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PSB Imagine Mini C

Center channel speaker (Gloss Black)

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Item #: 760IMNMCGB
 

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Our take on the PSB Imagine Mini C

by Dave Bar
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Your home theater's most important speaker

The center channel speaker is the workhorse in a home theater system. It has to reproduce clear dialogue and special effects that keep your eyes and ears glued to the movie action. A high-quality center speaker is a great investment for any surround sound setup. Try to choose one that's as closely matched as possible to your front right and left speakers, so that as sound moves across the front stage, it stays seamlessly realistic.

The cornerstone of your home theater system

Great home theater sound is all about clear dialogue and engaging special effects. That's why it's important to invest in a quality center channel like PSB's Imagine Mini C. This compact speaker is much more than just a cute center channel. It packs the power and performance needed to anchor your 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 Mini C also features a seamless, curved cabinet finished with gorgeous, real-wood veneers — a stylish addition to any listening room, and a perfect match to an Imagine Mini-based home theater speaker system.

Imagine Mini C center channel

The Imagine Mini C is the perfect voice-matched center channel companion for PSB's Imagine Mini bookshelf speakers, and comes in five beautiful finishes.


Precise driver design for natural sound

Imagine Mini C center channel with grille removed

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

The Imagine Mini C features a highly accurate 1" titanium dome tweeter that produces smooth, sparkling highs. The dual 4" woofers use proprietary clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene cones, which makes them very stiff and light. The resulting midrange is clean and balanced, with tight bass response. You'll hear unmistakably clear dialogue and dynamic special effects with all your movies, TV shows, and video games.


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Highlights:

  • frequency response: 55-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended power: 10-80 watts
  • 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnets
  • two 4" clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene woofers
  • bass reflex (ported) design
  • included port plug lets you seal the bass port to adjust for room acoustics or user preference
  • real wood veneer finish
  • gold-plated binding post speaker terminals
  • 13-15/16"W x 5-15/16"H x 8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Tweeter
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Dome
Midrange size (inches)
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N/A
Woofer size (inches)
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4
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Binding post
Power Range
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10-80
Sensitivity
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88 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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55-23k Hz
Height (inches)
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5-15/16
Width (inches)
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13-15/16
Depth (inches)
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8
Weight
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9.8 lbs
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Center-channel loudspeaker
  • Detachable cloth/metal grille
  • Port plug
  • Quick Start Speaker Guide
  • Warranty Card

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options
Specifications

Driver Technology

True-to-Nature Sound: The PSB Imagine mini C center-channel loudspeaker produces a large soundstage and impressive bass along with the true-to-nature sound for which PSB is known. The PSB Imagine mini C has a wide frequency and dynamic range, natural tonal balance, and precise spatial imaging needed to make both music and movies lifelike and enjoyable.

Two-Way Design: The PSB Imagine mini C employs a two-way speaker design. It houses a single 1" ferrofluid-cooled titanium dome tweeter with a neodymium magnet and tw0 4" clay/ceramic filled polypropylene woofers with rubber surround. The result is startlingly big and commanding sound with fine detail and emotion.

  • 1" Titanium Dome 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.
  • Dual 4" Clay/Ceramic Filled Polypropylene Woofers: Dual 4" woofer cones are clay/ceramic filled polypropylene to optimize the combination of stiffness, internal damping, and low mass. The woofer's magnetically neutral polycarbonate basket contributes additional stiffness, and the bullet-shaped phase-plug enhances linearity at higher frequencies.

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 woofers are crossed over at 2,200 Hz.

Enclosure Design

Small Cabinet: The PSB Imagine mini C center-channel loudspeaker is the smallest center speaker of the imagine family. The cabinet measures just 13.9375" (w) x 5.9375" (h) x 8" (d), and weighs only 9.8 lbs.

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The PSB Imagine mini C center-channel loudspeaker uses a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port for higher efficiency and deeper bass. There is an included port plug to decrease the amount of bass output from the speaker cabinet.

Detachable Grille: The PSB Imagine mini C includes a detachable cloth/metal grille.

Connections

Binding Posts: The binding post input terminals are located on the back-panel of the speaker cabinet. The binding posts will accept spade connectors, pin connectors, banana plugs (single/dual), and bare wire up to 8 gauge.

Color-Coded: The speaker's binding posts are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.

Mounting Options

Rubber Base: The PSB Imagine mini C features an integrated rubber base to help secure the speaker in place to prevent slippage and vibration.

Placement: You should place the PSB Imagine mini C loudspeaker directly above or below the center of your TV screen.

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • On Axis @ 0°: 55-23,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
  • On Axis @ 0°: 65-20,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Off Axis @ 30°: 65-10,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 50 Hz

Sensitivity:

  • Anechoic Chamber: 86 dB
  • Typical Listening Room: 88 dB
 
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5 out of 5

Awesome Center Channel Speaker

Written By Ale, Bethesda, MD on Thursday, March 13, 2014
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I've had a home theatre setup for the past four years using an Energy Take Classic 5.1 system which I liked quite a bit for the money, but started noticing after a while that dialogue in movies was not as clear as I would like and started a search for a new system. To be fair, I'll mention that this time I started the search with a bigger budget, with a limit of about $2k. My constraint was that I didn't have room for large speakers, so the system would have to be small in size. I listened to B&Ws, which were ok but they were not that clear at voice frequencies. I was about to settle on Martin Logan's Motion 15, which sounded very nice although they were a bit big for my space when I read about PSB speakers, in particular the PSB Imagine Minis. It was not easy to find a dealer to audition them in my area, but I was finally able to listen to the Imagine C mini, and I was amazed. The clarity of this speaker is incredible for its price. I own a pair of high-end Canton speakers that I use with my stereo system, and I was surprised to see that this little speaker came close to their performance in terms of clarity. Of course bass definition was not as good, but this is to be expected from a small speaker. Don't get me wrong, you will get enough ambiance and well defined bass, a very good job for its size. After I purchased the Mini C from Crutchfield (great service by the way!), I decided to get a pair of Imagine Mini front speakers. Very happy with the choice I made!
Pros:
Small size, clarity, performance
Cons:
A bit less bass punch, but nothing that a subwoofer won't solve
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5 out of 5

Mighty Mite

Written By Bill, Westminster, SC on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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Small, clear, neutral. Replaced a C-5 that I had but needed something a little smaller. For the money, however, I think that one should consider the Imagine C if possible. For just a little more money, I think that you get a lot more speaker.
Cons:
Pricy
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