Product of the Year Award Winner, 2012 - The Absolute Sound Magazine
Premium Multi-channel Speaker Package
This premium multi-channel speaker package includes two PSB Imagine T2 towers, one PSB Imagine C center channel speaker, two PSB Imagine S surround speakers, one PSB SubSeries 300 powered subwoofer, and FREE 100 feet of Kimber Kable KWIK-16 speaker cable (a $140 value).
PSB Imagine T2 Tower Speaker
PSB's class-leading Imagine T floorstanding speaker suddenly has a bigger and better brother. The Imagine T2 is a high performance, transitional five-way tower speaker equipped with Triple Port Bass Reflex and subdivided discrete chambers.
With its exceptional tonal accuracy and an elegant design, the Imagine T 2 offers a sound experience that rivals loudspeakers costing two to three times more. Adding a third 5.25" polypropylene woofer, a dedicated 4" polypropylene midrange driver, and a 1" titanium dome tweeter with ferrofluid creates an experience that is literally music to your ears. Listen to smooth and detailed soundscapes as they slowly dance out of beautifully curved, hand-crafted cabinets to fill your listening room.
The Imagine T2 won a Product of the Year Award for 2012 from The Absolute Sound magazine, which reports that it "produces a sound that many larger and more expensive products fail to achieve… The PSB T2 is a great speaker, a stone-cold bargain, and our 2012 Mid-Priced Loudspeaker of the Year."
"All told, the T2 is an outstanding loudspeaker that delivers a sophisticated, distinctive sound that qualifies it as truly high-end, but without a super-high-end price tag," notes Doug Schneider in his SoundStage! review for May 1, 2012. "Consumers today are reaping the benefits of Paul Barton’s 40 years in the speaker-design game; his Imagine T2 is further proof that experience counts"
The Imagine T 2 has a recommended power of 20-300 watts, frequency response of 34–23,000 Hz, 90 dB sensitivity, and measures 8-3⁄8" wide, 40-5/8" high, and 13-5⁄8" deep.
The PSB Imagine Series
The PSB Imagine models challenge expectations of just how an affordable high-end loudspeaker can look, and of the quality standards to which they can be crafted.
With the Imagine series, PSB has taken the hard-won knowledge and technical accomplishments it achieved in the rigorous and costly three-year development process of flagship PSB Synchrony line to create four models of refreshingly affordable speakers that reach remarkable heights of performance.
All New, Purpose-Driven Drivers
An all-new family of purpose-designed drivers results in clear midrange presence, uncluttered bass, extended smooth highs, and high power handling. All four Imagine models share a common driver family, with an all-new, very high-output 5.25-inch woofer, and an impressively wide-band and ultra-accurate, titanium-dome 1-inch tweeter inspired by the amazing performance of the Synchrony high-frequency unit.
Ceramic-filled Polypropylene Woofers
The PSB Imagine woofers incorporate injection-molded diaphragms of a proprietary, ceramic-filled polypropylene that delivers a unique union of stiffness, inherent internal damping, and amazingly low mass. A highly efficient motor system’s unique compound magnet structure in essence 'forces' the driver into delivering higher sensitivity at declining frequencies, effectively extending response at no penalty in size or system efficiency.
The woofer’s molded-polycarbonate basket contributes ideal stiffness and aerodynamics as well as complete magnetic indifference, while its bullet-shaped aluminum phase-plug (a frank borrowing from the Synchrony design portfolio) enhances linearity at higher frequencies and measurably lowers distortion.
Highly Linear, Remarkably Efficient Tweeter
The Imagine tweeter, also common to all models, exploits an advanced, highly linear, and remarkably efficient neodymium-magnet design (again, Synchrony-derived). It helps to extend output at both frequency extremes for effortless, airy top octaves and smooth, uncolored response through the critical crossover region coupled with high power handling.
'Cathedral' matched wood veneers and timbre-matched designs ensure the best in looks and sonics. Imagine includes a new method of cabinet construction combining the precision of computer-controlled machining with the irreplaceable touch of hand craftsmanship.
Compound-curved on every vertical face and heavily braced internally, each Imagine enclosure is impressively solid and acoustically inert. Their precisely radiused, unbroken baffles - a full 1.5-inches thick - and flush, fastener-less driver mounts promote singularly smooth, ripple-free high-frequency response and carefully calculated horizontal dispersion.
Like nearly every PSB Speaker design, the Imagine networks employ fourth-order acoustic Linkwitz-Reilly crossover topology. It combines discrete drivers into cohesive acoustic entities with minimal impact in either amplitude domain (frequency-response) or that of time (phase-response).
Select Components and Careful Layout
Select components and careful layout maximize signal transfer and keep static and dynamic distortions well below meaningful limits. Heavy, all-metal multiway binding posts on all Imagine models accept bare wire (up to 10-gauge), lugs, banana plugs, open and closed spades, and enable bi-wiring or bi-amplifying.
PSB Imagine C Center Channel Speaker
The PSB Imagine C center channel speaker is a definitive music reproducer, both in multi-channel hi-fi and movie soundtrack playback. It uses the same superior drivers as the Imagine T tower loudspeaker in a dual-woofer, horizontal layout. The Imagine C will astound you with how it handles itself in a multi-channel environment, reproducing every last nuance of sound out of your movies or music.
The Imagine C boasts dual 5-1/4" clay/ceramic filled polypropylene cone with rubber surround and a 1" titanium dome tweeter with ferrofluid for outstanding full-frequency performance.
The dual-ported Imagine C is supplied with one port-cover per speaker, enabling a modest degree of system tuning to accommodate individual room acoustics, speaker setup or listener preference.
The Imagine C has a recommended power of 20-150 watts, frequency response of 45–20,000 Hz, 90 dB sensitivity, and measures 20-1⁄2" wide, 7-1/2" high, and 13-5⁄8" deep.
PSB Imagine S Surround Channel Speaker
The PSB Imagine S surround speaker offers exceptionally high performance with its broad range of wiring and placement options. The patented Tri-mode Surround design allows for easy bipole or dipole wiring and placement. It also lets you use one pair of surrounds for 6.1 / 7.1 systems by wiring the forward firing baffles for the side surround channels and the rear firing baffles for the rear center surrounds.
The Imagine S boasts dual 5-1/4" clay/ceramic filled polypropylene cone with rubber surround and dual 1" titanium dome tweeters with ferrofluid for outstanding full-frequency performance.
The Imagine S has a recommended power of 20-150 watts, frequency response of 65–23,000 Hz, 89 dB sensitivity, and measures 10-3⁄4" wide, 12-5/8" high, and 6-7⁄8" deep.
PSB SubSeries 300 Powered Subwoofer
PSB's 300-watt, 12" SubSeries 300 is the first in a new line of subwoofer designs to be powered by NAD Electronics' sophisticated, high efficiency amplifier. NAD is renown in audiophile circles for its superb sounding and highly efficient amplification, and the NAD circuitry in the 300 is worthy of NAD's name and reputation.
The SubSeries 300 also features trickle-down technology from PSB's award-winning SubSeries 500 flagship, including the company's exclusive "smart bass" limiting circuitry. As a result, the SubSeries 300 offers a winning combination of power, high impact bass, and musicality.
"A Standout In Its Own Right"
"As spectacular as the Imagine T2s were solo, they still benefitted from the addition of the SubSeries 300 when it came to movies, reports Darryl Wilkinson in his November 2012 review for Home Theater magazine. "In fact, the SubSeries 300 is a standout in its own right. Although it’s short on beauty, it’s long on beast; and it energized the room with extremely low and controlled bass better than most other $1,000 subs."
Impressive Driver and Amplifier Complement
For thunderous bass response, the 300 boasts a long-throw 12" polypropylene cone driver with rubber surround, 2" voice coil, and 50 oz. magnet. The built-in Class D power amplifier from NAD Electronics uses a discrete design with MOSFET devices. This powerful amp delivers 300 watts continuous power, 425 watts dynamic power, and a dynamic peak of a huge 850 watts.
Front panel controls include Volume, Crossover, Phase, Auto On-Off, and LFE Input. Auto sensing circuitry takes the 300 out of standby mode when it detects a musical signal. And the 'green' design limits standby power consumption to an incredibly low value of less than 0.5 watts!
All speakers play an important role in your home theater system but the performance of your subwoofer can greatly affect the overall performance of your system. Think of a subwoofer as a vital component to your system, adding excitement to your music or theater experience and understanding that not all subwoofers are created equal.
PSB places a particular emphasis on the overall musicality of its subwoofers. Distinct attention is given to their ability to seamlessly match the company's high quality speakers under the most demanding music and film score passages. Equally important is the subwoofer's ability to sustain powerful lower frequencies for extended periods of time.
Kimber Kable KWIK-16
Dual-gauge configuration KWIK-16 from Kimber Kable boasts a large-gauge conductor and a small-gauge conductor for each channel, for four spiraled conductors in all. This unique 16-awg strand design, along with Kimber Kable's special-recipe dielectric, adds up to one of the best sounding bulk cables for home theater and distributed sound you're ever likely to hear. The slippery PVC outer jacket pulls easily through walls.
PSB Imagine T2 Tower Speaker
Product of the Year Award Winner, 2012 - The Absolute Sound Magazine
"This five-driver speaker, housed in a tall and narrow enclosure, produces a sound that many larger and more expensive products fail to achieve."
"The PSB T2 is a great speaker, a stone-cold bargain, and our 2012 Mid-Priced Loudspeaker of the Year."
- Robert E. Greene, The Absolute Sound magazine, January 2013
"All told, the T2 is an outstanding loudspeaker that delivers a sophisticated, distinctive sound that qualifies it as truly high-end, but without a super-high-end price tag -- $3500 is a very reasonable price for all that the T2 offers. In fact, the Imagine T2 is every bit as good a deal as the Synchrony One was when that speaker was introduced three years ago. Consumers today are reaping the benefits of Paul Barton’s 40 years in the speaker-design game; his Imagine T2 is further proof that experience counts. 'Imagine' that."
- Doug Schneider, SoundStage!, May 1, 2012
"As spectacular as the Imagine T2s were solo, they still benefitted from the addition of the SubSeries 300 when it came to movies. In fact, the SubSeries 300 is a standout in its own right. Although it’s short on beauty, it’s long on beast; and it energized the room with extremely low and controlled bass better than most other $1,000 subs."
"The Imagine T2 system is splendidly seductive. The graceful curves coyly play with your eyes without demanding constant attention. In the same way, the Imagine T2's sound is beguilingly smooth and natural; and those alluring sonic qualities extend to the Imagine C center and Imagine S surrounds – and the SubSeries 300 – when they're brought together in one room. Even though it's composed of six individual boxes, the system is absolutely superb at working together as seamlessly as if it were one big speaker – or, perhaps, no speaker at all."
- Darryl Wilkinson, Home Theater magazine, November 2012