PSB Speakers; Paul Barton, founder; First commercial product:
1st Canadian servo-feedback, full-range speaker
II (Servo, 1st Flagship)
speaker company to use National Research Council facilities
in Ottawa for research and product development
PSB speaker designed from start to finish at NRC
into USA market; first
CES Design & Engineering Award
PSB passive sub
Anniversary Flagship product:
Canadian CES Innovations in Design
of maximum value product (leading to Alpha)
and Lenbrook join forces; New R series introduced
Flagship product, the Stratus, evolved from Project
Stereophile - Recommended Component
participation in NRC's "Smart speaker" Athena
Project: (through 1995)
Series and CS Series
20MKII/CS 180/CS 160
Redesign of Stratus to New Stratus -
Stereophile Recommended Component
First Architectural speaker
Stratus Gold review ("the
Gold becomes Stereophile Recommended
Introduction of Stratus Mini
Introduction of Alpha (media acclaim!)
"Best Buy at CES" by Stereophile's Jack
Alpha becomes Stereophile Recommended
PSB Series supersedes MK II and CS
Stratus Silver supersedes New Stratus
PSB powered subwoofer and center channel
Stratus Mini and PSB 500 become Stereophile
Stratus Gold, Alpha win Audio Video
International's Hi-Fi Grand Prix Award
Alpha Home Theater system and PSB 500 win
Sound & Vision's Critic's
Subsonic II selected by CD Review as Best
Silver becomes Stereophile Recommended
Stratus Mini/PSB 100C/Alpha Subsonic win Sound
& Vision's Critic's Choice Award
First PSB shielded bookshelf, and new subwoofer
Two new center-channel speakers
Second powered sub; second tower in PSB Series
Stratus C5/PSB 200C
uses PSB system to demonstrate AC-3 at CES
First PSB quasi-dipole surrounds
Expansions and updates
Audio Video International "Speaker
of the Year" (Stratus Silver)
Two more Stereophile Recommended
Components (100C, Subsonic II)
Alpha Home Theater System wins CD Review Best
Strong SGHT reviews of Alpha and New Stratus
Mini Home Theater systems
Strong reviews and recommendations of various speakers (Alpha,
PSB 300, Stratus Gold, Stratus Silver, Stratus Mini, Stratus
C5, 100C, Subsonic III by New York Times (4
recommendations), Opera News, Sound & Image, Stereo
Review, Audio Video Buyers Guide, Classic CD, Inside Track
Stratus C6/New Stratus Mini
to Stereophile's Recommended
Stereo Review cites PSB 1000 for "flattest
response we have measured from a speaker"
BANNER YEAR FOR NEW STRATUS MINI:
Stereophile Recommended Component,
Stereophile Award as
Budget Component of The Year
Century Series supersedes PSB Series
Alpha awarded Audio-Video International Hi-Fi
Grand Prix Award
New Alpha Family introduced (with first of new powered
PSB 300 and 500 strongly recommended
by New York Times
Stereophile round-up of "Best Sounds at
the Stereophile Show" says
"perhaps the most remarkable in
view of its price was the new Alpha Mini."
Absolute Sound says Alpha Minis "have
to be heard to be believed."
$ensible Sound highly recommends New Stratus
SGHT article cites "Stellar
System" with Stratus Silvers, New Stratus
Alpha SubSonic 1
Innovations Award for the Alpha Family
Stereophile review by Tom Norton reaffirms
performance of Stratus Gold: "This
was one of my favorite loudspeakers when I first reviewed
it. A lot of other loudspeakers have come and gone since
then, but the Stratus Gold is still here, and my high
opinion of it is unchanged."
Complete redesign and rebuild of anechoic chamber at NRC.
25th Anniversary celebrated at Hi-Fi '97 with introduction
of Stratus Gold.
New powered subwoofer for Century Series.
Dolby uses PSB system to demonstrate AC-3 at Hi-Fi '97.
Review of Alpha Mini Home Theater system in Stereophile
Guide to Home Theater summarizes, "The
bottom line is this: The PSB setup costs $374 less than the
other two systems under consideration [JBL SCS 120, Bose
Acoustimass10 systems] and sounds better than either one."
Review of Century 400i by Julian Hirsch in Stereo
Review says: "All in
all, the PSB Century 400i provides first rate
sound at a bargain-basement price. An excellent value!"
Re-reviewing Stratus Mini in the October-November
issue of $ensible Sound, Tom Lyle says: "Here
are speakers that give you an accurate portrayal of the
actual event that was recorded onto the tape, and encoded or
pressed onto CD, LP, Mini-Disk, DAT, DVD, Elcasette, 8-track
cartridge, or whatever medium du jour one is
New Stratus subwoofer with "BASH"
Review of Stratus Gold
in Stereophile says "This
is one fine design. At slightly under $2400[$2699]/pair ,
is going to put a serious crimp in the sales of its more
expensive competitors. Enthusiastically recommended."
Enthusiastic review of Century 600i in Fi.
Stratus Silver and Alpha SubSat combination (SubSonic
1 and Mites) receive Audio-Video
International's Hi-Fi Grand Prix Award.
Review in Audiophile Voice praises Century
1000i, and says: "Paul
Barton's speakers render a full and sweeping palette of
glowing, vibrant music."
Century SubSonic 2i
Stratus SubSonic 3i
Innovations Award to Stratus
Review in Audio calls Stratus Golds "Standout
performers" with "deep
and powerful bass coupled with an extended and smooth high
First review of Stratus
SubSonic 3i, in Stereo Review, cites its "Olympic-level
performance" and places it in the "killer,
high-tech, high-output subwoofers" category.
Review of Century Home Theater System (Century 600i,
SubSonic 2i) by Lawrence B. Johnson in Audio Video
Interiors says "As a
home theater suite, the PSB array was sweet indeed."
And "The Century 300i may
be the most attractive speaker value today."
Audio review by Corey Greenberg of Alpha Home Theater
System calls new Alpha-A/V
"a cut above the
originals"..."with a cleaner and more
sophisticated high end," praises
Mini's "livelier and more
detailed midrange," and says the Alpha
SubSonic 1 "is an
excellent, budget priced sub. It has much more slam and
finesse than I would normally expect from an under $500
First review in Stereophile says: "With
good to excellent performance in just about every specific
area you can think of, the Stratus Bronze is a bona fide
Bronze added to Stereophile Recommended
SubSonic 3i named 1998 "Reviewer's
Choice" by Stereo Review.
AudioVideo International Hi-Fi
Grand Prix Awards go to Stratus
SubSonic 3i and Alpha
Mini and Alpha
A/V chosen as $ensible Choices
by The $ensible Sound.
$ensible Sound reviewer cites Stratus
for "The best recreation of a
concert hall listening experience that I have heard from a
single pair of box speakers."
Image 3LR gets top rating in comparative review in Sound
Alpha Center, Alpha Subzero, and Alpha
SubSonic 5 added to Alpha
Nine PSB speakers on Stereophile list of Recommended
International Hi-Fi Grand Prix awards to Stratus
Bronze, Stratus SubSonic 3i Alpha Mini/SubSonic
1 combination, Century 300i.
M6x6.1, M6x1, M6.1R, M6.1S.
1B, 2B, 3LR, 4T, 5T,
8C, 9C, SubSonic 6.
Alpha SubZero/SubSonic 5
Series becomes a runaway success, achieving highest
sales ever for a new PSB series.
Recommended Components from Stereophile and Stereophile
Guide to Home Theater.
1B joins Alpha
SubSonic 5, Stratus
Mini, and Stratus
as "Staff Picks" from The $ensible Sound.
The Perfect Vision bestows a rave
review on an Image Home Theater System centered on the Image
6T, which "made music and
film soundtracks sound alive and vibrant." The
review adds that "the Image
SubSonic 6 subwoofer was amazing for the price. I had to
remind myself that this was a $650 subwoofer, not a $1,500
New Stratus subwoofer and center-channel speakers. Stratus
Subsonic 7 Stratus
New bipolar surround design offers "best of both worlds"
6T, 7PT, 10S
Stratus SubSonic 7
Stratus C5i and C6i
LR and CLR
7PT earns Innovations Award at
Consumer Electronics Show.
Audio Ideas Guide greets Alpha Intro Home Theater
system (Intro CLRs, LRs, and ALpha SubZero) with glowing review,
saying that it "pretty much kills the competition in
its price range and above."
The Perfect Vision awards "Editors' Choice"
honors to Image Home Theater System (Image 3LRs, 9C,
4T joins Stereophile Recommended
Components list, offering "a lot of technology for
Alpha Family (Alpha B, Alpha C, Alpha T) makes debut,
offering still more performance, versatility, and value.