Bob Archer’s Top 10 CEDIA Expo 2019 Products: PSB PWM2 On-Wall Loudspeaker

Lenbrook and its brands introduced several standout products during CEDIA Expo 2019, including the PSB PWM2 on-wall speaker.

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Over the past several years I’ve shouted the praises of PSB. After years of producing black boxes the company has stepped its industrial design efforts into overdrive and the PSB PWM2 arguably stands as the company’s best looking, most functional product ever.

Looks can be a subjective thing, but I found the PWM2‘s appearance to balance tasteful and bold, which is an important point when trying to appeal to a range of homeowners.

Beyond its looks, however, the PWM2’s sound quality more than matches its looks. I have no question the PWM2 will sound good and meet any performance expectation. PSB’s Paul Barton is one of the consumer audio industry’s top engineers, and Barton is well known for developing full sounding and balanced speakers with articulate soundstages.

Why Choose the PSB PWM2 On-Wall Speaker?

When placed next to a state-of-the-art television, the PSB PWM2 serves as the perfect complement to a mounted video display.

Designed for use as a left, center, right or surround speaker, the PWM2 can be used to assemble an entire multichannel surround system or simple variations such as 2.1, 3.1, 2.0 or 3.0.

In situations that call for a subwoofer, integrators can combine the PWM2 with the latest subwoofers from the company: The slim-profile, in-room CSIR SUB or the CSIW SUB28 in-wall subwoofer. Both subs utilize a companion CS500W outboard subwoofer amp, which can be configured to drive a pair of PSB subwoofers in parallel if necessary.

The CSIW SUB28 incorporates a pair of 8-inch woofers and it employs a unique mounting architecture that is designed to minimize the transfer of vibrations into wall studs and walls.

The CSIR SUB can mount on a plinth and integrators can stand the sub up or lay it on its back to enable its placement in out-of-the-way locations that include under furniture.

Getting back to the PWM2 on-wall speaker, the speaker will be available in January 2020 and it carries an MSRP of $1,749 each.

Internally, the 36-inch long speaker uses a three-way design through new PSB drivers that include a 1-inch Titanium dome tweeter, a pair of 3-inch midrange drivers and two 4-inch woofers.

The PSB PWM2 on-wall speaker carries an MSRP of $1,749 each.

The speakers are also less than 4-inches deep and will be available in a choice of satin black or white finishes.

In addition, the PSB PWM2 comes with a soft-magnetic grille, and it ships with a bracket that facilitates its horizontal or vertical mounting capabilities.

Keeping things in the Lenbrook family, the speaker, along with AV receivers, integrated amps or home theater separates meets the lifestyle and performance expectations of today’s audio consumer.

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Robert Archer
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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.

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