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Tower with Trickle-down Synchrony Technology
The PSB Image Series T5 is a slim floorstanding tower that delivers full-bodied, technically refined sound with tonal, spatial and dynamic accuracy. It uses a dual woofer transitional two-and-a-half way design with two identical 5-1/4" woofers and a 1" titanium tweeter. The T5 is rated up to 175 watts at 6 ohms. Many of its design features are similar to those in found in the award-winning Synchrony One design approach.
"Products That I Can Get Excited About"
"These are products that I can get excited about," says Stephen Meijas in his Stereophile blog post about the Image speakers. "PSB loudspeakers sound good, look good, and are reasonably priced. These are gateway products at gateway prices."
"The PSB Image 5.1 speaker system delivers an appealing sound that's easy on the ear," reports TechRadar.com. "Much of this comes from the mid-range strengths of the T5 and B5s, which ensures soundtracks come across as full-bodied, rather than simply a mix of highs and lows."
Seriously Advanced Woofers
The T5 woofers employ injection-molded diaphragms with a proprietary, clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene cone that uniquely optimizes stiffness, internal damping and low mass. The woofers' magnetically neutral polycarbonate basket contributes additional stiffness, while its bullet-shaped phase-plug (borrowing from the Synchrony design) enhances linearity at higher frequencies.
Along with more robust baffles made from 1-1/8" 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 and designer Paul Barton have done it again; the company's revamped Image Series takes technology from the outstanding Synchrony and Imagine lines and incorporates it into even more affordable products."
"These are products that I can get excited about, products that I can easily and happily talk about… After all, PSB loudspeakers sound good, look good, and are reasonably priced. These are gateway products at gateway prices.
- Stephen Mejias, Stereophile blog, July 17, 2009
"With both movie material and music, the PSB Image 5.1 speaker system delivers an appealing sound that's easy on the ear. It's warm and rich, without being brash or grating. Much of this comes from the mid-range strengths of the T5 and B5s, which ensures soundtracks come across as full-bodied, rather than simply a mix of highs and lows."
"Avatar on Blu-ray offers demo-worthy audio, so that's what we started with, and the PSB Image 5.1 sound system is more than a match for the impressive visuals. James Horner's somewhat irritating score swells across the front soundstage, while the Screenwriting 101 dialogue comes across crisp and clean in the middle of the mix."
- Mark Craven, TechRadar.com, Issue 199, August 20, 2011
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