Outdoor speakers (White)
Our take on the PSB CS500 by Crutchfield's Marshall Chase
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.
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 .
- 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
- 7-5/8"W x 10-1/2"H x 8"D (including bracket)
- weight: 5.7 lbs. each
- warranty: 5 Years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 2 White 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
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.
JR, Westchester County, NY
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Features and Specs
|Woofer Composition||Poly (clay/ceramic)|
|Power Range (watts)||20-120|
|Frequency Response||63-23k Hz|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
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.
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.
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.
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.
- On Axis @ 0° (+/-3dB): 63-23,000 Hz
- On Axis @ 0° (+/-1.5dB): 65-20,000 Hz
- Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 50 Hz
- Anechoic Chamber: 85 dB
- Typical Listening Room: 87 dB
Internal Volume: 0.2 cu ft
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Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs
by Tara W.
Jeff from PSB visited Crutchfield and told us all about the PSB CS500 outdoor speakers.
Why did you buy this?
I own a pair of the CS500 as well as the CS1000. Both sound great with the CS1000 sounding a bit more full with lower bass extension. But since these are going outside and I don't play my music too loud, the CS500 are perfect for my needs. [ JULIAN Feb 22, 2018 ]
They appear to be quality speakers with bookshelf performance. Although hard to find professional reviews of them, the speakers use the same components as bookshelf speakers that have been widely and positively reviewed. On a lesser note, they are white, which my wife will like, and will fit a very specific and limited mounting location. [ Jonathan Feb 19, 2018 ]
great quality company-own other PSB speakers [ Ken Feb 27, 2017 ]
Love the sound of the PSB speakers in my home and couldn't wait to bring it outside [ Jason Jul 14, 2016 ]
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I've had a pair of these on my deck for a year. They are excellent outdoor speakers. I primarily listen to music. The bass is full without being overbearing. I'm very satisfied with all aspects of these speakers. [ CHARLES Jun 20, 2017 ]
Before i purchased both PSB cs1000 & cs500 speakers and was able to demo the Boston Acoustics voyager 60 and def tech 6500. I was surprised the PSBs had very good bass IMO which sounded natural tight & true. The BA bass was solid which I liked and the def Techs bass sounded too boomy. Side note: Build quality of the BA and the PSBs speakers was excellent. Both are heavy duty marine quality built & will last 10 + years. I have 3 pairs of BA voyager Pros which have lasted almost 15 years until I recently decided to upgrade 2 pairs. They show their age but still work fine. The def Techs outdoor speakers build quality does not compare to the PSB & BA. Depending on your budget the 1000s have the best bass but it's a larger speaker. Good Luck. George [ George Jun 20, 2017 ]