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Audiophilia

PL200

June 2013

Platinum PL200 Review by Audiophilia

"We are proud to award the Monitor Audio Platinum PL200 Loudspeakers an Audiophilia Star Component Award. Congratulations!"

"I recalled a classic quote from Oscar Wilde: ‘I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.’"

"The lifelike soundstage (Carnegie Hall!) revealed by the PL200s was exceptional."

"Wow! The PL200s could really handle high volume."

"By digging for gold, I hit platinum with the Monitor Audio PL200 speakers. With such extraordinary performance ... the PL200s are competitive with speakers that cost much more. And, the PL200s offer an additional unexpected plus: When the volume is low, the sound quality is still outstanding."

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Hi-Fi News Magazine

PL100

August 2012

PL100 " Highly Commended" by Hi-Fi News

In the August Issue of Hi Fi News, John Bamford, a lifelong HI-FI enthusiast and a respected audio reviewer for the publication writes a detailed three page analysis on the flagship Platinum Range's PL100s.

Proudly Awarding a ‘Highly Commended’ badge he says “something of an audio steal for enthusiasts looking for a high resolution monitor…A gem”.

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What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

PL300

September 2009

PL300AV system

What Hi-fi were blown away when they put the PL300AV to the test '...simply put, the PL300AV is a truly fabulous surround system, one of the best we've ever tried.'

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Hi-Fi World Magazine

PL100

May 2008

Platinum Asset

David Price auditions one of Monitor Audio's most impressive compact loudspeakers...
'...whereas the company in recent years has done very well built-to-a-price products, the PL100 (and its PL300 bigger brother) offer just plain beautiful construction (think Volkswagen, then Bentley) ...the sense of space that those tweeters confer is enrapturing,  and a joy to behold...vocals were smooth, delicately etched and superbly projected into the room  - the MAs imaging with joyful abandon, sounding unfettered and out of the box...'

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Gramophone

PL100

November 2008

Compact speakers with a big, generous sound

"They're not sweet, they're not rich - they're just neutral, and very revealing...These are speakers with real speed and attack...as impressive is the way they give a fine impression of the scale of large musical forces..."

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Home Cinema Choice

PL200

August 2010

PL200 AV 5.1 system shows what high end audio is all about

Home cinema choice was thoroughly impressed with PL200, Awarding them 'Reference status'; 

"I reckon we have another reference grade set on our hands here. A 5.1 system of true class"

"...while they add fabulous detail and edge, as well as incredible staging and placement to the system, they still allow truly offensive levels to be raised. I love them to bits and found that they also have a terrific linear response, which means they work just as sweetly at low levels and with music."

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What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

PL200

August 2010

'Baby' Monitor makes it big time

"Beautiful build and finish; fabulous cohesion and clarity; genuine scale and drive; agile, expressive stereo presentation...Exceptional in every sense."

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Hi-Fi News Magazine

PL200

December 2009

Platinum Sounds

'Unashamedly luxurious with a high price to match, the PL200 nevertheless represents fine value given the immaculate finish and attention to detail...it delivers explicit, full-range sound in abundance and thus comes heartily commended.'

Awarded Editors Choice

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Hi-Fi Choice Magazine

PL200

March 2010

Room Sound

Awarded 'Editors choice';

"This top quality speaker features a cunningly shaped enclosure dressed in top quality veneer. Exceptional mid and treble voicing gives an open and neutral character."

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Hi-Fi World Magazine

PL200

April 2010

Tower Shock

"For sheer insight, breath-taking dynamics, razor-sharp imaging, glorious stage depth and deep thunderous bass they excel, managing to blend these elements into a sound with astonishing presence in the room."

Stereophile Magazine

PL200

February 2011

Going Platinum

"The impeccably finished PL200 offers a balanced performance from top to bottom...Through the PL200's I heard details of orchestration that simply had not been apparent before...When it came to transparency-the PL200 once again performed like a champ..."

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

PL300

March 2008

Platinum PL300

'...the PL300 are some of the best speakers we've heard. The sound is simple to sum up: it's transparent and massively detailed...'

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Hi-Fi Choice Magazine

PL300

December 2007

Aiming High - PL300

'...here's a new departure for Monitor Audio - an unashamedly luxurious, technically ambitious loudspeaker...where decisions about material and construction techniques have been made with a purist focus, and largely without regard to cost or technical difficulty...the standard of fit and finish is nothing less than exquisite...the sounds of individual instruments are particularly well served...the effect is nothing short of breathtaking, providing some real spine-tingling moments, in a way that you often hear in a live music event, but rarely encounter in the reproduced article... 5k for a pair of speakers of this complexity, build quality and, above all, musical performance is far from extravagant.'

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AREADVD (German Webzine)

PL300

October 2007

Platinum 5.0 Surround System - reaching for the stars

"Need a massage for your eardrums? The new Monitor Audio Platinum series will spoil the auditory canals in a very special way thanks to its excellent sound characteristics. The surround presentations give you such a goose bump feeling, which is only possible with absolutely exceptional  systems. The excellent tuning between the front and centre speakers supplement themselves in the multi-channel operation to  an unbeatable, harmonising team and increase the listening pleasure...whoever would like to reach for the stars in their home cinema should  make a listening appointment at the MA Platinum."

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Audio Video Magazine (Russia)

PL300

July 2007

Precision accuracy: The PLATINUM PL300

"...however, the PL300 has a hugely optimistic middle range and unbelievable treble, because of the successful design of the tweeters. In this case, there is none of the expensive brightness of modern recordings or the “sand” of old recordings...choose a suitable environment and do some work on the room, and you will then have what some companies’ advertisements call “the ultimate purchase!"

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Hi-Fi World Magazine

PL300

June 2007

Heavy Mettle

"The PL300 has the feeling of being able to travel endlessly downward with nonchalant ease...bass lines strode along with muscular grip...paired with the right ancillaries this big beast sounds breathtakingly fast, dynamic and clear...the engineering is both unique and impressive...the PL300's bring life to music and can be overwhelmingly enjoyable."

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Home Cinema Choice

PL200

May 2011

PL200 AV 5.1 system 'Best speaker system over £5,000'

"If you're speccing a high-end cinema room, you can't afford to ignore it"

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User reviews

hesam sadat Monitor Audio UK

PL100

June 2015

High end not in finishing but also in sound. Heaven sound with platinum subwoofer and pl100. Very difficult to find similar sound and built in near of this price.

I've paired it with musical fidelity A1008 amplifier and Vincent tube cd player, a must be heard sound...

Thanks to monitor audio

David Ferebee Monitor Audio UK

PL300

January 2015

Get Out Of The Way Wilson, Dynaudio, B&W, and Others

I am always looking to improve everything about my sound system including the speakers and have auditioned brands costing 3 times as much as my PL300s and simply cannot find anything I like better!

Carl Monitor Audio UK

PL InWall

January 2015

In the interest of full disclosure please note the following: I work in the AV industry and sell MA product.

Being lucky enough to work on the AV retail industry I have had the opportunity to build a bespoke home cinema room and will soon be building a second at a new property. I decided much to my wife's pleasure to go for a clean modern look to the room and use the PL in walls for LCR channels. At the time it was purely for the aesthetics but I can honestly say that on completion I was over the moon with the sound quality and after a year of use It still confuses me that something just 4" deep can produce such sound. Hats off to the guys at MA for creating such a product and I will be definitely be using the same in my new house.

We do not sell many of these speakers which is why I felt they needed some sort of review because if you are building a home cinema and require a discreet solution then I cannot think of anything better. Sure, they cost more than pretty much most other in wall speakers on the market but they really are that good!

Carl, AudiovisualOnline.

Luke Fehnert Monitor Audio UK

PL300

November 2013

I have owned these speakers for 2 years now and they sound better and better. I suggest you use a good powerful valve amp with them to bring out their best form.

Robert Lappin Monitor Audio UK

PL300

September 2013

Our rosewood PL300s look absolutely fantastic on our burgundy axe minster carpet and next to our solid red gum entertainment unit. Our PL300s are used as the sound for our internet services, 55 t.v., DVDs, vinyl recordings and CDs. Despite the massive mid and upper massive bass performance our ears tell us that its the PL300's brilliant tweeter and its precise mid-range that makes film, songs and voice so life-like. Sadly our listening room just isn't big enough to do full justice to the deepest bass notes; in our home they seem a little muted.

Manbat - AV Forums UK Monitor Audio UK

PL300

March 2013

Its alive - it really is. I have just enjoyed a rather sublime several weeks with the PL300s.
I can safely say that the PL300s are without a doubt marvelous speakers.
They bring out instruments in a three dimensional soundstage, revealing obvious differences and nuances that have not been heard before.

David Bowie - Sound and Vision - the rhythmic sound of the pss pss emanating from the front left speaker is like nothing I’ve heard before – its like the speaker is spitting at you (in a good way)

Angelique Kidjo – Voodoo Child from the album Oremi – is simply stunning. There are so many things going on in this recording and you hear them all. Little whispers are abound in the track – but now I hear them in places that I didn’t think were in the recording. This is one of my test tracks and having listened to this on systems costing several times the value of my own – I give the PL’s a standing ovation. I listened to this track recently on some B&W 802d's with very expensive mono-blocks, cables, CD player - the PL300s easily held their own and IMO outperformed the 802’s in detail and clarity.

Fink – Perfect Darkness – Again an array of detailed instruments with precise imaging.

Elbow - live DTS recording is again brilliant.

A selection of HD tracks in 24 bit 192 consisting of Jazz, classical and pop. The timbre of drums and vibration of strings is lovely – but what is also remarkably impressive is the ambience of the sound – the presence of music that you feel and sometimes makes the hair on the back of your head stand on end.

A selection of Linn SACD samplers – were superb.

Movies – I watched the three Dark Knight films in a row. Nearly 8 hours later there was no ear fatigue and I just kept creeping up the sound to thunderous levels and enjoyed it even more.

I can’t say a bad word about these speakers. They are simply brilliant and if you are considering do not forget to audition them...

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