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Customer Reviews

PSB Imagine W3

Passive 3-channel home theater sound bar

MFR # Imagine W3

PSB Imagine W3

PSB Imagine W3

Passive 3-channel home theater sound bar

MFR # Imagine W3

6 reviews
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PSB W3

Ted from Park City on 10/12/2021

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Very happy with this soundbar. We have a really compact area (46" wide wall) to set up TV/AVR, so the PSB with a separate subwoofer (3.1 setup), Denon X1600H and 65" LG OLED was the most reasonable approach. Simple setup to drill wall, create some hidden cable cutouts, and it looks nice and clean for about 1hr of work. Audio quality is greatly improved vs. TV alone, and of course much lower investment than a full surround setup in a suboptimal room.

Pros: Better than an active soundbar with quality AVR and subwoofer Reasonable investment vs. full sound system Not as long as many soundbars, allows more mounting options

Cons: Still $2.5-3k investment for a 3.1 setup when you factor in AVR and sub

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PSB W3 Passive Soundbar

Crutchfield customer from Lutz, FL on 7/28/2020

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In terms of elegant design and overall sound quality this is a great sounding speaker. It does not compare with self amplified sound bars since it requires an AV receiver but the sound is more natural and less processed. The clarity is what I'd expect from PSB having replaced some older PSB bookshelf speakers. The sound stage is limited by the width of the speaker itself which is around 46 inches so if you had a wider stage with separate bookshelf's it takes getting used to or you may opt not to get a sound bar like this. This speaker combines LEFT, CENTER and RIGHT channels into the bar. The woofers are smaller and reproduce frequency to about 90hz so I would say a subwoofer is a must have item. With a good receiver the W3 can play loud and clear with appropriate receiver crossover settings. I bought this speaker to replace heavier bookshelf speakers so my son wouldn't knock them over when learning to crawl/walk. Overall I'm pleased with the product.

Pros: Elegant design Clear vocal reproduction Can play loud if desired with a good receiver

Cons: Lacks lower frequency extension due to woofer size. Subwoofer recommended Sound stage is limited

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Great Sound Stage Plus An Added Surprise

Brian from MERRICK, NY on 5/5/2018

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I've owned this sound bar for about 1 year. As others have pointed out, the dialogue from blu-rays is crisp and clear and the total sound stage is excellent for a speaker this size. I did add a separate subwoofer to supplement the low end sounds. The speaker only requires 80 watts per channel, so a modest AVR or amp is all that is needed to power the W3. An added surprise for me is how good music sounds played through this speaker. I have the sound bar connected to my Marantz AVR and Sonos Connect. Similar to blu-ray playback, the music vocals are clear and instruments are fairly distinctive. I am not saying that the sound is the same as separate tower speakers, but it is excellent for the size and cost of the W3. (I have friends who own other sound bars comment how good the music sounds being played through it.) I own several PSB speakers and am totally impressed by the sound and build quality, so purchasing this speaker was an obvious choice for me. Just note that this is a passive speaker that requires a wired connection to an AVR or amp. And the addition of a subwoofer is highly recommended.

Pros: Clear clean dialogue Great sound stage for blu-rays Very good sound when playing music Good value for the quality

Cons: None

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Ecelente barra de Sonido

Alberto from Caguas Puerto Rico on 6/26/2016

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Es una muy buena barra de Sonido de Cine en casa solo que el bajo que viene separado es indispensable para ella hace falta el bajo por obligacion. This is a very good sound bar to watch movies at home; the only downside is that the bass is absolutely necessary, by obligation you need to have a subwoofer.

Pros: Ecelente sonido para ver Peliculas Excellent sound for movies

Cons: Creo que el precio es muy elevado para no traer el bajo consigo I think the price is very high for it not to include a subwoofer.

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Surprisingly full sound

plwyman from Davis, CA on 1/3/2014

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I've only had the W3 for a week now but given some break in time it's given back a surprisingly full and open sound especially with Blu-Ray high definition soundtracks. The case is nicely finished and it comes with a metal wall mount as well as two brackets with rubber feet. The unit seems to benefit from being wall-mounted likely due to the added resonance from the space behind. Obviously, you also need a subwoofer to pull its weight since these speakers are only rated to 80 Hz. I subjectively chose a crossover of 120 Hz based on film dialogue. Your system may differ. Overall, I think the W3 gives you focused, clear dialogue positioned right where you need it. Also, this LRC doesn't tax your AVR or amplifier since your speakers will all be set to "small." If you have an AVR that lets you add height or width speakers the panorama of sound is simply amazing while utilizing a very small footprint, indeed. You also get PSB quality with a very low price of admission.

Pros: Nice sound, small footprint, power requirements are reasonable, good value for money.

Cons: None so far. Does need a competent subwoofer as part of the system, however.

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Very Very Impressive!

Ted H from LA on 1/24/2013

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Just received this jewel today. As our home is still under construction, we haven't had a chance to listen to this yet. My first impression upon carefully removing from the box and silk-like wrap is that it is of VERY high quality. This is a truly beautiful piece combining shiny black aluminum and a polished black face, and has an impressive heft about it. I have owned a decent quality, attractive Visio sound bar from our local big box store, and there is absolutely NO comparison between the two. The Visio is a Smart Car, the PSB W3 is a well made hand-crafted Bentley. I will try to post an update when our home theater is installed..........

Pros: Very Very High Quality. Beautiful finish.

Cons: Yet to be determined.........

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