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PSB Imagine XC

Centre channel speaker

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Overview

Our take on the PSB Imagine XC

PSB's Imagine XC center channel serves up natural, dynamic sound that'll make it the star performer in your home theater speaker system. The Imagine line borrows driver technologies developed for PSB's sophisticated top-tier Synchrony speakers, giving you high-end sound at a budget-friendly price. The Imagine XC also features clean lines and a slim cabinet design that won't clutter up your listening room.

Clear dialogue and lifelike special effects

PSB's Imagine XC center channel serves up natural, dynamic sound that'll make it the star performer in your home theater speaker system. The Imagine line borrows driver technologies developed for PSB's sophisticated top-tier Synchrony speakers, giving you high-end sound at a budget-friendly price. The Imagine XC also features clean lines and a slim cabinet design that won't clutter up your listening room.

Advanced drivers for clean, well-balanced sound

The Imagine XC features a 1" titanium dome tweeter that effortlessly dishes out smooth, uncolored highs. Its two 5-1/4" woofers use an advanced clay/ceramic-filled polypropylene cone design. This stiff, lightweight material helps them deliver midrange that's clean and balanced, with surprisingly deep bass. It all adds up to distinct movie dialogue and impact-rich special effects that'll draw you into the on-screen action.

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 50-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended power: 20-150 watts
  • 1" titanium dome tweeter with neodymium magnet
  • dual 5-1/4" clay ceramic-filled polypropylene woofers
  • bass reflex (ported) design
  • gold-plated 5-way binding posts
  • black ash vinyl finish
  • 19-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 11-1/8"D
  • weight: 19.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Center-channel loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • 4 Rubber feet
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card

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OMG! That NRC really shows when listening to these speakers. The Mike Jordan of surround sound!

Jason, Orlando, FL

Reviews

PSB Imagine XC Reviews

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(14 Reviews)

PSB Imagine XC

Anonymous from Hilton Head, SC on 6/11/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had an older model PSB center channel that just didn't reproduce dialogue very well any more, and my Yamaha receiver set up noted it was undersized. So after consulting with an outstanding Crutchfield representative, I made the purchase to upgrade. Right out of the box there is an incredible improvement when watching cable, streaming and blue ray dvd:s. Service was great, and delivery was easy to track. And, I got a nice handwritten note from someone in the order dept. Happy in Hilton Head.

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Great Sound!

Jason from Orlando, FL on 5/9/2018

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OMG! That NRC really shows when listening to these speakers. The Mike Jordan of surround sound!

Pros: Great sound! Music and Movies!

Cons: Small sound field if speakers are placed close together.

PSB Imagine XC

Anonymous from Milton, WA on 3/1/2018

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Needed a center channel for my PSB T-6 front speakers and it fit into my system perfectly. Voices are now much clearer.

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PSB Imagine XC

Anonymous from New Bern, NC on 12/8/2017

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Open box. Nothing missing. No problems. Blends surprisingly well with my Linn Tukans.

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PSB Imagine XC

Robert from Olympia, WA on 8/12/2017

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I was aggravated that the dialog from my old center speaker was not clear on some movies. I had a pair of old PSB Image B6 front speakers on hand from a sale, so I got the PSB Imagine XC to match them. I am very pleased with the clarity of the XC.

Pros: clear dialog

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PSB upgrade, all smiles !!

Anonymous from Palm Bay, FL on 12/5/2016

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Great addition to my X2T towers. I said it before and I'll say it again. Simply great sound !! I will continue upgrading with PSB speakers. No sense in getting technical about it. You will love these speakers !

Pros: Nice sound stage. Good looking speaker. Affordable. Doe's not require serious power to perform.

Cons: none noted !!

Good Buy

Michael N from Charlotte, NC on 6/6/2016

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The PSB Imagine XC Center channel speaker is a great addition to my current setup with PSB's X2T as fronts and a Martin Logan Sub Dynamo 700w. I bought this center channel speaker to enhance the audio for movies. It seems to do well with dialogue imaging and clarity.

Pros: Good imaging and clarity.

Cons: Could have been smaller.

Couldn't Be Happier

DaveR from Ohio on 8/6/2015

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I am definitely not an audio expert but I was looking for the best sound on a tight budget. I think I got even more than I ever expected with the XC. I can now clearly hear voices on every show I watch without having to turn the center channel way up. Movies are an entirely new experience with the clearness/sharpness of the vocals. Music is crystal clear and packs a lot of punch now. I usually had my receiver on a certain volume setting for whatever I was doing (TV, movie, music, etc) I've noticed so much better sound at a much lower level of volume and when you really crank it up it only gets better! I do have to add how great it was to deal with Crutchfield on this purchase. I called in this order due to a few questions I had and I cannot tell you how friendly and helpful their team was to me during my order. The speaker was at my door within 2 business days and I received multiple emails with details every step of the way. These guys/gals get it right Every Time! Honestly could not be any happier with this purchase!

Pros: Crystal clear voices at much lower volume levels Great quality on finish and build - really feels solid Truly awesome performance at reasonable price

Cons: Still have not found any

Good speaker for the price

Texan from Texas on 8/3/2015

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Coming from a 2.1 setup this center channel makes the dialogue much easier to understand in movies. It doesn't quite have the deep sound of the Definitive Technologies speakers which adds to the movie effects IMO. Still an excellent speaker for the price.

Pros: Clear voice dialogue

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First Home theatre

First purchase from Frisco TX on 6/30/2015

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Great Sound.

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PSB XC Center

DickS. from Bedminster, New Jersey on 5/4/2015

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Great build quality. Dialogue is especially clear and natural. You can pay a lot more and get a lot less- an excellent value! A really great purchase for both movies and tv. I'm always wary of ported speakers should the speaker be placed close to a wall, but this is not the case here; no adverse effects at all.

Pros: Excellent build Superior sound quality, especially for the price Even if you have a "higher end" center channel, this could still be an upgrade!

Cons: The binding post ends apparently do not accept banana plugs, which have to be screwed in, a disappointment.

PSB Imafine XC

WW from Palm Harbor, FL on 12/28/2014

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When I decided to upgrade from 2.0 to 5.1 configuration this PSB Imagine XC was a natural choice to match the sound and looks of my PSB Image T6 towers. I am not disappointed. Center channel sounds great and provides higher level of detail to movie dialogues. The instruments playing in center channel of 5.1 music mixes are rendered with realism I did not experience when using phantom center channel before getting this speaker. I bought it as "open box" with 10% discount but the package and speaker itself looked like new, so I am glad I saved some money.

Pros: Great sound.

Cons: Quite expensive in comparison to large tower speakers from the same speaker line (I noticed this to most center channel speakers from other manufacturers also).

PSB Imagine XC

Joe M from Jupiter, FL on 12/12/2014

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I just got this as a replacement center channel speaker. I currently have a Yamaha VR 375 receiver, PSB Image T5's left and right, PSB Imagine XC center, and two SVS SB-2000 subwoofers. This speaker is replacing a PSB C4 center channel speaker that I got half off on Crutchfield back in July. I felt that a larger center channel would up the performance of my system. I decided on the PSB Imagine XC as I felt it would most closely match my T5's now that the C5 has been discontinued. After switching out the two speakers and re-running the YPAO calibration on my receiver, I noticed an immediate difference in clarity and realism of the center channel, particularly in voices. Things like glass breaking and whispers seem a lot more detailed also. It also seems that I don't have to turn up the volume as high to get really clear dialogue. I couldn't be happier.

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JArias from Austin, TX on 11/12/2014

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I upgraded my front 2 speakers to image t5 towers. My old nht center didn't quite match up. The staging was there, but when sound would pan, it tended to get too trebly. The Yellow cones on the towers looked so good, I figured I probably needed to match them across the front. I ordered the center as an open box item and received it quickly. Set up was a snap, re ran audessy and good to go. Amazing sound. I guess what I like most about this Center is the amount of kick and mid Bass it provides. That, as well as with the other towers, the highs are incredible. Can play at high volumes without sounding tinny or Sharp on the ears. A definite upgrade from nht, which in their own right have always sounded good. Psb is simply better and more pleasing to my ears.

Pros: Great staging, clarity, power handling. Mid Bass will surprise you

Cons: None, as long as you are using other psb speakers

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) N/A
Woofer size (inches) 5-1/4
Connector Type 5-way post
Power Range 20-150
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 50-23k Hz
Height (inches) 6-3/4
Width (inches) 19-1/8
Depth (inches) 11-1/16
Weight 19.8 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research

Features

2-Way Center-Channel Loudspeaker: The PSB Imagine XC is an attractive compact two-way center-channel loudspeaker featuring a 1" titanium dome tweeter flanked by two 5.25" injection-molded, clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene woofers.

  • 1" Tweeter: The PSB Imagine XC features a 1" titanium dome tweeter with ferrofluid and a neodymium magnet structure for extended high frequency response that remains distortion free even at extreme volume levels.
  • 5.25" Woofers: The PSB Imagine XC houses two 5.25" injection-molded clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene cone woofers with rubber surround that have been refined to improve stiffness, internal damping, and low mass. By optimizing the control and performance, the PSB engineering team was able to reduce the complexity of the crossover design.

Bass Reflex Cabinet: The PSB XC center-channel loudspeaker's critically tuned cabinet employs a rear-facing port for high sensitivity and extended bass response. A black ash wood-grain finish complements the slim cabinet to integrate seamlessly with almost any decor. A detachable cloth grille is also included.

NRC (Nation Research Council): Through many years of research at the National Research Council (NRC) in Canada, home to one of the world's most advanced acoustical laboratories, PSB's design team has learned not only what people love to hear, but also how they hear it in a room. Critical to the Imagine X series design is this research into human perception of sound using double-blind listening tests. Double-blind testing removes any listener bias to give us the most accurate test result. It allows PSB to understand what is most important to listeners and allows us to create the ideal blend of performance and price for every application. In 1974, PSB was the first company to use the NRC for loudspeaker development and remains the most active user of the facility today. PSB's experience with the NRC, how they interpret the data and implement it into the design of the Imagine X series speakers, gives PSB a real advantage in speaker design.

Mounting Options: The PSB XC center-channel loudspeaker comes with four self-adhesive rubber feet to protect your AV furniture, stand, or shelf. The rubber feet add 0.1875" to the height of the speaker. There are no threaded inserts, key-hole slots, or integrated bracket on the back of the speaker to mount it to a wall.

Applications: All PSB's Imagine X series speakers are carefully matched in timbre, giving you flexibility to combine any of the models to work together in many different rooms and system setups. The PSB Imagine XC can be used as a center-channel speaker in a 5.1 or 7.1 channel home theater system.

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