PSB Image T55 Speaker Reviews

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The ample-sized PSB SubSonic 6i subwoofer has a molded curved front edge and grille that blend well with the Image Series. The ported SubSonic 6i cabinet houses a metalized polypropylene cone woofer like the other speakers, but in a 12-inch model with a robust 53-ounce magnet. This hearty driver is powered by an efficient Class H amp. Conveniently located on the front of the cabinet are knobs to adjust volume and crossover frequency.

Installation/Setup/Ease of Use
The T55 tower speakers were placed on either side of my Mitsubishi display and the C60 center channel was set on top, angled slightly downward. I placed the S50 surround speakers on stands and adjusted them toward the room's center before playing a test pattern and making adjustments. The 6i sub was nestled near a corner and connected to a NAD 1763 A/V receiver with the other speakers. I used the line level inputs on the sub and bypassed the internal crossover with the LFE crossover bypass switch so the 1763 could filter the signal. I don't care if the results are fabulous, if it takes an engineering degree to properly set up home theater speakers, I don't want them. Too many things in this world are complicated, so speakers should be plug and play. Well, sort of. The Image Series is simple to install and easy to calibrate. My receiver was adjusted so the tower speakers were "large", the center channel was "medium" and the surrounds were "small". Test tones allowed me to increase the rear speakers' volume slightly and tweak the delay. Once satisfied, I got down to business.

Final Take
Depending on my mood and the time of day, I listen to my media soft and mellow or loud and intense. Happily, the Image Series ensemble worked well on both ends of the scale. When I listened to Billy Joel's opus on "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" (The Stranger), I could hear Billy tickling the ivories very distinctly, as if the piano was in the front left corner of the room. Vocals had clarity and there was a nice tone from the whistling opening of the title track. At high volume, the music was strong but not overpowering. Bass response was fast, punchy and tight and the surrounds had just the right amount of ambient echo. The system sounded rich, warm and spacious with everything from classic rock to old rap.

Running through some DVDs and watching the cannons fire in Pirates of the Caribbean, I enjoyed the oomph the SubSonic 6i exhibited. As the low rumbling of each salvo rang out between the Black Pearl and the Interceptor, I wanted to duck my head. During music scenes in Chicago, center channel vocals were bright and lively, complemented by accompanying vocals from the T55s and S50s.

Over the course of several hours, I listened to challenging music tracks at peak levels, but the PSBs never let me down. Audio tracks from the different categories of movies

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Image T55
Floor-Standing Tower Speakers
(1)1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter
(2) 6.5" Metalized Polypropylene Woofers
Frequency Response: 32Hz -- 23kHz
Power Handling:10 --175 Watts
36'H x 8.5W x 14.9"D
Weight: 42 lbs. each
MSRP: $899/pair

Image S50
Surround Speakers
(2)1" Aluminum Dome Tweeters
(2) 5.25" Metalized Polypropylene Woofers
Frequency Response: 65Hz -- 23kHz
Power Handling:10 -- 200 Watts
13"H x12.75W x 7.4"D
Weight:18 lbs. each
MSRP: $749/pair

Image C60
Center Channel Speaker
(1)1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter
(2) 6.5" Metalized Polypropylene Woofers
Frequency Response: 40Hz -- 23kHz
Power Handling:10 --175 Watts
8.5"H x 27.4"W x 11.9"D
Weight: 25 lbs.
MSRP: $449

SubSonic 6i
Ported Bass Reflex Subwoofer
(1) 12" Active Driver
Frequency Response: 29Hz --150Hz
Power Handling: 225 Watts RMS / 600 Watts Peak
19.88"H x 15"W x 20"D
Weight: 46 lbs.
MSRP: $699

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HTR Product Rating for PSB Image T55 Speaker Reviews

Criteria Rating

Performance

4

Value

4

Overall

4

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