PSB unveils Passif 50 Anniversary edition speaker

posted on Friday, 1st July 2022 by Steve May

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Audio specialist PSB has announced the Passif 50 Anniversary Edition loudspeaker in celebration of its 50-year anniversary.

The model calls on five decades of research, and pays homage to the early Passif II model first released in 1974.

The Passif 50 features 1970s inspired elements, like an open-grained walnut veneer cabinet, magnetically attached woven cloth grilles and dedicated stands; there's also a pull tab on the front grille, which sports the retro PSB logo, and a rear-panel plaque adorned by a maple leaf with an inscription that reads, “Passif 50 – 1972-2022.”

The design of the Passif 50 may mirror its 1970’s forefather but it incorporates flagship level components.

The titanium dome tweeter employs a powerful neodymium magnet and ferrofluid damping, for higher output, improved power handling, and reduced distortion. A phase plug in front of the tweeter’s dome directs the tweeter’s output to ensure a wide dispersion beyond the traditional listening window.. A felt pad surrounding the tweeter minimises edge diffraction for improved transparency and more stable imaging.

The woofer and passive radiator have cast aluminium baskets that resist flexing, and filleted rubber surrounds that dampen cone resonances, resulting in smoother response and reduced distortion. Considerable engineering effort was invested in refining the interaction between the woofer and the passive radiator.

All joints in the heavily braced enclosure are mitred for improved fit and finish and reduced cabinet vibration. Featuring dual five-way binding posts, the Passif 50 can be bi-wired or bi-amped.

The Passif 50 will be available in the autumn, retailing at £2499.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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