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PSB Image B4

Compact bookshelf speakers (Black Ash)

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    Black Ash

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by Kristen Schaub
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Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

Potent bookshelf speakers provide exceptional sound

When we heard these little gems demoed in our sizeable training room — and without a subwoofer — we were impressed by their wide soundstage, and by the overall sonic impact. Use a pair of B4s with your home office computer, send a pair off with the kids when they go to college, or mount four or more around your home theater room to get impressive surround sound. The Image line borrows from driver technologies developed for PSB's sophisticated Imagine family, as well as the top-tier Synchrony speakers, giving you high-end sound at a budget-friendly price. The Image line also features a slightly different cabinet design than its predecessors, showcasing clean lines that won't clutter up your listening room.

Image family

PSB's Image speaker family (Image B4 shown at far left)


Advanced drivers for clean, well-balanced sound

K2 Power crossover network

The tweeter uses a powerful neodymium magnet for crystal-clear highs.

The Image B4s each feature a 1" titanium dome tweeter that effortlessly dishes out smooth, uncolored highs. The long-excursion, high-output woofer uses the same proprietary ceramic-filled polypropylene cone as the Imagine line. The stiff, lightweight material helps it deliver midrange that's clean and balanced, with a sense of impact and immediacy. You'll also marvel at the detailed imaging, and wide soundstage produced by these compact speakers.


Sleek, thoughtful cabinet design

All Image speakers have heavy internal bracing and 1-1/8" thick MDF cabinets to ensure impressively solid, acoustically inert enclosures. The cabinets have a traditional look, but with slightly curved tops and fronts to soften it. This family of speakers also features attractive vinyl finishes, allowing the Image speakers to easily integrate into just about any décor.


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Highlights:

  • frequency response: 60-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 85 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • recommended power: 10-80 watts
  • 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnets
  • 4" clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofer
  • bass reflex (ported) design
  • two sets of gold-plated five way binding posts — can be bi-wired
  • black ash vinyl finish
  • 5-1/4"W x 9-1/4"H x 6-7/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Video Shielded
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Yes
Tweeter Type
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Dome
Tweeter Size (inches)
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1
Midrange Size (inches)
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Woofer Size (inches)
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4
Woofer Composition
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Clay/Ceramic/Poly
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Power Range
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10-80
Sensitivity
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85 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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6
Frequency Response
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60-23k Hz
Connector Type
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5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs
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No
Height (inches)
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9-1/4
Width (inches)
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5-1/4
Depth (inches)
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6-7/8
Weight (pounds)
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5.8
Mounting Bracket Included
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No
Recommended Stand Height (inches)
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38
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

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 8 Adhesive backed rubber feet
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ German)
  • Specification sheet (English/ French/ Spanish/ German)
  • Warranty information

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Driver Technology
Connections
Specifications

Driver Technology

Cone Design: The woofer cones are clay/ceramic filled polypropylene to optimize the combination of stiffness, internal damping, and low mass. The woofers' magnetically neutral polycarbonate basket contributes additional stiffness.

Tweeter: The 1" titanium dome, Ferrofluid cooled tweeters use a neodymium magnet structure to help extend the frequency response at both ends for effortless, airy top octaves and smooth, uncolored response.

Crossover Network: The crossover is a 2-way acoustical fourth order Linkwitz-Riley type with a 24 dB/octave slope. The tweeter and woofer are crossed over at 2,200 Hz.

Connections

Binding Posts: The binding post input terminal is located on the lower rear of the speaker cabinet. The binding post will accept spade connectors, single banana plugs, pin connectors, and bare wire up to 8 gauge.

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • On Axis @ 0°: 60-23,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
  • On Axis @ 0°: 70-20,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Off Axis @ 30°: 70-10,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 55 Hz

Sensitivity:

  • Anechoic Chamber: 85 dB
  • Typical Listening Room: 87 dB
 
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PSB Image B4 Reviews

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5 out of 5

excellent little speakers

Written By khk, st louis, mo on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
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I was a bit uncertain about buying these. I thought they were pricy, compared to other similar speakers, and the vinyl finish wasn't particularly appealing to me. But, I got them anyway and I couldn't be happier. They sounded great right out of the box. I have them hooked up to a 15 year old 25 wpc yamaha shelf system in a small, 11 x 14, room and they fill it nicely. I don't feel the need for a subwoofer at all. They sound very open, detailed and natural and had just the right amount of thumping bass which is exactly what I was looking for. I've also tried them out in a much larger room with a better amp (nuforce dda-100) and while the lack of bottom end was more evident, it still sounded very good. At greater volume, they do struggle a bit and bass gets muddy but that's to be expected with 4 inch woofers. Overall, very happy with the purchase. And, they look fairly nice as well. Cabinet has a nice curvature to them which makes them look rather unique. Bottom of the cabinet is curved too but little adhesive rubber feet are provided so they can stand leveled.
Pros:
Great sound and no breaking period necessary, although, i do think that they did get better after a week of use.
Cons:
Not a big fan of vinyl wood grain finish but they do look nice from distance.
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4 out of 5

PSB Image B4 book shelf speakers

Written By jefF m, billsville on Saturday, October 12, 2013
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small compact ,there alright ,
Pros:
small big sound
Cons:
pricey
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5 out of 5

Good surround speakers for PSB system

Written By Ethan, Cambridge, MA on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
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I got these to fill out the surround on my PSB image system. These little guys are light (can be easily wall mounted), and have crisp sound. is modality.

I hear these are sufficient as standalone bookshelf speakers, but I have not tested them.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

PSB 's are Great Performers

Written By Kevin in Atlanta, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, July 06, 2013
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These are great as rear surround sound speakers and would make excellent bookshelf speakers too.
Pros:
Sound great
Cons:
none that I have found.
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5 out of 5

PSB Image B4

Written By JR, Templeton, CA on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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Very impressed with the sound of these speakers. I needed to replace an aged bose system, but did not want to spend the same amount. The Crutchfield adviser recommended the PSB and he was spot on. Thank you Crutchfield. I will be ordering the Sub and outdoor PSB speakers, next.
Pros:
Sound, size and price.
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great mains for a two-channel 2.2 system

Written By Atlanta, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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I bought these as main speakers for a two-channel 2.2 system. They are paired up with two Hsu Research ULS-15 subwoofers and some electronics by Cambridge Audio. The PSB's actually sit atop the subs on 12" stands, bringing them up to ear-level at the seated listening position. The sound is natural, extended and authoritative. Compared to the PSB Image B5's, the B4's highs seem slightly rolled-off, less 'zingy'. However, this translates to less listener fatigue in my opinion. I know these mini-monitors are probably more designed for surround than for mains, but paired up with a quality subwoofer (or two), they make for a fine 1st-class two-channel system. Visually, they seem to disappear into the decor without bringing any attention to themselves whatsoever -- until they speak.
Pros:
Pure, natural sound, with no exaggerated highs, mids or lows. Visually disappears into the decor. Gorgeous fit 'n' finish and build quality.
Cons:
Slightly rolled-off extreme highs.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

PSB Image B4 speakers

Written By Bill, Hull, MA on Friday, June 14, 2013
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Great speakers. Sound way bigger than they are, deep, rich, full notes.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good Little Speakers

Written By James, Elizabeth City, NC on Thursday, May 23, 2013
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I purchased these speakers to be the main voice to a 2.1 home theater system. They are powered by a Teac AH01 integrated amplifier and are accompanied by a Polk PSW 404 10" sub. After listening to this system for about a month, I must say that I am thoroughly impressed. It is true that 4" speakers do not play very low frequencies, so I do not consider them as full range speakers and highly recommend using a subwoofer to provide the bass. It is also true that the tonal balance is spectacular. The Teac does not have any tone controls what so ever, and I still greatly appreciate the timbre whenever I listen to music or watch a movie. I highly recommend these speakers for anyone that is in the market for a physically understated audio system that manages to deliver quality sound reproduction.
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4 out of 5

Good, with some reservations

Written By Joe, Connecticut on Sunday, January 27, 2013
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I purchased these for use in a 2.0 bookshelf setup. If that is what you are using them for, either get a sub in addition or get the Image B5s or the Imagine Minis. The bass from the B4s is limited by the design and size. Other than that, these are exceptionally clear and detailed, and have amazing timbre in the middle region. The treble is somewhat rolled off, so consider an amplifier with tone adjusment.
Pros:
Size, clarity and detail, amazing mids
Cons:
Bass is tight but lacking in the lower regions Treble is rolled off
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5 out of 5

Do yourself a favor and grab some PSB's

Written By Mike Hunt, Ocracoke Island on Tuesday, December 04, 2012
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They may be deemed small by some but definitely large sounding! They are the perfect size for my medium/large living room. They blend nicely into the decor and sit atop my piano under the flat screen. I did not want big bulky speakers but I definitely wanted a speaker that would impress friends and make a very enjoyable listening experience for all. THEY DO THIS WITH EASE! I am using them in a 2.1 system right now and they work great for music with the frequent cocktail parties I have at my house. Most of my friends are Bose fans but when they hear these speakers they realize the error of there ways. No comparison. PSB will be in every listening room in my house soon enough. Also I am going to get some out door speakers from PSB for my 3 decks around the house. Super Pleased!!! I am so glad I ran across a company that commits itself to true sound reproduction but makes it reasonably affordable for the audiophile on a budget. These make a great 5.1 set up with the Image C4 as center.
Pros:
Large enough to accurately reproduce every detail. Small enough to blend in and keep the peace with my better half. Great 2.1, 3.1 or 5.1. Very solid design, build quality is very high and arrived quick from Crutchfield.
Cons:
None. Buy these :)
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

PSB-4 your room

Written By TomM, Issaquah, WA on Thursday, January 12, 2012
 
I have them in my bedroom that is about 15'wide by 22' long. The sound fills up the room. You will need a sub woofer to take the 20 - 150 range, but the speakers cover the remainder of the range surprisingly well. I would recommend these for simple low cost speakers.
Pros:
Good sound for a small speaker.
Cons:
Could use a little more ummmph in them. I use a subwoofer that really fills in the low end and with that they are really good.
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5 out of 5

PSB Image B4

Written By GD, LA on Saturday, February 26, 2011
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PSB attends to every detail in all their products. I have other PSB products and I have never been disappointed. Great company.
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4 out of 5

Excellent Sound For Their Size

Written By BobS, Seattle, WA on Thursday, August 26, 2010
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Getting high quality sound over a wide frequency range from small speakers is a challenge. These speakers meet that challenge. They are small enough to satisfy even the most particular decorator, as well as being handsome. The sound imaging is very good. Other than a slight "boominess" sometimes noticeable in the middle bass notes of piano recordings, the frequency response sounds impressively even and natural. These speakers are excellent for most of the kinds of music I listen to - chamber , folk, jazz and swing - and adequate for large symphonic pieces.
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