PSB SubSeries 150 Subwoofer - Photo Illustrated Review

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PSB SubSeries 150 Subwoofer - Photos and Review

PSB SubSeries 150 Subwoofer - Front View Close-Up Photo
A Photo of the Front View of the PSB SubSeries 150 Powered Subwoofer. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The PSB SubSeries 150 is compact subwoofer solution that can complement a sound bar or under-TV audio system, or a 5.1/7.1 channel speaker system. However, unlike most subwoofer, this one is not an ugly rectangular box. For more details, continue with the following photo-illustrated review.

Shown in this page is view of the front view of the PSB SubSeries 150 Powered Subwoofer.

The basic features of the subwoofer include:

1. Powered Subwoofer with 6 1/2-inch driver in a sealed cabinet (Acoustic Suspension Design)

2. Inputs: RCA LFE or L/R audio cable connection.

3. Outputs: L/R and LFE line outputs (allows connection to a second subwoofer if needed or desired)

4. Power output: 100 Watts RMS - 200 watts peak.

5. Frequency Response: 26-120Hz (+ - 3db On-Axis), Low frequency cut-off 20Hz (at -10db)

6. Crossover: Adjustable from 50 to 150Hz.

7. Driver: 6.5-inch driver.

8. Subwoofer dimensions: (W) 17.8 x (H) 10 7/8 x (D) 3.78-inches.

9. Subwoofer Weight: 13.3 lbs.

10. Available Finish: High Gloss Black.

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PSB SubSeries 150 Subwoofer - Accessories

PSB SubSeries 150 Subwoofer - Accessories
PSB SubSeries 150 - Photo of Accessories. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the accessories that come packaged with the PSB SubSeries 150.

Starting on the left is the Safety Brochure

Moving to the center is a wall mount (should you decide to use this option)

Moving the right of the wall mount is a Quick Start Guide

Moving down to the bottom left are the European and US power cords.

On the bottom right is Warranty info sheet and Rubber Feet for vertical mounting.

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PSB SubSeries 150 Subwoofer Onboard Controls

PSB SubSeries 150 Subwoofer Onboard Controls
PSB SubSeries 150 - Photo of Onboard Controls. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up look at the onboard controls provided on the PSB SubSeries 150.

Starting on the left are the Crossover and Phase (1 to 180 degrees continuous - matches the in/out motion of the subwoofer speaker cone with the in/out motion of the rest of the speakers in a home theater setup) controls.

Moving to right of center is Auto On/Standby control.

Moving to the right is the subwoofer volume controls.

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PSB SubSeries 150 Subwoofer Connections

PSB SubSeries 150 Subwoofer Connections
PSB SubSeries 150 - Photo of Connections. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

On this page is a close-up look at the connections provided on the PSB SubSeries 150.

Shown in this photo are wired Input/Output connection options (in addition to its connection option).

The options are: 1 LFE input, 2 line level/RCA jacks (1in/1out).

The easiest wired connection option is to connect the subwoofer output from a home theater receiver to the RCA line or LFE inputs on the SubSeries 150.

Moving to the right of the connection panel is the Master Power Switch, as well as AC receptacle for the detachable power cord, and USB input. It is important to note that Power Switch must be in the ON position in order for the Standby and Remote Control Power buttons to operate.

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PSB SubSeries 150 Subwoofer Multi-View Photo and Review Summary

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PSB SubSeries 150 Compact Powered Subwoofer. Images provided by PSB Speakers

Here is a 4-way look at the PSB SubSeries 150 Subwoofer showing the different ways it can be setup.

Starting on the top left is look at the PSB SubSeries 150 set up in a vertical configuration as seen from the front.

Moving to the top right is how the subwoofer looks in its vertical configuration as seen from a slight angle.

Moving to the bottom left is an image of the SubSeries 150 as looks when placed in a horizontal configuration with the driver facing upward.

Moving to the bottom right is a view of the SubSeries 150 as seen from behind and slightly above in a vertical setup configuration.

Performance

For this review, I used the SubSeries 150 both a vertical position with the driver facing forward into the listening area, as well as horizontally with the driver facing up. I did not use the wall-mount option.

I found that the PSB SubSeries 150 integrated well with the Alpha VS21 SoundVision Base that PSB provided as a companion piece for this review.

Using the the Digital Video Essentials Disc to get a further idea of how well the subwoofer did with disc-based test tones, I found that the subwoofer pushed out a strong output down to about 30Hz decreasing down to its lowest audible point of about 25Hz, as observed using the audio tests provided on the Digital Video Essentials Disc. Also, from 30Hz on up the subwoofer frequency range (I used the default 80hz crossover point between the SubSeries 150) the bass output was strong at 40Hz, but I did notice a slight dip in the 50 to 60Hz region, and then a return to a stronger output at about 70Hz, just before 80Hz crossover point I employed with between the SubSeries 150 and the VS21.

To test low-frequency performance with movies, I played my standard Blu-ray and DVD test tracks, such as the first battle scene in Master and Commander and the depth charge scene U571 really showed off the deep response and volume output level of the SubSeries 150. On these tracks, the SubSeries 150 effortlessly reproduced the lowest frequencies, producing LFE effects at full impact.

As a music subwoofer, the SubSeries 150 reproduced deep bass response on my standard bass heavy CDs, such as the sliding bass riff on Heart's Magic Man, and the heavy bass present on Sade's Soldier of Love. However, with the textured acoustic bass tracks on the Norah Jones album, Come Away With Me, although the bass was deep, it was also a little muddy.

Final Take

Taking my additional listening experience into consideration, the SubSeries 150 definitely delivered the goods for both movies and music. I would best describe the audio performance of the SubSeries 150 as very good. Low-frequency reproduction was deep but could have been tighter. However, considering this subwoofer is so compact and only has 6.5-inch driver in a sealed cabinet, I was pretty impressed.

SubSeries 150, despite its small driver and compact cabinet, is actually a more impressive subwoofer in the deep bass department than some larger subwoofers I have used or reviewed. However, along with that deepness, there is some muddiness, which reveals itself most prominently on music tracks with acoustic bass.

That being said, the PSB SubSeries 150 is a great subwoofer for the size but could use a little more tightness. Also, its innovative physical design provides flexible installation options. If you purchase the PSB Alpha VS21 VisionSound Base, the PSB SubSeries 150 is a great companion.

The suggested price for the PSB SubSeries 150 is $499.

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NOTE: Some of the specification and feature information contained in review is also included in my previously-posted PSB SubSeries 150 Preview Report.