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PSB Image S5

Bipole surround speaker (Black Ash)

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by Kristen Schaub
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Enjoy enveloping sound from bipole surround speakers

It's hard to beat the seamless, wraparound experience created by bipole surround speakers — especially when those speakers come from PSB. The Image S5s offer rich, dynamic sound with plenty of impact for a thrilling, theater-like experience in your home. Each speaker houses two sets of drivers, arranged at an angle to one another. When you place these speakers behind your listening position, the two sets of drivers help produce a wide rear soundstage that puts you in the middle of the action.

Image family

PSB's Image speaker family (Image S5 shown far right)


Advanced drivers for clean, well-balanced sound

K2 Power crossover network

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

The Image line borrows driver technologies from PSB's higher-end speaker lines, to give you excellent performance at a budget-friendly price. Each S5 features two 1" titanium dome tweeters that effortlessly dish out smooth, uncolored highs. Two long-excursion, high-output 5-1/4" woofers use the same proprietary ceramic-filled polypropylene cone as the Imagine line. The stiff, lightweight material helps them deliver midrange that's clean and balanced. You'll be amazed at the realism and immediacy of the sounds of bullets zigging past you or rain drops all around you.


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:

  • bipole design creates an enveloping rear soundstage
  • frequency response: 68-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • recommended power: 20-150 watts
  • dual 1" titanium dome tweeters with neodymium magnets
  • dual 5-1/4" clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofers
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) design
  • two sets of gold-plated five way binding posts — can be bi-wired
  • black ash vinyl finish
  • 11-3/4"W x 12"H x 7"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Bipole or Dipole Bipole
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) ---
Woofer size (inches) 5-1/4
Connector Type 5-way post
Power Range 20-150
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 68-23k Hz
Height (inches) 11 3/4
Width (inches) 12
Depth (inches) 7
Weight (pounds) 13.3
Mounting Bracket Included Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 2 Bipole surround speakers
  • 4 Grilles
  • 8 Adhesive backed rubber feet
  • 2 Wall mount brackets
  • 8 Drywall anchors
  • 8 Drywall screws
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ German)
  • Specification sheet (English/ French/ Spanish/ German)
  • Wall mounting template
  • Mounting bracket instructions
  • Warranty information

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Driver Technology
Connections
Mounting Options
Specifications

Driver Technology

Surround Design: A Image S5 speaker is two 2-way speakers built into one triangular shaped cabinet; each having its own woofer, tweeter, and crossover. The drivers are mounted on baffles facing in different directions, approximately 120° apart. The two speaker sections are wired in phase, as a bipole speaker to flood the area with surround sound.

Cone Design: The woofer cones are clay/ceramic filled polypropylene to optimize the combination of stiffness, internal damping, and low mass. The magnetically neutral polycarbonate baskets contribute additional stiffness, and the bullet-shaped phase-plugs enhance 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 crossovers are 2-way acoustical fourth order Linkwitz-Riley type with a 24 dB/octave slope. The tweeters and woofers are crossed over at 1,800 Hz.

Connections

Binding Posts: The 5-way binding post input terminals are located on the lower rear of the speaker cabinet. The binding posts will accept spade connectors, single or dual banana plugs, pin connectors, and bare wire up to 8 gauge.

Mounting Options

Mounting: The Image S5 can be wall mounted using the included brackets. The bracket adds approximately 3/16" to the depth of the speaker.

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • On Axis @ 0°: 68-23,000 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: 58 Hz

Sensitivity:

  • Anechoic Chamber: 87 dB
  • Typical Listening Room: 89 dB
 
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4 out of 5

Great surround speakers

Written By bmb, CT on Monday, June 23, 2014
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These speakers are a tremendous bargain for the sale price of 399. They are decent looking, with good build quality and can be easily wall mounted. The sound is great with the titanium tweeter, very detailed. The sound was maybe a little bright at first but mellowed over time. Also, as bipolar surrounds worked perfectly for my placement behind the seating area. I never really expected such an expanded sound field compared to regular bookshelf speakers.
Pros:
Good sound, decent build quality, great sale price
Cons:
Vinyl rather than real wood veneer
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5 out of 5

PSB Image S5

Written By David, Austin, TX on Sunday, June 22, 2014
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For quite some time I was contemplating replacing my trusty original PSB Alpha's with with a pr of "S" series surrounds. Thanks to the outstanding price at Crutchfield I finally did, and they are great. The diffuse sound field they create works very well for our situation where our theater seating is very near the rear wall and the room is has 20ft ceiling. It did require some additional volume to achieve the desired effect but that was expected. Next I will try the Alpha's as height channels to see what that does. My system consists of - Onkyo PR-SC5507 pre, Emotiva UPA7 125w 7 channel amp, PSB T-65 fronts, C-60 center, the S5's, and an eD A5-350 15" sub. PSB truly delivers an audiofile quality listening experience at a wallet friendly price, Long live PSB!
Pros:
Great sound field, flush mounting, great looks
Cons:
Require a little more oomph than direct radiating speakers
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5 out of 5

Outstanding!

Written By G, FL on Sunday, June 01, 2014
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Every review is, of course, subjective. But, I doubt that anyone who hears these PSB S5s will deny that they belong in the upper echelon of the very best surround speakers. A sound so open and natural that engulfs the listener in sonic bliss - - really! I've been an audiophile since the early 1970s, and got in to home theater surround sound in the late '90s. I also was an early adopter of SACD and DVD-A in 2003. (Have 62 DVD-As and 254 SACDs.) The PSB S5s are perfect for movies and multi-channel audio. Being bipole speakers, they work splendidly for SACDs/DVD-As. Outstanding as rear left and right channels for music! When I saw the price drop (less than half price!), I had to have them (I have PSB Image T6 floor-standing front L and R). This might well be the deal of the century thus far. If you are in the least bit thinking of buying a pair, do not hesitate! Simply wonderful rear L/R speakers for movies and music! You will not find better at anywhere near the sale price, or even considerably more. The S5s offer all you need, perfectly. Paul Barton has been designing PSB speakers since the 1970s, and his work is always applauded in audio/video mags for good reason. Find out for yourself! My highest recommendation!! Borrow the money if you must, but do not miss out on this deal!!
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5 out of 5

Great Surround Speakers!

Written By bj, Charlotte, NC on Monday, July 08, 2013
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I was surprised by the clarity of these speakers, especially for the money. I've always been in the search for the perfect "budget" system; I'm an audiophile with a beer budget you could say (afterall, I have other things I could be spending my money on). The PSB's are a great option for someone like me. They offer great clarity and responsiveness, yet fit my budget. For most people, these would be consider high-end speakers. For a true audiophile, this could be considered a high-end entry system for a great value. It is truly that! The reviews are awesome, and the sound and build quality reflect that perfectly. I was replacing a set of Paradigm Cinema Studio's. One thing that you may want to note: make sure to check out the dimensions and apply for your room type. These are mid-to-large surround speakers. You may be able to get away with the S4's. But if you want a fuller, richer sound...I couldn't recommend them more! PSB has me sold...and I am a customer for life!
Pros:
great sound, great quality, durable, mounting hardware included, bipolar design
Cons:
single connector (so you can't use multiple amps, etc), large for some room applications.
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4 out of 5

PSB Image S5

Written By Gary, Stockton, CA on Sunday, June 16, 2013
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I put these to work with a B&W sub/w 10'', a B&W center CM, a Denon 3313 and 4 Harmon Kardon (thirty series from the 1990's). They did bring this eclectic group together in a very good way. I was a bit unsure when I ordered the PSB's, but, with Crutchfield's I felt I would not go wrong. The PSB S5's are clear clean and just disappear into the sound experience.
Pros:
High quality appearance and sound. In the world of speakers they are worth the price.
Cons:
I can't think of any cons.
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