A high-performance speaker with a low profile

The PSB pedigree shows through in the CW160S'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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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response 51-21,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • square 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
  • square cutout: 8-1/4" per side
  • mounting depth: 3-13/16"
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

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

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Features

Coaxial Speaker Design: The PSB CW160S high-performance square in-wall 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-wall installations.

SonicGuide: The PSB CW160S in-wall speaker uses a unique high frequency, constant directivity SonicGuide. The SonicGuide is a proprietary extensively adjustable and aimable, multipart flare attached to the in-wall 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 CW160S 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 CW160S in-wall speaker is fitted with spring-load post speaker terminals to connect your in-wall 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 CW160S 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 wall. 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 wall features. The CW160S requires a cut-out of 8.25" (w) x 8.25" (h) 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-wall speaker's overall frame. The speaker's frame and grille will sit 0.5625" away from the wall.

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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