With a response down to 55Hz both on and off axis, the specs on the PSB Imagine mini speakers (a speaker so small, it doesn't even get a capital letter) are almost too good to be believed. They utilize a 4" Clay/Ceramic filled Polypropylene Cone woofer and a 1" Titanium Dome tweeter. The speakers present an 8 ohms nominal, 6 ohm minimum load which should be no problem for any amp on the market these days. At 5.75” wide x 9.25” high x 8.3” deep and weighing 6.5 lbs, the PSB Imagine mini speaker should fit into nearly any environment. The question is whether your budget can fit these $760 a pair mini speakers.
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I've thought about getting these for a desktop set-up but they are expensive for small bookshelf speakers. The rear port for bass may present some difficulties as well when setting them up on a desk. One thing I am curious about is that the specification states that input power is from 10 to 80 watts and program is 80 watts. I'm not sure what program watts means.
Mac Mini (as server) -> Squeezebox Touch, AE express->Cambridge Dacmagic Plus -> Outlaw RR2150 Stereo Receiver->PSB Image T^6 (dedicated 2 channel system)
Mac Mini -> NAD T747 -> PSB Imagine B, Samsung UN46EH6000, Panasonic dmp-bdt220 (home theater family room)
Macbook-> audio gd fun "b" dac/headphone amp -> audioengine N-22 amplifier -> audioengine P-4 speakers/Energy ESW-M8 sub/Beyerdynamic DT 880 (home office)
I got an early demo pair of the Minis from Saturday Audio Exchange in Chicago, and I love them. They're worth every penny. I have them installed in my kitchen, where I end up listening to most of my music anyway, and am driving them with an NAD 326bee. (My living room setup has the PSB Imagine Ts and NAD 375bee. Love that too.)
The bass is amazing for speakers this size, and the midrange, in true PSB style, absolutely sings and lacks the fatigue I feel with my Paradigm Studio 10s (which, to be honest, are punchier on bass and treble.)
If you can afford them and need small speakers for a specialized application, you won't be disappointed.
They measure extremelry well as shown below
The Imagine Mini’s listening- window response (a five-point average of axial and +/–15-degree horizontal and vertical responses) measures +0.93/–1.19 decibels from 200 hertz to 10 kilohertz. An average of axial and +/–15-degree horizontal responses measures +1.40/–1.38 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. The –3-dB point is at 80 Hz, and the –6-dB point is at 71 Hz. Impedance reaches a minimum of 4.03 ohms at 284 Hz and a phase angle of –61.64 degrees at 132 Hz.