- Written by Piero Gabucci
- Published on 10 May 2012
Design of the PSB Imagine mini-Monitors
The Mini's are in fact just that, they stand about 9.5" high, 5.75" wide and 8.3" deep and weigh 6.5 pounds. Given that the speakers are not square in any form, the perception of size is further reduced with the volume barely 0.26 cubic feet.
Available in a few traditional finishes-- Dark Cherry, Walnut, and Black Ash as well as High Gloss White--, I received the luscious and glossy black. All the edges are softly turned and radius from a new manufacturing process that involves a very big belt sander and a cam that spins the enclosure freely. Paul described them to me as, "beautiful little objects".. got that right, I said!
Since this speaker is part of the lineage of Imagine speakers, we see the classic advantage of trickle down development. The Mini is an 8 ohm 2-way design with a unique 4" woofer and a 1" titanium dome tweeter and a rear port bass reflex. Without the screen, the injection molded clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene woofer cone is a soft gold color. What I immediately noticed during playback is the movement of the driver – it moves in and out like no driver I've seen at that size. Designing the woofer, Paul describes the issue of a smaller driver needing excursion, but a smaller diameter means it must be fast. Paul referred to the dual magnetic structure as a turbo magnet.
The 1" titanium tweeter is borrowed from the flagship Synchrony Series, boasting a "ferrofluid and neodymium magnet structure".
I'd be remiss to mention that although shelf mounted, the Mini was designed to be held on the wall as well with an optional bracket from PSB. The PWB-1 bracket offers a full range of motion because of a swiveling "worm gear" mechanism. And if you're like me and prefer stand mounted, the Mini can be paired up with the PFS-27 stand.
On the rear, the speaker binding posts are recessed and accessible by threading your cable, (banana plugs help) through.