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PSB Imagine XB

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Experience dynamic, crystal-clear sound for your music and movies with PSB's Imagine XB bookshelf speakers. They provide impressive stereo sound in a 2.1 subwoofer/satellite system, or make excellent front-channel home theater speakers. The Imagine X line borrows driver technologies developed for PSB's sophisticated top-tier Synchrony speakers, giving you high-end sound at a budget-friendly price. The Imagine XB also features clean lines and a slim cabinet design that won't clutter up your listening room.

Compact, smooth-sounding bookshelf speakers

Experience dynamic, crystal-clear sound for your music and movies with PSB's Imagine XB bookshelf speakers. They provide impressive stereo sound in a 2.1 subwoofer/satellite system, or make excellent front-channel home theater speakers. The Imagine X line borrows driver technologies developed for PSB's sophisticated top-tier Synchrony speakers, giving you high-end sound at a budget-friendly price. The Imagine XB also features clean lines and a slim cabinet design that won't clutter up your listening room.

Advanced drivers for clean, well-balanced sound

The Imagine XBs feature a 1" titanium dome tweeter that effortlessly dishes out smooth, uncolored highs. Its 5-1/4" woofer use an advanced clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene cone design. This stiff, lightweight material helps them deliver midrange that's clean and balanced, with surprisingly punchy bass. It all adds up to realistic, detailed sound with a wide, deep soundstage that'll really draw you in.

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What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 8 Rubber feet
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 55-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended power: 20-150 watts
  • 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnet
  • 5-1/4" clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofer
  • bass reflex (ported) design
  • gold-plated five way binding posts
  • black ash vinyl finish
  • 6-11/16"W x 12-1/16"H x 10-3/4"D
  • weight: 12.3 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

PSB Imagine XB Reviews

Average Customer Review:

7 Reviews

Great Accuracy

Written by: RobO from California on November 2, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Usage: 2.0 audio desktop system powered by 105W Yamaha receiver. I found these speakers to be highly accurate and quite enjoyable overall. The soundstage is small for my tastes; perhaps an unfair criticism for a speaker this size... but I was comparing them to the slightly larger Def Tech 55 Studio Monitor, which admittedly, did not sound quite as accurate or balanced.

Pros: Accuracy Uncolored

Cons: Small soundtage

First Home theatre

Written by: First purchase from Frisco TX on June 30, 2015

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Good product.

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Great Sounding

Written by: Sonny from Ohio on April 22, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I Purchased Two Pairs Of PSB Image XB Speakers To Complete My Home Theater Sound System.My Existing System Is A 5.2 Set Up Also Using PSB Speakers Which I Purchased From Crutchfield 3 Years Ago.I Installed The New XB Speakers For Front High And Front Wide Sound Which Now Gives Me A 9.2 Set Up. I Tuned The System Using The Audyssey Set Up Program On My Receiver Along With Some Of My Own Finishing Touches.The Addition Of The Four XB Speakers Is Just Incredible.The Sound Is Very Accurate And Precise As Well As Balanced And Natural Sounding.My Sound System Went From Great Sounding To Awesome Sounding.The New XB Speakers Blended Well With My Existing Speakers And The Transition From One Chanel To The Next Is Very Smooth. High End Build Quality On The XB Speakers Is What I Had Expected And What Can Be Expected From Any PSB Products. If You Are In The Market For Bookshelf Speakers I Would Highly Recommend The PSB Image XB Speakers .

Pros: A Precise And Accurate Sounding Speaker As Well As A Quality Built Product For The Money.

Cons: None

Efficient and Accurate

Written by: DS from Lancaster, PA on February 20, 2015

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I wanted to get into some clean sound and venture into the HD sound world. I don't have a pile of cash but like many wannabes had an idea that for $1000 I ought to be able to join the entry level audiophiles. I was almost correct. I think it will end up about ($1300 when said and done). These speakers were suggested by a Crutchfield consultant as a paring with the newish NAD D3020. I liked the modest power requirements (20-120watts) of the PSBs. That integrated AMP has only 30 watts a side. So I took a chance. My room is about 17' x 12' and it transitions into my kitchen through a doorway and a large 3 1/2' x 5 1/2' cut-out in the same wall. I wanted music in the kitchen too. The cool thing about these speakers is that they sound so good at lower volumes. Super accurate and a really nice high end. They deliver all the highs without breaking glass over one's head. It's hard to explain as I always preferred the crisp, nearly overbearing highs. I must have been over compensating for a non-existent mid-range. With the NAD unit and its DAC I hear all sorts of new depth; even if I just use my iPhone with Pandora through the mini jack. Ideally a better streaming service is desirable, like Spotify who offers a month free trial with higher bit rate streaming. These speakers seem balanced and they do very well at window shaking volumes too. If your space is larger, a sub will most likely complete a nice music focused 2:1 system.

Pros: 20-120 watts power handling allows wide choice of AMPs

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Written by: Anonymous from Dallas, TX on January 10, 2015

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I have these speakers paired with a NAD D3020. The mids on these speakers are phenomenal. Super crisp and clear but overall balanced and slightly warm. At this price, these speakers are going to be very hard to beat. The louder you crank them, the better they sound! These are ideal for a stereo desktop setup or small room.

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Written by: Anonymous from Fairport, NY on October 5, 2014

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Music and movies sound crisp and clear. I am hooke on PSB.

Pros: Excellent quality good value.

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Amazed!

Written by: Tech31 from NY on October 2, 2014

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First tried the Def Tech Studio Monitor 45s. I was very disappointed. Vocals were muffled and bass was distorted at the low end. So I called and talk to the sales rep, and told I was looking for clear/crisp vocals without distorted deep lows and I would use a sub woofer for me 2.1 Receiver. She suggested Klipsh or PSB. I decided to go with PSB since I have heard Klipsh in the past I don't care for the 'bright' highs (with there horned tweeter). I was Amazed at the clarity and crisp mids (especially vocals). For I listen to many genre's of music and I just can't stop enjoying these amazing bookshelf speakers and have only gotten better after break-in. If your looking for punchy bass, you can hookup a small subwoofer, such as i did. I didn't realize that NAD is there sister company, but I'm not surprised at this with there good reputation. These speakers work for me in listening to the many genre's I enjoy such as, rock, alternative, classic rock, blues, jazz, R&B, and even top 20 pop.

Pros: Amazing clarity, crisp, not too bright high's, no high distortion lows, and even look great.

Cons: Need a small subwooofer for deep low punchy bass.

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What's in the box?

Download the PSB Imagine XB manual

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 8 Rubber feet
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Composition Clay/Ceramic/Poly
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 20-150
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 55-23k Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 11-7/8
Width (inches) 6-11/16
Depth (inches) 10-3/4
Weight (pounds) 12.3
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-26
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research

Features

2-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The PSB Imagine XB is an attractive compact two-way bookshelf loudspeaker featuring a 1" titanium dome tweeter and 5.25" injection-molded, clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene woofer

  • 1" Tweeter: The PSB Imagine XB features a 1" titanium dome tweeter with ferrofluid and a neodymium magnet structure for extended high frequency response that remains distortion free even at extreme volume levels.
  • 5.25" Woofer: The PSB Imagine XB houses one 5.25" injection-molded clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene cone woofer with rubber surround that have been refined to improve stiffness, internal damping, and low mass. By optimizing the control and performance, the PSB engineering team was able to reduce the complexity of the crossover design.

Bass Reflex Cabinet: The PSB XB bookshelf loudspeaker's critically tuned cabinet employs a rear-facing port for high sensitivity and extended bass response. A black ash wood-grain finish complements the slim cabinet to integrate seamlessly with almost any decor. Detachable cloth grilles also included.

NRC (Nation Research Council): Through many years of research at the National Research Council (NRC) in Canada, home to one of the world's most advanced acoustical laboratories, PSB's design team has learned not only what people love to hear, but also how they hear it in a room. Critical to the Imagine X series design is this research into human perception of sound using double-blind listening tests. Double-blind testing removes any listener bias to give us the most accurate test result. It allows PSB to understand what is most important to listeners and allows us to create the ideal blend of performance and price for every application. In 1974, PSB was the first company to use the NRC for loudspeaker development and remains the most active user of the facility today. PSB's experience with the NRC, how they interpret the data and implement it into the design of the Imagine X series speakers, gives PSB a real advantage in speaker design.

Mounting Options: The PSB XB bookshelf loudspeakers come with self-adhesive rubber feet to protect your AV furniture, stands, or shelf. The rubber feet help secure the speakers effectively and prevent against unwanted vibration. The rubber feet add 0.1875" to the height of the speakers. There are no threaded inserts or keyhole slots on back of the the speaker to mount it on the wall. However, you can use PinPoint's side-clamping bookshelf speaker wall mount system (121AM40B, sold separately) to wall mount the PSB XB speakers.

Applications: The XB is ideal for smaller rooms or in concert with a powered subwoofer (sold separately) for a compact full-range system. The perfect timbre match with the X1T and X2T towers (both sold separately) also make the XB bookshelf loudspeakers a great choice for surround channels in home cinema installations.

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PSB's Imagine X line of speakers gives you the kind of clean, balanced sound PSB is known for without breaking your budget.

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max's awesome rec + the comments described a product that i'm hoping confidently will meet my needs. [ Darwin  Feb 09, 2016 ]
sent back for the def tech 55s [ JOHN  Dec 19, 2015 ]

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I bought these speakers as part of a home theater upgrade. These are serving as surround speakers in a 7.2 configuration. In this application context, the speakers performance is excellent, managing mid-range and high notes effectively. [ Marvin  Dec 01, 2015 ]
I bought these cause I'm not a fan of bite in the highs. i think you want Klipsch ( spelling ? ) They're known for a Brighter sound. [ Nick  Nov 23, 2015 ]
They have great highs and mids you can hear the different instruments playing with clarity [ ELTON  Nov 23, 2015 ]
I have tinnitus and also miss done higher frequencies. These have a nice clean sound and don't appear to miss anything. I suspect they would do fine for you. I have them as rear channels with Image speakers for the front, although I'd use these for compact fronts as well. [ DAVID  Nov 23, 2015 ]
I own the PSB Imagine XB's. To my ear they are a very natural and neutral sounding speaker, with very good detail in the high and midrange, but not overly harsh. I think they would probably work for you, but you may also want to listen to some Klipsch and compare. [ Dennis  Nov 23, 2015 ]
These speakers are overall very balanced speakers with a slight warm tone in the mid range. They mainly play music how the artist designed them to be. If you want a little "bite" in the highs, I recommend messing with the equalizer! [ Matthew  Nov 23, 2015 ]
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