PSB Imagine XC
Center channel speaker
Our take on the PSB Imagine XC by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Clear dialogue and lifelike special effects
PSB's Imagine XC center channel serves up natural, dynamic sound that'll make it the star performer in your home theater speaker system. The Imagine line borrows driver technologies developed for PSB's sophisticated top-tier Synchrony speakers, giving you high-end sound at a budget-friendly price. The Imagine XC also features clean lines and a slim cabinet design that won't clutter up your listening room.
Advanced drivers for clean, well-balanced sound
The Imagine XC features a 1" titanium dome tweeter that effortlessly dishes out smooth, uncolored highs. Its two 5-1/4" woofers use an advanced clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene cone design. This stiff, lightweight material helps them deliver midrange that's clean and balanced, with surprisingly deep bass. It all adds up to distinct movie dialogue and impact-rich special effects that'll draw you into the on-screen action.
- frequency response: 50-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
- sensitivity: 89 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms
- recommended power: 20-150 watts
- 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnet
- dual 5-1/4" clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofers
- bass reflex (ported) design
- gold-plated 5-way binding posts
- black ash vinyl finish
- 19-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 11-1/8"D
- weight: 19.8 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Center-channel loudspeaker
- 4 Rubber feet
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Card
OMG! That NRC really shows when listening to these speakers. The Mike Jordan of surround sound!
Jason, Orlando, FL
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Features and Specs
|Midrange size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer size (inches)||5-1/4|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Frequency Response||50-23k Hz|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
2-Way Center-Channel Loudspeaker: The PSB Imagine XC is an attractive compact two-way center-channel loudspeaker featuring a 1" titanium dome tweeter flanked by two 5.25" injection-molded, clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene woofers.
- 1" Tweeter: The PSB Imagine XC features a 1" titanium dome tweeter with ferrofluid and a neodymium magnet structure for extended high frequency response that remains distortion free even at extreme volume levels.
- 5.25" Woofers: The PSB Imagine XC houses two 5.25" injection-molded clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene cone woofers with rubber surround that have been refined to improve stiffness, internal damping, and low mass. By optimizing the control and performance, the PSB engineering team was able to reduce the complexity of the crossover design.
Bass Reflex Cabinet: The PSB XC center-channel loudspeaker's critically tuned cabinet employs a rear-facing port for high sensitivity and extended bass response. A black ash wood-grain finish complements the slim cabinet to integrate seamlessly with almost any decor. A detachable cloth grille is also included.
NRC (Nation Research Council): Through many years of research at the National Research Council (NRC) in Canada, home to one of the world's most advanced acoustical laboratories, PSB's design team has learned not only what people love to hear, but also how they hear it in a room. Critical to the Imagine X series design is this research into human perception of sound using double-blind listening tests. Double-blind testing removes any listener bias to give us the most accurate test result. It allows PSB to understand what is most important to listeners and allows us to create the ideal blend of performance and price for every application. In 1974, PSB was the first company to use the NRC for loudspeaker development and remains the most active user of the facility today. PSB's experience with the NRC, how they interpret the data and implement it into the design of the Imagine X series speakers, gives PSB a real advantage in speaker design.
Mounting Options: The PSB XC center-channel loudspeaker comes with four self-adhesive rubber feet to protect your AV furniture, stand, or shelf. The rubber feet add 0.1875" to the height of the speaker. There are no threaded inserts, key-hole slots, or integrated bracket on the back of the speaker to mount it to a wall.
Applications: All PSB's Imagine X series speakers are carefully matched in timbre, giving you flexibility to combine any of the models to work together in many different rooms and system setups. The PSB Imagine XC can be used as a center-channel speaker in a 5.1 or 7.1 channel home theater system.
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PSB's Imagine X line of speakers gives you the kind of clean, balanced sound PSB is known for without breaking your budget.
Why did you buy this?
Great reviews and recommendation from friends in the Hi Fi community. Cant wait to get them installed. [ D Oct 01, 2018 ]
Paul knows his stuff, acoustically. I trust him to deliver the "Paul's Speaker Business Experience" in all his products. PSB is the standard for low distortion flat responses. [ Addison Sep 17, 2017 ]
I purchased this center channel speaker because the PSB Imagine XC match's my X2T towers. My first experience with PSB speakers and I am impressed. Simply awesome sound and they don't require a lot of power ( 45-50 watts ) easy listening !!!!! [ Lawrence Oct 25, 2016 ]