PSB Debuts New Line
We met up last wek with Paul Barton, PSB’s company founder and chief designer, in Los Angeles and New York City, where he introduced his new family of PSB speakers.
The new “Imagine” line of loudspeakers consist of four models: The Imagine T, a three-driver, two-and-a-half-way tower full-range floor-standing design ($2,000 a pair), and Imagine B two-way stand/bookshelf-mount are intended primarily for front-channels/stereo playback($1,000 a pair).
The Imagine C is a dual-woofer, horizontal two-way center-channel speaker ($800), while the Imagine S is a dual-two-way, selectable dipole/bipole/dual channel monopole surround loudspeaker which may be connected as two discrete (side/rear) two-way pairs in compatible systems($1,200). All four Imagine models share a common driver family, with an all-new, very high-output 5.25-inch woofer, and a wide-band and ultra-accurate, titanium-dome 1-inch tweeter inspired by the performance of the Synchrony high-frequency unit. All four are offered in a choice of black-ash or dark-cherry furniture-grade veneers.
“The Imagine line is really the next step down from our acclaimed Synchrony line,” Barton explained it in Los Angeles. “They represent excellent value and we are resetting expectations of just how an affordable-high-end loudspeaker can look and sound. A good deal of what we’ve learned over the three-year development of Synchrony, we’ve been able to apply to Imagine particularly in the area of cabinet design and manufacture.”
The speakers are compound-curved on every vertical face and heavily braced internally, each Imagine enclosure is solid, acoustically inert (resistant to vibration), while their precisely radiused, unbroken baffles—full 1.5 inches in thickness—and flush, fastener-less driver mounts are said to promote smooth, ripple-free high-frequency response and carefully calculated horizontal dispersion.
Indeed, the cabinet has elegant, seamless, unbroken lines due to computer-controlled machining and hand craftsmanship. Award-winning industrial designer, David Farrage, was brought in and according to Barton, “David and the PSB design team worked together every step of the way, from the earliest napkin sketches to 3D models, CAD files and actual prototypes, to get the organic forms and high-end textures we wanted and to make sure they would coexist with the engineering performance parameters.”