PSB Speakers Stratus Silveri Floorstanding Speakers

4.91/5 (23 Reviews) MSRP : $1799.00


Product Description

The Silveri is a three-driver, "2-1/2-way" system that uses the same 1-inch aluminum-dome tweeter used in the Stratus Gold, combined with a pair of 6.5-inch woofers with heavy magnets, cast metal baskets, polypropylene cones and rubber surrounds. Its sophisticated crossover design operates both woofers at low frequencies, for bass response equal to that of a single, substantially larger woofer but uses only one of them through the midrange to the tweeter.


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 5 (23 Reviews Total) | Next 15

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bmw-k a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Equipment: Yamaha RX350 reciever/int-amp.

I purchased a set of PSB Stratus Silver i's after a long review of no less than 2 dozen speakers. I have listed the ones I can remember below.

These are nothing short of an amazing bargain of a speaker. I can only agree with everything positive that everyone else has said about the speakers: very natural & neutral sound, excellent detail, very easy to drive and forgiving even with less than perfect systems.

I will compare them to the Wharfedale 30's & 40's as the primary competition at the pricepoint. Especially since What-Hi-Fi gave the EVO30's 5 stars.

The Wharfedale's have a slightly better tweeter - a German silk dome vs. the PSB aluminum dome. This is more a question of taste than to truly say one is "better" than the other. The EVO30's were able to exhibit a bit more detail than the PSB's, at the expense of being a bit bright. With the PSB's, the detail was definitely there, you just had to work a little harder to hear it.

My favorite test on tweeter resolution is Vivaldi's 4-seasons, Fall. There is a harpsichord that plays behind a wall of violins - it is quite easy for the harpsichord to vanish. On the EVO's, the harpsichord played as loudly as the violins, making you work to discern between the violins and the Harpsichord. Call it a 50/50 ratio.

On the PSB's, it was more like 40/60 harpsichord to violins, which is much more realistic.

Flat out, where the PSB's Silver i's excelled was in the bass response, which was near flawless compared to the EVO30's. Where the EVO's sounded muddy or mushy around 40-60hz responses, the PSB's were tight, clean, clear, and quick (albeit ever so slightly boomy on some notes). The boomyness is apparant on modern "alternative rock" tracks, such as Dido, Blue Man Group, and such.

Compared against the Monitor Audio GR 20's, there was no comparison: The PSB's were far more musical and had a much cleaner representation of sound than the MA's.

I listened to some Magnepan 12's in comparison to these, and was surprised. The Maggies have a simply HUGE soundstage that is worth listening to. I can certainly understand why people get attached to these speakers. Bass response on the Maggies left a little something to be desired: I couldn't feel the bass the way I could on the Silver's, however the Maggies would be easier to listen to if one listens to mush 24 hours a day...In the end, the Maggies were just too large and got veto'ed by my Fiance'. Where the Maggies lacked bass, they made up for it in easy listening, fantastic soundstage, and increadible detail in the treble. They are not the most natural of sounding speakers and do take a bit of getting used to.

Comparing the PSB Stratus Gold i's to the Silver i's was quite revealing. The biggest difference was that the Gold's held an ever so slight improvement over mid-range clarity due in large part to the 3-way design over the 2 1/2-way design of the silvers. In addition, the Gold's have a 10" woofer that acts more like a sub than a true woofer: bass notes were remarkably clear and the woofer was able to very quickly recover from challenging passages such as the cannon shots during the 1812 Overtures.

In the end, it was the overall size that pushed me away from the Golds and to the Silvers. Simply put, the Golds are near twice the volume as the Silver's and were just overkill for my room.

I added PSB's Stratus Subsonic 7 to the Silver's (15", 330watt sub) and can honestly say that for 95% of all my music listening this is a far better solution than the Gold's, especially for home theater.

The Silver's are worth a listen and will surprise many, many ears.

I give them 4-stars for value (I wish they were cheaper! Even $1100 for blems can be hard to stomach), but 5-stars for performance compared to other speakers in their price range.

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   DMC-Electronics



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

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2003

Bottom Line:   
have these two days now constant listening all i can say so far is these speakers are absolute crackers great quality a must if your auditioning speakers these are hooked up to roksan kandy mkiii cd player roksan kandy amp

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Purchased At:   gramaphone edmonton



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sonefree a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2003

Bottom Line:   
this speakers sounds so natural. I had PSB Image 5T, but sold them to buy Silveri. If you are looking for high end sound for bargain price look no further. Speakers don't get mutch bether that this. Another thing I love about them is the look. They are the most beautifull speakers I have seen. Buy expensive electronics to drive them, they are 4 ohm. and pretty hard to drive. Don't buy cheap recivers and expect great sound.
I listen to all kind of music, and they sound great on everything.

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jamesw20m3 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Just purchased these beauties from Canada and WOW are they great. I have used PSB for years and love the sound. Traded up from the award winning image 5T to the Stratus Silveri and truly cannot believe the difference. The soundstage is huge!! Clarity is pristine. If you can find a good deal and are in the market for new speakers look here. These babies compete with anything and beat most!

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $800.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by turbobuick86 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I shopped and shopped and shopped looking for the best bang for the buck. I came across these speakers through an ad on audiogon.com classifieds. The dealer was local to me and I was able to test drive them at the store in Walnut CA. PSB''s list price is $2,050 for the piano finish silveri''s. These were factory blems for sale at $999. Nobody in this house can find a blem on these beauties and their looks are only surpassed by their sound. While mine are relative still new, I can only expect greater sound as they break in a bit more. To my ears they provide exceptional sound for both HT and Stereo listening. They are definitely worth giving a listen to if you''re in the market for a medium priced, well built, and designed speaker that can provide a very large soundstage.

I''m driving the Silveri''s with a Yamaha rx-v3200 av receiver.

While there is always a better speaker out there somewhere, I''m rating them a 5 based on price vs performance.

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $999.00

Purchased At:   yawaonline.com




Reviews 1 - 5 (23 Reviews Total) | Next 15

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating



PSB Speakers:



Magneplanar: