PSB Imagine XB

Bookshelf speakers

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Our take on the PSB Imagine XB

by Dave Bar

Why choose bookshelf speakers?

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.

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.

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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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  • 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
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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
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What's in the box?

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

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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 imagine xb

Written By Anonymous, Fairport, NY on Sunday, October 05, 2014
Music and movies sound crisp and clear. I am hooke on PSB.
Excellent quality good value.
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Written By Tech31, NY on Thursday, October 02, 2014
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.
Amazing clarity, crisp, not too bright high's, no high distortion lows, and even look great.
Need a small subwooofer for deep low punchy bass.
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