PSB Imagine Mini
Compact bookshelf speakers (Black Ash)
Item #: 760IMGNMBA
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Item #: 760IMGNMBA
Your price: $759.99 pair Earn up to 760 Rewards points
The deceptively small Imagine Mini is sure to make a big sonic impact in your home. Expect to hear the kind of realistic sound PSB's larger Imagine series speakers are known for — including an impressively large soundstage and surprisingly low bass — from a speaker that's both versatile and cute.
A pair of Imagine Minis makes an impressive desktop system. Or use them with any of the other speakers in the Imagine family to create a multichannel home theater system. Plus, their compact, seamlessly curved cabinets make them ideal for stylish urban environments where space is at a premium.
The Imagine Mini comes in five beautiful finishes: Black Ash, High-gloss White, High-gloss Black, Dark Cherry, and Walnut.
Each Imagine Mini features a highly accurate 1" titanium dome tweeter that produces smooth, sparkling highs. The 4-1/2" woofer uses a proprietary ceramic-filled polypropylene cone, which makes it very stiff and light. The resulting midrange is clean and balanced, with tight bass response.
A highly efficient motor structure drives the woofer, and uses a unique compound magnet that helps to reduce any audible distortion from the speaker. It means you'll hear every note as clearly and accurately as it was recorded by the artist.
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 of the Black Ash, Dark Cherry, and Walnut speakers are clad in a real wood veneer that's hand selected for its beauty and quality. The High-gloss Black and High-gloss White speakers are finished with multiple coats of high-gloss paint, hand-polished to a stunning shine.
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.
I am rating these speakers 5 stars based on what they are: small, solid, well made, pleasant sounding speakers. I originally wanted a full size set to replace my Wharfedale Delta 70's, but I came upon these and bought them based upon their reviews and the free speaker stands. I also have as listening reference my Dad's old Telefunkens and my brother's Diamond 2's. Also listened to Diamobd 7's, B&W 685's and KEF Q300's. The PSB's are deceptively full bodied, with precise reproduction that spreads througout the room when necessary while retaining the delicate nuances of the recording, which at times can be a detriment as they reveal any imperfections due to their ability to replicate sound so well. They are precise and efficient, if not a little limited due to their size. These beauties are so well crafted, and perfectly matched to their attractive stands, which truly enhance, their their sound, that I fell in love with them. Literally. And they only seem to get better as they've "broken in", which is probably just my ears getting used to them more and more. Highly recommended for their quality, especially for somebody who just appreciates good sound.
Pros: Sound, looks, quality, value with free stands. Loud enough for my taste, (which can be loud (according to my wife), no sub neccessary in my opinion.
Cons: Small, somewhat limited in wide range dynamics.
I bought these to pair with a small (8") subwoofer to create a compact, near-full range system in a small living room. They took a while to break in but the sound is amazing. They provide very clean mid-bass down to about 90 Hz, then I let the sub take over down to 35 Hz. There's no false mid-bass hump trying to cover for the lack of deep bass in the PSB Mini, so pairing with a good sub is easy. The treble is clear and sweet with no high end roll-off (they use the same tweeter as the higher-priced PSB Imagine towers). The midrange is fantastic and stereo imaging is good, mostly confined to the space between and in front of the speakers. Female vocals in particular just seem to float in the air - very nice. Off-axis dispersion is good. These speakers should be placed on stands to get the best results, but watch the distance from the rear wall since they are rear-ported. I auditioned these PSB Minis compared to several other audiophile brands of similar price and size, and overall the Minis were superior for neutrality, definition and clarity. If you're looking for a tiny but high quality speaker it's hard to go wrong with these.
Pros: Very neutral and clear sounding Beautiful mids and highs, and good mid-bass from such a small driver and cabinet The tiny cabinet is easy to place in smaller rooms No mid-bass hump so pairing with a subwoofer is easy Beautifully designed and finished
Cons: Long break-in period Needs a sub to achieve deep bass (like all speakers this size) Efficiency is on the low side Expensive but worth it
These speakers are awesome. I'm glad I popped the extra money. I have very limited space and no room for a subwoofer. Nancy advised my that these speakers didn't need one, and she was right. The sound is warm and mellow, the size is perfect, and the speakers themselves are beautiful to look at and to handle. Treat yourself.
Pros: Small, beautiful, perfect sound
Cons: You can't use banana clips unless you hang the back of the speaker off the edge of the bookshelf (not much of a con, though. Everything else about theses speakers overrides this one disadvantage).
I've been thoroughly enjoying these speakers. Voices sound great and are well placed with other instruments accompanying them. Very engaging and the bass is all that I need (I'm not really a bass head, though).
Pros: Voices sound natural and presented well with the rest of the accompanying sounds
If you are looking for warmth and clarity, and if you listen to vocals/Jazz, or chamber classical music, these are the speakers you need. Johnny Hartman with John Coltrane, Diana Krall, cello suites of Bach by Starker sound out of this world. Get these if you are an audiophile
Pros: Crisp sound and great eparation of musical instruments and warmth with long hours of listening without fatigue. Great look as well and little footprint.
Cons: None so far for my usage
These speakers are amazing. I needed something small because of my set up. These are so loud and so crisp! They have more power than I could ever use and fit in my room great.
I have these speakers paired with with a Marantz PM5005 In my living room. (about 350sq.ft) and they have no trouble filling the space. Bass levels are incredible for a speaker this size. Overall sound is spectacular.
Pros: Fantastic Speaker. Not cheap but well worth the price.
These speakers are small enough that they will fit any room, yet amazingly clear and powerful enough that they will deliver very decent bass. When hooked up to a home theatre system they offer a level of detail and clarity which I had not heard in the Energy speakers I had before, voices are crisp yet full, music sounds more like music out of a stereo system than a out of a home theater system. They are not cheap, but you won't be disappointed.
The sound out of these speakers are excellent. I particularly love the sound from a full chorus and classical. Piano music is crisp! They even hold up for LP's...not many speakers today can perform that test.
When I called Crutchfield for advice on which speakers to purchase, the representative with whom I spoie strongly suggested the PSB Imagine Mini. I was skeptical at first, but I decided to accept the advice I was hearing. The fact that I could return the speakers if I did not like them also played an important role in my decision to buy the SBs.
Needless to say, I have been very pleased with these mighty minies. The sound quality is very clear and clean which was promised. The small size of these speakers makes it possible to move the speakers at will and still enjoy the sound.
I listen mainly to classical music. With these speakers I am hearing detail that until now had eluded my ears. Don't let the small size of these speakers put you off. I am of the firm opinion that I am hearing high quality sound over the entire audio spectrum. Now that I have positioned these little jewels for the best possible sound, I have no reservations at all about my decision to purchase these speakers.
Pros: very clean sound
Cons: Spending $1000 more might have brough a better speaker. Right now, I doubt it.
I had the Image B4s but swapped them out for these due to lack of bass in the B4s and a desire for more clarity. I was not disappointed. These have amazingly clear and tight bass that goes deep enough that a sub is not needed. It is not bloaty or boomy. With an amp with tone control, you can even feel the bass. These are absolutely amazing. The imaging is great. The only downside is the treble is very slightly rolled off.
Pros: Clarity, tight and articulate bass, size, very musical but not colored
Cons: Slightly rolled off treble
I've had a pair of PSB Imagine Ts in the past, so between my own experience and all the great reviews in the press, I had high hopes for the Imagine Minis. They exceeded my expectations by a longshot. The imaging and tonal balance is terrific. My wife and I just sat in amazement at what these little guys could do. I had originally planned to use them as surrounds but after auditioning them, I decided they were going into my office system, paired with a Peachtree Nova integrated amplifier.
There isn't a lot of low end, but more than I anticipated. What you do get is nothing short of amazing coming from a 4" LF Driver in a cabinet smaller than a half gallon milk container. They're not full-sized towers, so it isn't fair to compare them to something with multiple LF drivers and a high volume cabinet. However, pairing the Minis with a solid sub yields pretty magical results. I've placed mine in a bookshelf without a sub and am very happy with the results.
I recommend these to anyone seeking a small, high quality speaker.
Pros: Great imaging, small footprint, smooth, even tonal balance
Cons: A little expensive but worth it
I got these as surrounds to go along with Synchrony 2 T&C, driven by an NAD T787. Because of the odd shape of my living room, wanted more "wall mount friendly" surrounds than my old DefTech SM350s had been, and mating the Minis with the new PSB wall mount made sense. The 350s provided the fullest sound and dispersion that I'd had previously with surrounds, so I was used to that. When I got the Minis mounted, I was expecting a lot, but was initially very disappointed -- both with sound quality and achieving a decent surround effect. I was thinking that I'd made a big mistake. But I played around quite a bit with positioning them, and streamed Airplay for many hours in multi-channel stereo mode to see if breaking them in would help. It did -- after several days they opened up, and the overall sound quality was significantly better. Regarding surround sound positioning, though, these speakers are very directional (makes sense, as not much "bottom"), and thus respond quite differently with just very minor vertical and horizontal tweaks of the wall mount. I typically just use surrounds for TV/Movies, and as long as I'm close to a sweet spot, these provide good quality surround sound, can easily handle anything thrown at them from the surround channels (have them crossed over at 80Hz). Based on sound quality, these would be exceptional choices as fronts for a small system/room. As surrounds for a larger system, they're very good, but do have some limitations.
Pros: Sound quality, size, musical, wall-friendly with the PSB wall mount, blend in OK with Synchrony fronts & center
Cons: Not much low end, long break-in period, very directional
Because of its size the Mini can't be expected to produce the lowest of lows - etc - however what the Mini does is unexpected joy. Having several systems and speakers of varied size the overall pleasant neutrality of the music puts it into a niche of comfortable listening and most certianly hearing comfort not found too often in speakers larger and far more costly. Other speakers in my stable are small to large floor standers, and I must confess don't give my ears the comfort and seeming accuacy these small speakers give forth. I' m using one of my NAD amplifiers to fire them up along with a NAD and Marantz CD - Have been very pleased with Crutchfield and their return policy they give to customers, albiet, they won't see their product returned.
I really wanted to like these speakers, they look great, feel very solidly built. The sound just was not what I had hoped....sound was somewhat empty to me, no rich warm feel. Crutch field is top notch and accepted my return.
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||4.5|
|Woofer Composition||Clay/ceramic poly|
|Frequency Response||55-23k Hz|
|Connector Type||Binding post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||26-31|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
True-to-Nature Sound: The PSB Imagine mini bookshelf loudspeaker produces a large soundstage and impressive bass along with the true-to-nature sound for which PSB is known. The PSB Imagine mini has a wide frequency and dynamic range, natural tonal balance, and precise spatial imaging needed to make both music and movies lifelike and enjoyable.
2-Way Design: The PSB Imagine mini employs a 2-way speaker design. It houses a single 1" ferrofluid-cooled titanium dome tweeter with a neodymium magnet and one 4.5" clay/ceramic filled polypropylene woofer with rubber surround. The result is startlingly big and commanding sound with fine detail and emotion.
Crossover Network: PSB engineers designed the crossover frequency very low relative to the woofer size in order to provide the same sound no matter where the speaker is placed. 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.
Small Cabinet: The PSB Imagine mini bookshelf loudspeaker is the smallest member of the imagine family. The cabinet measures just 5.6875" (w) x 9.375" (h) x 8.25" (d), and weighs only 6.5 lbs.
Bass Reflex Enclosure: The PSB Imagine mini bookshelf loudspeaker uses a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port for higher efficiency and deeper bass.
Detachable Grille: The PSB Imagine mini includes a detachable cloth/metal grille.
Binding Posts: The binding post input terminals are located on the bottom of the speaker cabinet. The binding posts will accept spade connectors, pin connectors, and bare wire up to 8 gauge. Single banana plugs also fit, but because the posts are on the bottom of the speaker, the banana plug extends below the bottom surface and the speaker can't sit flat on a shelf. Single banana plugs may work with some wall brackets and stands.
Color-Coded: The speaker's binding posts are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.
Rubber Base: The PSB Imagine mini features an integrated rubber base to help secure the speaker in place to prevent slippage and vibration.
Optional Speaker Stands: The PSB PFS-27 speaker stand (760PFS27, sold separately) is designed specifically for the Imagine mini bookshelf loudspeaker.
Optional Wall-Mount Brackets: There are two M6 threaded inserts on the bottom of each speaker that can be used with PSB's PWB-1 wall-mount bracket (760PWB1, sold separately).
Note: The speakers contain no integrated mounting brackets or keyhole slots.
Outstanding speakers for the size. [ Kenneth Feb 02, 2016 ]