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PSB Image B4

Compact bookshelf speakers (Black Ash)

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Item # 760IMGB4B

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Overview

Our take on the PSB Image B4

Potent bookshelf speakers provide exceptional sound

When we heard these little gems demoed in our sizeable training room — and without a subwoofer — we were impressed by their wide soundstage, and by the overall sonic impact. Use a pair of B4s with your home office computer, send a pair off with the kids when they go to college, or mount four or more around your home theater room to get impressive surround sound. The Image line borrows from driver technologies developed for PSB's sophisticated Imagine family, as well as the top-tier Synchrony speakers, giving you high-end sound at a budget-friendly price. The Image line also features a slightly different cabinet design than its predecessors, showcasing clean lines that won't clutter up your listening room.

Image family

PSB's Image speaker family (Image B4 shown at far left)


Advanced drivers for clean, well-balanced sound

K2 Power crossover network

The tweeter uses a powerful neodymium magnet for crystal-clear highs.

The Image B4s each feature a 1" titanium dome tweeter that effortlessly dishes out smooth, uncolored highs. The long-excursion, high-output woofer uses the same proprietary ceramic-filled polypropylene cone as the Imagine line. The stiff, lightweight material helps it deliver midrange that's clean and balanced, with a sense of impact and immediacy. You'll also marvel at the detailed imaging, and wide soundstage produced by these compact speakers.


Sleek, thoughtful cabinet design

All Image speakers have heavy internal bracing and 1-1/8" thick MDF cabinets to ensure impressively solid, acoustically inert enclosures. The cabinets have a traditional look, but with slightly curved tops and fronts to soften it. This family of speakers also features attractive vinyl finishes, allowing the Image speakers to easily integrate into just about any décor.


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Don't let the size fool you. These speakers sound like they're twice their size. Yes you lose some low end with a 4" driver but they fill the room. I have them paired with a 8" powered sub and the sound is incredible.

Mike B, New Haven, CT

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 8 Adhesive backed rubber feet
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ German)
  • Specification sheet (English/ French/ Spanish/ German)
  • Warranty information

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 60-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 85 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • recommended power: 10-80 watts
  • 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnets
  • 4" clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofer
  • bass reflex (ported) design
  • two sets of gold-plated five way binding posts — can be bi-wired
  • black ash vinyl finish
  • 5-1/4"W x 9-1/4"H x 6-7/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded Yes
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) ---
Woofer Size (inches) 4
Woofer Composition Clay/Ceramic/Poly
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 10-80
Sensitivity 85 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 60-23k Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 9-1/4
Width (inches) 5-1/4
Depth (inches) 6-7/8
Weight (pounds) 5.8
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 38
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Driver Technology
Connections
Specifications

Driver Technology

Cone Design: The woofer cones are clay/ceramic filled polypropylene to optimize the combination of stiffness, internal damping, and low mass. The woofers' magnetically neutral polycarbonate basket contributes additional stiffness.

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.

Crossover Network: The crossover is a 2-way acoustical fourth order Linkwitz-Riley type with a 24 dB/octave slope. The tweeter and woofer are crossed over at 2,200 Hz.

Connections

Binding Posts: The binding post input terminal is located on the lower rear of the speaker cabinet. The binding post will accept spade connectors, single banana plugs, pin connectors, and bare wire up to 8 gauge.

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • On Axis @ 0°: 60-23,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
  • On Axis @ 0°: 70-20,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Off Axis @ 30°: 70-10,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 55 Hz

Sensitivity:

  • Anechoic Chamber: 85 dB
  • Typical Listening Room: 87 dB

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Never mind, as I will just stick with what I already have of PSBs. [ Bradford  Jun 01, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy  May 31, 2014 ]  Staff
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