PSB SubSeries 450 DSP Controlled Subwoofer – Gloss Black
The SubSeries 450 is a compact yet very powerful subwoofer housed in a beautifully finished fine furniture cabinet. PSB’s legendary design and engineering prowess is evident in the choice of a 12” active woofer supported by two 10” passive radiators (PR). This sub is dead flat to 20Hz and can produce well in excess of 100dB sound pressure level at these ‘felt not heard’ extremes. here is plentiful power to reproduce movie sound effects at lifelike levels. The SubSeries 450 is also exceptionally accurate and musical, and can clearly enunciate the full power and majesty of a live symphony orchestra.
The 12” (30cm) active woofer is built on a powerful motor using 75oz (2.1kg) magnet and 2-3/4” (70mm) voice coil for high efficiency and power handling. The 6” (152mm) spider assures perfect alignment at high SPLs which directly translates into very low distortion. The treated felt cone offers an ideal combination of stiffness and damping. Combined with a 1” (25mm) rubber surround this driver can respond to the lowest frequencies while maintaining perfect pistonic motion without ‘cone breakup’ often encountered on lesser drivers. To extend bass response into the infrasonic region two 10” (25cm) passive radiators are used to sum the back wave output of the woofer with the front wave. The PRs are free of any wind noise or ‘port chuff’ that can be a problem at very high sound pressures.
The SubSeries 450 employs a very advanced amplifier developed by NAD specifically for this application. The massive power supply, capable of the instantaneous high current required for accurate and powerful bass response, is combined with an advanced Class D output stage. This amplifier features an extremely high damping factor and high current output, two of the most important parameters for tight and powerful bass output. It is also highly efficient and includes a very low power (<0.5W) standby mode, making the woofer instantly available yet very low in power consumption.
The use of digital signal processing has allowed PSB’s engineering team to maximize all aspects of performance; low bass extension with low distortion, freedom from overload, and ideal crossover characteristics. Adjustments for crossover frequency and level, as well as variable phase/delay, perfectly align the woofer with the full range speakers in the acoustic system.
The careful engineering and precision manufacture of the SubSeries 450 results in truly astounding performance, especially considering the compact dimensions of this top of the line subwoofer. Truly flat response at 20Hz is accurately reproduced bringing motion picture sound tracks to life. Music also benefits mightily from the low bass extension of a good subwoofer, opening up the sound stage and reproducing the atmosphere of a good live recording. Instruments rich in low frequencies, from pipe organs and timpani, to basses and synthesizers all benefit from the tight, accurate, and powerful response of PSBs best ever subwoofer.