Canadian Loudspeaker Maker PSB launches new powered Alpha iQ model

Classic Canadian speaker maker PSB just celebrated its 50th anniversaryThe tenth Anniversary and now look to the future with an all-new pair of power-flowing speakers, the Alpha iQ. The new speakers work with BluOS to create an all-in-one audio system for a modern, tangle-free solution for audiophiles.

Comprised of two bookshelf speakers with built-in speakers and a network broadcaster based on the award-winning BluOS multi-room music platform, the Alpha iQ allows listeners to experience PSB’s “True to Nature” sound with more than 20 streaming services and hundreds of Internet radio stations. The Alpha iQ speakers have a wide range of inputs, so users can connect sources like a vinyl turntable, TV, CD player, or even a game console. Listeners can share music over a home network with up to 63 other BluOS-enabled components.

Setting up and using the Alpha iQ is simple. Simply plug the speakers into a power outlet and then connect the Alpha iQ to a home network using the BluOS Controller app on a smartphone, tablet or PC. Once that’s done, the speakers are ready to play music from more than 20 streaming services supported by BluOS, including many that offer high-resolution audio, such as Amazon Music Ultra HD, Deezer, Qobuz, and Tidal. BluOS also provides access to hundreds of online radio stations covering all musical genres.

Alpha iQ has built-in bi-directional Bluetooth, which supports high-quality aptX-HD codec for wireless streaming from a mobile device. Compatibility with Apple AirPlay 2 allows users to stream music at CD resolution from any iPhone, iPad, or Mac app. Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect are also supported, so listeners can play music in apps for these services, then transfer playback to Alpha iQ.

The left and right speakers communicate via a wireless link rather than a passive cable connection and the system can cover most rooms in a mid-sized home so the music stays synced and clear no matter where the speakers are placed.

Available in satin white and glossy black, the Alpha iQ speakers include a mid-bass 4 polypropylene driver with steel basket and rubber surround, as well as a 0.75 aluminum dome-shaped tweeter with neodymium magnets and ferrofluid damping.

Each speaker has a Class D subwoofer of 60 watts, while each speaker contains a Class D subwoofer of 30 watts, giving a total system output of 180 watts. With powerful woofers, tuned bass ports, and DSP-enabled low-frequency extension, PSB’s Alpha iQ subwoofers can deliver much more bass output than their physical size indicates.

The Alpha iQ uses an active DSP-based crossover. As with many PSB designs, the tweeter is positioned below the woofer for more flexibility in listener placement because the mix between woofer and tweeter remains consistent whether the listener is seated or standing.

The Alpha iQ audiophile-grade DAC supports resolutions up to 24bit/192kHz and has full MQA decoding and Tidal HD streaming. BluOS also allows listeners to enjoy up to four stations with MQA-encoded high-resolution music from Radio Paradise.

Alpha iQ has a wide range of inputs and outputs. The base amplifier has a built-in MM phono preamp, RCA jacks, and a ground terminal, so that vinyl fans can plug into the turntable. The HDMI ARC port allows users to experience audio with TV and movies. There are also optical inputs for connecting a disc player or game console, as well as an auxiliary 3.5mm input for connecting analog sources. Listeners can also use the BluOS app to play music files stored on an external drive connected to the Alpha iQ’s USB port.

For late-night listening, listeners can connect a pair of headphones to the integrated optical/headphone jack or via two-way Bluetooth. For enhanced bass, there is a subwoofer output. When a subwoofer is connected, BluOS turns on a submersible low-pass filter and a pipe high-pass filter, freeing the Alpha iQ from having to produce deep bass.

Listeners can manage the Alpha iQ process with the BluOS Controller app available for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows. Touch controls are located on the top of the primary speaker for quick adjustments without using the app to change volume, pause, and resume playback. With Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri, voice control is also possible.

Like all BluOS-enabled components, PSB’s Alpha iQ BluOS speakers can be integrated into popular smart home systems, including Control4, Crestron, ELAN, RTI and URC. Learning IR commands is available for listeners using coordinated remote controls to operate multiple audio/visual devices.

Pricing and Availability: The PSB Alpha iQ can be pre-ordered today and costs $1,499 / £1,299 / €1,499. Retail availability will begin in late November 2022.

More information: psbspeakers.com

Technical Specifications:

  • 4″ polypropylene mid-bass driver with steel basket and rubber surround.
  • 0.75″ aluminum dome-shaped tweeter with neodymium magnets and ferrofluid cooling.
  • Fully active design, with DSP crossover and dedicated amplifiers per driver: 60 watts per woofer and 30 watts per woofer.
  • Tuned port and bass extension support DSP for excellent LF performance.
  • Low-latency wireless connection between primary and secondary speakers for tangle-free installation.
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • A compact network streaming device based on the award-winning BluOS multi-room music platform.
  • Integrated support for more than 20 streaming services, including many that offer high-resolution, high-resolution audio.
  • Music can be played by up to 63 plug-ins that support BluOS technology.
  • Audiophile class DAC with maximum resolution of 24bit/192kHz.
  • The ability to decode and display MQA for a high-resolution stream of tides.
  • Apple AirPlay 2 support for streaming from iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices.
  • Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect.
  • MM phono, HDMI eARC, optical and auxiliary inputs.
  • USB port for connecting an external drive containing music files.
  • Subwoofer output with DSP enabled low and high pass filters.
  • Support for Control4, Crestron, ELAN, RTI and URC home control systems.
  • Alexa support, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri voice control.
  • Infrared learning capability to operate the Alpha iQ with coordinated remote controls.