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PSB CS500

Outdoor speakers (Black)

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Our take on the PSB CS500

by Marshall Chase
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Outdoor speakers let you move the party outside

Outdoor speakers are built tough -- they laugh at wind, rain and weather. Tuck a pair under your eaves and they'll pump out the tunes to keep everybody smiling and swaying at your next cookout or pool party. We also have some "rock" speakers that blend seamlessly into your landscaped lawn or garden.

Great sound, right where you want it

The PSB CS500 outdoor speakers provide amazing sound quality even in the most challenging environments. These weather-proof speakers use high-quality drivers. The 1" titanium dome tweeter delivers crisp highs and the 5-1/4" woofer pumps out solid bass. Each CS500 has a bracket that allows horizontal or vertical mounting. Once mounted, each speaker can be swiveled to direct the sound wherever you like.

All-weather resilience

As a Canadian-based company, PSB knows as much about harsh weather as they do about high fidelity. The sturdy interior of the CS500 cabinet features extensive bracing to put a damper on vibration. All materials are tough enough to withstand temperature and moisture extremes. Other protective measures include UV resistant enclosures, rust-proof speaker terminals and rubber seals and gaskets. These speakers will provide years of music enjoyment whether you're out listening on your urban terrace, on the boat dock or just cooling off in your toddler's pool.

What I heard

PSB brought a pair of CS500s to Crutchfield for a demonstration. I noticed something different right away — the speakers were mounted diagonally. The unique bracket allows for an amazing variety of positions, which is a tremendous help when you're faced with challenging locations. My second big, positive impression came when I listened to a number of tracks played both from a hard drive and an iPod®. The music files ranged from normal CD-quality to high resolution, and the PSBs' realistic tonal quality and the fact that the cabinets had zero resonance really stood out. In fact, the CS500s reminded me of good bookshelf speakers. Not surprising since PSB modeled the CS500 after their Image B5 bookshelf speaker .

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Highlights:

  • weather-proof design for full or partial exposure
  • 1" titanium dome tweeter
  • 5-1/4" ceramic-filled polypropylene woofer
  • frequency response 63-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity 87 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • 120 watts RMS
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) design
  • 5-way binding posts
  • rust-proof terminals with rubber weather seal
  • rigid construction to reduce vibration
  • paintable aluminum grilles
  • flexible bracket system for vertical and horizontal mounting and dual-axis rotation
    • range of rotations - 90° in one plane, and 170° in second plane
  • front-facing port with removable rubber plug
  • 7-5/8"W x 10-1/2"H x 8"D (including bracket)
  • weight: 5.7 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 Years
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Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Acoustic Suspension
Tweeter Type
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Titanium
Midrange Size
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None
Woofer Size
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5-1/4
Woofer Composition
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Poly (clay/ceramic)
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Power Range (watts)
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20-120
Sensitivity
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87 dB
Impedance (ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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63-23k Hz
Connector Type
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Post
Height (inches)
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10-1/2
Width (inches)
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7-5/8
Depth (inches)
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8
Weight (pounds)
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5.7
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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  • 2 Black outdoor speakers
  • 2 Detachable grilles (installed)
  • Mounting bracket (installed)
  • Rubber terminal cover (installed)
  • Four M6 set-screws
  • Grille removal tool
  • Quick Start Speaker Guide
  • Limited Warranty

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options
Specifications

Driver Technology

All-Weather Outdoor Speaker: The all-weather, outdoor PSB CS500 loudspeaker is specially designed to bring PSB's renowned sonic performance to wide-open indoor or outdoor spaces.

Two-Way Speaker Design: The CS500 outdoor speaker's two-way system includes a 5.25"woofer with a clay/ceramic injection-filled polypropylene cone and rubber surround that complements a 1" titanium dome tweeter to deliver full-range music reproduction.

  • 1" Tweeter: The CS500 feature a single 1" titanium dome tweeter with a ferrofluid neodymium magnet.
  • 5.25" Woofer: The CS500 features a 5.25" clay/ceramic filled injection-molded polypropylene woofer with a rubber surround.

Waveguide: The CS500's tweeter utilizes an acoustical waveguide to deliver, more even high frequency response.

Crossover Network: The tweeter and woofer are crossed over at 1,800 Hz.

Enclosure Design

Weatherproof Design: The PSB CS500 features a rugged, weatherproof design to bring high-end audio performance to any outdoor environment or commercial installation.

Durable Build: The CS500's durable build features a thick-walled UV-resistant polypropylene cabinet, an aluminum grille, and rustproof terminals with a rubber cover for protection from the elements.

Acoustic Suspension Cabinet: The CS500 utilizes an acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinet for tighter, accurate bass reproduction.

Internal Ribbing: The CS500's cabinet utilizes extensive internal enclosure ribbing for extra stiffness to prevent resonance.

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

Paintable Finish: The PSB CS500 outdoor speaker is available in a black or white finish. The enclosure and grille are both paintable.

Connections

Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The gold-plated  binding posts will accept bare wire (16-12-gauge), pin connectors, spade connectors, and banana plugs (single only). The speaker terminals are spaced to far apart to use dual banana plugs.

Color-Coded: The speaker's binding posts are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.

Terminal cover: The CS500 includes a rubber terminal protective cover to protect the speaker's gold-plated speaker terminals from the harsh elements of the outdoors.

Mounting Options

Applications: The PSB CS500 is the ideal speaker for a range of residential and commercial environments, including decks and patios, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and fitness centers.

Dual-Rotational Bracket System: PSB engineers designed a fully adjustable, dual-rotational bracket system to allow for multiple mounting options, even in difficult places. Thanks to this highly flexible bracket, the CS500 can be mounted vertically or horizontally and rotated up to 90 degrees on one axis and 170 degrees on the other axis.

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • On Axis @ 0° (+/-3dB): 63-23,000 Hz
  • On Axis @ 0° (+/-1.5dB): 65-20,000 Hz
  • Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB:  50 Hz

Sensitivity:

  • Anechoic Chamber:  85 dB
  • Typical Listening Room: 87 dB

Internal Volume:  0.2 cu ft

 
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Amazing sound quality

Written By JR, Westchester County, NY on Sunday, August 26, 2012
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These are solidly built speakers with great overall sound quality and surprisingly good bass response. The mounting brackets allow you to tweak the angle however you like. Beautiful design overall.
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Great overall sound quality with surprisingly good bass response Attractive design Completely adjustable mounting brackets
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