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PSB Image B5

Bookshelf speakers (Dark Cherry)

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Item # 760IMGB5C

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Overview

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Serious sound from compact bookshelf speakers

PSB's Image B5s deliver engaging, dynamic sound with music and movies alike. They feature an attractively compact design, making them an ideal option for a stereo setup in smaller rooms, or as rear-channel speakers in a multi-channel home theater system. 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 B5 shown second from the left)


Advanced driver for clean, well-balanced sound

K2 Power crossover network

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

The Image B5s 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 surprisingly deep bass. 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 that's softened by slightly curved panels. 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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From the review TEAC AG-H380 and PSB Image B5 speakers — small system, big sound

"In the short time that I had the TEAC AG-H380 system at home, my family and I came to truly love having it in the living room. Its small size, unobtrusive good looks, and surprising sound quality won my wife over immediately. While I have no doubt that the AG-H380 could play well with other small, reasonably efficient speakers (and I know that the B5s sound fantastic with other receivers), the combination of these two together achieves such a synergy, that it almost seems as if they were made to go together."

—Dave Bar, Crutchfield Audio/Video Writer

Loving these speakers so far. Nice clear sound and I'm especially impressed by the lows for a bookshelf speaker.

bpater, Austin,TX

What's in the Box:

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

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 50-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • recommended power: 20-125 watts
  • 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnets
  • 5-1/4" clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofers
  • bass reflex (ported) design
  • two sets of gold-plated five way binding posts — can be bi-wired
  • dark cherry vinyl finish
  • 7-1/8"W x 12-1/4"H x 9-3/4"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) 5.25
Woofer Composition Clay/Ceramic/Poly
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 20-125
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 50-23k Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Height (inches) 12-1/4
Width (inches) 7-1/8
Depth (inches) 9-3/4
Weight (pounds) 11.3
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 36
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, and the bullet-shaped phase-plug enhances linearity at higher frequencies.

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 1,800 Hz.

Connections

Dual Binding Posts: The dual binding post input terminals are located on the lower rear of the speaker cabinet. The two sets of binding posts are shorted together by gold-plated jumpers. With the jumper removed the Image B5 can be bi-wired or bi-amplified. The binding posts will accept spade connectors, single banana plugs, pin connectors, and bare wire up to 8 gauge.

Specifications

Frequency Response:

  • On Axis @ 0°: 50-23,000 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: 50 Hz

Sensitivity:

  • Anechoic Chamber: 87 dB
  • Typical Listening Room: 89 dB

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