PSB Synchrony B600 Loudspeakers Review
November 22, 2021 § Leave a comment
Ideally, I wouldn’t have any preconceived notions about the outcome of these direct comparisons, but I can’t help it, I’m human. In this case, I knew going in that both of these competently designed speakers are engineered to sound neutral, following each company’s evolution of the NRC-derived frequency-response curve for in-room performance. So, did I hear similar tonality from top to bottom from both speakers? Yes, absolutely, with one key difference at the lowest reaches of the frequency spectrum—the PSBs easily outclassed the Revels in terms of bass extension, and also had slightly more impact and punch in the midbass region.
For example, when listening to Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” through the PSBs, the first thing I noticed was the extra fullness in the bass, which gave more “feel” in the seat of my chair. Overall, the PSBs delivered a more satisfying listening experience. Please note that I consider the Revels to have good, solid bass for average-sized standmounted speakers—it’s just that the B600s are not simply good, but great in this regard. However, the rest of the frequency range was close to identical for both pairs of speakers, at least to my ears. The Revels might’ve exhibited a hair more sibilance than the PSBs on Raitt’s S sounds on the track, with the PSBs delivering a more relaxed sound, but it was close. Conversely, I think I heard more nuanced microdetail, or shimmer, as I like to call it, in the cymbal crashes through the Revels. But, honestly, I was splitting hairs—outside of the bass region, the two sets of speakers sounded very similar.