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The Surround That Doesn't Miss a Beat
You don't want your surround speakers to miss a beat when conveying spatial effects in movies or multi-channel music. You want them to offer full-range frequency response for maximum realism. You want them to blend seamlessly with the other speakers in your system, and you also want them to be compact and unobtrusive. In short, you want the PSB Image S5 surround speakers.
Compact and versatile, the bipole S5 surround speaker performs admirably on a shelf or stand, or wall-mounted (hardware included). It joins a pair of 5-1/4-inch woofers with a pair of one-inch titanium tweeters, and is rated up to 150 watts at 6 ohms for maximum coverage and output. Its cabinet dimensions are 11-5/8 inches wide by 11-3/4 inches high by a mere 6-7/8 inches deep. So it fits into any room very nicely.
The S5 shares the injection-molded, clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene designs of the Tower drivers, which also include dual magnets, polycarbonate baskets, and rubber surrounds. It is rated up to 150 watts at 6 ohms.
Along with more robust baffles made from 1-1/8-inch thick MDF, a material usually reserved for more expensive models, the new Image speakers exhibit a highly finished look, with clean and soft, esthetically pleasing lines and no visible fasteners.
New Heights of Performance and Sophistication
PSB introduces a dramatically new edition of its successful Image Series speakers benefiting from top-level technology trickled down from the highly acclaimed Synchrony and Imagine Series. Many of the features that debuted in the flagship Synchrony Series in 2007, and then introduced to the stylish Imagine Series in 2008, are now available in the all-new Image Series.
Long considered among the most versatile and affordable of PSB's major speaker lines, Image Series speakers have been remodeled and equipped with many of the features and enhancements developed in recent years for PSB's award- winning Synchrony and Imagine Series loudspeakers. Scaling the size of the whole Image project was a major objective.
The new Image Series represents the final stage of a profound three-phase reconsideration of PSB product offerings in freestanding speakers that began with Synchrony, then moved to the Imagine Series. With the new Image Series, PSB again raises the traditional PSB virtues to new heights of performance and sophistication, whether judged technically or by rigorous standards of subjective evaluation.
Fundamental Acoustical Research
Like all PSB speakers, the new Image designs benefit from the world-class acoustical resources of Canada's National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada. For more than 35 years PSB founder and design team chief Paul Barton has returned again and again to the NRC to conduct fundamental studies of loudspeakers and room acoustics in its anechoic chamber as well as vital subjective evaluations in its listening-studio facilities. Mr. Barton's research at the NRC, which included an extensive three-year development project for Synchrony, played an important role in the design of the new Image Series.
"PSB's new Image Series represents the blue-plate special of the company's speaker lines, serving up a generous helping of the flagship Synchrony system's flavor at less than a quarter of the cost."
"This Image system delivers big, bold performance that you don't often see at this price level. Lightning strikes again!"
- Michael Trei, Sound and Vision magazine, December, 2009
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