To Hans Wetzel,
I had gone ahead and placed my order for the PSB Alpha PS1s before I read your response [to my previous letter], as my Audioengine A2s’ power-supply line had broken (I'm waiting on its replacement).
As for my concerns with the PSBs’ ability to be angled downward, I was able to use the Audioengine speakers’ stands with no issues at all -- they work fine.
As for the bass, I find the PS1s’ bass very good! They’re tight, snappy, and not exaggerated. I've always been impressed with PSB speakers, but this is the first pair I've owned. The PS1s just sound more balanced, more articulate, from top to bottom.
The A2s are still great speakers in their own right, and I'll find another home for them, whether as our bedroom's TV speakers or in the kids’ room, paired with an old Fiio E10 headphone amplifier/DAC. I may still try and hear the Emotiva Airmotiv 4, as the Emotiva headquarters are located just outside Nashville, and I'm about an hour and a half from there. That would be a pretty cool little road trip!
Thanks again for the informative review, and keep 'em coming!
Jay, I’m glad that you’re enjoying the Alpha PS1s, though I’m hardly surprised. If I had the space for them, I’d definitely keep them around. And as I said in the review, if they’re good enough for Paul Barton to be using on a daily basis, they’re likely good enough for just about anyone else. Thanks for reading, and keep your eyes open for a review of KEF’s X300A powered loudspeakers in the next few months. . . . Hans Wetzel