Headphone Hussy (will wear anything if it sounds good)
Jun 26, 2001
I used to have an NAD 304 and used PSB Alphas with it to very good effect. Since NAD and PSB are owned by the same "mother" company, they actually bundle Alphas with the NAD L40 as their "Music System."
I would look at the new Alpha B (around $200 online), or, for less money and a bit less bass, the discontinued Alpha Mini. You can get the Alpha Minis in cherry finish from Yawa for $132/pair (in white for $99!). The Minis originally sold for around $250-$300. I don't think ANY other speaker can touch them for this price.
I just went out to Yawa on Saturday to audition the PSB Alpha A/V with the subzero5 and can't possibly imagine anything sounding nearly as good as them for the price. For S&G me and the wife stopped by "the Good Guys" on the way back and listend to a couple different systems at about 2 to 3 times the price and they couldn't even come close to the PSB speakers, not that I expected they would.
The Energy speakers were one of the sets I listened to at good guys. They cost about 50% more than the Alphas and to my ears didn't sound as good. Of course this is in a mediocre store i heard them, so placement might not of been so great.
Depending on what type of setup you want you could get the Alpha 5.1 package consisting of 4 of the A/Vs(B), 1 Center, and the SubZero5 for about $700.