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PSB Alpha CLR1

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Our take on the PSB Alpha CLR1

by Dave Bar
PSB

Your home theater's most important speaker

The center channel speaker is the workhorse in a home theater system. It has to reproduce clear dialogue and special effects that keep your eyes and ears glued to the movie action. A high-quality center speaker is a great investment for any surround sound setup. Try to choose one that's as closely matched as possible to your front right and left speakers, so that as sound moves across the front stage, it stays seamlessly realistic.

Versatile, budget-friendly speaker

Don't be deceived by its small size and price tag — PSB's Alpha CLR1 dishes out crisp, clear home theater sound wherever you use it. As the name suggests, the CLR1 works great as a center channel speaker, a left or right channel speaker, or even as rear satellite speakers. You'll be pleasantly surprised when your fire up this little dynamo and experience the wide soundstage it produces. Designed to be wall-mounted or placed on an entertainment stand, it's perfect for rooms with various seating arrangements and odd sizing.


Excellence by design

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 CLR1 uses a 3/4" aluminum dome tweeter to deliver crisp, sparkling highs. The dual 3-1/2" 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. The two woofers flank the tweeter in an array that increases the CLR1's on- and off-axis response, so everyone on your couch can enjoy the same, great PSB sound.

Build a complete Alpha system

Create a complete, budget-friendly Alpha home theater system using five to seven CLR1 speakers mounted around your room. Or use the CLR1s in the back of your room, and add a pair of Alpha T1s floor-standing speakers or the B1 bookshelf speakers to the front of your room. And don't forget to pick up a PSB powered subwoofer (or two) for room-thumping bass.


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Highlights:

  • frequency response: 90-21,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended power: 15-80 watts
  • 3/4" aluminum dome tweeter
  • dual 3-1/2" clay metalized polypropylene woofers
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) design
  • gold-plated five-way binding posts
  • keyhole slots and threaded insert for optional wall mounting
  • white vinyl finish
  • 10-3/16"W x 4-5/8"H x 6-7/16"D
  • weight: 5.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Acoustic Suspension
Tweeter
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Dome
Midrange size (inches)
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N/A
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3-1/2
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5-way post
Power Range
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15-80
Sensitivity
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88 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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90-21k Hz
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Parts Warranty
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5 Years
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5 Years
Product Research
What's in the box?

  • Center channel speaker
  • Detachable grille (installed)
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fre/Sp/GE)
  • Limited Warranty information

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options
Specifications

Driver Technology

D'Appolito Speaker Array: The PSB Alpha Series CLR1 loudspeaker's D'Appolito speaker array employs a single .75" ferrofluid-cooled, aluminum dome tweeter flanked by a pair of 3.5" mid-woofers to create a wide soundstage with increased on and off axis performance.

Dual 3.5" Woofers: The PSB Alpha Series CLR1 speaker employs dual 3.5" injection molded metalized polypropylene woofers with rubber surrounds.

0.75" Tweeter: The Alpha Series CLR1 is equipped with a 0.75" aluminum dome, ferrofluid-cooled tweeter.

Waveguide: The CLR1's tweeter utilizes 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 CLR1 is magnetically shielded for safe placement adjacent to your television.

Enclosure Design

Wood Grain Vinyl Cabinet: The PSB Alpha Series CLR1 features a white vinyl cabinet that matches almost any decor.

Acoustic Suspension Design: The Alpha Series CLR1  utilizes an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure for tight, accurate midbass performance.

Aluminum Grille: The speaker comes with a removable aluminum (metal-mesh) white grille.

Connections

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.

Mounting Options

Applications: The Alphas Series CLR1 can be used as a center channel speaker, front speaker, or surround speaker.

Placement: The CLR1 loudspeaker can be positioned horizontally or vertically.

Rubber Feet: The PSB CLR1 includes four self-adhesive rubber feet to safely and securely place the speaker on a floor-stand or other AV furniture.

Wall Mounting: The PSB Alpha Series CLR1 provides dual keyhole slots and a 1/4"-20 threaded insert to wall-mount the speaker. In addition, four non-skid rubber bumpers are attached in the corners so the speaker won't mar wall surfaces when the speaker is mounted.

  • Dual Keyhole Slots: The Alpha Series CLR1 speaker has two keyhole slots on the back panel to easily wall-mount the speaker.
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Insert: The CLR1 also features a single 1/4"-20 threaded insert to wall-mount the speaker using an optional articulating bracket (sold separately).

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • On Axis @ 0°: 90-21,000 Hz (+/-3dB)
  • Off Axis @ 30°: 90-10,000 Hz (+/-3dB)
  • Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 78 Hz

Sensitivity:

  • Anechoic Chamber:  86 dB
  • Typical Listening Room: 88 dB

Internal Volume: 0.10 cu ft

 
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I needed to boost the center speaker of my Nanostat system, as I was frequently losing dialogue on movies. Crutchfield advisor, Adam, suggested this speaker to match my existing layout, and it has worked exactly as desired.
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