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Hear every last nuance of your movie soundtracks and concert discs, courtesy of PSB's Imagine C center channel speaker. This capable center channel packs the power and performance needed to anchor home theater system's front soundstage to the action on your TV's screen.

Crystal-clear dialogue for more engaging home theater

PSB Imagine C Center Channel Speaker

Enjoy exceptional clarity and crisp, clear dialogue with the Imagine C center channel.

Hear every last nuance of your movie soundtracks and concert discs, courtesy of PSB's Imagine C center channel speaker. This capable center channel packs the power and performance needed to anchor home theater system's front soundstage to the action on your TV's screen.

The Imagine line borrows technology developed for PSB's higher-end Synchrony series, so you get audiophile-quality performance in a high-value speaker. The Imagine C also features a seamless, curved cabinet that's finished with stunning, hand-picked real-wood veneers — a stylish addition to any listening room.

Precise driver design for natural sound

The Imagine C features a highly accurate 1" titanium dome tweeter that produces smooth, sparkling highs. The dual 5-1/4" woofers use proprietary ceramic-filled polypropylene cones, which makes them very stiff and light.

The resulting midrange is clean and balanced, with tight bass response. A highly efficient motor structure with a unique compound magnet helps reduce audible distortion. You'll hear unmistakably clear dialogue and dynamic special effects with all your movies, TV shows, and video games.

Solid, elegantly curved cabinets with a real-wood veneer finish

All Imagine speakers have smooth, 1-1/2" thick front baffles that blend almost seamlessly with the seven-layer laminated MDF side, top, and bottom panels. Plus, the heavy internal bracing ensures an impressively solid, acoustically inert enclosure. The top, side, and bottom panels are clad in real wood veneer that's hand selected for its beauty and quality.

What's in the Box:

  • Center channel speaker
  • Grille
  • Rubber foot
  • Port cover
  • 2 Adhesive backed rubber feet
  • Input terminal jumper (installed)
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Specification and Wiring guide (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information
  • psb website information

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 52-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • 4-ohm impedance — suited for high-current amplifiers
  • recommended power: 20-150 watts
  • 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnets
  • dual 5-1/4" injection-molded, clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofers
  • bass reflex (ported) design
  • hand-selected, real wood veneer finish
  • two sets of gold-plated five way binding posts — can be bi-wired
  • 20-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 13-7/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

PSB Imagine C

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Outstanding clarity

Bob V from Lawrenceville, NJ on 5/14/2013

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I bought this center channel speaker (along with matching PSB towers and bookshelf speakers) to improve dialog clarity and dynamics for my home theater system. It has more than met needs. Even under the most complex and loud action sequences, dialog remains crystal clear (and distortion free). Highly recommended! Note: Best to use a 4 ohm capable home theater receiver or amplifier.

Pros: Exceptional clarity and dynamics. Crystal clear dialog for movies Build quality

Cons: None


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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) ---
Woofer size (inches) 5-1/4
Connector Type 5-way posts
Power Range 20-150
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Frequency Response 52-23k Hz
Height (inches) 7-1/2
Width (inches) 20-1/2
Depth (inches) 13-7/8
Weight 26.8 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design

Driver Technology

Cone Design: The woofer cones are 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.

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. The front baffle is designed to eliminate mid and high frequency diffractions, maximizing three dimensional realism.

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 and woofer are crossed over at 1,800 Hz.

Enclosure Design

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.


Dual Binding Posts: The dual binding post input terminals are located on the 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 C can be bi-wired or bi-amplified. The binding posts will accept spade connectors, single or dual banana plugs, pin connectors, and bare wire up to 8 gauge.


Frequency Response:

  • On Axis @ 0°: 52-23,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
  • On Axis @ 0°: 55-20,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Off Axis @ 30°: 55-10,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 46 Hz


  • Anechoic Chamber: 87 dB
  • Typical Listening Room: 89 dB

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To match my main front speakers [ Amit  Jul 11, 2016 ]

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The PSB Imagine C3 offers these features:

a three-way design with a hand-selected 1" titanium dome tweeter, a 3-1/4" compressed felt/fiberglass cone midrange, and two 7" compressed felt/fiberglass cone woofers

a 2" thick MDF front baffle to help eliminate vibration

frequency response down to 48 Hz