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Review: PSB VS300 Loudspeakers

Screening Room by Bob Archer

There are many things about the audio hobby that I don't agree with. For example, the idea that cost determines performance; or that tricks such as outlining your CD collection with markers somehow enhance a system's playback.

Some take the hobby's craziness a step further by thinking that expensive equipment can overcome poor room acoustics or that their systems and recording quality of their music collection are more important than the music on its own.



There is one notion that I generally agree with, however, and that's the idea that floorstanding speakers are better than other speaker variations.

With that said, PSB's VS300 loudspeakers have me rethinking that traditional audiophile adage, as the speaker's performance belies its size and flat-panel-TV-friendly industrial design.

Technologies and Design

The VS300s are designed for wall placement next to flat-panel televisions 42 inches or larger or as stand-alone products with optional bases. The speakers' aluminum enclosure features a ported design with two 4 1/2-inch polypropylene woofers and a 1-inch aluminum-dome tweeter.

Engineered as a two-and-a-half way loudspeaker, the VS300 also features a complex crossover network that's highlighted by a boundary-compensation switch that equalizes the speaker's response when it's wall mounted.

The companion SubSeries 5i subwoofer features a ported cabinet and a 10-inch driver that's powered by an amp rated to deliver 150 watts of continuous power.
Installation

Using a couple of tools, I assembled the speakers and their optional bases for placement on stands. I was impressed with the overall fit and finish of the speaker, which allowed me to quickly put the system together with a drill, Phillips-head bit and a 7?64-inch Allen wrench.

With the assembly out of the way, the next step was to connect my Transparent Musiclink cables, place the subwoofer and set the crossover in my Bryston processor.

For the complete review of the PSB VS300 loudspeakers, check out
http://www.cepro.com/magazine/article/17459.html