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REVIEW: PSB Stratus Bronze i Speakers

Model: Stratus Bronze i
Category: Speakers
Suggested Retail Price: $1150 - 1300
Description: A new pair of 6-1/2-inch woofers with felted cones and rubber surrounds. These two drivers operate in a
Manufacturer URL: PSB
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Review by Jeffrey Lee (A) on May 20, 2003 at 10:55:48
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I've enjoyed the Bronzes for more than a year now. That's no surprise as I'm a big PSB fan -- Paul Barton's voicing suits my ears just right -- and have had a slew of PSBs, starting small and ending (so far) with the Bronze.

Slightly dark sound, perfect for majority of CDs, but open and detailed enough to not sound shut in or muddy. Lots of bass. Good imaging. I didn't have much trouble with set-up in my 12x24 living room and get a nice, wide soundstage.

Like all PSBs, it's a versatile speaker. I've run them with a Pioneer SX 727, Scott 299c, Arcam Alpha 9 and Sherwood S-5000. Both of the low-powered tube units had little trouble driving them, although the high-powered solid states could push harder.

As for value, they're hard to beat even at retail. But some careful looking will net you a deal on used or demo. I got mine for $500 from Ambrosia Audio in L.A. and have seen a couple of pair go for around $500-$700 on eBay.

Product Weakness: Some may find them too dark.
Product Strengths: Excellent all-around sound, great value, versatile.

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: Sherwood S-5000 integrated
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Sony 222ES SACD, Rotel 855 TT
Speakers: PSB Bronze.
Cables/Interconnects: Mostly Tara Labs.
Music Used (Genre/Selections): All of them.
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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Topic - REVIEW: PSB Stratus Bronze i Speakers - Jeffrey Lee 10:55:48 05/20/03 (0)

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