Pickering, Ontario – PSB
Speakers replaced its Image series of in-room speakers, adopting some of the
industrial-design and technology elements of the company’s step-up Imagine and
The eight-speaker Image series is shipping and will be displayed
at the CEDIA Expo in September.
Speaker pairs in the series range in price from $299/pair to
$1,199/pair. The selection consists of two tower
speakers at $899/pair and
$1,199/pair, two bookshelf monitors at $399 and $499/pair, a subcompact
monitor/surround at $299/pair, two center channels at $275 and $375 each, and a
dedicated bipole surround at $799/pair.
The Image launch follows last year’s launch of the Imagine series,
whose speaker pairs range from about $1,000-$2,000/pair, and the 2007 launch of
the flagship Synchrony series, whose launch prices ranged from $1,499-$4,499/pair.
All three series share long-excursion,
very high-output woofers to deliver high output in compact enclosures. They
also share titanium-dome tweeter with ferrofluid and neodymium magnet to
deliver smooth, uncolored high-frequency response with high power handling, PSB said. Aluminum phase plus in the three series
to improve high-frequency linearity are featured. Borrowed design cues in the
Image series include slightly rounded edges to eliminate a boxy look.
The Image speakers
are available in black ash or dark cherry vinyl finishes. The step-up Image
series uses real-wood veneers, and the Synchrony series uses wood sidepanels
and aluminum front and back panels.
The $899/pair T5 and
$1,199/pair T6 are slim floorstanding models that are 37- and 41-inches-tall,
respectively. The T5 is a dual-woofer, 2.5-way design with two 5.25-inch woofers
and 1-inch titanium tweeter. The T6 is a three-way dual-cavity, dual-ported
design with dual 6.5-inch woofers, 5.25-inch midrange driver, and 1-inch
tweeter. The T5 and T6 are rated up to 175 and 200 watts, respectively, at 6
The woofers feature injection-molded
diaphragms with a proprietary, clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene cone to
deliver stiffness, internal damping and low mass. The woofers’ magnetically
neutral polycarbonate basket contributes additional stiffness, while its
bullet-shaped phase-plug (borrowing from the Synchrony design) enhances
linearity at higher frequencies.
The T6 Tower, like the Synchrony One tower, is a three-way system with
similar driver configurations and arrangement. Both models also feature each
woofer in a separate chamber with their own port to eliminate such problems as
internal standing waves, said founder Paul Barton.
In dividing and
individually porting the cabinet we address the problem of a standing wave
inside the box found in many tall, slim speaker designs,” Barton said. “Putting
woofers in multiple positions reduces the first-reflection phenomenon,
minimizing the negative effects of the primary â€˜floor bounce’ reflections,
resulting in a much more accurate and tuneful bass performance in any setup,”
The 12.5-inch-tall B5
and 14-inch-tall B6 monitors are intended for multichannel systems, 2.1
subwoofer/satellite systems, and main-channel use in smaller rooms or systems.
They feature 5.25-inch and 6.5-inch woofer, respectively, coupled with a 1-inch
tweeter. They use the injection-molded, clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene
designs of the Tower drivers. The monitors are rated up to 125 and 150 watts at
6 ohms, respectively.
The B4 subcompact
monitor/surround features 4-inch
woofer and 1-inch titanium tweeter for multichannel applications. The
9.13×5.25×6.5-inch speaker It shares the driver platform and design features of
the larger models, and adds to the series’ broad appeal and flexibility.
and C5 center channels are two-way horizontal models, the former with dual
4-inch woofers flanking a 1-inch titanium tweeter. The latter uses 5.25-inch
woofers. The cabinets are only 5.25- and 7.13-inches tall, respectively, for
placement near flat-screen TVs. The S5 bipole surround can be
wall-mounted with included hardware.