 09, 2015 ]