Monitor Audio Loudspeaker PL500 II(Pair)

PL500 II

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Measured against its peers, there is no finer audio ambassador than the majestic PL500 II. Here you’ll discover the essence of Platinum II engineering: silken layers of the finest high frequency definition suspended on an explicit midrange, seamlessly underpinned by a deep, clean and responsive bass foundation. More than ever the sound has a physical authority, conveying the ‘live’ character of instruments, voices and atmospheres as if they had materialised three-dimensionally in the air around you. This is fidelity in the raw, magnificent in stature, seductive for its rhythmic subtlety and utterly captivating in the sheer magnitude of its dynamic impact. Our most sophisticated system of no fewer than four 8” RDT®II bass drivers, twin 4” RDT II midrange transducers and MPD tweeter will render the entire harmonic sweep of every work with pin sharp timing and accuracy. Your music and film sound alive, immersive and uncompromised.

TECHNOLOGY

  • 4 x 8" RDT®II long throw bass drivers
  • 2 x 4" RDT II mid-range drivers
  • MPD (Micro Pleated Diaphragm) high frequency transducer designed specifically for Platinum II
  • 4 x HiVe®II ports
  • New patented 'DCF' (Dynamic Coupling Filter) mechanism for more natural sound
  • Bespoke speaker terminals and footings
  • Underhung, edge-wound voice coils: greater driver efficiency and lifelike dynamics, less distortion
  • Bolt through drivers: clearer sound and cleaner aesthetics
  • Anti-Resonance Composite (ARC) mid-range housings and baffle components: reduced cabinet vibration, purer sound quality
  • TLE (Tapered Line Enclosure) sealed internal enclosure for mid-range drivers: greater sound accuracy and reduced cabinet vibration
  • Hand-upholstered front baffle: the very highest quality Inglestone leather supplied by Andrew Muirhead
  • Individual driver grilles
  • Finish options: Santos Rosewood or Ebony natural wood veneers with clear gloss piano lacquer, or Piano black gloss lacquer

BESPOKE TERMINALS
Platinum II’s terminal design is precision milled from solid copper with Rhodium plated conductor parts. Rhodium has been selected for its excellent electrical conductivity and resistance to oxidisation. Terminals are designed to accept a spade, 4mm banana plug or bare wire, up to 4mm in diameter (7AWG).

DCF (DYNAMIC COUPLING FILTER)
A new innovation in every driver replaces the usual rigid coupling of driver and voice coil with a pliable one. This ‘Dynamic Coupling Filter’ is a nylon ring ingeniously calibrated to be rigid up to the crossover frequency, and to act like a spring above it. In so doing the DCF helps to dampen surplus high frequency energy produced by the driver. It’s also perforated to encourage voice coil cooling and release air pressure from behind the cone for maximum driver efficiency. Result: more natural sound.

MPD (MICRO PLEATED DIAPHRAGM) HIGH FREQUENCY TRANSDUCER
Developed over many months of intensive testing and listening, the MPD High Frequency Transducer is a landmark achievement by the engineering team for Platinum II. It represents an imaginative re-working of an existing technology, transforming a successful idea into an audiophile super-driver, having greater accuracy and efficiency than ever before. Using a new, proprietary low-mass pleated diaphragm with a surface area eight times larger than that of a traditional dome tweeter, the MPD transducer works like a super-fast accordion by rapidly squeezing the pleats to produce a smooth, wide, naturally fast response up to 100kHz. As a result it sounds more lifelike, releasing the high harmonic spectrum of every note without the distortion that blurs definition.

RDT®II (RIGID DIAPHRAGM TECHNOLOGY 2ND GENERATION)
A composite ‘sandwich’ structure made from ultra-thin low mass skins, bonded to a honeycomb Nomex® core material. It is very light and very strong, meaning that it can respond with great speed without bending - just like a perfect piston. RDT II uses C-CAM® for the front skin, while the rear skin is made from a woven carbon fibre material. We discovered that the new structure reduces distortion by over 8dB above 300Hz, which makes RDT II the lowest distortion cone technology in Monitor Audio’s history.

TLE (TAPERED LINE ENCLOSURE)
The tapered and sealed internal enclosure for Platinum II’s mid-range drivers is cast from ARC material and designed to stop the formation of standing waves (internal sound wave reflections) in the cabinet. Result: greater midrange accuracy and reduced cabinet vibration for more accurate sound.

Feature
System Format 3 Way - 7 Driver
Frequency Response (-6dB - IEC 268-13) 22Hz - 100kHz
Sensitivity (1W@1M) 91dB
Maximum S.P.L. 120dBA (pair)
Nominal Impedance 4Ω (4.2Ω min. @ 120Hz)
Power Handling (RMS) 400W
Recommended Amplifier Requirements (RMS) 150 - 400W
Cabinet Design Four HiVe®II ports Sealed mid-range TLE enclosure
Drive Unit Compliment 4 x 8" RDT®II long-throw bass drivers 2 x 4" RDT II mid-range driver 1 x MPD high frequency transducer
Crossover Frequency MF/HF: 3.6kHz LF/MF: 460Hz
External Dimensions (Inc. plinth) (H x W x D) 1803 x 504 x 626mm (71 x 1913/16 x 245/8”)
External Dimensions (Inc. feet & spikes) (H x W x D) 1848 x 504 x 626mm (723/4 x 1913/16 x 245/8”)
Weight (each) 99.1kg (218lb)

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