PSB announces Alpha iQ streaming headphones

residence Amplifiers It has come a long way from its reliance on components, amplifiers, and cables to play the different sounds we depend on. Comprehensive built-in speaker setups that do everything from built-in amplification to Music streaming services Wireless and physical connectivity for just about anything is on the rise, and Canadian speaker makers PSB have added their contribution, announcing the launch of the Alpha iQ Streaming Powered Speakers.

Available for pre-order online October 19, this $1500 bookshelf speaker set led by BluOSa multi-room wireless network sound system created by its parent company PSB, based in Ontario Lynbrook Internationalwhich also owns NAD and rival Sonos Bluesound.

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For such a compact set of bookshelf speakers, the Alpha iQs package has plenty of connectivity options, including HDMI ARC To connect to home theater systems such as televisions, audio and video receivers, and optical input for CD players or game consoles, a 3.5mm AUX input for connecting analog sources, and even a built-in speaker for Turntable connection Directly to its RCA line input. There is also an external subwoofer jack that, when connected, uses low and high pass filters that allow Subwoofer To do all the heavy bass lift of the main speakers, allowing for greater bass in music and movies.

Wireless connectivity prevails in the Alpha iQs as well, largely with BluOS and the console app it supports on a smartphone, tablet or computer. Capable of lossless wireless transmission of music up to 24bit/192kHz with full MQA decoding and rendering, BluOS supports more than 20 online streaming services and radio stations, including high-resolution audio sources such as Amazon Music Ultra HD (highest resolution), Deezer, TidesYou can send this audio to any BlueOS-enabled speaker in your home. broadcast 2 Compatibility expands this, allowing you to stream Apple Lossless from Apple Music to speakers as well. There’s Bluetooth connectivity too, with two-way aptX HD support, to play wirelessly from smartphones and connect Bluetooth headphones for quiet listening. There is also an Ethernet port for those who prefer hard wires.

On the speaker hardware side, there’s nothing to fear here with the PSB’s reputation for “True to Nature” sound quality. With a total system output of 180 watts from a built-in Class D subwoofer driving every 4-inch mid-bass woofer and a 0.75-inch dome woofer, we’re pretty sure these understated bookshelf speakers will pack a punch . A lossless wireless link connection brings the left and right speakers together, eliminating messy wires and giving more options for placement. They come in black and white options.

If the price tag sounds extravagant, it’s actually on par with some other powered speakers in the space, like the $1,400 premium speaker. KEF LSX IIs. Other more affordable options are also appearing, such as the much larger Fluance Elite Ai81 . tower speakers. And with more consumers looking for all-in-one speaker solutions to power the wide range of sources they have now, we’ll see this market only grow.

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