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Floor-standing speaker (Dark Cherry)

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Item #: 760IMGNTC
 

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Our take on the PSB Imagine T

by Kristen Schaub
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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.

A superb value for high-end audio fans

PSB's Imagine T floor-standing speaker delivers rich, clear sound that'll impress discerning home theater and music lovers alike. 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 T also features a seamless, curved cabinet that's finished with stunning, hand-picked real-wood veneers — a stylish addition to any listening room.

Imagine family

PSB's Imagine speaker family (Imagine T shown at far left)

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Praise for the PSB Imagine T from The Absolute Sound

"Tonally neutral and dynamically turbocharged, this short two-and-a-half-way tower offers a balance of audio virtues that is classic PSB. From the vivid midrange to the powerful midbass, nothing seems out of joint-and that goes for the T's seamless curved enclosure. Not as nuanced as the Synchrony but more than good enough to make you feel like a big spender."

The Absolute Sound 2013 Editors' Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $2000-$3000


Precise driver design for natural sound

Tweeter

The drivers are mounted flush with the smooth front baffles, for improved sound dispersion.

The Imagine T features a highly accurate 1" titanium dome tweeter that produces smooth, sparkling highs. The 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.


Cabinet

PSB's Imagine speakers feature acoustically inert enclosures, with seamless, unbroken surfaces that are beautiful to look at.

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.

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Highlights:

  • frequency response: 38-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • 4-ohm impedance — suited for high-current amplifiers
  • recommended power: 20-200 watts
  • 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnets
  • two 5-1/4" injection-molded, clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofers
  • dual port, bass reflex design
  • included port plug lets you seal one of the bass ports to adjust for room acoustics or user preference
  • hand-selected, real wood veneer finish
  • two sets of gold-plated five way binding posts — can be bi-wired
  • 7-1/2"W x 37-1/8"H x 13-3/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • sold individually

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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Wood veneer
Color Dark Cherry
Tweeter Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) ---
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Composition Ceramic/Poly
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded Yes
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Specifications
Power Range 20-200
Frequency Response 38-23k Hz
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Amplifier Power ---
Height (inches) 37-1/8
Width (inches) 7-1/2
Depth (inches) 13-3/4
Weight 40.6 lbs
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Floor-standing loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • 4 Rubber tipped leveling feet
  • 4 Carpet spikes
  • Spike wrench
  • Port cover
  • Input terminal jumper (installed)
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Specification and Wiring guide (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information
  • psb website information

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options
Specifications & Dimensions

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 top woofer are crossed over at 1,800 Hz, the bottom woofer plays only 800 Hz and below.

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. The side and top panels are curved for added stiffness, with a wood veneer exterior. Internally the cabinet has two separate chambers, each with its own port on the rear panel.

Port Cover: There are two ports on the rear panel, one for each of the internal chambers. One port cover is included to seal a port (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

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 T 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.

Mounting Options

Leveling Feet: The Imagine T 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 & Dimensions

Frequency Response:

  • On Axis @ 0°: 38-23,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
  • On Axis @ 0°: 42-20,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Off Axis @ 30°: 42-10,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 35 Hz

Sensitivity:

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

Dimensions:

  • Width (body): 7-1/2"
  • Width (w/ feet): 8-3/8" (the feet mounted to the bottom of the cabinet are wider than the body of the speaker)
  • Height: 37-1/8" (installing the rubber tipped leveling feet or carpet spikes, one of which should be used for any application, will add to the overall height)
  • Depth: 13-3/4" (including the binding posts)
 
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Excellent

Written By Steve_B, Prescott, AZ on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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I'm quite pleased with these speakers. On great recordings they sound rich, clear, clean and accurate over the whole frequency spectrum. When I compare them to my old DCM time windows, I find that they seem to lack a little crispness and sparkle.

I'm driving these with a Marantz PM8005 which is adequate to achieve moderately loud sound levels in a 16x18 ft room. It, too, is reputed to impart a little warmth to the sound. The combination makes cymbal strikes and crisp piano notes seem a little soft-edged. Listening to Mistislav Rostropovitch and Rudolf Sorkin play Dvorak's cello concerto in D minor, for example, I was struck with how rich the sound of the cello was. It really conveyed the sense that the tone of this instrument may be among the most beautiful and musical of all instruments. This is a sense I never got with the Time Windows. On the other hand, Sorkin's piano playing seemed a little muffled, muted, soft: still lovely, but not at all crisp. This balance was not what I was used to hearing in this recording; but I imagine that it is a great deal closer to the intent of the DG recording engineers.

The clocks' chimes in Pink Floyd's Dark side of the moon sound hyperrealistic. And the rest of the track sounds terrific. In a live recording of Eagle's Hotel California, the slightest nuance of the guitar strings' vibration was captured and delivered accurately.
Pros:
Accurate, natural - sounding, slightly warm in sound color, compact, beautiful black piano finish, great build quality, nice binding posts,
Cons:
Not quite as crisp and sharp as some.
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5 out of 5

Quality Sound Reproduction

Written By rehankins, Olympia,WA on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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I bought the PSB Imagine T without every hearing them. A bit of a gamble on my part but after some soul searching and research made the leap. I was told at Crutchfield to allow a burn-in time to reach optimal sound. I was pleasantly surprised how rich the sound was out of the box. I like many generes of music. I love the way the highs, mid range and bass each remain clear without any loss in clarity in complex pieces of music. I purchased as a family gift in our household, as I wanted quailty sound and my wife a a piece of complimentary furniture to our room. Luckily these speakers fit both aspirations perfectly. RE
Pros:
The cabinet in dark cherry matched our hard wood floors and other pieces of furniture in our living room. The tower design look great next to our big screen TV. The sound reroduction is clear and concise.
Cons:
You will need to high power amp to bring full spectrum to music fully. The cleaner your amp the better you will reach the sweet spot. A tad bit pricey but if you enjoy music it is a good investment in your ears.
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4 out of 5

Image vs. Imagine

Written By Romarin, California on Saturday, September 17, 2011
 
Have not heard the synchrony line of PSB speakers but the Imagine is so much better than the Image that the smallest and cheapest Imagine is better than the the top of the line Image. And the image isn't a bad speaker but I couldn't see throwing good money after bad and that's what you'd be doing buying an Image. As soon as you heard the Imagine you'd regret the day you wasted your money on the lesser speaker. Of course if the Image is all you can afford then you could do a whole lot worse for the money.
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