PSB Revamps Image Speaker Series
PSB will formally introduce at the September CEDIA Expo an eight-model range of speakers that replaces its “bread-and-butter” Image line. The speakers are beneficiaries of technologies developed by the company for its Synchrony and Imagine series, says Paul Barton, PSB founder and design team head.
The new Image speakers “are high value and high performance – they take our value statement to another level,” Barton says, adding that they are less a replacement for the earlier Image models and more along the lines of “taking last year’s Imagine design cues and scaling them for this product. Synchrony and Imagine," he says, “have been cornerstones of our growth the last couple of years, and this completes our trio of new lines.”
The Image range will include two towers (T6 and T5), two monitors (B6 and B5), the B4 sub-compact monitor/surround speaker, two center channels (C5 and C4) and the S5 surround.
Image will “enable us to offset our competition, who have been laid back,” says Barton. He says PSB has “done better in our bottom line than our projections this year. We’re adding more dealers than we have in a long time. So, coming out of the recession, PSB will be positioned very well.”
The new Images, which start at $299/pair for the small bookshelf B4s, are made in the same factory as the Imagine series drivers and the Synchrony line, and are housed in vinyl-clad cabinets available in either black or woodgrain finishes.
The speakers use long-excursion, high-output woofers and Synchrony-inspired titanium-dome tweeters with ferrofluid and a neodymium magnet structure. The top-line T6 tower ($1,199/pair) is a three-way system with a driver orientation similar to the Synchrony One as well as a cabinet that, like the One, allocates separate, ported chambers to each of the two woofers, to eliminate standing waves.