- Written by Piero Gabucci
- Published on 10 May 2012
Introduction to the PSB Imagine mini-Monitors
For the audiophile world to take seriously a small bookshelf speaker, let alone a "mini"-monitor there has to be some significant backing and/or history.
Much has been said and written about the NRC, or National Research Council located in Ottawa, Canada. The decades of research developed helped shape many generations and iterations of speaker design by focusing on the "physchoacoustics" or specifically the tools by which we analyze sound within a space. Much of the jargon we all use; open, airy, transparent, open, closed, etc., comes from the many papers presented from this group. The NRC gave designers and audio visionaries like Paul Barton the facilities to develop research and experiment.
Given so, PSB or Paul and Sue Barton's Canadian company has been in business since the early 1970's.
So here I'm presented with the amazingly small but beautifully crafted "gem" in the Imagine mini-monitor. Despite just referred to as the Mini's at this point, they are far from sounding like a speaker with diminutive stature. I'm sure many reviews will praise these tikes, so I'm just glad to throw in my adoration.
Within minutes of receiving them, I immediately threw them into the system and played something, anything, and everything. I didn't care what the drivers were or crossovers, or filters applied, I just wanted to hear them. So my first session was impressive; WOW! I didn't expect a full, rich and complex sound, at least not right away, but that's what I got.
So who are they for? During my interview, Paul modestly suggested, the professional who wants a great sound in their office, or a bedroom, etc. Geez Paul, how about anywhere you want good sound, especially in a space-challenged environment.
PSB IMAGINE mINI-MONITORS SPECIFICATIONS
- Design: Two-way, Ported
- Drivers: One 1" Titanium Dome Tweeter, One 4" Mid/Woofer
- MFR: 55 Hz - 23 kHz
- Sensitivity: 87 dB
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Input Power Recommended: 10-80 Watts
- Dimensions: 9.25" H x 5.75" W x 8.4" D
- Weight: 6.5 Pounds/each
- MSRP $760/pair USD in Black Ash, Dark Cherry or Walnut, $830 in High Gloss White or Black
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