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PSB Image T5
Floor-standing speaker (Dark Cherry)
Item # 760IMGT5C | MFR # Image T5 CH
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Our take on the PSB Image T5 by Crutchfield's Kristen Schaub
High-performance sound from a slim floor-standing speaker
PSB's Image T5 delivers refined sound with the kind of spatial and dynamic accuracy that will make it a hit in any home theater or stereo music system. The Image line borrows from driver technologies developed for PSB's sophisticated Imagine family and their 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.
High-tech drivers produce clean, well-balanced sound
The Image T5 features a 1" titanium dome tweeter that effortlessly dishes out smooth, uncolored highs. The long-excursion, high-output woofers use the same proprietary ceramic-filled polypropylene cones as the Imagine line. The stiff, lightweight material helps them deliver midrange that's clean and balanced, with excellent imaging. The dual woofer design paired with a port at the front of the enclosure allows for extended, defined bass response uncommon for a speaker this size.
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.
Hopefully not a repeat... I really enjoy these speakers. Smooth sound, very attractive package. comparable sound to B&W of similar build
Brad L, Hartford CT
What's in the Box:
- Floor-standing loudspeaker
- 4 Rubber tipped leveling feet
- 4 Carpet spikes
- Spike wrench
- 2 Input terminal jumpers (installed)
- Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ German)
- Specification sheet (English/ French/ Spanish/ German)
- Warranty information
- frequency response: 35-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
- sensitivity: 90 dB
- impedance: 6 ohms
- recommended power: 20-175 watts
- 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnets
- dual 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 36-3/4"H x 12-7/8"D
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- sold individually
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Features and Specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||---|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.25|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||35-23k Hz|
Cone Design: The woofer cones are clay/ceramic filled polypropylene to optimize the combination of stiffness, internal damping, and low mass. The magnetically neutral polycarbonate baskets contribute additional stiffness, and the bullet-shaped phase-plugs enhance linearity at higher frequencies.
Tweeter: The 1" titanium, Ferrofluid cooled dome tweeter's light yet rigid diaphragm and over hung voice coil, combined with a computer optimized magnetic circuit produce an extended high frequency response that remains distortion free even at extreme volume levels. The front baffle is designed to eliminate mid and high frequency diffractions, maximizing three dimensional realism.
Crossover Network: The crossover is a 2-way acoustical fourth order Linkwitz-Riley type with a 24 dB/octave slope. The tweeter and top woofer are crossed over at 1,800 Hz, the bottom woofer plays only 800 Hz and below.
Cabinet: The cabinet is an integral part of speaker design and has a dramatic effect on the overall sound of a speaker. PSB's 7-layer laminated construction results in a solid, acoustically inert enclosure. The side and top panels are curved for added stiffness, with a wood veneer exterior. Internally the cabinet has two separate chambers, each with its own port on the rear panel.
Port Cover: There are two ports on the rear panel, one for each of the internal chambers. One port cover is included to seal a port (if necessary), thereby changing the bass tuning characteristics of the speaker to correct the interaction with the room. If needed, additional port covers can be obtained from PSB for a nominal fee.
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 a gold-plated jumper. With the jumper removed the Imagine T5 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.
Leveling Feet: The Imagine T5 includes two sets of leveling feet; the rubber covered feet are used on a hard surface and add approximately 1/2" to the height of the speaker, the carpet spikes add approximately 1" to the height.
- On Axis @ 0°: 35-23,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
- On Axis @ 0°: 48-20,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
- Off Axis @ 30°: 48-10,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
- Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 30 Hz
- Anechoic Chamber: 88 dB
- Typical Listening Room: 90 dB
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2 questions already asked
1 answer I also would be buying for strictly music and mainly steaming. I would like to know if the new Yamaha musiccast WXA-50 would be enough to power these speakers? here are the specs on the WZA-50 Rated Output Power105 W + 105 W (4 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2-ch driven), 70 W + 70 W (6 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2-ch driven), 55 W + 55 W (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2-ch driven) Maximum Output Power90 W + 90 W (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9% THD, 1-ch driven) [ E Aug 03, 2016 ]
Given the PSB Image T5's favorable sensitivity rating (90 dB), the 70 watts per channel from the Yamaha WXA-50 (@ 6-ohm) should be plenty of power to drive those speakers sufficiently. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry Aug 07, 2016 ] Staff
5 answers I would be using this speaker exclusively for music listening. I will be powering these speakers with an Onkyo A-9050 Integrated Amp (75 Watts/channel). Does this speaker sound good for music listening on it's own, or is it recommended to get a subwoofer? I am interested in comments from customers who use these speakers to listen to music on a regular basis. [ Mark Mar 11, 2014 ]
Mark, The Image T5 does not NEED a subwoofer for thoroughly enjoyable music listening. If you prefer stronger bass you can always add a subwoofer later. The Image T5 is a wonderful speaker. Jeff S. [ Jeffrey Mar 13, 2014 ]
It's a very good speaker on it's own, but, as it happens, I decided to send it back and get the T6, which I don't regret. I also listen to music exclusively with them (classical mostly), and I've really enjoyed them. The T5 is good, but the T6 is, not surprisingly, as step up. The only thing I'll add is that if you think you want something less obtrusive, consider the Imagine (or cheaper Image) series bookshelf speakers; but with them you might need a subwoofer--or eventually want one. I don't think a subwoofer will be necessary with either the T5 or T6. [ CARL C Mar 12, 2014 ]
Hey Mark, I would be happy to help. I purchased a pair of these for my home theater. The original receiver I purchased was a Marantz and sounded nice, but did not think it was up to the task (or the unit I had was not good). The T5 ohm curve does dip into the 4-ohm range at certain levels and the receiver you picked does appear to be 4-ohm rated. The receiver I ended up with was a pioneer elite and was 4-ohm rated unlike the marantz. In stereo I can push these speakers pretty hard without much distortion and have a neutral sound profile (good clear highs, tight bass, not overpowering at all). Personally, I think these speakers have a really nice balanced sound. If bass is your thing though, you may need a sub. The woofers are only 5.25", and play down to 35hz, but do not deliver a huge amount of bass. Good luck. [ ALLEN Mar 12, 2014 ]
I was not impressed at all by these speakers so I returned them. I tried to like them so I kept them for a while to see of they broke in, but they just where not for me. You defiantly need a sub, and your amp will have plenty of power to drive them. Hope that helps. [ J Mar 12, 2014 ]
Hi, I just bought these back in December and I couldn't be more happy with them. I'm using an Onkyo TX-NR509 (80W/channel) and I haven't noticed any problems with them. I chiefly use these for listening to music (mostly directly from my computer or streamed) and the clarity, loudness, base, and depth are all amazing. [ Tobias Mar 12, 2014 ]