PSB Speakers has expanded its Alpha series lineup with the Alpha AM3 and Alpha AM5 active speakers, both of which are equipped with integrated Qualcomm aptX Bluetooth for music streaming. With an RCA phono, 3.5 mm analog, optical, and USB inputs, and a subwoofer output, the Alpha AM3 and Alpha AM5 are versatile. Both also feature an IR remote control. The two models employ aluminum dome tweeters with Neodymium magnets and feature detachable grilles. The $399 Alpha AM3 is built with a 4-inch woofer and dual 35-watt amplifiers; the $599 Alpha AM5 features a 5.25-inch woofer and dual 50-watt amps. Both are available now.
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PSB Speakers, long renowned for excellence in loudspeaker design, announced the immediate availability of two new affordable compact, powered speakers, the Alpha AM3 and Alpha AM5. The new models are founded on PSB's almost 50 years of critically acclaimed speaker design expertise and the award-winning Alpha P3 and P5 introduced last year. The Alpha AM3 ($399/pr U.S. MSRP) and Alpha AM5 ($599/pr) are offered in a choice of Matte White or Matte Black finish.
The Alpha AM3 and AM5 active monitors are effortless to setup and use and can serve as the foundation of a compact, home entertainment system. There's no amplifier to hook up or apps to download. Stream and listen to your favorite music with aptX Bluetooth from your mobile devices - simply pair and play. Connect to your computer or TV for room-filling, crystal clear, natural sound. Both models even feature several sound modes allowing you to accentuate dialog, soundstage and more. Vinyl lovers will appreciate the dedicated RCA phono input. Where desired, use the sub output to add a subwoofer for even deeper bass. The flexible design of these Alpha active monitors makes them perfectly suited for desktop, bookshelf or stand-mount placement.
Matched Components / Unmatched Performance
Leveraging amplification expertise from our sister brands provided the PSB design team the considerable advantage of designing a speaker for a known amplifier. Add the power of DSP and suddenly the frequency response, bass extension and total output are optimized to a remarkable level of performance for such compact speakers. Where desired, it is easy to utilize the sub output to add a subwoofer, for even deeper bass. Exceptionally few powered speakers share intellectual resources of this magnitude, making the Alpha AM5 and Alpha AM3 standouts in the crowd of powered speakers.
With similar designs, the differences between the Alpha AM5 and AM3 can primarily be found in the size of the cabinet, the amount of amplifier power and the size of the woofer. Using PSB's proprietary Alpha drivers, the AM5 features a 5.25" woofer with textured polypropylene cone and a 50W x 2 amplifier. The AM3 utilizes a 4" woofer and a 35W x 2 amp. Both utilize a ¾" aluminum dome tweeter with Neodymium magnet and feature acoustically-transparent detachable magnetic grilles.
"Beyond the Alpha AM's compact size, affordability and versatility of application is a sonic performance that clearly lives up to the PSB heritage, commented Joe de Jesus, Lenbrook's Product Manager for PSB Speakers. "Like all PSB speakers, final voicing was performed by Founder and Chief Designer, Paul Barton, at Canada's famed National Research Council."
Key Features of the Alpha AM3 and Alpha AM5:
Qualcomm aptX Bluetooth
Dedicated RCA Phono Input
3.5 mm Analog Input
USB Power Jack
IR Remote Control