The latest addition to Monitor Audio's flagship Platinum range is a compact version of the universally acclaimed PL300 loudspeaker, designed for an even broader range of environments. In a skilful re-sizing of the PL300 (the PL200 occupies approximately 1/3 the volume of the PL300), Monitor Audio's engineers have taken great care to preserve all the sonic virtues and design excellence of the larger speaker. By utilising a re-scaled 6.5" version of the Platinum 8" bass driver and by re-configuring the Platinum mid-range Tapered Line Enclosure (TLE) to align co-axially with the PL200's HiVe®II bass reflex port, they have endowed the smaller PL200 with the spiritual essence of its universally admired range-mate.
Just how successful Dean Hartley and his team have been in this endeavour can be measured by the near parity of PL200 and PL300 performance specifications, despite the new design's significant re-scaling. For all the practical advantages conferred by the smaller enclosure, the PL200 surrenders only a little bass extension to the PL300 and cannot quite match SPL and power handling. In other performance parameters the PL200 and PL300 are comparable, proving that within the new PL200 design there is little compromise.
Standing at just under a metre in height (99.8cm x 25.5cm W x 28.5cm D), the compact three-way PL200 speaker features dual 6.5" RDT bass drivers, a single 4" RDT mid-range driver and Monitor Audio's proprietary and superlative Platinum C-CAM® ribbon transducer.
As with other Platinum speakers, the PL200's innovatively shaped and braced cabinet is finished in a choice of exotic lacquered Santos Rosewood and Ebony natural wood veneers, and in a rich piano black lacquer. The front baffle is upholstered in high quality leather.
|Frequency Response:||35 Hz - 100 KHz|
|Sensitivity (1W@1M):||90 dB|
|Nominal Impedance:||4 Ohms|
(Per pair in room):
|Power Handling (RMS):||250 W|
|Recommended Amplifier Requirements (RMS):||100 - 250 W|
|Bass Alignment:||Rear Ported HiVe®II technology
Sealed Mid-range TLE®
|Mid / H.F Crossover Frequency:||3600 Hz|
|Bass Low Pass Crossover Frequency:||600 Hz|
|Drive Unit Complement:||2 x 6.5" long-throw RDT® bass drivers
1 x 4" RDT® mid-range driver
1 x C-CAM® high frequency ribbon transducer
|External Dimensions -
Including Fixed Plinth (H x W x D):
|998 x 360 x 375 mm
(39 5/16 x 14 3/16 x 14 3/4 inches)
|Weight (each) Including Plinth:||33Kg (72.7 lbs)|
Having various applications within a number of our speaker ranges, this high-tech Anti-Resonance Composite material is a thermo-set polymer loaded with minerals to provide very inert, optimally-damped components. Refined by Monitor Audio’s engineers initially for the Platinum series, ARC is ideal for acoustic design, where a high degree of structural rigidity and vibration damping is required in order to prevent the propagation of standing waves and modal resonances.
RDT is a unique technology developed specifically by Monitor Audio's engineers for the Platinum series of loudspeakers*. Designed to reduce mass and increase cone stiffness, RDT applies ultra-thin skins of C-CAM to a core of honeycomb Nomex®** material, creating a structure which is extremely light but incredibly rigid. At only 40 microns thick, the C-CAM skins are half the thickness of a human hair, yet when bonded to the Nomex core they form an RDT cone, which is 150 times more rigid than a single layer of 200 micron C-CAM alloy, but has a fraction of the overall mass. These properties allow the cone to operate as a lightning-fast piston for a clearer more natural sound. The RDT cone's concave geometry has been refined by FEA analysis to provide a smooth frequency response and to eradicate break-up.
* PLW-15's driver is C-CAM only
** Nomex® is a registered trademark of E.I DuPont de Nemours and Company
Monitor Audio's proprietary ribbon tweeter design uses an ultra-thin sandwich of C-CAM alloy suspended in a powerful transverse magnetic field of high energy NeFeB rare earth magnets. The ribbon serves as both voice coil and radiating diaphragm, with every part of the ribbon driven directly and simultaneously without energy storage. Having a mass of just 18mg, its diaphragm is able to start and stop in an instant, producing a transient response capable of defining the leading edge and natural harmonic resonance of complex musical sounds. Specified to reach ultra-high frequencies up to an elusive 100 kHz, Platinum’s magical ribbon tweeter will reproduce with ease every last nuance and detail from vinyl, CD, DVD-A and SACD, together with the wider bandwidth of Blu-ray.
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."
"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."
'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.'
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Developed for Monitor Audio by Autoglym, the world-renowned expert in high quality car care and valeting products, SheerBrilliance Lacquer Polish is scientifically and specifically formulated to restore the deep rich lustre of all high gloss lacquer speaker finishes with a single easy application. By using SheerBrilliance Lacquer Polish, you'll experience the sumptuous 'as new' brilliance of your beloved speakers all over again!
First developed by Autoglym for selection by Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, Jaguar Cars Ltd, McLaren Cars Ltd, Morgan Cars Ltd, Bentley and Porsche, Monitor Audio's Leather Protector and Cleaner will give you the excellent results that leading brands expect. Both contain specialised cleaning and deodorizing agents designed to clean and freshen a leather baffle. Unlike harsher detergents the Cleaner has a neutral pH formulation and will not remove the essential oils, which keep leather supple and prevent surface cracking. The Protector is a carefully blended emulsion containing soaps and natural oils to protect and moisturise. Regular treatment will help preserve the natural appearance and characteristics of leather. To be used in conjunction with our Leather Cleaner on stained or soiled leather.
Custom-developed for Monitor Audio and utilising advanced simulation technology, the new De-Tox CD will help you to run-in your speakers in less time and more comprehensively than is possible with music or other burn-in signals.