PSB Imagine W3
Passive 3-channel home theater sound bar
Our take on the PSB Imagine W3 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
An elegant "front-channel solution" for your home theater
The PSB Imagine W3 delivers serious sound quality from a sleek, stylish design that matches the look of your flat-panel TV while minimizing room clutter. This low-profile three-channel speaker connects to your home theater receiver and takes the place of the left-, center-, and right-channel speakers of a traditional surround sound system. It comes packed with all the refinements and performance of PSB's highly acclaimed Imagine series speakers so you'll hear impressive levels of depth, detail, and separation from your TV shows, movies, and video games. The versatile W3 can be mounted on your wall using the included custom bracket, or placed on your entertainment center with the supplied tabletop stand.
Precise engineering for better performance
The PSB design team thoroughly tests all of its designs at Canada's National Research Council to ensure outstanding, real-world performance. The W3 uses three of PSB's 1" titanium dome tweeters, one each for the left, right, and center channels for smooth, detailed highs free from harshness and grain. Each tweeter is paired with a long-throw woofer (two woofers for the center channel) featuring exceptionally light and stiff clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene cones to provide clear midrange and tight, articulate bass. Each channel includes a passive radiator (two for the center), which gives the W3 even stronger bass performance than you might expect from a slim, on-wall speaker. You'll enjoy a large, seamless soundstage with pinpoint imaging that allows you to easily follow the direction of gunfire in an action movie shootout or the sound of cheering crowds from off-screen on your favorite concert disc.
A sturdy, space-saving aluminum enclosure minimizes the speaker's external dimensions while maximizing internal volume for deeper sound. All of the W3'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
Use the W3 for your front left, right, and center channels, then match it with the PSB W1 on-wall speakers or other PSB bookshelf, surround, and 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.
- includes separate left, right, and center channels in a single sound bar speaker design
- frequency response (left and right channels): 90-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
- frequency response (center channel): 100-23,000 (±3dB)
- sensitivity: 87 dB (left and right channels), 90 dB (center channel)
- impedance: 8 ohms nominal, 6 ohms minimum (per channel)
- recommended power: 10-80 watts (per channel)
- three 1" ferrofluid-cooled titanium dome tweeters
- four 4" clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene woofers
- four passive bass radiators
- three sets of spring-loaded, gold-plated post connectors (one each for the left, right, and center channels)
- aluminum cabinet with non-resonant MDF front baffle
- high-gloss black finish
- includes horizontal wall-mounting bracket and tabletop stand
- 46"W x 5-9/16"H x 3"D
- weight: 15.4 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- On-wall/table-top soundbar speaker
- 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
|Pieces in System||1|
|Tweeter||1" Dome (3)|
|Woofer||4" Cone (4)|
|Subwoofer Driver||Not Given|
|Surround Sound Decoding||No|
|4K Video Compatible||No|
|HDR Video Compatible||No|
|Audio Return Channel||No|
|Remote IR Passthrough||No|
|Works with TV Remote (IR)||Yes|
|Control by App||N|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Yes|
|Surface Mount Stand Included||Yes|
|Speaker Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Speaker Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Amplifier Parts Warranty||0|
|Amplifier Labor Warranty||0|
|System Frequency Response||90-23,000 Hz|
|Sound Bar RMS Power||0|
|Subwoofer RMS Power||N/A|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|Mini Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|RCA Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|Optical Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Sound Bar (inches)||5-9/16H x 46W x 3D|
|Sound Bar Weight||15.4 lbs|
|Subwoofer (inches)||No Subwoofer|
LCR Soundbar Speaker: The PSB Imagine W3 is an on-wall or table-top mount soundbar speaker which combines the front left & right channels, as well as the center channel all in one streamlined enclosure. This on-wall/table-top soundbar speaker produces a large soundstage with true-to-nature sound. Engineered with highly acclaimed audio excellence and research, the Imagine W3 soundbar 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 W3 performs best when complemented with a powered subwoofer (sold separately). Check out these powered subs from PSB.
Multiple Drivers: The PSB Imagine W3 houses three 1" ferrofluid-cooled titanium dome tweeters with a neodymium magnet, and four 4" clay/ceramic filled polypropylene woofers with rubber surround. The result is startlingly big and commanding sound with fine detail and emotion.
- Three 1" Titanium Dome Tweeters: The three 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 tweeters 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.
- Four 4" Clay/Ceramic Filled Polypropylene Woofers: Four 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 four 4" 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 center channel is crossed over at 2300Hz, while the left & right channels are crossed over a 2000Hz.
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 W3 soundbar loudspeaker is fitted with three pair of spring-loaded posts (Front Left/Front Right/Center) that accept bare wire (up to 12AWG), 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 W3 is a single soundbar speaker that combines the front left & right channels, as well as center channel. The Imagine W3 can be used either individually or combined with other PSB In-room or In-wall/In-ceiling speakers (all sold separately) to create a customize home theater solution.
Wall-Mount: The Imagine W3 includes is a sturdy wall-mount bracket. At only 3" deep this speaker hugs the wall, integrating perfectly with popular flat-panel TVs. The W3 can be oriented horizontally above or below the center of your TV screen. The mounting bracket provides various keyhole slots to mount the speaker to your wall (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. 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.
- Center Channel:
- On Axis @ 0°: 100-23,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
- On Axis @ 0°: 110-20,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
- Off Axis @ 30°: 110-10,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
- Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 70 Hz
- Left/Right Channels:
- 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
- Center Channel
- Anechoic Chamber: 88 dB
- Typical Listening Room: 90 dB
- Left/Right Channels:
- Anechoic Chamber: 85 dB
- Typical Listening Room: 87 dB
- Nominal: 8 ohms
- Minimum: 6 ohms
- Center Channel: 2,300 Hz
- Left/Right Channels: 2,000 Hz
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Why did you buy this?
Floorstanding speakers and cables of any kind have been forbidden by my wife on the wall where I'm going to hang an LG 65 OLED in a remodel we're doing. Wanted something with more punch and larger drivers than the self-powered soundbars. Will run speaker cables in the wall to a Yamaha Aventage AV receiver. Thence to wireless MusicCast 20 as rear surrounds and the powered subwoofer; plugging just the power in at those locations. Hope it all comes together. [ Todd Aug 13, 2018 ]
Love my PSB bookshelf and center speakers in the living room and need something more compact for the bedroom to make up for he muddled dialogue from our TV. [ Jason Dec 29, 2017 ]
Size. Imagine Series QUALITY [ Juan Carlos Jul 15, 2017 ]
Sound quality [ Ralph Dec 21, 2015 ]
1 question already asked
Allan, I would love to be able to answer your question, but I did not wall-mount the speaker. I put it on a table in front of the lcd tv. Sorry I am not more help. Maybe you should call the PSB offices in Canada to get help. They should be able to figure it out. [ TERRY Apr 01, 2014 ]
Hi Allan, Sorry your installation on this sound bar has been challenging. I installed one back in December so my memory is a bit foggy. I'm not sure I used spacers behind it, however. I think I wanted it to connect fully with the sheet rock so it would resonate with the space behind it and add some bass. I think that was useful, in retrospect. I mostly got the plate to mount solidly and level using 6 screw in Mollies. I then mounted the speaker onto the felted edge of the metal frame and leveled it for optimal listening using some plastic Widgets under the bottom edge. The hardest part was getting the speaker cable (I used Kimber 8TC...) to hold tight in the spring clips while I rotated the speaker onto the metal plate. I had cut the sheet rock so all the cables could run behind the wall. Three sets of heavy cables can be a bit tricky, unfortunately. Not sure if this is helpful to your situation but if you write back I'll gladly try to coach. Cheers! Paul [ plwyman Mar 27, 2014 ]
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