PSB Passif 50 – real retro – Sound & Vision

That a speaker manufacturer recreates classic models from forgotten times is something we probably see regularly. Just ask JBL, who has had great success with his Classic series with L100 Classic in the tip. Or English Mission which also made it very good.

But Canadian PSB stands out with the price of the most authentic retro speaker. On the occasion of the company’s anniversary, they have made a new interpretation of the Passif II model from 1974.

It is not cabinets in walnut veneer that impress us the most. Nor do the coarsely woven fabric fronts that also ooze nostalgia.

The fact is that the PSB Passif 50, as the new speaker is called, was designed by the same man who was behind the original model. Namely the company’s chief engineer and founder, Paul Barton, who has been at the helm of PSB for all 50 years!

PSB Passif 50 Front 3 4 Pair on Stands Right Grill
PSB Passif 50 is designed by the same man who made the original model – in 1974. (Photo: PSB)

The speaker really looks like something that could have been built in 1972. Including the company logo that the young Paul once drew in a geography class. But behind the front fabric hides more modern speaker units.

Passif 50 is a two-way speaker with 1 ″ titanium tweeter with neodymium magnet and magnetic oil in the voice coil, a 6.5 ″ bass / midrange unit and an 8 ″ slave bass.

So far we know nothing about a Norwegian price for PSB Passif 50, but the European price will be EUR 2999, and it can be bought from September. It is not specified in the press release whether the price is for a couple or per piece.

PSB is today part of the Lenbrook Group, which is best known for NAD.

PSB Passive 50

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