PSB Speakers Image SubSonic 6 Floorstanding Speakers

3.73/5 (11 Reviews) MSRP : $600.00


Product Description

The Image SubSonic 6 subwoofer is a powerful performer in the ultra-low range where the bottom-end impact of music and movies lies. An ideally smooth complement to either an Image tower or compact monitor, the SubSonic 6 combines a heavy 12-inch woofer with an amplifier that provides 130 watts continuous power, 220 watts dynamic power, and 440 watts peak power. It also offers PSB's unique acoustic interface circuitry, which helps deliver both short-term "slam" and long-term sustained low frequencies without ever becoming unmusical.


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Todd Kietzman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I bought this sub just for home theater. It does an alright job, I was hoping for a little tighter bass response. For 450 dollars it does the job. On 5:1 cds it does a good job besides the port noise. The port noise is the subs biggest draw back. For as much air as it moves you think PSB would use bigger ports. I can feel the sub blow air on me over 15 feet away.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $450.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by flamingopposum a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have had this sub for quit some time now and I am very pleased with how it works. I wanted a sub that was resonable and able to provide good deep bass witout bottoming out. This sub hits good and hard and is working very well for both h/t and regular music listening. I have just moved and was considering purchasing another sub the same as this but have come to find that psb has gone to a different grill. Too bad, the mdf grill was far superior to the plastic one they now use. I have had no problems with internal amp performace and there has not been any noise coming from it. If I had to purchase another sub now I would consider the Subsonic 7 only because of the grill change.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Audio Ave



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by David Craig a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I've have the SubSonic 6 for close to two years. I find there are two problems with the Sub. The first is that is comes with a plastic cover that rattles a lot during heavy movie effects. The pod race in Star Wars episode I is such an example. Explosion effects in bond films are another example. I recently consulted my dealer about the problem and they more or less admitted that it is a design problem. The port for this sub pushes out a lot of air on the speaker cover. They tried to contact PSB directly but say PSB did not return their call within 3 days. So they gave me the phone number to call directly. I phoned PSB and left a voice message with their tech support. Two weeks later PSB had not called me back. This is not good service.

What I was looking for was an opportunity to give PSB some feedback. Possibly they have solved this problem? At least I was hoping they could provide me with a better cover. In the meantime, a friend of mine designed a new cover for me. The cover he made has a 1.5 inch wide frame of heavy particle board with a cloth mess covering it. There is no longer any plastic in front of the speaker or the air port. I am really pleased--now the sub does not rattle! However why couldn't PSB have shipped a cover like this in the first place?

The second problem is less significant but a bit annoying. Now with my new speaker cover (or even with no cover) there are a few DVD effects that the SubSonic 6 can't seem to handle well. If this is simply a limitation of a $600 sub then I can accept that since I'm only talking about a few seconds of effects on a couple of DVD's and I've got about 150 DVD's. The culprits are:

1) The opening 5 minutes of Toy Story II has several sections that sound like the SUB is rumbling and might break. Here I'm talking about a total of about 20 seconds.

2) The most extreme effects in Top Gun sound a bit like 1) above. I'm talking about maybe 5 seconds total in the whole movie.

3) Tomb Raider. Not really a problem but the Sub does sound like it is struggling with the sequence in the tomb in which Lara is riding on the ramming board.

Other the other hand all my Bond films sound great now--no problems. The pod race now sounds good. And U571 is absolutely kick ass.

The conclusion is that if you are going to buy this sub try it out at the store. Bring Toy Story II to test and make sure the cover is on when they demo it. My sub was purchased in the year 2000. Maybe PSB has resolved the speaker cover problem in later models.

The rest of my system consists of:

Four PSB Image 2B speakers
PSB Image 8C center speaker
Yamaha receiver

I am very very pleased with the 2B and 8C speakers. They sound very clear for all movies and all music.

If you are familiar with the Yamaha receiver, it has a setting to dump bass to "BOTH" the sub and the other 5 speakers. In this mode you can set the 5 speakers to either large or small. Small setting cuts off anything under 90 Hz. I think it sends it to the SUB.

I leave the setting on "large" for most movies and music but on some DVD's it sounds more natural on "small". On "large" it sounds like there is too much bass and the bass does not sound natural.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Truetone Electronics



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by isopentane a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I use the SubSonic 6 to extend the range of my system, which is based on a pair of PSB Image 6T main speakers. For $600 Cdn, I am satisfied with the result. I am using this system for music and can't attest to the performance for movies.

For a couple of months, I used the 6T's without a sub, thinking I could get by. They're good speakers but I missed the sense of realism that comes with very low frequency sound. By adding the SubSonic 6 and carefully setting the controls, my system is basically flat to 25 Hz and I have a more enjoyable listening experience.

Unlike some reviewers, I have not experienced problems or excessive port noise. If I drive the sub hard enough to create noticeable port noise, other parts of my house and its contents are set in motion.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   A&B Sound



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by JEFF ADAMS a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This really is the first PSB product that has not wowed me when I played it. All of PSB product are top of the line except with this sub.It's not like this sub was bad but it was not great either, I have used the Subsonic 3 for years and have been very happy with the performance. When playing music or movies at moderate volume levels this sub did fine. It was when I pushed it and turned up the volume where it started having it's problems. On some scenes in The Fifth Element where it gets pretty low I heard the sub stressing to maintain. I thought it was going to blow so I turned down the volume on it. I think that is unacceptable for a sub. If I can't watch a movie without it bottoming out at any volume than I do not want it. Maybe I did not give it enough time to break in. I returned it for the Subsonic 7. I should be getting the 7 this week. So after a couple of weeks break in time on that I'll let you know what I think.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Local shop




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