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A New Dimension in 'Sound Bar' Speaker Systems
The PSB Imagine W3 is a complete 'front-of-room' solution taking the concept of the 'sound bar' to a new, higher level of performance. Combining left, center, and right channels all in one streamlined enclosure, the Imagine W3 is easy to install using the included sturdy wall-mount bracket or the tabletop stand. The Imagine W3 can be used either individually or combined with other PSB in-room or in-ceiling speakers to create a sophisticated high performance home theater solution.
"Extruded aluminum enclosures and Imagine Series lineage are only part of what make the Imagine W1 and W3 on-wall speakers special," notes Mark Fleischmann in his September 7, 2012 post for HomeTheater.com. "In addition to being voiced like the great-sounding Imagine Mini, they're also coordinated the way designer Paul Barton says surround speaker systems should be: with the center having twice the output of the left and right combined."
At a mere 3-1/8" deep, this speaker hugs the wall for seamless integration with popular flat panel TV sizes, but doesn't sacrifice sound quality. You'll be amazed by the clarity of voices and the spacious sound stage that perfectly integrates sound with the large high definition TV picture. From action movies and games with their high impact sound tracks to the subtle atmospheric effects of the dramatic thriller, the Imagine W3 brings it all to life.
Drivers consist of three 1" Titanium dome with ferrofluid (one per channel) and four 4" clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene cone with rubber surround (two for the center channel and one for each side channel).
Coaxing this high level of performance from such a slim profile speaker is an engineering challenge. But 40 years of experience combined with a deep working knowledge of acoustics give PSB Speakers a great advantage. Like all PSB Speakers, the Imagine W3 is rigorously tested and voiced at Canada's famed National Research Council.
To gain maximum internal volume (necessary for good sound and deep bass response) a special aluminum cabinet was developed that minimizes external bulk and maximizes strength and internal volume. A non-resonant MDF baffle mounts the driver units in carefully optimized positions for an ideal dispersion of sound. Attention-to-detail is extreme, with soft rubber trim rings that not only give sleek look, but also control dispersion of sound and add further damping of spurious vibrations. An attractive cloth covered metal grille is transparent to sound while serving to integrate the speaker with your home décor.
Specially Developed Driver Units
The driver units were specially developed for the Imagine W3's low profile using proven PSB technology. The tweeters use the same titanium dome first seen in PSB's flagship Synchrony Series and feature a specially engineered 'phase plug' or shield that extends the high frequency response by dampening the tweeter's resonance and preventing phase cancellation in the top musical octave. The clear delicate sounds produced by this remarkable tweeter accurately reproduce all the musical detail contained in your favorite movies and music.
The woofers are no less sophisticated, combining a long throw for good bass response with an ideal cone profile to assure the accurate natural vocal range response which is especially important with movies and television. Bass is enhanced by specialized speakers called PBRs that extend the bass reach by doubling the output of the woofers at the lowest frequencies.
One of the most critical aspects of speaker is the crossover network, where the final voicing and integration of all the elements of the design are determined. Even proximity to the wall behind the speaker has an effect that must be considered when fine tuning the crossover. High quality close tolerance parts make sure that every Imagine W3 speaker accurately meets its rigorous specification.
From the smooth, natural PSB sound quality to the handsome profile and proportions, the Imagine W3 On-Wall speaker simply exudes quality. The superb level of fit and finish and the fuss-free installation tools all speak to the pride PSB Speakers invests in every single one of its products.
Frequency Response, Center Channel
"Extruded aluminum enclosures and Imagine Series lineage are only part of what make the Imagine W1 and W3 on-wall speakers special. In addition to being voiced like the great-sounding Imagine Mini, they're also coordinated the way designer Paul Barton says surround speaker systems should be: with the center having twice the output of the left and right combined."
- Mark Fleischmann, HomeTheater.com, September 7, 2012