PSB Imagine XB
Our take on the PSB Imagine XB by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Compact, smooth-sounding bookshelf speakers
Experience dynamic, crystal-clear sound for your music and movies with PSB's Imagine XB bookshelf speakers. They provide impressive stereo sound in a 2.1 subwoofer/satellite system, or make excellent front-channel home theater speakers. The Imagine X 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 XB 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 XBs feature a 1" titanium dome tweeter that effortlessly dishes out smooth, uncolored highs. Its 5-1/4" woofer use an advanced clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene cone design. This stiff, lightweight material helps them deliver midrange that's clean and balanced, with surprisingly punchy bass. It all adds up to realistic, detailed sound with a wide, deep soundstage that'll really draw you in.
- frequency response: 55-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
- sensitivity: 90 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms
- recommended power: 20-150 watts
- 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnet
- 5-1/4" clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofer
- bass reflex (ported) design
- gold-plated five way binding posts
- black ash vinyl finish
- 6-11/16"W x 12-1/16"H x 10-3/4"D
- weight: 12.3 lbs. (each)
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
- 2 Grilles
- 8 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
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.25|
|Frequency Response||55-23k Hz|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||24-26|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
2-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The PSB Imagine XB is an attractive compact two-way bookshelf loudspeaker featuring a 1" titanium dome tweeter and 5.25" injection-molded, clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene woofer
- 1" Tweeter: The PSB Imagine XB 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" Woofer: The PSB Imagine XB houses one 5.25" injection-molded clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene cone woofer 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 XB bookshelf 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. Detachable cloth grilles 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 XB bookshelf loudspeakers come with self-adhesive rubber feet to protect your AV furniture, stands, or shelf. The rubber feet help secure the speakers effectively and prevent against unwanted vibration. The rubber feet add 0.1875" to the height of the speakers. There are no threaded inserts or keyhole slots on back of the the speaker to mount it on the wall. However, you can use PinPoint's side-clamping bookshelf speaker wall mount system (121AM40B, sold separately) to wall mount the PSB XB speakers.
Applications: The XB is ideal for smaller rooms or in concert with a powered subwoofer (sold separately) for a compact full-range system. The perfect timbre match with the X1T and X2T towers (both sold separately) also make the XB bookshelf loudspeakers a great choice for surround channels in home cinema installations.
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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?
Own the XC, bought the XB's to match for LCR [ Scott Jul 15, 2018 ]
Always wanted some PSB speakers, these are working well in a secondary system in my den. Sound great and look great, which is important! [ Barry Jul 12, 2017 ]
max's awesome rec + the comments described a product that i'm hoping confidently will meet my needs. [ Darwin Feb 09, 2016 ]
sent back for the def tech 55s [ JOHN Dec 19, 2015 ]
2 questions already asked
I don't see any reason why they wouldn't. I have one set as the "surround" speakers operating off an Onkyo TX-NR 646 receiver and another set as the "surround" speakers operating off a Marantz 1504 receiver in a separate room. The PSB Imagine XB's are excellent speakers. [ CHARLES Sep 16, 2016 ]
Possibly taking a risk -max power rating is 150 watts on the speakers Your Pioneer puts out 160.... [ Ken Sep 16, 2016 ]
I bought these speakers as part of a home theater upgrade. These are serving as surround speakers in a 7.2 configuration. In this application context, the speakers performance is excellent, managing mid-range and high notes effectively. [ Marvin Dec 01, 2015 ]
I bought these cause I'm not a fan of bite in the highs. i think you want Klipsch ( spelling ? ) They're known for a Brighter sound. [ Nick Nov 23, 2015 ]
They have great highs and mids you can hear the different instruments playing with clarity [ ELTON Nov 23, 2015 ]
I have tinnitus and also miss done higher frequencies. These have a nice clean sound and don't appear to miss anything. I suspect they would do fine for you. I have them as rear channels with Image speakers for the front, although I'd use these for compact fronts as well. [ DAVID Nov 23, 2015 ]
I own the PSB Imagine XB's. To my ear they are a very natural and neutral sounding speaker, with very good detail in the high and midrange, but not overly harsh. I think they would probably work for you, but you may also want to listen to some Klipsch and compare. [ Dennis Nov 23, 2015 ]
These speakers are overall very balanced speakers with a slight warm tone in the mid range. They mainly play music how the artist designed them to be. If you want a little "bite" in the highs, I recommend messing with the equalizer! [ Matthew Nov 23, 2015 ]