The PSB Image B4 is a new addition to the re-engineered Image line. The B4 is the smallest model in the lineup at only 5.25 x 9.25 x 6.6 inches, and as such seems to be an ideal candidate for small rooms or for nearfield listening (e.g., desktop settings). The B4’s are priced at $299/pair, which makes them a reasonable step up from tiny self-powered desktop speakers. Some time ago we released a First Listen blog article on the B4’s, in which we discovered some real strengths in the small monitors, but also found them bass deficient, even in a small room, which led us to wonder how they would work with a subwoofer. Clever lads that we are, we asked Paul Barton, the head honcho of PSB, to recommend and send a matching subwoofer, which he graciously did. Paul recommended the SubSeries 1 ($399), a powered sub with an 8” driver in a medium sized (9.6 x 14.1 x 15.6 inches) cabinet.
Like all PSB speakers, the new Image designs benefit from the acoustical test facilities of Canada’s National Research Council (ever wonder why so many good and reasonably priced speakers come from Canada?). PSB uses NRC to conduct fundamental studies of loudspeakers and room acoustics in its anechoic chamber as well as doing observational evaluations in its listening-studio facilities. PSB’s research at the NRC included an extensive three-year development project for the firm’s critically acclaimed flagship Synchrony-series speakers, whose technology Paul Barton is now “trickling down” in the design of the Image Series.