Summary: Hands down the best pair of speakers you can buy for $300. The professional reviews aren't hype. I bought these as a gift for a friend. After listening to them I wanted to keep them for myself. Very close in sound quality to my $3,000 speakers.
Summary: I'm blown away by the musicality and sound space of the small, entry level speakers.
Pros: Simply fabulous in the mid-range, especially on vocals and instruments like the clarinet, violin, etc.. The sound space is great as well - "sounds like you're there". Big sound, especially in a small or medium sized room.
Cons: As you would expect from small bookshelf speakers, bass output will be lacking if you are listening to music that wants that. Add a subwoofer in that instance.
Summary: These speakers are incredibly clear. I love the big speaker sound from such a small bookshelf speaker. After listening to many different bookshelf speakers from many differnt manufacturers the PSB Alpha B1 had the best combination of clear, crisp highs and very impressive lows in an econmical package.
Pros: Space saving design. Well made enclosures. Awesome music/movie sound reproduction.
Cons: None so far. I've only used them in my home theater for a couple weeks.
Summary: I've only had these speakers for a few weeks now, but I think they are great so far. They are small, but do better on the low end than I would have guessed. I thought I might have needed a subwoofer, but right now, I am not planning on getting one. Another great things about these PSB's is that they are not picky as far as placement.
Summary: Believe the magazine reviews. The Alpha B1's (mine driven by a Yamaha RX-497) provide sound for my home office. I had suffered with another inexpensive speaker for several years and found myself simply not listening. One of the main reasons people like PSB speakers is they don't get tired of them. Many other speakers have characteristics that catch your ear to begin with but become unpleasant over time.
Summary: I purchased a pair of these over 7 years ago for a dedicated 2 channel system. Fantastic budget speakers. Since then, I have incorporated the Alpha B1's into a 5.1 system with 2 Alpha LR1's, a CLR1 center channel speaker and a Velodyne sub that I had purchased in the late 1990's. Explosive dynamics, clear dialog and great surround effects.
Pros: Very neutral and surprising bass extension for their size and price.
Cons: They really need to be played at slightly higher volume to sound their best so they shouldn't be paired with cheap, low power amplification.
Summary: Bought the last pair available in the store in Bergen and still breaking them in, these small giants reproduce especially fast music like nothing I´ve heard. Listening to Koan´s When the Silence is Speaking, converted by a cheap DacMagic and driven by an old Electrocompaniet AW60 amp, they just pour out a wealth of articulated and detailed music. Some sibilance on female vocals which I´m told will disappear with use. If you come across these just get them.
Summary: Best bang for the buck speaker out there. Fast effortless sound when driven by good electronics. The better the cables and components, the more these speakers shine. It's hard to beat these B1 at this price point.
Pros: Value. Clean sound & smooth across the range. nice finish