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PSB CW160R

In-ceiling speaker (round)

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by James Ralston
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A high-performance speaker with a low profile

The PSB pedigree shows through in the CW160R's realistic, true to life sound. This in-ceiling speaker will treat you to clear, accurate mids and midbass thanks to its 6-1/2" woofer, and detailed highs thanks to the 3/4" dome tweeter. The tweeter's swiveling, rotating waveguide means you can aim the sound toward your listening position. Plus, you get midrange and treble adjustment switches to tailor the sound to your room and listening preferences.

This inconspicuous in-ceiling speaker is voice-matched for use with cabinet-built PSBs, and of course, they'll mesh with other PSB in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, too. Any way you choose you'll be delighted with the results. And a moisture-resistant design lets you use these speakers in damp areas like your laundry room or bathroom, as well as outdoors under eaves.

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Highlights:

  • frequency response 51-21,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • round coaxial design for in-ceiling applications
  • 3/4" metal dome tweeter with rotating and swiveling SonicGuide™ waveguide
  • 6-1/2" fiberglass textured polypropylene woofer
  • treble and midrange level switches for tailoring the sound to your room and preferences
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • sensitivity 87 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • moisture-resistant design
  • paintable white matte grilles
  • cutout diameter: 8-5/16"
  • mounting depth: 3-13/16"
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Type
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In-ceiling
Video Shielded
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No
Tweeter
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Dome
Midrange Size
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N/A
Woofer Size
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6.5
Woofer Composition
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Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Power Range (Watts)
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10-100
Sensitivity
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87 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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51-21kHz
Connector Type
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Spring-posts
Bi-Amp Inputs
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No
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • In-ceiling speaker
  • Grille
  • PSB logo
  • Paint shield
  • Template
  • Installation Guide
  • Warranty Registration Card

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Features

Coaxial Speaker Design: The PSB CW160R high-performance square in-ceiling speaker utilizes a coaxial driver design with a 0.75" metal dome tweeter mated to a 6.5" polypropylene cone woofer. Coaxial speakers are very popular due to their small footprint making them ideal for space restricted in-ceiling installations.

SonicGuide: The PSB CW160R in-ceiling speaker uses a unique high frequency, constant directivity SonicGuide. The SonicGuide is a proprietary extensively adjustable and aimable, multipart flare attached to the in-ceiling speaker's 3/4" metal dome tweeter. Its contours and dimensions are designed such that it provides very even response with little variation both on and off axis. It also increases the directivity of the tweeter so that the listener hears transparent, naturally focused sound. Equally important, the SonicGuide reduces "backwards" tweeter energy that otherwise reflects from the woofer cone, thus eliminating a serious response error that plagues virtually every other "coax" speaker. The SonicGuide can be tilted 30° left or right and the SonicGuide assembly is mounted on a click-indexing turning yoke that turns a full 180°.

Treble/Midrange Level Switches: Two response tailoring switches provide a 3dB adjustment to midrange and tweeter levels.

Basket/Frame: The CW160R has a sturdy ABS basket and frame. The frame can be painted to match any decor (a clear paint mask is supplied to protect the drivers from overspray). The aluminum mesh grille is also paintable.

Speaker Terminals: The PSB CW160R in-ceiling speaker is fitted with spring-load post speaker terminals to connect your in-ceiling speaker wire. The spring-post terminals will accept bare wire (up to 12AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single or dual).

Mounting Options: The PSB CW160R uses an effective mounting technique with toggle-style mounting clamps. These four "dog-leg" style mounting clips insure quick, easy, and secure mounting in the ceiling. A template is provided for marking the speaker cutout. It has a series of slots for tracing the cutout and also an outline of the speaker to confirm that the flange won't interfere with any ceiling features. The CW160R requires a cut-out diameter of 8.3125" with a mounting dept of 3.8125". There needs to be at least 0.625" of space around the cut-out to accommodate the in-ceiling speaker's overall frame. The speaker's frame and grille will sit 0.5625" away from the ceiling.

Note: For the new construction application, PSB offers Performance Enclosure and Preconstruction Bracket solutions (both sold separately by manufacture). The Performance Enclosure provides optimal low frequency response and is mounted between two studs behind drywall. The Pre-construction Brackets simplify installation in new construction application and can be used with or without the Performance Enclosure.

 
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PSB CW160R In-ceiling Speakers

Written By CycloneChe, Lenexa, KS on Friday, July 04, 2014
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Purchased speakers for the installation in a new home construction where they will be used as the rear channel speakers for Great Room AV system and to play background audio in the kitchen/eating area. Have not installed yet as house is under construction, but product looks as advertised and sale price made it a good purchase.
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