Platinum is Monitor Audio's flagship range, a culmination of many years of research and development by Technical Director Dean Hartley and his team. It's the result of 'blue-sky' thinking in driver and cabinet construction involving radical new materials, processes and designs. For Platinum, the challenge was to introduce genuinely esoteric yet affordable performance and quality to the loudspeaker market; and to achieve the most natural sound possible by focusing on each and every design detail. Supremely esoteric in nature, the range sets new standards of aesthetic quality and performance in its class.
Platinum's innovatively shaped and braced cabinets are finished in a choice of lustrous black lacquer, exotic Santos Rosewood and Ebony natural wood veneers. These are hand-selected, matched and coated with eleven layers of clear gloss piano lacquer. The front baffles are upholstered in Strathspey leather and loaded with custom-developed drive units including a Ceramic Coated Aluminium/Magnesium (C-CAM®) ribbon high frequency transducer. With a mass of just 18mg, the ribbon diaphragm has a very fast transient response and exhibits extremely low distortion. These characteristics coupled with a useable frequency range to 100 kHz allow it to capture the leading edges and natural decay of the most complex musical sounds and their harmonics. The Platinum C-CAM bass/mid-range drivers employ Rigid Diaphragm Technology (RDT) in which a core of honeycomb Nomex material is sandwiched by ultra-thin skins of C-CAM, creating a structure which is extremely light but more rigid than a steel plate. Key design elements such as the baffles, plinths, and the mid-range housings are cast from Anti-Resonance Composite (ARC®) material: a thermo-set polymer loaded with minerals to provide very inert, optimally damped components.
Our ambition for Platinum demanded an utterly purist mentality, the development of new materials and proprietary structures, exhaustive anechoic testing and plenty of good old-fashioned listening. Every component part for each of the seven Platinum models is produced to exacting standards and carefully assembled by a small team of technicians. The Platinum series represents the epitome of British craftsmanship and quality, and demonstrates Monitor Audio's devotion to music and film sound reproduction.
22 June, 2012
"...this speaker shines and with good recordings it truly sings out..."
30 July, 2010
Can the PL200 AV system stand tall against its big brother? What Hi-Fi? decide.
14 May, 2010
The Platinum PLW-15 subwoofer creates a seismic result...
12 March, 2010
Americas leading Hi-Fi magazine puts the PL200s to the test...
08 February, 2010
Does the new PL200 live up to the success of its multi-award winning range mates?...
01 December, 2009
Bonhams auction unique PL300s for charity...
PL100 " Highly Commended" by Hi-Fi News
In the new 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”.
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"
"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..."
'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."
PL200 AV 5.1 system shows what high end audio is all about
"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."
"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."
Please note: All finishes may not be available on all products in the range.