Offering eight new models with more stylized cosmetics and all new drivers and materials
PSB Speakers, the Canadian manufacturer long renowned for their affordable high -performance loudspeakers, will feature the newly redesigned Image Series loudspeakers during CES 2004 in Las Vegas today.
With a total of eight new models, the Images Series is comprised of three tower models, the T45, T55 and T65. Additionally, there are two mini monitors, the B15 and B25. The line also offers two dedicated center channel speakers, the C40 and C 60 plus the S50 , a bipole surround speaker. All current SubSonic subwoofers can be integrated with any Image speaker configuration depending on room size and system configuration. Each model in the series is timbrally and cosmetically matched so any number of combinations can be created, to suite any listening and home theater environment.
Barton says, "Over the years I've found that any time I re -look at one of the speakers I've designed, I can always find new ways to improve upon the design, with regard to both performance and cosmetics. The Image Series was no exception and I believe the improvements we made will be widely accepted."
Improving performance started with the adoption of metalized injection woofer cones in all models, rather than vacuum formed cones, which are found in the current Image Series. Injection molding ensures a higher consistency during the manufacturing process, resulting in each driver achieving reference quality performance. The tweeter phase plug was adjusted and optimized to create a smoother high -end response. The crossover was also tweaked to enhance overall performance across the entire frequency spectrum.
Just over a foot high, the ultra -compact B15 Monitor combines a 5.25 -inch woofer with an Image 1 -inch aluminum -dome tweeter. The B25 Monitor uses a 6.5 -inch woofer for a demonstrably fuller sound. The T45 Tower is configured with dual 5.25 -inch woofers in combination with the Image tweeter. This 2 1/2 -way design provides a smooth response with bass impact equivalent to a substantially larger driver. The T55 Tower couples the Image tweeter with a pair of 6.5" woofers for extended low -frequency response and significantly greater definition. The largest speaker in the series, the T65 Tower uses a powerful combination of three 6.5 -inch woofers and the Image tweeter for a rich and full sound that will fill even the largest listening rooms.
To accommodate varies size home theaters, the Image Series offers two center channel options. The C40 is housed with two 5.25 -inch woofers with the Image tweeter, producing great clarity -both of dialog and effects -from even the most complex movie soundtracks. The C60 combines dual 6.5 -inch woofers to reproduce full -range, high -output sound, capable of handling loud levels in big rooms. The S50 Bipole Surround combines two identical panels that employ a single 5.25 -inch woofer and the Image tweeter. The angling of these two panels outward creates a diffuse soundfield, and the connection of the two speaker arrays in phase also aids localization of sound when sharply placed effects are present on a soundtrack or a music recording field.
Cosmetically, the Image Series has changed dramatically with visually attractive metalized woofer cones and titanium finished aluminum dome tweeters inside a new cabinet design offering a soft curved shape for a more organic and stylized appearance. The Image Series comes in two different finishes - Maple with light gray grilles and Black Ash with black grilles. The finishes and cabinet construction are consistent throughout the line for easy mixing and matching of various models.
All Image Series speakers are provided with dual, 5 -way gold -plated, solid metal binding posts, that will now accept 1/4 -inch spade speaker wire terminals and are magnetically shielded, for use in proximity to video monitors
The Image Series will be actively displayed in their hospitality suite at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, North Tower Suite H28110 during CES 2004.All models will be shipping late First Quarter 2004.