|PSB Image 5.1 Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Matthew Evert|
|Saturday, 01 October 2005|
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Most of my issues with these speakers are some commonsense matters. It makes no sense to me why there are no wall or stand-mounting options for the C60 center channel. There is also very poor clearance for the binding posts on the surrounds and the center. If your intent is to wall-mount these, non-terminated smaller gauge wire may be your only option. The T65s are bi-wire capable, with two sets of posts, but the center and surrounds are not. This is undoubtedly due to the cost of the speakers, yet I feel they could benefit from the addition. The terminal lugs on the T65s are not on par with the performance of the speaker. They are very difficult to use with large spades and do not accept the large-size banana plugs.
It would be nice if they offered a dark wood (like rosewood) finish for the speakers, and offered each finish for all the speakers, instead of just the T65s. Maple was available for the T65s, but not for the C60 or the other speakers. The bass impact was below average from the T65s for music listening, in my opinion. With the SubSeries 6i in the system, the deep bass was more evident, yet still weaker in overall punch than other systems I have evaluated in this price range.
Having listened to many similar speaker systems in this price range, I am very impressed with the value of the Image Series PSBs. There is amazing high-frequency reproduction and it never sounded harsh to my ears. This is unusual for this class of speaker. Throughout the frequency range, I felt the sound was consistently precise and lush. This speaker system does image well and creates a wide soundstage. Although I did feel that the system leaned towards the laid-back side of the presentation scale, many ears may actually prefer this. The deep bass issues that I discussed earlier may be resolved to a degree by adding another subwoofer, at least for movies. The PSB Image Series speakers have delivered on their promise for a precise and dynamic-sounding system at an excellent value and have raised the bar for the competition.