PSB Passif 50
Speakers With Stands

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PSB Passif 50 Speakers With Stands

Reimagining the past.

The Passif 50 Standmount Loudspeaker evokes the storied history of PSB Speakers and harkens back to a legendary design. In 1974, PSB Founder and Chief Designer Paul Barton released the Passif II, one of the first speakers to sonically demonstrate the scientific principles and philosophies behind PSB’s ‘True to Nature’ sound signature which encompassed tonal accuracy, spatial realism and freedom from distortion.

Paying tribute to the Passif II, the Passif 50 enhances and optimizes the classic standmount design, incorporating the most current PSB componentry and technology trickled down from PSB’s flagship models. The result is a speaker that alludes to a nostalgic 70’s look but achieves a level of performance well beyond the capabilities of its ancestors. Featuring innovative technology and gorgeous retro design, the Passif 50 honours the past, embraces the future, and delivers the finest, ‘True to Nature’ sound of PSB.

Behind the Design

Original PSB Logo

The pull tab on the front grille of the Passif 50 sports the retro PSB logo. It was in a grade eleven high school geography class where Paul Barton designed this logo using Lestraset, the same class where he met his wife and highschool sweetheart, Sue – the woman behind the ‘S’ in ‘PSB’.

A Heritage of Sound

With open-grained walnut veneer enclosures, magnetically attached woven cloth grilles, and dedicated floorstands, the Passif 50 features a retro aesthetic while being constructed with modern materials. A rear-panel plaque adorned by a maple leaf on the back carries an inscription that reads, “Passif 50 – 1972-2022.”

Modern Technology Meets a Vintage Design

The design Passif 50 mirrors its Passif II forefather in aesthetics while incorporating the most current flagship level componentry backed up by 50 years of acoustic research and refinement. The result is a speaker that evokes a sense of nostalgia while delivering an outstanding performance.

Grounded in Science

The Passif 50 leverages five decades of acoustics research and design experience. Since the early 1970s, PSB has been an active participant in the world-famous acoustics program at Canada’s National Research Council. An engineering team led by PSB founder and chief designer Paul Barton measures prototypes in the NRC’s anechoic chamber, then correlates these measurements with extensive subjective listening tests. This process has led to an unbroken series of products acclaimed by listeners and reviewers for their tonal fidelity, spatial realism, and effortless dynamics – even at high listening levels. The Passif 50 Standmount Loudspeaker is the latest product of PSB’s time-tested design process.

Leading Edge

While the Passif 50 has a similar driver complement to the Passif I and Passif II, it’s a ground-up design, with an all-new driver platform and enclosure. The result is a speaker that accurately reproduces music exactly as the creators intended – without colouration of any kind.

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 and consistent dispersion well beyond the traditional listening window. This creates a wide and deep soundstage with very acute imaging which isn’t reliant on a precise listening position. A felt pad surrounding the tweeter minimizes edge diffraction for improved transparency and more stable imaging.

The woofer and passive radiator have cast aluminum 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. The result is a state of perfect balance of their opposing forces.

Truly Timeless

While the Passif 50’s enclosure profile is similar to its classic forebears, there are several important differences. The Passif 50 is sold in mirror-imaged pairs. Having both tweeters on the inside of the soundstage results in improved imaging. 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.

In addition to their warm walnut veneer enclosures, woven cloth grilles, and dedicated stands, the Passif 50 has numerous anniversary edition aesthetic elements. These include a pull tab on the front grille, which sports PSB’s original logo, and a rear-panel plaque adorned by a maple leaf and an inscription that reads, “Passif 50 – 1972-2022.” With its cutting-edge technology and gorgeous retro design, the Passif 50 honours the past, embraces the future, and delivers sound that is True to Nature.

Features and Details:

  • 1" titanium dome tweeter with ferrofluid damping and neodymium magnet
  • 5" woofer and 8" passive radiator with cast aluminum baskets, paper cones, and filleted rubber surrounds
  • Retro-styled open-grained walnut veneer enclosure and dedicated speaker stands
  • Magnetically attached woven cloth grilles
  • 50th anniversary design touches, including original PSB logo and pull tab on the grille, and rear-panel plaque that reads “Passif 50 – 1972-2022,” adorned by a maple leaf
  • Felt surrounding the tweeter minimizes edge diffraction
  • Bi-wirable/bi-ampable five-way gold-plated binding posts
  • Speaker alone dimensions: 660mm H x 280mm W x 2540mm D (26” x 11” x 10”)
  • Speaker with stand dimensions: 870mm H × 280mm W × 254mm D (34” x 11” x 10”)

Frequency Response

On Axis @0 +/- 3db50-20,000Hz
On axis @0 +/- 1 1/2db70-16kHz
off Axis @ 30 =/- 1 1/2db70-10,000Hz
LF Cut Off @0 - 10db30Hz

Sensitivity

Anechoic87dB
Listening Room89dB

Impedance

Nominal6 Ohms
Minimum4 Ohms

Input Power

Recommended30-200 Watts
Program200 Watts

Acoustic Design

Tweeter1” (25mm) titanium dome with ferrofluid and neodymium magnet
Woofer6.5” (165mm) cast aluminum basket, paper cone, and filleted rubber surround
Crossover1800Hz, LR4
Design Type2 way with passive radiator

General

Dimensions26” x 11” x 10”
Size Without Stands (W x H x D)660mm × 280mm × 254mm ”
(26”x 11” x 10”)
Size With Stands (W x H x D)870mm H × 280mm W × 254mm D
(34” x 11” x 10”)
Net Weight30.3 lbs (13.7kg) per speaker
Gross Carton Weight48.5 lbs (22 kg) per speaker
Finishopen-grain walnut veneer
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