PSB VisionSound Supports Video Activities

The Alpha VS21 speaker system from PSB incorporates two active woofers and the ability to add an optional subwoofer.

The newly announced $599 Alpha VS21 speaker system from PSB is designed to literally support the audio capabilities of HDTVs.

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Robert Archer · January 9, 2015

PSB‘s founder and chief designer Paul Barton has been developing products at a prolific rate over the past few years with new bookshelf, in-wall and freestanding speakers, as well as a complete line of headphone products.

Turning his attention to the soundbar category, Barton’s latest sound solution is the VS21 with VisionSound. This new space-friendly, home theater speaker is designed to rest underneath an HDTV to enhance the audio capabilities of a product that’s universally criticized for delivering terrible sound.

“Today’s flat-panel TVs have outstanding picture quality, but their sound leaves much to desired,” states Barton. “Their cabinets have gotten so thin that there is no opportunity for even passable sound quality. It is well documented that good sound enhances the viewer’s experience so our goal with the VS21 was to deliver nothing short of stunning sound quality for both video and audio applications.”

PSB states the room-friendly speaker system employs an active three-way design that includes six independent amplifiers that deliver a total of 100 watts and a driver array highlighted by dual woofers.

The Canadian speaker company points out the VS21 offers features such as a dialog mode that separates vocals from background sounds to make speech more intelligible, as well as its WideSound mode that delivers 3D processing to make movie watching more enveloping, and Dolby’s Late Night technology, which reduces sudden loud sounds, while raising the level of softer sounds to allow viewers to watch TV at lower volume levels.

Other features include Bluetooth aptX wireless audio streaming capabilities and a subwoofer output to augment the speaker system’s low-frequency capabilities.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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