PSB Alpha T20 Loudspeaker $649 Review

March 11, 2020 § Leave a comment

“Vocal naturalism and detail were the prime beneficiaries of the T20’s largely balanced behavior. Notwithstanding the fact that I enjoy listening to singers, vocalists with their broad multi-octave range provide a good tool for evaluating midrange and upper midrange performance and coherence. Ana Caram’s vocal on “Fly Me To the Moon” remained a lovely, breezy, bossa nova” take on this classic tune. The throaty, torchy vocals of Holly Cole were equally expressive, and even low-level details like the handclaps during Cole’s version of “Jersey Girls” sounded fleshy and alive rather than like wood blocks struck together. At $649/pair for the entire speaker, one can’t help but wonder how expensive the tweeter could be; yet on a track like Harry Connick Jr’s “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” it just sounded expensive. Connick’s simple open arrangement of vocal, piano, acoustic bass, and sax was persuasively transparent, quick on transients, and nicely controlled overall.

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