PSB VisionSound 300 Speaker System and Marantz SR8500 A/V Receiver At A Glance & Ratings PSB

At A Glance: PSB VisionSound VS300 Speaker system


Speaker: VS300
Type: On-wall or stand-mounted 2.5-way speaker
Tweeter (size in inches, type): 1, aluminum dome
Woofer (size in inches, type): 4.5, polypropylene cone (2)
Nominal Impedance (ohms): 6
Recommended Amp Power: 25 to 100 watts
Available Finishes: Black or Titanium with matching grilles
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 26.3 x 6.3 x 5.3
Weight (pounds): 11
Price: $749/each

Subwoofer: SubSeries 5i
Connections: Stereo line-level inputs and stereo speaker-level inputs and outputs
Enclosure Type: Bass reflex
Woofer (size in inches, type): 10, polypropylene cone
Power Rating (watts): 150 (RMS), 450 (peak)
Crossover Bypass: Yes
Available Finishes: Black Ash, Maple, or Cherry vinyl veneers
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 16.5 x 12.3 x 14.8
Weight (pounds): 31.1
Price: $499

These listings are based on the manufacturer's stated specs; the HT Labs box below indicates the gear's performance on our test bench.

Ratings: PSB VisionSounds VS300 Speaker System

Build Quality: 92
• The VS300's complex aluminum extrusions have the look and feel of expensive speakers
• Beautifully executed fit and finish

Value: 92
• PSB's unique engineering solutions deliver off-the-wall sound from an on-wall design
• Upscale design looks smart next to flat-screen televisions

Features: 92
• First-class 4.5-inch woofers and 1-inch tweeter
• High-power amplifier in subwoofer

Performance: 92
• Easygoing demeanor pulls the best sound from less-than-perfect-sounding discs
• Identical speakers for the front, center, and surround positions cater to my preferences

Ergonomics: 97
• The VS300's highly versatile mounting options cover all bases
• Love the SubSeries 5i's front-mounted volume controls

Overall Rating: 93
Let's face it. A lot of on-wall speakers sound flat, washed out, and thin, so the PSB VisionSound VS300's fulsome balance was a very pleasant surprise.

General Information
VisionSound VS300 On-Wall/Stand-Mounted Speaker, $749/each
SubSeries 5i Subwoofer, $499
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