I know that all of the cool kids are getting SVS subwoofers, but I have all PSB speakers (most from their latest Alpha line) so I figured an Alpha sub would "blend" better. So far, I would say that this subwoofer does indeed blend nicely with my other PSB speakers. Unlike most other audio purchases, this is one I'm going to want to keep fidgeting with (closer to back wall? further out? ideal crossover setting? with my AVR's room correction software?), but everything I've read said getting the best sound out of a subwoofer involves experimentation. For the most part, I've gotten this sub to do what I wanted: give a little more depth than my Alpha T20s could provide, and do so seamlessly instead of in a show-off-y way. So far, so good!
Pros: Blends well with other PSB speakers.
Cons: Other subwoofers at this price point allow one to "dial" a phase instead of just switch from none to 180. Surprising oversight from PSB given their general value for the dollar.
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I know all the cool kids are buying the SVS SB-1000, but I have all PSB speakers: all my fronts are the latest Alpha series, and my surrounds are from PSB's older Imagine line. So I thought I'd spend the extra 50 bucks (over the SB-1000) and stick with PSB. It's true what they say: no matter what subwoofer you buy, you're going to want (even need) to fiddle with it. Where I first placed the S10, I found the bass louder when I was standing rather than sitting. So I experimented with moving the S10 closer to the wall, and the sit/stand difference went away. I'm still in the early stages of tinkering with crossover settings and Audyssey on my AVR to see how I can get the S10 to blend even better with the rest of my speakers. But even at this early stage of tinkering, I have gotten the subwoofer to blend quite nicely for movies and music, to the point where it's even subtle! There's a word that doesn't always appear in subwoofer reviews. :-) I'm happy with my purchase. My PSB Alpha T20s weren't quite cutting it bass-wise, but with the S10 sharing bass duties, I feel there's a depth there that blends nicely: noticeable but not overpowering.
Pros: I'm no audiophile, but sounds like a speaker from the PSB Alpha family: it blends with my existing PSBs instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. I like using it for music as well as movies: it's not just a one-note thumper.
Cons: Like all subwoofers, you're gonna want to experiment with placement and even play around with your AVR's crossover settings and even your AVR's room-correction software. A little experimentation will be rewarded. But this means it's not a "drop-it-in-anywhere-and-you're-done" kind of purchase.
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