PSB Imagine B
Bookshelf speakers (Black Ash)
Our take on the PSB Imagine B by Crutchfield's Kristen Schaub
Potent, compact bookshelf speakers deliver impressively accurate sound
Despite their simple appearance, PSB's Imagine B speakers pack a powerful punch that'll impress even the most discerning of listeners. They work great on their own in a high-performance two-channel system, or you can add one of PSB's HD subwoofers for even better bass. The Imagine line borrows technology developed for PSB's higher-end Synchrony series, so you get audiophile-quality performance in a high-value speaker. The Imagine Bs also feature seamless, curved cabinets that are finished with stunning, hand-picked real-wood veneers — a stylish addition to any listening room.
"The Imagine B [has] both clarity and listenability in spades. It also [has] remarkable bass extension and volume..."
—John Marks, Stereophile, February 2009
Precise driver design for natural sound
The Imagine Bs each feature a highly accurate 1" titanium dome tweeter that produces smooth, sparkling highs. The 5-1/4" woofer uses a proprietary ceramic-filled polypropylene cone, which makes it very stiff and light. The resulting midrange is clean and balanced, with tight bass response. A highly efficient motor structure with a unique compound magnet helps reduce audible distortion.
Solid, elegantly curved cabinets with a real-wood veneer finish
All Imagine speakers have smooth, 1-1/2" thick front baffles that blend almost seamlessly with the seven-layer laminated MDF side, top, and bottom panels. Plus, the heavy internal bracing ensures an impressively solid, acoustically inert enclosure. The top, side, and bottom panels are clad in real wood veneer that's hand selected for its beauty and quality.
- frequency response: 52-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
- sensitivity: 89 dB
- 4-ohm impedance suited for high-current amplifiers
- recommended power: 20-150 watts
- 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnets
- 5-1/4" injection-molded, clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofer
- bass reflex (ported) design
- hand-selected, real wood veneer finish
- two sets of gold-plated five way binding posts — can be bi-wired
- 7-1/2"W x 12-15/16"H x 12-1/8"D
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
- 2 Grilles
- 8 Adhesive backed rubber feet
- 2 Input terminal jumpers (installed)
- Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
- Specification and Wiring guide (English/ French/ Spanish)
- Warranty information
- psb website information
Beautiful speakers with great sound right out of the box
PSB Imagine B Reviews
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Features and Specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||---|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.25|
|Frequency Response||52-23k Hz|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||35|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
Cone Design: The woofer cones are ceramic filled polypropylene and use rubber surrounds. The aluminum phase plug mechanically smoothes the response and acts as a heat sink for the voice coil, reducing power compression.
Tweeter: The 1" titanium, Ferrofluid cooled dome tweeters' 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. Tight tolerances were used when choosing the crossover components; heavy multi-laminated iron cores are used for large value inductors, high gauge wire air core inductors are used for medium and small values, all the capacitors are low loss and film capacitors are used for the midrange and treble frequencies. The tweeter and woofer are crossed over at 1,800 Hz.
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.
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 a gold-plated jumper. With the jumper removed the Imagine B 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.
- On Axis @ 0°: 52-23,000 Hz (+/-3 dB)
- On Axis @ 0°: 55-20,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
- Off Axis @ 30°: 55-10,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
- Low Frequency Cutoff -10 dB: 48 Hz
- Anechoic Chamber: 87 dB
- Typical Listening Room: 89 dB
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Why did you buy this?
I own and use these speakers for studio use and these speaker are a great bargain for the sound and price point. [ Kyle May 15, 2018 ]
Recommended by Cosmo at Crutchfield as good match for my amplifier. His recommendation corresponded with positive comments about these speakers on several home audio websites as good matches with NAD amplifier. [ James Jul 20, 2017 ]
i'm in the last quarter of my life and these will be the best speakers i have ever owned and i have owned manypairs in 65 years. [ norman Jun 25, 2017 ]
Input from the advisor, Rex, regarding compatibility with my existing components. [ Rob Jan 24, 2017 ]
The PSB imagine B speakers are absolutely great speakers for the price point and size. The speaker offers an absolutely beautiful, transparent, and very well rounded sound dynamic of lows, mids, and highs. [ Kyle Apr 07, 2018 ]
Great speakers for the money...clear and precise. Plenty of bass so a sub isn't mandatory. [ PETER Feb 16, 2017 ]
3 questions already asked
Use sturdy stands that are well damped (non-resonant). Wood can work well as well as sand or lead shot damped metal stands (what I use). I have resonance suppressing mounts on the speaker stand base (which also protects the finish of the speakers). As for pads or spikes, it depends what the floor surface is. Use absorbing pads if on hardwood or concrete floors. Spikes for carpeted floors (although I opted for the soft pads on my carpeted concrete floor). Be sure to use high quality speaker cables - I used AudioQuest speaker cables purchased from Crutchfield. Be sure to experiment a bit with speaker location - almost all bookshelf speakers are designed for mounting away from walls by a foot or so. Avoid placement in corners where speaker is equidistant from the two wall surfaces. Hope this helps. [ ROBERT Dec 04, 2013 ]
I prefer the rubber feet they stop the speakers from sliding. [ RICK Nov 29, 2013 ]
The rubber feet that come with these speakers will work great for placement on most speaker stands. [ Jeff Nov 27, 2013 ] Staff
Sides are curved so they won't lay flat. Bottom has a rubber piece to help it stand. On its side that will be visible. Up side is they look like furniture. [ Greg Feb 18, 2017 ]
No [ LEE Feb 17, 2017 ]
I haven't tried this but you can easily remove the fabric grille which has the logo. [ Simon Oct 03, 2016 ]
The logo is plastic and it looks like there are tabs behind the logo that are pressed through the front cloth mesh and the perforated metal grid behind it, then the tabs are melted behind the metal mesh to hold the logo in place. It appears that there might also be glue behind the logo, but I can't tell for sure. In any case, I suspect that removing the logo would show holes (and maybe glue residue) through the cloth mesh, and it wouldn't be pretty...However, you can easily remove the whole front grille leaving the speakers exposed (see above picture). Some people like it that way... AndyG [ Andy Oct 02, 2016 ]
No [ Michael Oct 01, 2016 ]