PSB Imagine W1
Multi-purpose home theater speaker
Our take on the PSB Imagine W1 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Fat sound from a thin speaker
On-wall speakers are a great way to enjoy home theater and reduce "audio clutter" at the same time. But all too often, thin wall-mount speaker systems wind up sacrificing sound quality for the sake of convenience. Not the PSB Imagine W1. PSB packed all the refinements and performance of their impressive Imagine series speakers into this slim package, to preserve valuable living space while enhancing the sound of your home theater. The versatile W1 can be used as a left, right, center channel, or surround sound speaker. Mount it vertically or horizontally on your wall using the included custom bracket, or place it on your entertainment center with the supplied tabletop stand. No matter how you integrate this speaker into your system, you'll instantly appreciate the rich and detailed sound that is the hallmark of PSB.
Precise engineering for better performance
The PSB design team exhaustively tests all of its designs at Canada's National Research Council to ensure outstanding, real-world performance. At the center of the W1's cabinet are two 4" woofers flanking a 1" dome tweeter. The long-throw woofers use proprietary clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene cones, which makes them very stiff and light. The result: you hear clear, highly detailed midrange, and bass that's tight and articulate. The W1's 1" titanium dome tweeter is engineered to produce smooth, accurate highs free from harshness and grain. To the outside of the woofers are two passive bass radiators, which give the W1 stronger bass performance than you might expect from a slim, on-wall speaker.
A sturdy, space-saving aluminum enclosure minimizes the speaker's external dimensions while maximizing internal volume for deeper sound. All of the W1's drivers are optimally mounted to a non-resonant MDF baffle for ideal sound dispersion, and concealed behind an acoustically transparent, cloth-covered metal grille for stylish good looks.
Complete your PSB home theater speaker system
Put together a complete home theater system using W1 on-wall speakers for your front, center, and back channels, or mix and match them with other PSB bookshelf, surround, or in-ceiling models to create a killer home theater system that's customized to your room. And be sure to add a PSB powered subwoofer for deep, hard-hitting bass.
- frequency response 90-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
- sensitivity: 89 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms (nominal), 6 ohms (minimum)
- recommended power: 10-80 watts
- 1" ferrofluid-cooled titanium dome tweeter
- two 4" clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene woofers
- two passive bass radiators
- spring-loaded, gold-plated post connectors
- aluminum cabinet with non-resonant MDF front baffle
- high-gloss black finish
- includes vertical/horizontal wall-mounting bracket and tabletop stand
- 27-9/16"W x 5-9/16"H x 3"D
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- On-wall loudspeaker
- Grille (installed)
- Wall-mount bracket
- 2 Table-top feet
- Two 1/4"-20 bolts
- 8 Rubber spacers
- Grille removal tool
- Quick Start Guide
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Features and Specs
|Number of Speakers||1|
|Bipole or Dipole||No|
|Midrange size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer size (inches)||4|
|Connector Type||Spring post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
True-to-Nature Sound: The PSB Imagine W1 on-wall loudspeaker produces a large soundstage with true-to-nature sound. Engineered with highly acclaimed audio excellence and research, the Imagine W1 on-wall speaker will deliver wide frequency and dynamic range, natural tonal balance and precise spatial imaging needed to make both music and movies lifelike and enjoyable.
Note: The PSB Imagine W1 performs best when complemented with a powered subwoofer (sold separately). Check out these powered subs from PSB.
Two-Way Design: The PSB Imagine W1 employs a two-way speaker design. It houses a single 1" ferrofluid-cooled titanium dome tweeter with a neodymium magnet and two 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. The tweeter feature a specially engineered "phase plug" or shield that extends the high frequency response by dampening the tweeter's resonance and preventing phase cancellation in the top musical octave. The clear delicate sounds produced by this remarkable tweeter accurately reproduce all the musical detail contained in your favorite movies and music.
- 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.
Passive Radiators: Bass is enhanced by dual passive bass radiators (PBRs) that extend the bass reach of the speaker by doubling the output of the woofers at the lowest frequencies.
Crossover Network: One of the most critical aspects of speaker is the crossover network, where the final voicing and integration of all the elements of the design are determined. Even proximity to the wall behind the speaker has an effect that must be considered when fine tuning the crossover. 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 2,300 Hz.
Aluminum Cabinet: To gain maximum internal volume (necessary for good sound and deep bass response) a special aluminum cabinet was developed that minimizes external bulk and maximizes strength and internal volume. A non-resonant MDF baffle mounts the driver units in carefully optimized positions for an ideal dispersion of sound to the listener. Attention-to-detail is extreme with soft rubber trim rings that not only give sleek look, but also control dispersion of sound and add further damping of spurious vibrations.
Cloth Grille: An attractive cloth covered metal grille is transparent to sound while serving to integrate the speaker with your home décor.
Spring-Loaded Posts: The Imagine W1 on-wall loudspeaker is fitted with a pair of spring-loaded posts that accept bare wire (up to 14AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single/dual).
Color-Coded: The spring post speaker terminals are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.
Applications: The Imagine W1 is a single channels speaker that can be oriented either vertically or horizontally and be used as a front left, right, center, or surround channel speaker. Multiple Imagine W1 models can formulate a complete system or the speakers can be combined with other PSB In-room or In-wall/In-ceiling speakers (sold separately) to create a customized Home Theater solution.
Wall-Mount: The Imagine W1 includes is a sturdy wall-mount bracket. At only 3" deep this speaker hugs the wall, integrating perfectly with popular flat-panel TVs. The W1 can flank the TV to the left and right, and can also be oriented horizontally below the screen as a center channel. The mounting bracket provides various keyhole slots to mount the speaker to your wall, either vertically or horizontally (mounting screws not supplied). The wall-mount bracket adds 0.25" to the depth of the speakers.
Table-Top Placement: The provided feet allow for the speaker to be placed on a tabletop below your flat-panel television in a center channel orientation. Depending on the way you install the feet, this will set the speaker at 90-degrees or 75-degrees (tilted back 15-degrees) from the table surface. To install the tabletop feet, attach the feet to the threaded inserts on the back of the speaker using the provided 1/4"-20 threaded bolts. The table-top feet add 0.1875" to the height and 0.5" to the depth of the speaker.
- On Axis @ 0°: 90-23,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
- On Axis @ 0°: 100-20,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
- Off Axis @ 30°: 100-10,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
- Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 70 Hz
- Anechoic Chamber: 87 dB
- Typical Listening Room: 89 dB
- Nominal: 8 ohms
- Minimum: 6 ohms
Crossover: 2300 Hz
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