PSB Alpha AM3 is a 2-way Powered Bass Reflex Bookshelf speaker by PSB. Alpha AM3's built-in amplifier provides 70-watt RMS. The built-in power amplifier saves space & eliminates the need to connect PSB Alpha AM3 to a stereo receiver or external power amp. It features a 0.75" Hard-Dome Tweeter and 1 x 4" Polypropylene Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 56-20k Hz. PSB Alpha AM3 has an MSRP of 449$ per pair.
What are the speakers in PSB's Alpha Series?
Alpha AM3 is a member of PSB's Alpha series of Powered speakers. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
PSB Alpha Series Speakers
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What is the Frequency Response of the PSB Alpha AM3 speaker?
PSB Alpha AM3 has a Frequency response range of 56-20k Hz. At a minimum frequency of 56 Hz, Alpha AM3 will provide an average bass depth. Unfortunately, the PSB Alpha AM3 doesn't have a subwoofer out so it is not possible to pair it with a subwoofer to extend the bass response of your system.
Here we have a comparison of how Alpha AM3's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
PSB Alpha AM3 comes with a handheld remote which is obviously very useful to control your powered speakers from a distance.
PSB Alpha AM3 employs Built-in 5.0 Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from your Bluetooth-enabled devices such as Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC, Mac computers/laptops. Alpha AM3 can playback up to 24-bit / 48 kHz with compatible devices.
PSB Alpha AM3 supports the following Bluetooth Codecs when used with supported devices:
Inputs and Outputs
- 3.5mm Minijack Input
- USB Port: microUSB
- Phono Input
- Digital Input: Optical
PSB Alpha AM3 External Dimensions and Weight
PSB Alpha AM3 has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 8.6875 x 5.1875 x 8.125inch (220.7 x 131.8 x 206.4mm ).
Base Surface Area
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base area of PSB Alpha AM3 is approximately 272.0cm2 / 42.2inch2.
To get a better perspective on the real life size of PSB Alpha AM3, let's compare it with a standard size Compact Disc which has a diameter of 4.7inch (120mm).
Here we place the PSB Alpha AM3 virtually next to a standard width amplifier and turntable on a BDI Octave Media Cabinet to get a better idea about the size.
The PSB Alpha AM3 weighs 4.50kg / 9.9lbs per piece. Here is a comparison of how Alpha AM3's weight compares with the average, max and min weights in its class.
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How does the PSB Alpha AM3 compare to the PSB Alpha AM5?
One of the natural alternative to the PSB Alpha AM3 is the Alpha AM5 which is located one step higher in PSB's Powered Bookshelf selection.
Here is a scaled size comparison of these two speakers to give you an idea how their external dimensions compare:
Check the Detailed Comparison of PSB Alpha AM3 vs Alpha AM5 for more details.
Cabinet type and Materials
PSB Alpha AM3 has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet and a MDF, Wood-grain vinyl finish. Bass Reflex type loudspeakers (aka Ported, Vented or Reflex Port) have enclosures that uses a port, hole or vent cut into the cabinet. Ported designs are generally more efficient than the Sealed designs.
PSB Alpha AM3 comes with 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
which you can use to secure your loudspeaker on the surface that you are putting on. It is always recommended to use some kind of feet under all types of speakers. Besides limiting the movement of the speakers, it also compensates for non-flat surfaces and limits the contact surface area of the speaker. Rubber based feet also help isolating the vibrations within certain frequency ranges.
PSB Alpha AM3 is a rear-firing port speaker so you have to make sure you leave enough space between the back of the speaker and wall or bookshelf so that it has room to breathe.
PSB Alpha AM3 is available in Matte Black and Matte White.
Alpha AM3 doesn't sport any built-in mounting bracket, so you need an external structure to mount it on walls.
Does the PSB Alpha AM3 come with a Grille?
Alpha AM3 comes with Magnetic grilles. The purpose of the grille is to protect the delicate driver elements from external impacts while still allowing the sound to pass as clearly as possible.
What's in the Box of PSB Alpha AM3?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of Alpha AM3:
Powered speaker Passive speaker 2 Grilles AC power adapter (attached 45-inch DC cord) 4-feet AC power cord Remote control (PSR-1) 2 AAA batteries 8-feet Speaker cable 58-inch Stereo minijack cable 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet Connection Diagram Warranty Card
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the PSB Alpha AM3, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for PSB Alpha AM3
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the PSB Alpha AM3 speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for PSB Alpha AM3
1 Year of parts warranty and 1 Year of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.