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PSB CW88R

In-ceiling stereo input speaker

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by Marshall Chase
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Inverted dome tweeter design

Dual tweeters let this single speaker reproduce both the left and right channels.

Don't break up the band

In-ceiling speaker installations, particularly those in hallways and other tight spaces, have split up some of the greatest groups of all time: vocals in one speaker, instruments in the other. The PSB CW88R keeps the band together, providing a complete two-channel mix from a single inconspicuous speaker that installs out of sight in your ceiling. Best of all, you'll enjoy sound that's accurate, musical, and thoroughly easy on the ears, thanks to PSB's design know-how.


Refined sound throughout your home

The PSB CW88R makes confined spaces seem bigger and open ones more tightly defined. Enjoy the expanse of a symphony while folding laundry in the washroom. Or imagine your favorite band is playing a concert for one while you test out the deck chair. The '88R makes it all possible with separate tweeters for each channel and an 8" dual voice coil woofer. Moisture-resistant design allows use of these speakers in damp areas like your laundry room or bath as well as outdoors under eaves. And with PSB's reputation for superb quality, you can rest assured that you'll have clear, full sound for years to come.

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An optional in-wall bracket is recommended for installing the CW88R in a home with new construction.

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Highlights:

  • sold individually
  • frequency response 45-20,000 Hz (-6dB)
  • dual 1" dome tweeters
  • 8" fiberglass textured polypropylene dual voice coil woofer
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • sensitivity 86 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • moisture-resistant design
  • paintable white matte grille
  • cutout diameter: 9-11/16"
  • mounting depth: 3-5/8"
  • 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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Woofer Size
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8
Woofer Composition
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Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Power Range (Watts)
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20-100
Sensitivity
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86 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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45-20kHz
Connector Type
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Spring post
Bi-Amp Inputs
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Stereo input
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • One CW88R in-ceiling speaker
  • White aluminum grille (installed)
  • Clear plastic paint mask
  • Cardboard cutout template
  • Grille putty
  • Self-adhesive "PSB Speakers" badge
  • Installation Guide (Eng / Fren / Span)
  • Warranty sheet (Eng / Fren)

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Features
Mounting Options
Specifications

Features

Overview: The CW88R from PSB Speakers is a high-performance, stereo ceiling-mount speaker. This special speaker is designed for placement in areas, such as hallways or bathrooms, where separate left and right channel speakers are not possible. The CustomSound CW Series of in-wall/in-ceiling speakers incorporate the same speaker arrays as found in PSB's highly acclaimed Platinum-series speakers for true audiophile performance.

Note: The CW88R is a single speaker.

Drivers: The CW88R speaker employs an 8" dual voice coil, fiberglass-textured polypropylene woofer, which has a higher cone mass and enhanced motor strength for higher power handling. The rubber surround damps resonance and provides exceptional durability. The low-resonance dual 1" aluminum dome tweeters deliver exceptional clarity in the high frequencies. The tweeters are mounted on an angled array to direct the sound from the left and right channels towards the listening area for best response.

Terminals: The CW88R is equipped with two pairs of gold-plated spring post speaker terminals, designed to accept speaker wire up to 12 AWG. One pair of terminals is provided for the left channel and the other pair for the right channel.

Frame: The white ABS plastic frame extends approximately 3/4" beyond the grille on the finished side. The frame also extends about 5/8" beyond the rough opening cutout. The speaker requires a 9-11/16" cutout in the ceiling or wall for mounting the speaker.

Grille: The speaker is equipped with a flush-mount aluminum grille for a clean and unobtrusive look. The grille has hundreds of precisely-sized perforations to make it acoustically transparent. The grille and frame are paintable to match any decor. A self-adhesive "PSB Speakers" logo badge is also included.

Mounting Options

Mounting Clamps: The CW88R has 4 toggle-style mounting clamps for installing the speaker in the wall or ceiling. When a Phillips-head screwdriver is first applied to the mounting screws, the clamps "toggle" out from a rest position (out of the way for easy insertion), turning 90 degrees and into a position to clamp firmly against the wall.

Pre-construction Bracket: For new construction, the optional CK80R pre-construction bracket (760CK80R, sold separately) is recommended. The bracket is designed to be a "hole-saver" to indicate where the speaker should be installed before the drywall goes up. In addition, an optional BBX-88 Performance Enclosure (available from the manufacturer) defines the optimal enclosure volume for the CustomSound series speakers, and mounts between two studs behind drywall.

Weather Resistant: The CW88R is weather resistant to enable installation in moist environments, such as bathrooms or indoor pool areas, or outdoors in porch ceilings or under eaves. The polypropylene cone with rubber surround, stainless steel fasteners, aluminum grille and ABS plastic frame can withstand moisture, but the back of the speaker should be protected. The speaker should not be installed in an area that is totally exposed to the weather.

Specifications

Mounting Dimensions:

  • Frame Diameter: 11.003"
  • Hole Cutout Diameter: 9.6875"
  • Depth Behind Mounting Surface: 3.75"
  • Height Above Mounting Surface (incl. grilles): 0.625"

Performance Specs:

  • Frequency Response: 45Hz to 20kHz (-6dB)
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 20 to 100 Watts
  • Sensitivity: 86dB
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms
 
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Written By Mitch, Connecticut on Monday, July 08, 2013
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PSB makes great speakers. This one was for an in-ceiling installation in a newly gutted and remodeled kitchen. The speaker is perfectly sized and, though we have a large kitchen, is the lone audio output. Centered directly over the island it fills the room with all of the high end and low end that one could desire, wespecially in a place where we don't plan on cranking it to the fullest. The instruction are specific and technical in a positive way to help the contractors achieve optimal installation and acoustics. Rather than purchase the mounting box to optimaize the sound distribution, after reading the manual, the carpenters built his own box above the rear of the speaker. The box PSB sells is one size to accommodate all of their speakers, but we built one smaller dimensionally specifically for this sized speaker. I am glad we chose this speaker and was impressed with Crutchfield's technical support team when I called them prior to making the puchase.
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Full sound within 1 speaker, a sleek look and professionally drafted installation instructions for both contractors and laypeople.
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