- Written by Piero Gabucci
- Published on 01 April 2013
The PSB Imagine T2 Tower Speakers In Use
I opened this review with the fact that I so admired the Imagine Mini's that I immediately decided to keep them, regardless of not having any specific location in mind. What I heard from the opening note startled me, could these be playing with such power, dynamic range and finesse for such a small enclosure? If anything was lacking from the Mini it would probably be obvious that bass was shy. I don't mean there wasn't bass; it was incredible how much bass came from them. I mean deep bass, the kind you feel in your gut.
The T2 immediately to me solved that issue. In fact during my positioning, I actually played with the plugs in and out, one for each of the three ports. While I ended up with no plugs, the T2 impressed me first with the bass output. Running some test tones in the 25-30 Hz range gave me some indication that the T2 had some excellent bottom end.
Scrambling for material I ended up with an Usher sampler with bassist Gary Karr's rendition of O Holy Night. Powerful and emotional, the Imagine doesn't just offer the music but rather delivers a controlled presentation -palpable in the organic way a deep stringed instrument can sound.
That deep bass presentation is as important listening to both male and female vocals because it renders a voice richer and throatier. Listening to Kelly Joe Phelps, Tap the Red Cane Whirlwind is not only a beautifully played acoustic guitar piece which in itself is magical on the T2 tower, but also intimate and soulful. The PSB does a great job with his voice as it sounds natural and images perfectly. Although I did play this CD for the voice, the guitar sounds amazing and balanced with control and clarity.
I've been partial to choral church music especially played in grand cathedrals. I can't always attend such performances but English ensemble The Sixteen's recordings are gloriously spatial and rich. A Choral Pilgrimage is a collection of mostly 16th century secular music recorded at various English cathedrals over a year-long tour. I'm struck by the sense of space the T2 can extract from the recording; the weight and strength of the stone walls or the highs of the airy space. The voices are focused and delineated.
To hear the delicacy of the mid-range and tweeter, I played a Mozart Divertimento by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The string section is rendered by the T2 sweetly with no harshness or brightness. There is a warmth and softness to the ensemble that makes it easy to listen for hours without fatigue.
If you enjoy piano music, the T2 will delight you! A piano's tonal richness is probably one of the most difficult for speakers to reproduce harmonically. Sa Chen's Rachmaninov: 6 Etudes Tableaux; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; A Night on Bald Mountain SACD, is best known for her technical achievement which means the piano playing in itself is excellent for review material. Those short term transient notes are well delineated. Her piano is delicate, forceful and well-extended.