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The Absolute Sound 2012 "Editors' Choice" Award Winner
Listed in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide
Featuring Flagship Synchrony Technology
The 41-inch-tall PSB Image Series T6 is a slimline tower speaker boasting technology similar to the award-winning, flagship Synchrony One design approach.
The T6 is a three-way dual-cavity, dual-ported design with two 6-1/2-inch and a discrete 5-1/4-inch self-contained midrange driver.
The PSB Image T6 was honored by being included in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide. According to the magazine, "The PSB Image T6s offer a very high level of sonic performance for their price: extended bass with serious output in-room down to below 40 Hz, naturally warm sound a little further up (where floorstanders often dip), a largely neutral midrange, and a clean treble."
The 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.
"The T6 Tower is a three-way system similar in execution to the Synchrony One," explains PSB's Paul Barton. "Not only are the orientation and arrangement on the front baffle similar to that of the Synchrony One, the arrangement helps the in- phase lobe tilt up so that the speaker has a very similar voice whether the listener is sitting down or standing up."
"An Absolutely Wonderful Full-Range Speaker"
"This is an absolutely wonderful full-range speaker, and is now my quasi $1000/pair standard for an entry-level loudspeaker," says Kalman Rubinson in the March 2010 issue of Stereophile magazine. "The result was a tonal and spatial presentation that seemed much more sophisticated that I'd expected from speakers of this size and price."
Individual Woofer Chambers
The T6 cabinet is also designed in a way similar to that of the Synchrony One, in which each woofer is divided and ported in individual chambers. The T6 employs two separate chambers and ports, which eliminates such issues as standing waves inside the box.
"In dividing and individually porting the cabinet we address the problem of a standing wave inside the box found in many tall, slim speaker designs," explained Barton. "Dividing the cavity into two smaller cavities eliminates the ability of a standing wave to set up inside the enclosure. Also, putting woofers in multiple positions reduces the first reflection phenomenon, minimizing the negative effects of the primary 'floor bounce' reflections, resulting in a much more accurate and tuneful bass performance in any setup."
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.