PS Audio is showing the AN3 speaker prototypes At Axpona 2019. It is PS’s first loudspeaker based on the work of Arnie Nudell. The AN series will eventually feature three models, of which the AN3 will be the smallest and least expensive. The AN3s will be followed, logically, by the AN2 and AN1.
The AN3 — projected to retail at $12,000-$15,000 per pair — is a 4-way system: starting at the bottom, there is a servo-controlled high-excursion 12-inch aluminum cone woofer with 700 watts of dedicated amplification; an 8-inch servo-controlled aluminum-cone midbass coupler also has 700 watts of built-in amplification; the midrange driver is the Bohlender-Graebener Neo 10 planar transducer; the tweeter is an AMT whose response extends well above audibility. An identical AMT tweeter is mounted on the rear panel of the enclosure.
Among the AN3’s unique features are level controls for the subwoofer and midbass coupler, and DSP used to set subwoofer level in-room with use of a provided test source and microphone.
AN3 cabinets feature a laminated front baffle of multiple layers of HDF assembled into a constrained-layer-damped construction totaling 2-inch thickness. Side panels are 1-inch thick HDF; the subwoofers are side-mounted on the outside panels of the enclosures. A variety of interchangeable trim panels will be available, including walnut and gloss black. AN3s weigh approximately 160 pounds each; dimensions are roughly 49 inches high x 20 inches deep x 13 inches wide. The system impedance is nominally 4 ohms, and sensitivity is roughly 90 dB.