PSB’s founder and chief designer Paul Barton has been developing products at a prolific rate over the past few years with new bookshelf, in-wall and freestanding speakers, as well as a complete line of headphone products.
Turning his attention to the TV speaker base category, Barton’s latest sound solution is the VS21 with VisionSound. This new space-friendly, home theater speaker is designed to rest underneath an HDTV to enhance the audio capabilities of a product that’s universally criticized for delivering terrible sound.
“Today’s flat-panel TVs have outstanding picture quality, but their sound leaves much to desired,” states Barton. “Their cabinets have gotten so thin that there is no opportunity for even passable sound quality. It is well documented that good sound enhances the viewer’s experience so our goal with the VS21 was to deliver nothing short of stunning sound quality for both video and audio applications.”
PSB states the room-friendly speaker system employs an active three-way design that includes six independent amplifiers that deliver a total of 100 watts and a driver array highlighted by dual woofers.
The Canadian speaker company points out the VS21 offers features such as a dialog mode that separates vocals from background sounds to make speech more intelligible, as well as its WideSound mode that delivers 3D processing to make movie watching more enveloping, and Dolby’s Late Night technology, which reduces sudden loud sounds, while raising the level of softer sounds to allow viewers to watch TV at lower volume levels.
Other features of the VS21 speaker base include Bluetooth aptX wireless audio streaming capabilities and a subwoofer output to augment the speaker system’s low-frequency capabilities.