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PSB Alpha P5

Bookshelf speakers (Black Ash)

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Compact PSB Alpha P5 speakers offer a cost-effective way to make movies and music sound great.

Compact PSB Alpha P5 speakers offer a cost-effective way to make movies and music sound great.

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About the PSB Alpha P5

Give music and movies a sonic boost

Compact PSB Alpha P5 speakers offer a cost-effective way to make movies and music sound great. Use this pair to listen your favorite tunes in a stereo system, or use them as front or surround speakers to make movie and TV watching an immersive experience.

Give music and movies a sonic boost

Compact PSB Alpha P5 speakers offer a cost-effective way to make movies and music sound great. Use this pair to listen your favorite tunes in a stereo system, or use them as front or surround speakers to make movie and TV watching an immersive experience.

Each attractive wood-grain cabinet houses a 3/4" anodized aluminum dome tweeter with front waveguide, and a 5-1/4" textured polypropylene woofer with rubber surround. And you may notice that the tweeter is mounted below the woofer, which is the opposite of the usual arrangement. PSB's founder and chief engineer, Paul Barton explains that this design feature helps keep sound properly in phase for frequencies where the woofer and tweeter are both playing.

Part of a PSB surround sound system

Match the PSB Alpha P5 with other speakers in the Alpha line to create a powerful, immersive surround sound system:

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Product highlights:

  • frequency response: 55-21,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • nominal impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended power: 10-90 watts
  • 3/4" anodized aluminum dome tweeter with front waveguide
  • 5-1/4" textured polypropylene woofer with rubber surround
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • magnetically attached grilles
  • gold-plated five-way binding posts
  • dual threaded inserts for optional wall mounting
  • 6-3/4"W x 11-3/8"H x 9-1/2"D (each)
  • weight: 10.15 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # Alpha P5BLKASH
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What's in the box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card

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A Little Too Clean

Crutchfield customer from Fort Collins, CO on 6/12/2019

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Very accurate and clean but also sterile to my ears. I guess I like a little distortion. Don't know if that tweeter below the cone has anything to do with it. I have these in a small bedroom, might do better in a larger area. These are my stereo speakers. They may also do better as part of a home theater system. Tough review to write. Good speakers but not not my kind of sound.

Pros: Good sensitivity, can be paired with low power amps. Magnetic faceplate. Very clean sound.

Cons: A bit sterile to my ear.

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Crutchfield customer from Oneonta, NY on 6/10/2019

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Bought these to go in my new RV. First bought then returned a pair of KEF LS-X's as they won't work with out a wireless setup which I don't have "in the wilderness". Also tried a pair of Vanatoo Zeros but they didn't "let enough music thru". Maybe should have auditioned the new Ones. The P5's do everything I could hope for - powered from a Cocktail Audio X14. Great tonality; imaging and (within reason) dynamics. Attacks and decays are spot on. Just got a set of mounting brackets so I can put them in the space above the cab. Plan to use them back home in the bedroom system once winter strikes! PSB - you have a winner here!

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3D and revealing

Crutchfield customer from Baldwinsville, NY on 4/14/2019

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I think these speakers are pretty special. They image very well and create a 3D soundstage. I am hearing nuances in the recording more easily than with my other speaker. Sound is more forward than some speakers. Bass is very dependent upon room placement and is fine. Unfortunately I am returning them as I find them irritating for my ears (just my "bad" right ear actually). This is very personal and my wife really likes these.

Pros: 3 dimensional imaging, detailed and nuanced sound, clear at low volume

Cons: Too aggressive/forward for me

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Happy camper!

Crutchfield customer from Aurora, CO on 4/8/2019

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Very satisfied with the product. The sound is very clear, vocal and highs cymbals and high hats are audible. Heard some instruments and backgrounds that weren't from my old speakers. Stage sound is great, have enough bass sound. Excellent bookshelf speakers. Very happy with them and will highly recommend to friends!

Pros: Big sound from small speakers. Two thumbs up. Not really a power hungry even though the sensitivity is below 90 dB.

Cons: Nothing for bookshelf size!

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Features

Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The PSB Alpha P5 is a small two-way bookshelf loudspeaker that fills your room with powerful, crystal-clear sound. Featuring a custom 5.25" woofer and 0.75" aluminum dome tweeter that uses a waveguide to perfectly match the low and high frequencies for a smooth transition, the P5 delivers improved directivity and flattens the frequency response for a more natural sound.

  • 0.75" Aluminum Dome Tweeter w/ Waveguide: The Alpha P5 bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a 0.75" black anodiazed aluminum dome tweeter that extends the high-frequency response beyond the Alpha's original measurements and minimizes distortion for a rich, balanced listening experience. A waveguide on the front of the tweeter works to perfect on and off-axis performance while smoothing the response for improved resolution and detail. The ferrofluid cooled tweeter on the P5 has also been precision engineered to sit below the woofer to provide precise stereo imaging at any height.
  • 5.25" Polypropylene Woofer w/ Rubber Surround: The Alpha Series bookshelf speaker houses a 5.25" textured polypropylene woofer with rubber surround for accurate mids and bass performance. Featuring a dual layer voice coil with a very powerful magnet structure and a cone that is made from a special textured polypropylene compound the woofer is able to handle high outputs level with low distortion.

Advanced Crossover Network: The Alpha Series' new crossover wasn't custom designed to simply just direct low and high frequencies to the woofer and tweeter. It was re-engineered to control the directivity and flatten the frequency response while utilizing an unusually complex acoustic Butterworth low-pass filter that is designed to get a perfect blend between the drivers and keep distortion at its lowest even at high volumes.

Bass Reflex Cabinet Design: The Alpha P5 bookshelf loudspeaker employs a bass reflex cabinet design with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger, smoother bass response. The speaker cabinet features MDF construction and has a unique combination of wall thickness and bracing to control resonances and provide a perfect platform for the driver components. The P5 cabinet's internal damping material was first used in PSB's most high-end models, and has now been adopted by the Alpha series and positioned precisely for optimum effectiveness. The cabinet is finished in a premium wood-grain vinyl with a chrome-accented front baffle and includes an acoustically-transparent magnetically attached grille.

5-Way Binding Posts: The Alpha P5 is outfitted with 5-way, gold-plated binding post speaker terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single or dual). These gold-plated terminals ensure excellent signal transfer and resist corrosion.

Mounting Options: The Alphas Series bookshelf loudspeakers include self-adhesive rubber feet to safely and securely place the speakers on a tabletop, shelf, or floor-stands (sold separately). The self-adhesive feet add approximately 0.125" to the overall height of the speaker. The PSB Alpha P5 also features a 1/4"-20 threaded insert on the back of the cabinet to wall-mount the speaker with an optional bracket (sold separately - see Accessories Tab).

Alpha Series: The all-new Alpha Series has been rebuilt with enhanced custom drivers and a new crossover design that work perfectly together to deliver natural, detailed sound with precision and less distortion. PSB's Alpha Series of loudspeakers offer five models (T20 Tower, P5 Bookshelf, P3 Bookshelf, B1 Bookshelf, anda C10 Center) to fit the needs of almost any audio setting. The Alpha Series of speakers offers audiophile sound quality at an affordable price; but not at the expense of appeal, style, and sound.

Note: Every PSB Alphas Series speaker is meticulously tuned and tested at Canada's national research facilities to deliver the most accurate acoustics under the most demanding of listening conditions.

Optional Powered Sub: Add a PSB SubSeries powered subwoofer (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) to the Alpha Series loudspeakers for an even more immersive listening experience with bigger bass response.

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Based on the sound demo i've heard on YouTube and also the review. [ Benjamin  Mar 26, 2019 ]

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