PSB Imagine XA Atmos Height Speakers
Dolby Atmos Loudspeaker: The Imagine XA is the first PSB speaker to be Dolby Atmos enabled. Specifically designed to be used as the "elevation" or "height" speaker in a Dolby Atmos system from 5.1.2 to 7.1.4 or higher, the Imagine XA creates a captivating layer of sound above the listener, and delivers the excitement of Dolby Atmos-encoded soundtracks with 3D realism. Immerse yourself in the multi-dimensional, sonic atmosphere created by the Imagine XA, and hear the lifelike detail of your favourite films as if you were truly there.
Dolby Atmos: Dolby Atmos takes surround sound to a completely new level, by adding the third dimension of height to the two dimensional front/back left/right 5.1 or 7.1 sound mix. In Dolby Atmos, the floor speakers create the sound "bed" and the Dolby Atmos Enabled elevation speakers are fed a separate, discrete signal to move "sound objects" around the room with pinpoint accuracy. The effect is totally convincing, and really elevates the home cinema experience to new heights.
5.1.2ch-to-7.1.4ch Configuration: To enter the world of Dolby Atmos you'll need to upgrade your sound system. You'll need to add the height information required via either two (2) or four (4) speakers (front and/ or rear Dolby enabled pairs), to create a 5.1.2/7.1.2 or 5.1.4/7.1.4 system. Of course, you'll also need a processor/receiver with the extra Dolby Atmos decoding, and additional amplifier channels.
Dolby Atmos Enabled Speakers: While four elevation speakers give the best result, you can get to about 85% of the effect with just two elevation speakers. For dedicated home theatres, discrete speakers mounted in the ceiling are the original system design intent. But Dolby recognised that this isn't always possible or practical, so they developed the Dolby Atmos Enabled Speaker specification. The Dolby Atmos Enabled Speaker (such as the PSB Imagine XA) works by creating "phantom ceiling speaker locations" by reflecting sound off the ceiling at a precise angle.
NRC (Nation Research Council): Working with Dolby, and using advanced acoustic research discovered at Canada's National Research Council, PSB crafted the Imagine XA with custom-designed vertically firing drivers that accurately reflect sound off of your ceiling. The Imagine XA's frequency response and directivity pattern have been specifically engineered to meet Dolby's Atmos specs.
Two-Way Driver Design: The PSB Imagine XA utilises a two-way driver design with a 1" titanium dome tweeter, 4" injection-moulded, clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene woofer, an advanced crossover, and a distinctive wave-guide grille. It's been designed sonically to integrate with other Imagine X Series speakers.
1" Titanium Dome Tweeter: The PSB Imagine XA 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.
4" Clay/Ceramic Reinforced Polypropylene Woofer: The PSB Imagine XA houses one 4" injection-moulded clay/ceramic reinforced polypropylene cone woofer with rubber surround that have been refined to improve stiffness, internal damping, and low mass.
Advanced Crossover & Wave-Guide Grille: The loudspeakers advanced crossover design and distinctive wave-guide grille dial the Imagine XA precisely into the Dolby Atmos target function specification.
Acoustic Suspension Cabinet: The PSB XA Dolby Atmos enabled loudspeaker utilizes a critically tuned acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinet. A black ash wood-grain finish complements the compact cabinet to integrate seamlessly with your other PSB Imagine X series speakers and almost any decor. Detachable cloth grilles are also included.
5-Way Binding Posts: The PSB XA Dolby Atmos enabled loudspeaker is fitted with 5-way binding post terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single or dual).
Mounting Options: The Imagine XA is designed to fit perfectly on top of PSB's Imagine X floor-standing and bookshelf speakers (sold separately), creating an integrated one-piece look for your home theatre system. The Imagine XA is also well suited to be used on top of any other quality speaker brand, or wall-mounted (bracket included) as stand-alone Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers in a 5.1.2, 7.1.4 or higher Dolby Atmos system. The PSB Imagine XA Dolby Atmos enabled speaker should be positioned at least 920mm off the floor and are no higher than 1220mm.
Canada is almost as far away from New Zealand as you can get, but it seems we are close on more than just stunning scenery and a large neighbour.
We also appear to share similar tastes in a great sounding loudspeakers. For over 30-years Canadian speakers have been popular addition to New Zealand homes. The Canadian sound differs from USA and UK markets, with their scientific approach being woven into the DNA of their products for the last 4 decades.
Perhaps inspired by nature, science or both, PSB are among the most awarded and reviewed Canadian loudspeaker companies.
THE “NATURAL AND OPEN” CANADIAN SOUND: INSPIRED BY NATURE
In 1974, Paul met Dr. Floyd Toole, a world renowned psychoacoustician at the NRC, who conducted numerous studies to understand how sounds were interpreted by the human sense of hearing at both the psychological and physiological levels. To Paul, who had devoted much of his childhood to become an accomplished violinist, it was a “Eureka” moment. He had long puzzled over how to consistently reproduce on a set of speakers the unique timbres of different violins exactly as they would sound to him when he played them.
What Paul immediately recognised upon listening to Dr. Toole describe his research was that his findings gave him the formula he needed to design speakers that to the human sense of hearing, would be perceived as organic sounding.
In Dr. Toole, Paul found a lifelong friend and peer who would influence him and whom he influenced, all in the pursuit of a way to reproduce sounds that listeners would perceive as equivalent to that which was real, alive, and natural.