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PSB Imagine X2T review: Huge speakers sound great all-around

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The Good The PSB Imagine X2T belts out room-filling, dynamic sound that can also be subtle, natural and finely detailed. This large three-way speaker has a 1-inch titanium dome tweeter, 5.25-inch midrange, and dual 6.5-inch woofers. Its build quality feels super solid, and the dual front bass ports make the speaker easier to place than rear ported models.

The Bad It's really big and thus not sonically suited to smaller rooms.

The Bottom Line The PSB Imagine X2T delivers big speaker sound, ideal for full-throttle home-theater thrills, without sacrificing refinement when reproducing music.

8.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Sound 8
  • Value 8

While soundbars and "style" systems are popular in modern living spaces they simply cannot convey the full impact demanded of today's movie soundtracks and music. If you want a big sound for a big room, your best bet is floor-standing speakers.

The PSB Imagine X2T is the upgrade to the PSB Image T6, which was CNET's high-end benchmark speaker. So it has some big, spiked shoes to fill.

While we were vaguely disappointed with the cheaper PSB X1T speakers, we are happy to report that the X2Ts are every bit as good as their predecessors. These speakers are big in both physical size and in the amount of sonic power they can deal out.

And despite prodigious amounts of bass, they can also coax intimate performances out of the softest music. While the Pioneer Elite SP-EFS73 also offers impressive performance for the same money, the PSB is a better rocker.

The PSB X2T retails for $649 per speaker ($1,298 a pair), while in Australia they retail for AU$2,399 a pair. (We were unable to determine availability and pricing in the UK at this time, but we will update this review once that information is made available.)

Design and features

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Standing 3 foot 4 inches, the X2Ts are very large speakers. Having hauled them onto a chest-high table for these photos, we can confirm they are also heavy, at 52 pounds apiece.

The impression of size is magnified by the 9-inch wide fascia brimming with drivers. These sound cannons, finished in black ash, feature four drivers in all.

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This three-way speaker uses a 5.25-inch midrange driver constructed of injection-molded poly-filled carbon fiber, alongside a 1-inch titanium dome tweeter. There's also a pair of 6.5-inch bass drivers composed of a ceramic/polypropylene hybrid. The X2T has a higher crossover frequency than the X1T -- 2,200Hz versus 1,800Hz -- and the two X2T drivers come in their own tuned enclosure for better separation.

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