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PSB Imagine C3 Center Speaker
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If there has ever been a speaker that represents the latest and most advanced
thinking of PSB loudspeaker design, it is the new premium Imagine T3 and C3.
PSB's refined designs always consider the large effect that a room has on the
sound of any loudspeaker; our design engineers ensured that the T3 performs
cleanly and predictably in the listening room. The Imagine T3 and C3 are a
spectacular display of clean, well-integrated bass response and pinpoint
imaging. The perfect proportion of Sound Power, combined with extremely even
frequency response and uniform off-axis response, creates a massive, effortless
sounding and precisely detailed sound field.
A Perfectly Matched Centre Channel Speaker
Home theatre enthusiasts can create a perfectly matched surround sound system
by combining the Imagine T3 for left and right speaker positions, and the
Imagine C3 as the centre channel speaker. The identical voicing of these
speakers creates a seamless and expansive sound field. Other Imagine models,
including specialized surround speakers in stand mount, wall mount, in-wall and
in-ceiling options complete the surround experience. The Imagine C3 is a true
3-way transitional design – unusually sophisticated for a centre channel – that
uses the same driver technology as the Imagine T3. The C3 includes two of the 7"
woofers, both active at lower frequencies and with different low pass filter
frequencies to maintain proper power response, as well as the same titanium
tweeter as the Imagine T3. The specially developed midrange driver is unique to
the Imagine C3 and is responsible for the excellent speech articulation of this
speaker. The enclosure is rear ported and includes a tuning plug to adjust bass
output for different placement options.
High Resolution Tweeter
The Imagine C3 is using a hand-selected version of PSB's famous titanium dome
tweeter. This 1" dome features a neodymium magnet, high temperature voice coil
and ferrofluid cooling, allowing it to keep pace with the high power handling of
the rest of the speaker. Several years spent perfecting the production process
has resulted in a tweeter with extremely smooth response and amazingly low
distortion compared with other well-known tweeter designs. The integrated 'phase
plug' is ingeniously designed to extend high frequency response while also
creating an 'air spring' that effectively dampens the metal dome's 'oil can'
resonance. Although this resonance is beyond the audible range, if not well
suppressed it can affect the audible range. Excellent power handling allows PSB
to ideally place the crossover point at 1,800Hz, which enhances the dispersion
and integration with the midrange driver.
Advanced Driver Technology Reduces Distortion
Proven engineering combined with advanced technology in PSB's all-new drivers
reduce distortion and respond more faithfully to musical transient, which is
accomplished in two ways. Firstly, a copper cap is precision fitted over the
pole piece of the motor structure to dramatically reduce 3rd harmonic
distortion. Secondly, a symmetrical drive design is used to create a more
uniform magnetic field in the motor (driver) coil which makes the cone motion
more linear by reducing 2nd harmonic distortion, especially at high volume
levels where the cone motion is greatest. The woofers and midrange utilize
polymer coated felted fibreglass cones mated to a high temperature fibreglass
voice coil. Rubber surrounds and a highly rigid non-resonant die cast aluminium
alloy chassis provide precision alignment of all speaker components for high
performance and excellent reliability. Combined with amplitude-perfect acoustic
Linkwitz-Riley 4th order crossovers, these advanced drivers provide the lowest
distortion and highest power handling of any PSB speaker. That says a lot, since
PSB became famous for the 10,000 watt Stratus Gold speaker back in the 90s!
Like Fine Furniture
The sleek and distinctive Imagine enclosure was designed by the renowned
industrial designer, David Farrage of DF-ID, and carefully engineered by PSB.
The Imagine C3 employs seven layers of MDF (a dense, non-resonant wood material)
and a unique process that employs space-age materials to create a beautifully
curved, yet acoustically inert structure. The front baffle is a massive 2" thick
MDF panel that provides a solid foundation for the drive units. The carefully
sculpted trim rings around each driver provide a perfect low diffraction
transition to the driver cone enhancing off-axis performance while hiding the
fixing hardware and dampening unwanted vibrations. The hand-finished cabinet is
available in piano high gloss black and in book-matched cherry veneers with a
high gloss varnish. The gloss finish reflects other design elements in the room
allowing the speaker to blend in to the environment and appear smaller than it
A Heritage of Performance
In a world where most of the once great speaker companies are trading in
craftsmanship for mass production, PSB remains true to its founding principles.
PSB's Founder and Chief Designer, Paul Barton, carefully voices every speaker.
Barton has created a hierarchy of speaker attributes informed by years of
experience combined with scientific experiments at Canada's renowned National
Research Council. These experiments tested hundreds of individuals in
double-blind screen listening sessions to determine what speaker attributes make
the most life–like listening experience. PSB has embraced this research and used
it to create the most critically acclaimed speaker brand on the market