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PSB SubSeries 200

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What do you get when you combine the speaker design skills of PSB with the amplifier-building expertise of NAD Electronics? You get a powered subwoofer with serious low-frequency impact that does justice to the most demanding music and movie soundtracks you can throw at it. The impressive PSB SubSeries 200 is the result of a fruitful partnership between two legendary audio companies with a long, audiophile heritage. This deceptively compact sub pairs a custom-designed, 200-watt NAD amplifier with one of PSB's potent, front-firing 10" drivers for an unbeatable combination of superior bass clarity and deep-down musicality. The SubSeries 200 is a great way to round out a home theater system or add depth to your stereo music listening sessions.

Refined bass from two masters of audio design

What do you get when you combine the speaker design skills of PSB with the amplifier-building expertise of NAD Electronics? You get a powered subwoofer with serious low-frequency impact that does justice to the most demanding music and movie soundtracks you can throw at it. The impressive PSB SubSeries 200 is the result of a fruitful partnership between two legendary audio companies with a long, audiophile heritage. This deceptively compact sub pairs a custom-designed, 200-watt NAD amplifier with one of PSB's potent, front-firing 10" drivers for an unbeatable combination of superior bass clarity and deep-down musicality. The SubSeries 200 is a great way to round out a home theater system or add depth to your stereo music listening sessions.

Flexible inputs and convenient controls

PSB makes it easy to integrate the SubSeries 200 with your existing system. You can hook your receiver or separate audio components up to the sub through its LFE, line-level, or speaker-level connections. The conveniently placed, front-panel crossover and bass volume controls lets you dial in the sound to match the '200 to the rest of your speakers. And a phase switch lets you tweak the sub's output for more precise bass response.

Blends in well with my PSB Synchrony 1bspeakers. Not a real thumper, just enough warm bass to make the system complete

Pete, La Salle, IL

What's in the Box:

  • Powered subwoofer
  • Detachable grille
  • 8' Power cord
  • Owner's Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Specifications sheet
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response 28-150 Hz (±3dB)
  • built-in Class D Discrete MOSFET amplifier developed in partnership with NAD Electronics
  • 200 watts RMS at 0.08% THD
  • continuously variable low-pass 50-150 Hz crossover
  • 10" polypropylene woofer cone with butyl rubber surround
  • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
  • convenient front-mounted volume and crossover controls
  • front-mounted phase switch
  • line-level/LFE inputs and outputs
  • speaker-level inputs
  • auto on/off
  • ultra-low, energy saving <0.5W standby power consumption
  • black ash finish
  • 13-3/8"W x 17-1/2"H x 15-1/2"D
  • weight: 34 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years subwoofer, 1 year amplifier
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Woofer Size (inches) 10
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Firing Direction Front
Wireless No
Preamp-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Outputs No
Low-Pass Crossover Freq 50-150Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq None
Phase Switch Yes
Amplifier Output (watts) 200
Frequency Response 28-150 Hz
Height (inches) 17-1/2
Width (inches) 13-3/8
Depth (inches) 16-3/4
Weight 35 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

PSB SubSeries: The PSB SubSeries 200 powered subwoofer is designed to provide the flattest possible frequency response, full bass extension, low distortion, and high output. The PSB SubSeries powered subwoofer is perfect for music and movie soundtracks.

Class D Discrete MOSFET Amp (from NAD): The PSB SubSeries 200 powered subwoofer employs a custom-designed Class D discrete MOSFET amplifier from NAD. The integrated digital amplifier from NAD features an automatic varying switching frequency that maintains maximum efficiency and low THD under all conditions. The Class D amplifier also incorporates proprietary limiting circuitry preventing audible overload while remaining true to the dynamics of your music or movie sound track. This circuitry combines peak limiting circuits that  hold amplifier signal swing to the point just short of the amplifier's clipping, with compression circuitry that will reduce the amplifier's gain.

10" Woofer: To compliment the powerful Class D amplifier, the SubSeries 200 uses a 10" polypropylene cone woofer with rubber surround, 1.5" voice coil, and 35oz magnet. The PSB woofer is designed to reduce mechanical noise and prevent harsh sounds at extreme excursion.

Bass-Reflex Cabinet: The PSB SubSeries 200 powered subwoofer features a bass-reflex cabinet with a down-firing port for greater efficiency and bass response. The down-firing port has a large radius end that flares to reduce noise from air turbulence.

Controls

Front-Mounted Controls: Two rotary control knobs (volume/crossover) and phase switch are provided on the front of the subwoofer for added convenience. The front-mounted controls are hidden behind detachable grille.

Volume Control: The rotary volume knob controls the output level of the powered subwoofer, relative to the volume of the other speakers in the system.

Low-Pass Crossover: The low-pass crossover adjusts the high-frequency roll-off of signals sent to the subwoofer. The control is continuously variable from 50 Hz to 150 Hz, and allows you to precisely match the subwoofer's bass production with your system's main left & right stereo speakers.

Phase Switch:  The phase switch allows for the adjustment of the phase of the subwoofer in relation to the speakers used in the system; either 0 or 180 degrees.

Auto On/Off: The powered subwoofer features a main power switch on the back panel. When switched to On, the subwoofer is initially in stand-by mode, awaiting the presence of an audio signal. When the signal is received, the subwoofer turns on automatically. When no signal is detected, the sub's amp will automatically turn off after approximately 15 minutes. In the Off position, the subwoofer will not power up. A green LED, located on the front panel between the control knobs, will glow when the subwoofer is active (it will glow red when off).

Connections

LFE Input/Output: A single gold-plated RCA jack (LFE) is provided for connecting the powered subwoofer to your AV receiver's LFE output. Since the subwoofer/LFE outputs are filtered by most receivers/processors, the subwoofer's variable low-pass filter is not required and is bypassed. The powered subwoofer also has an LFE output for adding additional subwoofers.

Stereo RCA Input/Output: Two gold-plated RCA jacks are provided for connecting your receiver via the low-level input. If your receiver or integrated amplifier has preamp outputs, or if you are using a preamplifier without a designated subwoofer/LFE output, the preferred connection is to use a stereo RCA cable plugged into both left and right inputs. If the preamp outputs are unfiltered, the subwoofer's internal crossover should be used. The powered sub also has stereo preamp outputs; useful if your amp has pre-out/main-in jacks.

Speaker-Level Input: Two pairs of 5-way binding post terminals (for left and right channel) are provided for connecting the powered sub with speaker wire. The terminals will accept bare wire, spade lugs, pin connectors, and single or dual banana plugs.

Power Cord: The subwoofer has a removable 8' power cord with an IEC 2-pronged connector. This allows you to use a third-party IEC-type power cord, if desired.

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Because of reviews by Dave Bar and my love of my psb book-shelf speakers and the reputation of the NAD built in AMP. [ JAMES  Mar 29, 2016 ]
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