PSB T3 I have not heard better bass from a floor standing/tower, have you? Under $7.5K


Dear all,

Although a long time member of Audiogon I am a relative novice at this so please be gentle with me!:)

I live in Singapore and recently was able to audition the PSB T3 floor standing speakers, when I had gone to the dealers to pick up a new Bluesound Node 2i.

The music I heard coming out of the PSB T3 had the best bass (Tight, punchy and articulate) I have ever heard from a tower speaker. The amp was a not so powerful NAD M10 (class D). Admittedly, it is very likely that the dealers audition room was perhaps well treated for such a bass response. There was no subwoofer playing.The rest of the sound spectrum was also very balanced. Vocals were amazing. The top end was very good, but not perfectly airy. perhaps the only very minor criticism i had.

My question to all of you is: Has anyone heard A/B'ed a tower speaker in under $7.5K range with the PSB T3 that can better the bass of the PSB T3?
charan
I wouldn’t chase the “deepest” or “best-ever” or “...?? Insert adjective ” (note . That is a subjective biased and undefined term)  bass reproduction possible on ANY single speaker - .floor-stander or standmount  ....full-stop.

Deep bass needs to be reproduced as “accurate, tight, crisp and FAST”. Going “deep bass” without this frequently creates muddy, bloated , and wooly with a bass overhang that swamps the performance. The “deep” chase becomes an illusion towards audio OZ.

Here’s an extract from an article that explains it  well

”.... The  #1 benefit of adding a high quality subwoofer to your system is not how it further extends the bass response, but how it can dramatically improve the sound of your existing power amp and main speakers from the midrange on up. That, my friends, is by far the most compelling reason to add a sub to your high-end music system. Once your main speakers are freed from the burden of making deep bass, they will sound cleaner, faster and clearer, especially in the midrange and mid-bass....”

They will also image way better because there will be far less air pressure and therefore resonance and vibration affecting their cabinet walls. 

And since the power required to make the deep bass is provided by the subwoofer’s built-in amplifier, your main power amp will be free from that burden and begin to sound like a much more powerful amplifier. ...”
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Problem with that is if you use the crossover from sub a speaker like a T3 loses its reason for being unless you just play rock . You loose the great mid and treble for bass , bad trade .A sub with a crossover as good as T3 would cost
more the T3 itself .
Dear akg_ca & schubert,

Thank you very much for your responses.

I am shying away from a sub for reasons that schubert has mentioned. Hence was looking at 'one stop solution' in a floor standing speaker.

I will scout this forum and the internet to see if there are any A/B comparisons with the PSB T3.


The PSB T3 are perhaps the Best Buy out there for high end speakers.  

Google PSB T3 Reviews.  
Haven't heard the PSB but I'm very happy with my Scansonic MB-6 designed by Michael Borresen of Raidho. IMHO they are giving them away these days.