Monitor Audio Loudspeaker PL200 II (Pair)

PL200 II

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It’s unlikely you’ll discover a more persuasive speaker than the PL100 II in its price class, but compare the floor-standing PL200 II with its smaller sibling and immediately you’ll notice the effect of four drivers in a larger cabinet. Such is the quality of Platinum II’s engineering that the character of the sound remains powerfully consistent and expressive, but with the addition of a second 6.5” RDT®II driver, the PL200 II’s bass has more weight, while its dedicated 4” RDT II midrange driver brings further definition to vocals and strings. Through the PL200 II, subtle textures are more vividly described and every note rendered with greater authority. It’s a factor of scale. Platinum II’s class-leading accuracy is a given, you simply need to match it with the size of your room.

TECHNOLOGY

  • 2 x 6 1/2" RDT®II long throw bass drivers
  • 4" RDT II mid-range driver
  • MPD (Micro Pleated Diaphragm) high frequency transducer designed specifically for Platinum II
  • 2 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 - 4 Driver
Frequency Response (-6dB - IEC 268-13) 35Hz - 100kHz
Sensitivity (1W@1M) 90dB
Maximum S.P.L. 117dBA (pair)
Nominal Impedance 4Ω (4.0Ω min. @ 135Hz)
Power Handling (RMS) 250W
Recommended Amplifier Requirements (RMS) 100 - 250W
Cabinet Design Two HiVe®II ports Sealed mid-range TLE enclosure
Drive Unit Compliment 2 x 61/2" RDT®II long-throw bass drivers 1 x 4" RDT II mid-range driver 1 x MPD high frequency transducer
Crossover Frequency MF/HF: 3.9kHz LF/MF: 750Hz
External Dimensions (Inc. plinth) (H x W x D) 998 x 360 x 375mm (395/16 x 143/16 x 143/4”)
External Dimensions (Inc. feet & spikes) (H x W x D) 1043 x 360 x 375mm (411/16 x 143/16 x 143/4”)
Weight (each) 36.08kg (79lb 6oz)

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