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PSB Imagine T Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

by December 19, 2010
  • Product Name: Imagine T Floorstanding Loudspeaker
  • Manufacturer: PSB Speakers International
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: December 19, 2010 21:30
  • MSRP: $ 2000/pr
  • Buy Now
  • Frequency Response:           (+/- 3dB) 40Hz to 20kHz
  • Impedance:                          6 ohms
  • Sensitivity:                            87.5dB/2.828v/1m
  • Recommended Amp Power:  20 - 200 Watts
  • Tweeter:                              1" Ferrofluid-damped Titanium dome
  • Woofer(s):                           2 x 5.25" (135mm) Polypropylene Cone, Rubber Surround
  • Driver Configuration:            2.5 -Way 
  • Enclosure Type:                   Dual-port Bass Reflex
  • Dimensions:                         37.19" H x 8.25" W x 13.63" D
                                                945mm x 210mm x 346mm
  • Weight:                               Net: 40.6lbs (18.5kg); Shipping: 52lbs (23.6kg)
  • 5-year Warranty

Pros

  • Beautiful cabinetry
  • Attention to system design detail
  • Superior quality drivers
  • Excellent value

Cons

  • Limited bass extension, needs to be paired with a subwoofer, especially when intended for HT applications
  • Stacked binding posts make use of ultra-heavy gauge cable a challenge

Introduction

The PSB Imagine Ts floorstanding loudspeaker system is an outstanding product that gives excellent value & performance for the dollar. The Ts are a 3-driver, dual ported, 2.5-way system featuring a pair of 5 ¼” woofers and a single, 1” ferrofluid-damped titanium dome tweeter. They have refreshingly attractive aesthetics and a small footprint for those tight on space. Sonically, they offer neutral, clean, low-distortion sound, thriving on dynamic source material. All of this adds up to top-notch performance commensurate at this price class. Toss in the fact that the PSB Imagine Ts come from a company that sports a well-earned reputation for top value for dollar and you have a winner on your hands! Highly recommended.

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About the author:

Mark's audio career, began in 1981 when he designed his first loudspeaker system for a client who had grown disenchanted with the off-the-shelf products then populating local audio emporiums. Since then, he has designed over 100 systems, now found in homes, studios, theaters and dance clubs in north America & Asia. Mark has done detailed analysis and reviews and tech articles related to loudspeakers and subwoofers for Audioholics.

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Recent Forum Posts:

zieglj01 posts on December 25, 2010 20:07
3db, post: 776213
I realize that I'm the biggest fanboy of PSB on this forum but its not without reason. When I purchased my PSBs, I compared them to Axiom. Paradigm Monitor Line and Polk audio and I really liked PSB's performance for the price over the others.

I have owned Paradigm and Polk - I prefer the PSB. They were more
balanced and clean sounding to me.
jostenmeat posts on December 25, 2010 14:32
jinjuku, post: 776433
I guess that makes me the #2 fan around here then

Well, after reading the glowing thoughts Matt had for PSB as a company, I think I have to give up him the #3 spot.

jinjuku posts on December 25, 2010 07:25
3db, post: 776213
I realize that I'm the biggest fanboy of PSB on this forum but its not without reason.

I guess that makes me the #2 fan around here then
GranteedEV posts on December 24, 2010 10:22
Swerd, post: 776283
. Besides, even though I know Dennis Murphy, I wouldn't ask him for the ST's crossover schematic.

Because you;d rather ask him for the V3 schematic! just messing with ya
Swerd posts on December 24, 2010 09:57
jostenmeat, post: 776194
So the polypropylene drivers are now also clay-ceramic filled…
Adding something like clay-ceramic or mica particles to polypropylene cones has been around nearly as long as poly cones. It is a way to make the poly cone stiffer.
jostenmeat, post: 776194
Oh yeah, something I was thinking about. When I see you, or someone like Swerd, who has been following DIY designs, with experience building them, and yet still decides to buy pre-built speakers . . . I second guess myself in my thoughts to go DIY . . .
Before I bought SongTowers, I thought I was a confirmed do-it-yourselfer. All I had previously made was smaller cabinets. And I wondered how well building a tall cabinet without a table saw would work. Also I was certain that Salk could do a better job with veneer and finish work than I could.

I wasn't seriously looking to buy new speakers, but after I heard the prototypes, I was hooked. Also remember that early on in 2007, the ST cost $1500 a pair. So the decision to buy instead of build was primarily based on cost and quality of veneer and finish. Besides, even though I know Dennis Murphy, I wouldn't ask him for the ST's crossover schematic.
Matt34, post: 776204
…Taking someone else's design and building it doesn't really mean you're knowledgeable, just means you can follow directions.
Matt has it right. I follow directions well. I understand other people's designs, talk a lot about them (I'd like to think that I'm not full of hot air), but I don't create my own designs. I long ago decided that buying a table saw and all the audio design software/gear and investing the time to learn how to use all that properly, was more than I wanted to do.
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