PSB Imagine T3
Floor-standing speaker (High-gloss Black)
Our take on the PSB Imagine T3 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
The flagship of PSB speakers
With PSB's reputation for exceptional performance and value, you can bet their flagship Imagine T3 tower has what it takes to turn audiophiles' heads. PSB founder Paul Barton and his design team carefully crafted this floor-standing speaker to deliver incredibly natural, dynamic, and detailed sound with pinpoint imaging and deep, powerful bass. PSB always considers how room acoustics can affect the sound of your speakers, so they also designed the T3 to provide clean, consistent performance in virtually any listening room. Ready to hear what it can do in yours?
Five-driver array for smooth, balanced sound
PSB uses a hand-selected version of their signature 1" titanium dome tweeter for the T3 to ensure smooth, accurate highs free from distortion and grain. The midrange and woofer cones are made of polymer-coated felted fiberglass, mated to high-temperature fiberglass voice coil formers. Rubber surrounds and highly rigid, non-resonant die-cast aluminum baskets provide precise alignment of all the driver elements for superb accuracy and long-term reliability.
Each woofer operates in its own individually tuned acoustic chamber to help suppress unwanted cabinet resonance and ensure perfectly balanced bass output. PSB even includes two port plugs that let you fine-tune the T3's bass response — a helpful feature for smaller rooms or when the speaker must be placed close to the wall behind it. Working together, the three 7" woofers effectively move as much air as a single woofer several times as large, allowing them to produce stunningly deep and precise bass for a speaker this size.
The midrange also gets its own acoustically sealed sub-enclosure that eliminates interaction with the woofers for greater sonic purity. You'll hear exceptionally clean, detailed, tonally accurate mids. It all adds up to a speaker that'll pull you further into your favorite movie soundtracks and finest music recordings.
Uniform sound from top to bottom
Unlike many speaker designs, the T3's five-driver array places the tweeter just below the midrange and above the top woofer. Having the tweeter positioned lower along the baffle places it closer to ear level for better imaging. The three woofers are strategically placed along the full length of the baffle. Each one uses a different, carefully optimized crossover slope to reduce first acoustic reflections, also known as "floor bounce", that cause uneven frequency response.
A solid cabinet with a luxurious finish
The T3's heavy, rigid cabinet helps eliminate vibrations to maintain the speaker's natural sound. The front baffle is a massive 2" thick MDF panel that locks the drivers firmly in place. Sculpted trim rings around each driver provide a low-diffraction wave guide for the driver cone, to enhance its off-axis performance while hiding the mounting hardware and damping unwanted vibrations. The side panels are constructed using seven layers of laminated MDF to improve the cabinet's stiffness and absorb sonic energy that might otherwise color the sound.
For a solid foundation, each T3 includes a heavy, one-piece aluminum base with adjustable spiked feet — ideal for added stability on carpeted or uneven surfaces. The spikes also provide a more solid mechanical coupling with the floor, and include isolation pucks with rubber dampers to protect hardwood floors. The hand-finished cabinet comes in your choice of piano high-gloss black or book-matched cherry veneers with a high gloss varnish.
- frequency response: 24-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
- sensitivity: 91 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms nominal, 4 ohms minimum
- recommended power: 20-300 watts
- hand-selected 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnet
- 5-1/4" compressed felt/fiberglass cone midrange with mastic compound coating
- three 7" compressed felt/fiberglass cone woofers with mastic compound coating
- non-resonant die-cast aluminum alloy baskets and rubber surrounds provide precision driver alignment for high performance
- individually tuned, three-chamber bass reflex design
- two included port plugs let you seal one or more of the bass ports to adjust for room acoustics or user preference
- seven-layer MDF cabinets with 2" thick MDF front panel for a rigid, acoustically inert structure
- one-piece aluminum base with adjustable spikes and floor protectors
- hand-finished cabinet available in piano high-gloss black or book-matched real wood cherry veneers with a high-gloss varnish
- three sets of gold-plated five way binding posts — can be bi- or tri-wired, bi- or tri-amped
- 11-3/4"W x 47-1/4"H x 15-3/4"D
- weight: 71 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Floor-standing loudspeaker
- 4 Threaded knobs (for spikes)
- 4 Spike feet
- 4 Isolation pucks
- 2 Port plugs
- Two 4-prong input terminal jumpers (pre-installed)
- 2-Prong terminal jumper
- Quick Start Speaker Guide
- Warranty Card
These are simply the best speakers you have ever heard. I have them connected to a Nad M32 amp, and they are stunning.
Paul, Rohnert Park, CA
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Features and Specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1"|
|Midrange Size (inches)||5.25|
|Woofer Size (inches)||7"|
|Woofer Composition||Compressed felt/Fiberglass|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Connector Type||5-Way post|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||24-23k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
High Resolution Tweeter: The Imagine T3 is using a hand-selected version of PSB's famous titanium dome tweeter. This 1" dome features a neodymium magnet, high temperature voice coil and ferrofluid cooling, allowing it to keep pace with the high power handling of the rest of the speaker. Several years spent perfecting the production process has resulted in a tweeter with extremely smooth response and amazingly low distortion compared with other well-known tweeter designs. The integrated 'phase plug' is ingeniously designed to extend high frequency response while also creating an 'air spring' that effectively dampens the metal dome's 'oil can' resonance. Although this resonance is beyond the audible range, if not well suppressed it can affect the audible range. Excellent power handling allows PSB to ideally place the crossover point at 1,800Hz, which enhances the dispersion and integration with the midrange driver.
Dedicated Midrange Driver: The majority of musical information is reproduced in what we call the midrange. It sounds a little boring next to woofers and tweeters, but the range between 200Hz and 2,000Hz contains most of the musical information related to pitch and timbre of instruments and voice. It just happens to be the most sensitive range for our ears, too. The Imagine T3 uses a specially developed 5.25" midrange driver, and tunes and isolates it in its own sealed chamber. The result is a lifelike presence that is palpable. The 5.25" size has a nearly perfect combination of low distortion, high output capability, and ideal dispersion over the desired frequency range, allowing it to integrate smoothly with the woofers and tweeter.
3 Woofer Transitional Array: Three 7-inch woofers are arranged in PSB's three-woofer transitional array, where all the woofers combine to produce the longest wavelengths of sound in the lowest frequencies. At higher musical frequencies, woofers are strategically attenuated until only the woofer adjacent to the midrange is active, creating a perfect transition with uniform off-axis response. The position of each woofer, and the exact crossover slope, has been carefully optimized to reduce first acoustic reflections, also known as 'floor bounce'. Floor bounce is responsible for response irregularities, and occurs for all speakers unless compensated for, as in the Imagine T3. Another advantage to using multiple woofers is more efficient transfer of energy into the air compared to a single larger woofer. The varying positions also tend to excite a broader spectrum of room resonances, thus preventing the 'one note bass boom' that often occurs with powerful full-range speakers. Utilizing smaller cones with large motors results in higher sensitivity and more accurate piston motion of the cone for faster transient response and lower distortion.
Advanced Driver Technology: Proven engineering combined with advanced technology in PSB's all-new drivers reduce distortion and respond more faithfully to musical transient, which is accomplished in two ways. Firstly, a copper cap is precision fitted over the pole piece of the motor structure to dramatically reduce 3rd harmonic distortion. Secondly, a symmetrical drive design is used to create a more uniform magnetic field in the motor (driver) coil which makes the cone motion more linear by reducing 2nd harmonic distortion, especially at high volume levels where the cone motion is greatest. The woofers and midrange utilize polymer coated felted fiberglass cones mated to a high temperature fiberglass voice coil. Rubber surrounds and a highly rigid non-resonant die cast aluminum alloy chassis provide precision alignment of all speaker components for high performance and excellent reliability. Combined with amplitude-perfect acoustic Linkwitz-Riley 4th order crossovers, these advanced drivers provide the lowest distortion and highest power handling of any PSB speaker.
Individual Bass Chambers: The Imagine T3's tall and slender cabinet not only looks great, but also places the more directional tweeter right at ear level for best imaging. When used as bass chambers, however, tall narrow enclosures tend to have a serious 'pipe resonance' that can ruin bass transients and performance. PSB addresses this issue by using individually tuned chambers for each woofer. The dividers for these chambers also add significant structural rigidity to the cabinet, further suppressing resonances. Since each chamber has its own rear firing tuning port, you can fine-tune the in-room response with the supplied port plugs. These work by reducing overall acoustic output in the lowest frequencies, which can be beneficial in smaller rooms or when the speaker must be placed close to the wall behind. Additionally, the bottom woofer can be disconnected from the amp and shorted using the provided woofer shorting bar, thus creating a 'bass trap' or damper to further suppress room resonances.
Industrial Designed Enclosure: The sleek and distinctive Imagine enclosure was designed by the renowned industrial designer, David Farrage of DF-ID, and carefully engineered by PSB. The Imagine T3 employs seven layers of MDF (a dense, non-resonant wood material) and a unique process that employs space-age materials to create a beautifully curved, yet acoustically inert structure. The front baffle is a massive 2" thick MDF panel that provides a solid foundation for the drive units. The carefully sculpted trim rings around each driver provide a perfect low diffraction transition to the driver cone enhancing off-axis performance while hiding the fixing hardware and dampening unwanted vibrations. The hand-finished cabinet is available in piano high gloss black and in book-matched cherry veneers with a high gloss varnish.
Multiple Binding Post Terminals: The T3 features multiple input terminals for bi-amping and tri-amping if desired, along with the unique ability to use one woofer as a bass trap to tame room resonances, and to adjust the bass to perform perfectly in a wide range of room sizes and shape. These binding post terminals will accept spade connectors, banana plugs (single or dual), pin connectors, and bare wire (up to 8 gauge).
Aluminum Plinth & Floor Spikes: The PSB Imagine T3 includes a one-piece aluminum plinth with adjustable spikes, ideal for use on carpet to gain stability and give a clean mechanical interface with the floor; even with uneven floors. Isolation pucks with carefully engineered rubber dampers are also included for hardwood floors to prevent damage. The isolation pucks add 0.75" to the overall height of the speaker.
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Why did you buy this?
Freakin Beautiful!!!! [ Martin Nov 25, 2016 ]
I owned a pair of 7PT's and was very happy with them and I liked what I read from owners of these T3's and the online reviews. [ DUANE Apr 08, 2017 ]
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They are made by our soon-to-be former trade partners in Canada, specifically Pickering, Ontario. [ David Jun 01, 2018 ]