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Several reviews over the years have compared them to the Rogers/BBC LS 3A for their ability to give an accurate response to the signal fed. Stereophile still rates them D level after 25 years, so they have continued to improve. The statement that I agree with more than any other is their speed of transient response is only exceeded by electrostatic. The bass cuts off at -10DB to eliminate physical distortion from the woofer movement below 55 HZ. If you dont like the level of detail these produce, then move on to the warm sounding speakers of other manufacturers. Since Ive had mine, I have regularly played older records to hear details Ive never heard before. They are not forgiving, so mistakes will be highlighted quickly. Because I use mine exclusively for stereo reproduction, I use and older Klipsch down firing 8 sub because this size bass driver meshes with speakers better than any other size. Ensure you give a 30-50 hour break in based on how loud you play music before actually listening for your enjoyment.

- Audiolad P, GA
WOW...didnt expect this

I hooked the alpha 1s up to my mom and dads onkyo receiver and was more than a little surprised at the sound quality of these speakers. When I get them home and connected to my amp with substantially better rca Connectors and speaker cables....well, Im confident that the soundstage will actually border on the surreal.

- lawrence obrien, TN
has to be heard to be believed

In the small space I moved my system to, my NHT ST4s just didnt work. I bought the Alpha B1s, and was astonished at the quality of detail, soundstaging and range. Dont be deceived by the 65hz low end. It works with every genre. Jaw dropping right out of the box.

- Terry F, TN
Wow! What sound for under $300.

These little speakers sound darn good for the price. I purchased a pair to temporarily replace my Totem Model 1s while they were repaired. Compared to the much more expensive Totems, the Alphas hold their own. While they may not have the dynamic abilities, sound stage or the low end of the Totems, they sound very natural, musical and provide a very wide and detailed sound stage. The black finish on my pair was also of high quality. The only minor complaint I have is a slight midrange harshness that would cause some fatigue after several hours of listening. Right out of the box this harshness was very pronounced. After 100 hours of break-in, this was very much reduced, but still evident on some recordings. But hey, they cost only $279, so I have to be fair. They most certainly are the best sounding speakers Ive ever heard for less than $300. The great sound of these budget PSB speakers make me wonder how nice the more expensive models would sound. Certainly a great upgrade for a budget system or a small office or bedroom setup.

- Ted P, SC
These speakers

These speakers are going to put other speaker people out of business. How am I going to justify spending more than $300 on speakers from now on? These things are amazing. OMG, I have them in a 12 x 15 foot office, hooked up to NADs 515BEE CD player and 315BEE integrated amp. I feel so foolish now. I spent much more on my equipment in my living room and I only needed this. Try out my set-up listed above before you spend more money. Seriously, for $900 I have the best system I have ever put together.

- Steve F, CA
PSB-Alpha B1-Bookshelf Speakers Good Enough to Turn Hell into Heaven!

Way Under $300 their lives in speaker land a speaker brought to life by PSB a magical company that knows how to create products for the music lover as-well as the hardware devotee. Nothing that is important in the design and construction is left to chance, how PSB can be so picky with a product that comes to us with such love at a very reasonable price point, I do not know. Maybe they have elves working at night for them when their not at Santa Clause working, I bet PSB feeds them better. I love the Product from PSB as I have a fair number of them. They all have the same level of love and magic of the sound and the joy of listening no matter what product you purchase they all are magical.

- Martin G, TX
Good things do come in small packages

Let me state flatly that I am usually leary of customer reviews. Intelligent critique is one of the most difficult forms of writing. Educated, informed, and useful reviews can be hard to come by. So one might rightly ask why am I writing this now? Simply stated; the PSB Alpha 1 speaker is such an outstanding and rare value that I was moved to take a moment and pass on my impression of this product. In short, it lives up to all its reviews and accolades to such an extent that I would not hesitate to recommend these wonderful speakers to the most discriminating audiophile. Magic comes to mind when the price to performance value of the Alpha 1 must be described. You have to live with a hi-fi component for a while before making an informed judgement on the product. I have gladly spent time with this superb product and have only grown to admire the sound of these speakers more and more over time. Good things still do come in small packages! Timeless advice. Timeless value!

- Mark O, VA