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Floor-standing speaker (Black Ash)

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by Dave Bar
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Floor-standing speakers — still standing tall

Sure, floor-standing tower speakers buck the industry trend toward smaller, visually inconspicuous speakers, but they're hard to beat if great sound is your primary goal. Tower speakers produce powerful sound with excellent bass, making them a great choice for serious music lovers and for folks who want high-impact home theater.

Raising the bar on performance

Highly regarded for their musical honesty and superior value, PSB speakers have long been a favorite of audiophiles and industry insiders alike. With over 40 years of careful testing and listening under his belt, chief engineer Paul Barton and his design team have an almost uncanny knack for building loudspeakers with the ability to startle and delight.

PSB's newest creation, the Imagine T2, is a perfect example. This gorgeous, floor-standing tower incorporates technology borrowed from their top-of-the-line Synchrony series, to raise the price/performance bar to new heights. The T2's open, natural sound will bring all your music and movie soundtracks to life with exquisite detail and stunning realism.

PSB Imagine T2 tower cutaway

Each woofer is isolated in its own sealed chamber to provide deeper, more accurate bass.

Five-driver array for uniform sound

The Imagine T2 uses a five-driver array made up of three woofers, a midrange, and a dome tweeter. Unlike many other designs, this speaker's tweeter sits just below the midrange and above the top woofer in an arrangement that's characteristic of PSB's high-end Synchrony line. Having the tweeter positioned lower along the baffle helps you experience the T2's full sonic range from low to high, whether you're seated or standing. The three woofers are strategically placed along the front baffle, allowing for more consistent sound dispersion. And each woofer is isolated in its own sealed chamber to provide more precise cabinet tuning. The result is powerful, controlled bass down to 34Hz.

Precise driver design for natural sound

The T2's 1" titanium dome tweeter is engineered to produce smooth, accurate highs free from harshness and grain. The 4" midrange and 5-1/4" woofers use proprietary ceramic-filled polypropylene cones, which makes them very stiff and light. The result: you hear clear, highly detailed midrange, and bass that's tight and articulate. The T2's superbly accurate and stable stereo image pulls you deep into the soundstage for a totally immersive experience. Whether your tastes run to intense action flicks, hard-driving rock, or anything in between, these towers can handle whatever you throw at them.

A solid cabinet with a luxurious finish

Beautifully curved outside and heavily braced inside, the T2's solid, acoustically inert cabinet helps resist sound-muddying vibrations. Each hand-crafted enclosure sports a surprisingly compact footprint that blends neatly into your room. The Black Ash and Dark Cherry models' top and side panels are clad in real wood veneer that's hand selected for its beauty and quality, while the Gloss Black model features a deep, mirror-like high-gloss exterior. Whichever finish you choose, you'll have both a visual and sonic masterpiece.


"These elegant floorstanding speakers of moderate size offer a surprisingly "big" sound, with dynamics sufficient to present large-scaled music convincingly and enough bass to cover orchestral and rock music, though pipe organ enthusiasts will want to add a subwoofer or two. The T2s vanish into the soundfield and present a suitably expansive sonic picture when the recording justifies it. They sound very low in distortion with a pure midrange and a very clean treble. And they have a truth to timbre, a tonal neutrality, that is top level, showing a clean pair of heels in this regard in particular to many high-end speakers of far higher price. Orchestras have a life-like tonal realism that is startling, pianos sound like pianos, vocals like people singing. Paul Barton has produced a masterpiece here, and at a most reasonable price."

— From The Absolute Sound, 2013 High-End Audio Buyer's guide: Floor-standing Loudspeakers $2000-$5000


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Highlights:

  • frequency response: 34-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • recommended power: 20-300 watts
  • 1" titanium dome Ferrofluid tweeter with neodymium magnet
  • one 4" injection-molded, clay ceramic-filled polypropylene midrange with rubber surrounds
  • three 5-1/4" injection-molded, clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofers with rubber surrounds
  • triple port, bass reflex design
  • included port plug lets you seal one of the bass ports to adjust for room acoustics or user preference
  • heavy, internally braced cabinets resist vibration for clearer sound
  • hand-selected, real wood veneer or high-gloss black/white finish
  • two sets of gold-plated five way binding posts — can be bi-wired or bi-amplified
  • 8-5/16"W x 40-9/16"H x 13-5/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • sold individually

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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Finish
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Wood veneer
Color
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Black Ash
Tweeter
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Dome
Tweeter Size (inches)
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1"
Midrange Size (inches)
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4
Woofer Size (inches)
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5.25
Woofer Composition
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Clay/Ceranmic Poly
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub
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No
Video-Shielded
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No
Connector Type
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5-Way post
Bi-amp Inputs
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
Specifications
Power Range
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20-300
Frequency Response
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34-23k Hz
Sensitivity
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90 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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6
Amplifier Power
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Height (inches)
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40-9/16
Width (inches)
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8-5/16
Depth (inches)
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13-5/8
Weight
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42.6 lbs
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What's in the box?

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  • Floor-standing loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • 4 Rubber tipped leveling feet
  • 4 Carpet spikes
  • Spike wrench
  • Port cover
  • Input terminal jumper (installed)
  • Quick Start Speaker Guide
  • Warranty Card

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options
Specifications
Dimensions

Driver Technology

5-Way Transitional Design: The PSB Imagine T2 tower loudspeaker features an unique five-way "transitional" design for seamless frequency response and controlled directivity to eliminate unwanted reflections. The 5-way tower speaker is equipped with three 5.25" woofers, a dedicated 4" midrange driver, and a 1" dome tweeter. The Imagine T2 tower speaker offers a sound experience that is smooth, detailed, and real.

Custom Designed Woofers & Midrange: The PSB Imagine T2 tower loudspeaker employ three 5.25" woofers and one 4" midrange driver. The woofer and midrange cones are clay/ceramic filled polypropylene and use rubber surrounds. The aluminum phase plug mechanically smoothes the response and acts as a heat sink for the voice coil, reducing power compression.

Titanium Dome Tweeter: The 1" titanium, Ferrofluid cooled dome tweeter's light yet rigid diaphragm and over hung voice coil, combined with a computer optimized magnetic circuit produce an extended high frequency response that remains distortion free even at extreme volume levels.

Crossover Network: The crossover is a 2-way acoustical fourth order Linkwitz-Riley type with a 24 dB/octave slope. Tight tolerances were used when choosing the crossover components; heavy multi-laminated iron cores are used for large value inductors, high gauge wire air core inductors are used for medium and small values, all the capacitors are low loss and film capacitors are used for the midrange and treble frequencies. The tweeter, midrange driver, and top woofer are crossed over at 1,800 Hz; the two bottom woofers play only 500 Hz and below.

Enclosure Design

Acoustically Inert Cabinet: The cabinet is an integral part of speaker design and has a dramatic effect on the overall sound of a speaker. PSB's 7-layer laminated construction results in a solid, acoustically inert enclosure. The side and top panels are curved for added stiffness, with a wood veneer exterior.  The front baffle is designed to eliminate mid and high frequency diffractions, maximizing three dimensional realism.

Triple Port Bass Reflex Design: The beautifully curved, hand-crafted cabinet features PSB's Triple Port Bass Reflex design and subdivided discrete chambers. Internally the cabinet has three separate chambers, each with its own port on the rear panel. There is one chamber and port for the tweeter, midrange, and top woofer; and there is a separate chamber and port for each of the two bottom woofers. This Triple Port Bass Reflex design can produce deep bass down to 34Hz.

Port Cover: One port cover is included to seal one of the three ports (if necessary), thereby changing the bass tuning characteristics of the speaker to correct the interaction with the room. If needed, additional port covers can be obtained from PSB for a nominal fee.

Connections

Dual Binding Posts: The dual binding post input terminals are located on the lower rear of the speaker cabinet. The two sets of binding posts are shorted together by a gold-plated jumper. With the jumper removed the Imagine T2 can be bi-wired or bi-amplified for even better sound quality. The binding posts will accept spade connectors, banana plugs (single or dual), pin connectors, and bare wire (up to 8 gauge).

Mounting Options

Leveling Feet: The Imagine T2 includes two sets of leveling feet; the rubber covered feet are used on a hard surface and add approximately 1/2" to the height of the speaker, the carpet spikes add approximately 1" to the height.

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • On Axis @ 0°: 34-23,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
  • On Axis @ 0°: 36-20,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Off Axis @ 30°: 36-10,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 29 Hz

Sensitivity:

  • Anechoic Chamber: 88 dB
  • Typical Listening Room: 90 dB

Dimensions

Width:

  • Body: 7.5"
  • With Stabilizer Feet: 8.3125"

Height:

  • Body: 40.5625"
  • With Rubber Feet: 41.0625"
  • With Carpet Spikes: 41.5625"

Depth:

  • Body: 12.75"
  • Including Binding Posts: 13.625"
 

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Excellent Speakers

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The speakers sound great. Much better than my acoustic research speakers that I just replaced.
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not bad

Written By trid, castle rock co on Monday, February 03, 2014
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not a bad speaker , had hoped for better clarity from a speaker at this price
Pros:
nice sound , nice looks
Cons:
prone to buzzy high end , factory support not readily available but finally did respond telling me to call again
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5 out of 5

T2 TOWERS !

Written By Rav, Hanover, MD on Thursday, December 06, 2012
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Great speakers. Have them set up with Imagine Center and surrounds. Great sound in my small home theatre. Great for music. I originally went with the T's but had to upgrade to the T2's after hearing great reviews. These beat the pants off some of the home made internet speakers that look like they're from the stone age. These things look as well as they sound. The gloss black look beautiful and are eye candy for whoever visits my home theatre.
Pros:
3 woofers, a midrange and tweeter- great sound reproduction.
Cons:
Need a subwoofer for movies
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