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Our take on the PSB Image B6

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.

Smooth-sounding bookshelf speakers

Experience dynamic, impactful sound with PSB's Image B6 bookshelf speakers. They provide impressive stereo sound in a 2.1 subwoofer/satellite system, or make excellent front-channel home theater speakers. The Image line borrows from driver technologies developed for PSB's sophisticated Imagine family, as well as their 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 B6 shown third from the 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 B6s 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 surprisingly deep bass. 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: 45-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • recommended power: 20-150 watts
  • 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnets
  • 6-1/2" clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofers
  • bass reflex (ported) design
  • two sets of gold-plated five way binding posts — can be bi-wired
  • black ash vinyl finish
  • 7-3/4"W x 14"H x 10-3/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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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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6.5
Woofer Composition
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Clay/Ceramic/Poly
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Power Range
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20-150
Sensitivity
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90 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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6
Frequency Response
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45-23k Hz
Connector Type
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5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs
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Yes
Height (inches)
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14
Width (inches)
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7-3/4
Depth (inches)
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10-3/4
Weight (pounds)
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14.2
Mounting Bracket Included
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No
Recommended Stand Height (inches)
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34
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?

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  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 8 Adhesive backed rubber feet
  • 4 Input terminal jumpers (installed)
  • 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, and the bullet-shaped phase-plug enhances linearity at higher frequencies.

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 1,800 Hz.

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 gold-plated jumpers. With the jumper removed the Image B6 can be bi-wired or bi-amplified. The binding posts will accept spade connectors, single banana plugs, pin connectors, and bare wire up to 8 gauge.

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • On Axis @ 0°: 45-23,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
  • On Axis @ 0°: 59-20,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Off Axis @ 30°: 59-10,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 40 Hz

Sensitivity:

  • Anechoic Chamber: 89 dB
  • Typical Listening Room: 90 dB
 
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5 out of 5

Tasty Sounds

Written By Dish, Clearwater, FL on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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These book shelf speakers are on steroids, they smoke my Mirage book shelf speakers. Unfortunately, Crutchfield no longer carries them, I'm glad that they sold them to me for dirt cheap!
Pros:
Esthetically Pleasing
Cons:
?
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5 out of 5

A ( realism ) surprise !

Written By Terry P, Tucson Az on Monday, June 23, 2014
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I will make this short and sweet, These impressed me enough that within two weeks I decided to upgrade to the PSB imagine B speakers . Hopefully they will impress me on the same level. Stand by for Imagine B review.
Pros:
One word REALISM !!! I own a few pairs of very good speakers, some cost many times that of these speakers but even with all their attributes I do not think any of them sound as real as these speakers.
Cons:
For the price none
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5 out of 5

great choice PSB speakers

Written By mark, florida on Monday, June 23, 2014
 
I was looking for some great sounding speakers that was also respected in the audio magazine's and that I found them. I'm very happy to find them at Crutchfield because I know I will always have support and quality from them. the PSB IMAGE B-6 bookshelf speakers is a speaker that you just cant go wrong with!!!
Pros:
great brand speaker for the quality you get ,that sounds this good.
Cons:
maybe discontinuing
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5 out of 5

PSB Image B Review

Written By Motobman, Tucson, AZ on Sunday, June 08, 2014
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I purchased these speakers last minute, right when they came on sale. I have always had my eyes on PSBs and really glad I made the plunge. I have not had much time to listen to them but at first glance/listen, I am pleasantly pleased. They have great Bass and Super Highs for their size. I currently have gigantic Polk RTi's and the clarity i every bit as good! I plan to use these in the living room hooked up with my 8" Polk Professional Sub. More to come but I am super pumped I purchased these. Thanks Crutchfield!!
Pros:
Super Highs Excellent Lows Beautiful Cherry finish
Cons:
Somewhat large Not much else
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2 out of 5

Speakers I listened too didn't live up to reviews

Written By Edward, DC on Saturday, May 17, 2014
 
These units must have had a flaw with the crossovers. They had no fullness or body in the midrange, despite the impressive 5 " drivers. The highs were crystal clear and imaged well, but the sound was left with no fullness due to weakness in the midrange. This was despite using them with sub-woofers. When we received them, we figured they needed more time to break in. That didn't help. Then we tried them with our reference amp, rather than the NAD amp we purchased with them (for a second system). Still got clear sound with a weak midrange and no fullness. Finally compared them side by side with our Axiom M22 v2 speakers. There was no comparison between the two. After several trips to our second home to give them "break-in" time, try them with different cables and amps, we finally gave up and returned them. The 60 days were up by then so Crutchfield only gave us a merchandise credit, no refund. Having read all the reviews and articles about these speakers, it took us a long time to believe they weren't performing adequately. But they never gave us more than a very bright, lifeless sound, with no mid-range richness. My guess is these units had a problem with crossover design or function, but who knows. No way to compare them to another pair of B6;s.
Pros:
Exceptionally clear and accurate upper range from the tweeter.
Cons:
Lifeless sound over all with no richness or presence, due to weak mid-range response which was overcome by treble no matter how we adjusted treble and bass controls. Used with a $600 NAD amp, and with our $1200 class A reference amp with same results. What I disappointment, as I chose them over getting another pair of M22 v2 large bookshelf speakers from Axiom for the same price. No comparison between the sound of those bookshelf units and these.
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4 out of 5

PSB Image B6

Written By Matt Kuykendall, Newport News ,VA on Saturday, May 10, 2014
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The first thing I noticed was the size of these bookshelf speakers, much larger than I would have thought from the Pictures online! I paired these speakers with a PSB Subwoofer, and have them BI-wired into an Onkyo integrated amp. Excellent sound and value at a reasonable price, the sound is more detailed than more expensive DCM Speakers I used to own. I have them positioned on 32 inch monitor stands filled with sand, and these speakers shine, and have brought new life to my CD and LP collections, especially with music that is open and breathes, bands like Porcupine Tree, Dada, and Pink Floyd sound better through these speakers than what I've heard in the past,and they hold their own with heavier music such as Tool, Godsmack, and Van Halen, without wearing on your ears. The only drawback with these speakers was the vague instruction manual from PSB, and getting specific questions answered about BI-wiring these speakers,and what to do with included jumpers, seems to be a few different opinions on how this is all configured, and I got different advice from several tech people on how to wire these, and ended up going with the advice that made most sense, although I'm no Audio engineer.
Pros:
Great sound, excellent price for the quality, Bi -Amp, Bi- WIre ready. Paired with a PSB Sub, they sound amazing!
Cons:
Instruction Manual vague,and tech support gave me a few different ideas for optimal sound when BI-Wiring which furthered my confusion.
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5 out of 5

PSB IMAGE B6

Written By JIM, PLANO, TEXAS on Thursday, May 08, 2014
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THE SPEAKERS ARE JUST AS ADVERTISED. I WAS LOOKING FOR A SMALL BOOKSHELF SPEAKER TO REPLACE MY AGING PARADIGM ATOM'S. THESE WERE JUST PERFECT. THEY ARE MUCH CLEANER AND HAVE A NICE BRIGHT SOUND THAT REALLY SOUNDS GOOD IN A SMALL OFFICE TYPE AREA. BUT THEY ALSO HAVE THE ABILITY TO GENERATE GREAT SPACIAL DEPTH IN A LARGER ROOM. THEY ARE WELL WORTH THE MONEY. PLAYING SOLO ACOUSTIC TRACKS IS WHERE THEY SHINE. YOU CAN HEAR DEPTH IN THE VOICES AND ALSO EVERY NOTE OF THE ACCOUSTIC GUITAR. CAN EVEN HEAR THE FINGERS ROLLING UP AND DOWN THE STRINGS. I HAVE IT TIED TO AN OLD TANDBERG 2045 STEREO RECEIVER FROM NORWAY. A GREAT RECEIVER BUILT LIKE A TON OF BRICKS. THEY ARE A PERFECT MATCH. WOULD RECOMMEND THESE SPEAKERS TO ANYONE.
Pros:
LOOKS PRICE SOUND QUALITY SPACIAL DEPTH
Cons:
NONE REALLY
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5 out of 5

Amazing Bookshelf Speakers

Written By Tom, Denver, CO on Thursday, May 08, 2014
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I bought a pair of these speakers for my non-HT living room to primarily listen to music on. I gotta say, I am pretty blown away by the sound quality from these speakers. They have a very neutral sound and you can listen to them for hours without any fatigue (like some bright sounding speakers give you). Highs are pronounced and crisp and minor details in the music are easy to pick out.

The bass is very impressive for being bookshelf speakers. If my living room was more enclosed (open floor plan on that floor), I could get by without a subwoofer.

Aesthetically, the dark cherry wood looks nice. The speaker look very attractive with the grills off, but I leave mine on because I have cats. When I have people over I take off the grills though and show em off. I've always wanted to own PSB speakers and with such a good experience with these, I will eventually upgrade my Infinity HT setup to PSB when the time comes.
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5 out of 5

Amazing deep sound

Written By Philippe Frechette, Fermont,qc on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
 
I ordered those with a NAD C316BEE amp and the combo is absolutely perfect. This setup is for my computer room, replacing M-Audio BX-5 speakers on a mac mini, a pc, a Bell TV receiver and a Sirius receiver. The sound is a lot better than the monitor they replace, some suggest that the amp was too small for these speakers but it is not the case, I can get a lot of volume without distortion. I tried the amp with some klipsch paladium b17 from my living room and that combo was too bright, to much trebble and weak mid-range, but with these PSB, it's perfect. I have a mid 90's McIntosh receiver/amp combo in the living room and the PSB are also very good on this setup. They should fit all your need.
Pros:
Price, very nice sound
Cons:
Make my 3000$ klipsch sound like a bad investment
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Rusty, Baton Rouge on Saturday, September 07, 2013
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I purchased these speakers along with an NAD 326 BEE amplifier. Fantastic pairing. I did lots of research and this combo kept coming up. Plenty of tight low end. These speakers sound very balanced in comparison to the Paradigm Titans they replaced. I had originally purchased the PSB B5, they also sounded great, but returned them because I needed something larger for the room. The return process was simple. Crutchfield was a breeze to deal with. In addition to the great equipment the entire customer service experience was top notch. Highly recommended.
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5 out of 5

More Than Expected

Written By Riff21, Duluth, MN on Monday, August 12, 2013
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I have the Image B6 Speakers as my main left and right speakers hooked up to a Marantz SR5008 receiver. The sound is full, highs are detailed, mids are fine and there is punch to the lows. It was the lows that surprised me the tightness of the bass. Great speak for the value
Pros:
The tight lows Solid speaker
Cons:
None I can think of
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5 out of 5

PSB Image B6 bookshelf speakers

Written By John M., Aberdeen, NC on Monday, May 27, 2013
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This pair is one of only two bookshelf speakers that have truly impressed me in my 50 years of listening. The other pair sells for four times as much. The PSB's are amazing, especially for the price. They are very smooth throughout their range. No harshness, no tweeter "ringing", and solid clear bass. Bass extension is from very good to awesome, depending upon placement. Sound staging is excellent--better on stands than shelf. I first drove them with a Pioneer Elite integrated amp (50 wpc) and they sounded great. Then I connected them to a 1968 McIntosh MX-112 pre-amp and MC-2205 amp (50 wpc). WOW! Absolutely fantastic! I'm using a Project Debut Carbon turntable with supplied Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, and a cheap CD player.
Pros:
All aspects--performance and appearance.
Cons:
None that I have found.
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5 out of 5

PSB Image B6 Speakers

Written By Tom, Ruckersville, VA, Ruckersville, VA on Monday, May 13, 2013
 
I went into Crutchfield looking for bookshelf speakers and came away with these after listening to all the display models. I loved the sound of these Psb's compared to most others I heard there. I listened to several CD's, instrumental, rock, easylistening, folk, you name it. The sound was awesome for speakers of this size. Not to big on bass, mid-range was very good, and loved the clarity and separation. I hooked these up to a Kenwood KA-6100 Integrated Amplifier and KT-6500 Tuner made in 1977, WOW is all I can say about the sound.
Pros:
Good value for the money, excellent sound.
Cons:
None.
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4 out of 5

Solid value for the price

Written By Michael, Walnut Creek, CA on Friday, March 22, 2013
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I picked these speakers for their measured specifications, as well as the PSB reputation for a friend's HT setup. We needed a bookshelf size, but with a higher efficiency rating for a HT receiver with a modest 90w of 2ch power.

I hooked them up to the receiver without the sub, cleared all DSP effects, and ran through test material I was familiar with on my personal listening room system.

First thing I noticed was that these speakers are not the giant slaying value that has been described. My reference system is clearer, and more detailed. However, the PSB B6's are a solid choice for their retail price.

The highs are clear, but not quite to the level of realism I hoped when hearing the tight plucking of string instruments, or the sizzle of a cymbal. However, I noticed no harshness or fatigue. In fact the treble sounded a bit softer than I expected out of a metal dome.

The midrange was also good, about on par for my expectations, but again, a bit soft and indistinct in areas that my reference system had the resolution to display.

The bass and mid-bass was quite full in the room I used them. I nearly did not see the need for a sub in terms of music listening, though LFE would not be well received when watching a movie without one.

I have no reservations making this a recommended pick against other speakers within its range, but its performance is not supernatural. There is a fair amount of headroom to be offered by more expensive offerings if you are considering them.
Pros:
- Solid performance for the price. It brings the real goods. - Fairly clean, clear, and neutral. - No harshness in the treble (often a concern with lower priced metal tweeters) - Plenty of bass for general music listening without a sub. - Fairly efficient, good pick for lower power setups.
Cons:
- Not quite as clear and detailed as I hoped. There's better out there, but not likely at the same price. - A bit large for a bookshelf since it has a 6" woofer--may be a concern for some. - Not terribly interesting to look at, still a box with a few rounded edges.
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5 out of 5

A Truly Impressive Speaker

Written By Scott B., Johns Creek, GA on Sunday, March 17, 2013
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After countless hours of reading reviews, research and listening to a variety of floor-standing and bookshelf speakers, it came do two choices: these & the B&W 685B bookshelf speakers ($1300/pr).

I am a film/video producer, so a large part of my career is based on trusting my eyes and ears. After listening to these two speakers, I decided to go with the PSB's.

I paired these with my Sony STR-DN1030 7.1 receiver, a Paradigm Signature C1 center channel speaker, a BIC F12 subwoofer and a pair of Boston Acoustics A 26 surrounds.

To say that the price/value correlation is extremely high is an understatement. The PSB Image B6 speakers deliver on all fronts. We use our home theater system 50/50 for music and Blu Ray/streaming of movies, so the new speakers had to be versatile. The PSB's handle both chores with astounding ease.

The upper frequency reproduction and imaging for music listening is incredible. I listen to a lot of Steely Dan, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, and they deliver amazing volume with no sacrifice in quality. However, when I listened to the Les Mis Anniversary Recording (released over 20 years ago) it sounded like the artist was in the room with me. They create an impressive soundstage.

For movies, these speakers deliver excellent separation and volume while creating a sound field that puts you in the middle of the action. I recommend "Skyfall" for this exercise.

Not a real negative, but you will need a solid sub for maximum enjoyment of movies.

Pros:
Price to value/performance is legendary. After side-by-side comparison, I actually preferred these to B&W 685B's ($1300/pr).
Cons:
Reproduce lower frequencies well, but you should pair with a solid sub for home theater experience.
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4 out of 5

PSB Image B6

Written By PaulP, Upper Arlington, OH on Friday, February 01, 2013
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So far so good. I got these in September 2012 without auditioning based on reviews. I currently have these connected to my old NAD 7000 receiver. On average these get about six hours of play time each week. The sound is much richer than my old Boston Acoustics Horizon H6s. There is much more bass in these than I would have anticipated, even without a separate subwoofer. I have noticed that the clarity and realism of the sound varies with the source being played, as with any speaker. In general, most listeners have commented that the sound is very good, very realistic and much bigger than would have expected from a speaker this size. Their appearance is very unassuming. While not tiny, these are not so large as to take up too much space in the room, and fit well into most environments. So far I am satisfied with the investment.
Pros:
Good overall clarity, more bass than expected, very nice appearance, good value for the money.
Cons:
None that I can think of at this time.
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4 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Osito, Northern CA on Friday, January 25, 2013
 
These are a great pair of bookshelf speakers for the price. Nice sound and very stylish, well finished cabinets. Smooth sound overall, which got even better when opting to bi-amp them (which I would whole heartedly recommend). I needed a solution to find good sound for a small space and these fit the bill perfectly.
Pros:
Smooth sound, attractive cabinets, can be bi-amped (recommended).
Cons:
A bit light in bass; made in China.
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5 out of 5

Crisp Sound

Written By Blackbox, Tampa Bay on Wednesday, January 02, 2013
 
Will see how they perform after they are "broken in" but I love the sound NOW! These were purchased to replace my 901's. Now, I like Bose, I'm not a basher as seems chic for a lot of audiophiles, but you do need the "right" environment for them, and unfortunately, my listening room is an acoustic nightmare, so they never had a chance. The PSB's at first scared me, because I hooked them up to my Harmon Kardon 3480 Receiver, and they sounded no better than my cheap Bose 301's. But when I got a new Marantz 4023 Receiver to replace the 3480, the difference was immediate! Very crisp, clean sound - especially noticeable in the mid-range frequencies. Already disconnected my Equalizer, it is not needed anymore to downplay the mid-range frequencies. The Image 6's are not cheap for a small bookshelf speaker, but the quality is there, trust me. I do have a subwoofer used in conjunction with them, since I mostly listen to 70's rock, and need that extra punch, but really the 6" woofer is more than adequate in the PSB's. I just can't get over how clean the sound is, I imagine part of this is due to the Marantz, but I'm very happy with these small Canadian speakers.
Pros:
Crisp, clean sound - mid-range shines! Aesthetically pleasing design
Cons:
Recommend subwoofer to compliment them if used in a larger room
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5 out of 5

PSB Image B6

Written By MikeL, Broken Arrow, OK on Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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I really didn't believe the reviews I read on PSB speakers in general and the Image B6 in particular. I mean really, a speaker that sounds as good or better than many others at twice their price? Yes, really. Powered by an 80 watt per channel stereo / 40 watt mulit-channel receiver these speakers are phenomenal. Not only do they put out plenty of sound, the quality is exceptional.

The B6's are very transparent (I think that's the term). The midrange and treble are exceptionally clear and concise. The bass response was much better than I expected. They easily handled the orchestral pieces I listened to.

Most speakers I've ever heard seem to wrap the music around and partially obscure the vocals. With the B6's, vocals stand out in front of the music. The music supports the vocals. Voices sound like voices, trumpets like trumpets, violins are clear and crisp, etc. Soft passages are clear and distinct even at lower volume levels. For example, in the song "People" from Barbara Streisand's CD "Barbara the Concert" her voice really soars on the high dramatic passages yet the lower softer passages are clear, distinct and musical.

The B6's still need a subwoffer to get the full impact of movie effects but for music listening they are fine by themselves. Bottom line, the PSB B6 really is better and more enjoyable to listen too than many much more expensive speakers.
Pros:
Exceptional musicality. Midrange and treble exceptionally clear and distinct, far above the norm. Value, performance for the price is unmatched.
Cons:
Bass response is a little light but a sub easily takes care of that.
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5 out of 5

PSB Image B6

Written By Chris, Wappingers Falls, NY on Friday, September 14, 2012
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These really pack a punch and really sing for a small speaker. Very nice highs - great for musical performance self monitoring. A subwoofer helps fill out the lows and overall sound, but very exceptional as stand alones. Some "break-in" period, but after 20-30 hours, they are just amazing.
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5 out of 5

PSB Image B6

Written By Bryan, Redwood City, CA on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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I bought these as an upgrade from PSB Image B15 speakers (no longer made) I've been using for several years, for a room approximately 12 by 15 feet I use as an office. The B15's are very good, but somewhat limited in the bass. Space is a problem, and I don't have room for tower speakers or a sub-woofer. The B6's have much better bass, and I find the lower limit when when the notes are rolled off by the LF cutoff is inaudible. They don't seem to be too finicky about room placement. Playing CDs recorded on cathedral organs, and other material with deep bass, no musical content seems to be missing - and that's without the "loudness" setting on the amplifier.. In addition, the B6 has much better musical dynamics, giving much more realistic-sounding reproduction. Anything from Bach to bluegrass sounds great on these speakers. Another reviewer stated that they require a high-current amplifier. I find they are an easy load for my 50-watt per channel NAD, so I'm not at all sure of that.
Pros:
Excellent sound, no noticeable coloration at any frequencies.
Cons:
Uses some Styrofoam packaging, which I can't recycle here. Not truly what I would call a bookshelf speaker, in that it requires some clearance at the back and sides so that the rear port works properly.
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5 out of 5

PSB Image B6

Written By Richard K., Pasadena, CA on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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Outstanding. I am entirely satisfied!
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4 out of 5

Needs a high current amp

Written By Brad B., Dayton, OH on Sunday, September 18, 2011
 
Nice looking cabinets and high quality binding posts combine with smooth and detailed sound. The bass won't blow you away but it is tight and accurate all the way down to 100hz (a perfect crossover point for a good sub). The highs on the other hand are rich and very detailed and you would need to spend quite a bit more money to get audibly better performance. I gave the speakers a 4 out of 5 because I feel like they need to be driven to around -35 or higher on my 100 watt per channel amp before they really show you what they've got. I can't say for sure but I have a feeling that a high current amplifier capable of handling a 4 ohm load with about 130 watts a channel could really make these babies sing. Alas, another upgrade is in order I guess. I heard from one source that Paul Barton (the designer himself) believes that there is no such thing as a break in period for speakers. After experiencing the difference I heard coming out in the first listen to about 40 hours later I can say with confidence that they sound better to my ears now.
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5 out of 5

PSB Image B6

Written By jha, nacogdoches,texas on Friday, July 08, 2011
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these were suggested for a stereo system which included the NAD amp and cd player. crutchfield really came through. everything sounds great and great service too. have been using crutchfield for a few yrs. for all my tv's and equipment and only have had one problem that could not be resolved, a missed place 3d player for my plasma tv. even though it cost me money, i still come back to them.
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5 out of 5

PSB Image B6

Written By Steve, Coeburn, VA on Saturday, June 25, 2011
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These speakers have a very good sound for their size. Thoroughly satisified and I would highly recommend these speakers.
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By click, Arkansas on Thursday, June 09, 2011
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These speakers are the perfect balance of cost to sound value. They are not the top end, but they are very good. I recommend them to all who are shopping in this price range. The sound stage produced is wonderful when the speakers are properly placed in the room (on stands not on a bookshelf). Even the bass level was better than I'd hoped. Give them a try and see (umm. hear) for yourself!
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5 out of 5

Grreat buy

Written By Charles, Washington, DC on Monday, May 02, 2011
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Clean, clear, crisp sound, with more than enough bass to satisfy on any music except church organ tones. Superior value.
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5 out of 5

Amazing!

Written By Bill A., Orlando, FL on Sunday, March 06, 2011
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I'm amazed at the base produced by these bookshelf speakers; not enough to rattle the bedroom windows but more than enough for movie viewing there. I hear clear, natural mid-range and hi's. Overall, they are very warm and accurate!
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5 out of 5

Nothing but the truth...

Written By Peter, Bayville, NJ on Saturday, March 20, 2010
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...that's what you'll hear from these speakers. After they had a chance to settle down, I ran them through their paces.

Here are some audition notes:
Down to the Waterline from Dire Straits felt real. Mark Knoppfler's guitar and vocals were truly believable. Bass was solid, clean and effortless. In Water of Love, the resophonic guitar was crisp and present. The claves wouldn't have sounded better if I was playing them myself.
The piano work on Linus and Lucy from the Happy Anniversary Charlie Brown disk was real. Lucille truly sang on B.B. King's version of Joe Cool. The shakuhachi patch on History Lesson really shone through, as did the tenor sax on Rain, Rain Go Away, which was full, rich and haunting.
Patti Austin's vocals on I Feel a Song in My Heart from Bob James Two were nothing short of rapturous. On Farandole, the flute work was believable - clean.
Dire Straits, Your Latest Trick from Brothers In Arms was breathtaking. Same goes for Why Worry.
Ladysmith Black Mumbasa's vocals on Homeless from Paul Simon's Graceland drew me in. The soundstage on Graceland extended far beyond the speakers.
The a-cappella vocals in Prayer of the Children from Kurt Bestor from the Innovators promo disk were an emotional experience.

I guess you can say that I like these speakers. Don't be fooled by their size. I didn't think such a small speaker could be this full sounding. They are clean and transparent, with little or no audible coloration. Highly recommended.
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1 question already asked

Would this speaker be "too much" for a Yamaha VX475 AVR? We live in a condo and worry that a sub would be heard/felt in the unit below (as I hear the one above us). Looking for bookshelves that have enough bass so that we can do without sub. Had initially planned to get Alpha B1 but these look like they might be better suited (room is 25 x 15) [ Lattie  Dec 20, 2013 ]
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  • Sub to go with PSB image B6 [ Spencer   Feb 09, 2014 ]
  • Lattie, In my opinion, the Yamaha RX-V475 should pair very well with the PSB Image B6. I'm running mine from a Yamaha RX-497 stereo receiver rated at 75 watts into 2 channels, and I like the combination a lot. It's detailed, but still slightly warm, punchy and exhibits very little sibilance. I have really good bass extension without a subwoofer, but the space I'm in provides a lot of low end room gain and I don't listen to the popular bass heavy music we have so much of today. I suggest you try this combo in your space and see how you like it. If you need to add a subwoofer, the Yamaha YST-FSW150, also from Crutchfield, might be a good fit for you. It will give you some good complimentary bass extension for movies and music without disturbing other people. I'm using one in another system and I like it a lot. Hope this helps. [ MATT   Dec 23, 2013 ]
  • Lattie F In my opinion, there is more than enough bass in these speakers. They sound beautiful. The midrange and the highs are there as well. I auditioned these speakers and fell in love with the sound. I had them paired with a NAD 80 wpc integrated amp in a music only 2 channel system (no sub). I returned them because I thought I wanted hardwood veneer speakers. I have since discovered that to get the sound of these speakers in hardwood, I will have to spend at least twice as much. I am not familiar with the AVR that you want to use these with. Make sure that it has enough power to run them. My listening room is 11' X 19' and these speakers easily filled the space with wonderful sound and plenty of bass. I hope this helps you in your decision. [ JEFFERY A   Dec 21, 2013 ]
  • I'm very sure this speaker have enough bass, because I run this speaker with my Harman Karon AVR7300 but I have to turn treble up to +8 to balance it out. so I think this speaker 's good for your condo. [ BINH   Dec 21, 2013 ]
  • lattie, I have not received my speakers yet, they were on back order. I will let you know how the base sounds when I get them. Tim [ TIMOTHY J   Dec 21, 2013 ]
  • I just bought these speakers in mid November and have liked them so far. I use them as part of a 5 channel system with PSB subwoofer, center channel and alpha a rear speakers. I haven't tried them without the subwoofer on so not able to really answer your question. I have a yamaha similar to the one you have and it seems to power the system well. I have owned psb speakers for a long team and really enjoy the sound they produce. We had a seven channel system in a media room with 2 subwoofers...and it was marvelous sound reproduction. Good luck [ David   Dec 20, 2013 ]
  • Lattie, I recently bought these speakers to replace my 91-year-old audiophile father's three-foot-tall speakers he built himself, so we could play his extensive LP (vinyl) collection. We have them up on the teak cabinet in our family room, and have been amazed at the sound quality. I'm a bass affecionado (am hypersensitive to high pitches, and always increase the bass on my amp), and have not been disappointed at all. In addition, the speaker cabinets are beautiful: black-stained wood grain, front curvature, and pleasing proportions. I am confident these speakers will satisfy your bass requirements, as well as help maintain good relations with your downstairs neighbors. (I am using them with a Yamaha A-S500 amp.) [ Carol   Dec 20, 2013 ]
  • Hi Lattie.I believe these speakers would make a great pairing for your Yamaha receiver. When I purchased these speakers, we too lived in a second-floor apartment and I worried about the same thing. However, i didn't want to go "too small" and sacrifice too much on the sound. These turned out to be just right, as these are so efficient and produced enough lower end/bass without the benefit of a sub. We used them primarily for movies and some for music. Never got any complaints from neighbors. We are in a house now and I have paired up a sub with them since I can now listen to my SACD's at a much louder volume.One thing that will really help is to put these speakers on a decent pair of stands that have the feet on the bottom that provide for minimal contact from the floor so the lower frequencies don't migrate into the structure itself. I got a nice pair from online for about $60.I continue to be very impressed with these speakers because they don't take up a lot of room and they sound amazing. I hope to one day get a larger pair of PSB's for my front speakers and move these to the surround positions.Good luck and I hope this helps. [ SCOTT   Dec 20, 2013 ]
  • This is a fantastic speaker! I also have a VX475, but not connected the PSB's. The combination should sound great, so long as you are not looking for deep bass. A room of 25 x 15 is pretty large for most bookshelves, but these are exceptional speakers. They are certainly worth trying. [ JOHN   Dec 20, 2013 ]

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