Monitor Audio - Platinum PL500 II - Floor Standing Speakers
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We’re Stuart, Gabby, Liam and Vaughan. It’s a pleasure to have you here!
The first question we get from customers usually starts with, “What’s the difference between...”
When you’re shopping for new speakers, a turntable, or even thinking of putting together that home theatre of your teenage dreams - you’ll likely be faced with stacks of comparisons.
Why would I buy the Bluesound Pulse 2i when the Flex 2i is half the price?
Is Monitor Audio the best?
Should I wait for a sale? Or get this now? What will I be missing out on when the new model comes out next year?
Endless questions. Lots of FOMO. Loads of hmm-ing and ha-ing.
And there SHOULD be.
Because you don’t go to a Hi-Fi store and drop $2000, $3000, or $15000 on something you're not 100%, positively, secure-in-your heart sure of.
It’s a lot of hard-earned money on the line.
Imagine doing hours of your own research. Reading up the suppliers’ websites, taking notes from Hi Fi blogs, categorizing the differing opinions as you trawl r/audiophile. You know what you’re getting. You’ve narrowed the online stores down to the final five. You’ve checked and re-checked that you’re getting the best deal. You’re sure you’re not getting ripped off by shipping.
You hit the “Checkout” button. Momentary relief!
Until your speakers haven’t arrived by the estimated delivery date and you have yet to hear a peep about its progress.
Until your new turntable arrives with a crack in the dust cover.
Until your long-awaited amp set-up fails to deliver the kind of sound you had in mind. Now you’re not even sure if you got the right one anymore, or how to troubleshoot it.
What could possibly be worse?
What about: No after-sales service. No phone number to call. And no one responding to your tickets.
Not to mention the hundreds of man hours you’ve already lost on reading layman opinions from the likes of Graham H. from Melbourne and Sarah D. from Perth; dutifully scrolling through pages and pages of reviews. Torturing yourself by looking for all the ones with less than 3 stars... when you could have been sitting back and diving into a whole new world of immersive sound and deliciously satisfying body vibrations.
Would it make sense to go to audio specialists that know brands, specs, and installation like the back of their hands?
Should you spend less time on weighing up pros and cons and more time enjoying good music?
Want to get the absolute best home theatre for your budget and surroundings without the weight of 100++ brand offerings bogging you down?
We like to think so!
And that’s why we’re here. Two things to know about us:
Thing 1: We were voted Australia’s 2021 Hi Fi Retailer of the Year (Yay! And THANK YOU!)
Thing 2: This is purely because we are sound specialists and audioheads - NOT salesmen.
We got into this business because we genuinely love audio and because we realized there was a lot of faceless dropshipping in the HiFi industry - and not enough expertise out there. People who keep coming back to us do so because they’re getting attention to detail and individualized solutions that they can’t find elsewhere.
Our clients don’t need to worry about budget, brand name, or size.
All they need to worry about, is talking to us.
Because, when you come to us, you’re in for a conversation.
We want to know the picture in your head.
That final portrait of you back from the flea market with Pearl Jam’s Ten, eager to place it gently upon a turntable you haven’t quite decided on yet.
A summer barbeque in your garden with the boys. Having a yarn around a beer-filled cooler while appreciating the crisp, clear, quality of sound streaming through the open doors of your listening space.
The kids having mates over - quiet for once - immersed in a good movie, lights out, in the comfort of the home theatre that is your pride and joy. “I wish we had one of these at our place!”
Once we know precisely what your ultimate scenario looks like, we’ll want to know what you’re working with.
What kind of budget have you set aside?
What’s the existing set-up look like?
How big is the listening room you have in mind?
How much ambient light is coming in?
Are you running drywall or wood panelling? Carpet or hardwood?
What about room resonance and reflection?
No idea what we’re going on about? No worries. We intend to talk you through all that. Our aim is that you get the absolute best sound system for your home, at a price point you’re happy with, and an aesthetic you can’t help but want to show off.
To get to this end goal, an unhealthy interest in all things audio simply isn’t enough. That’s why we spend countless hours behind the scenes sourcing products from only the most reliable brands and trustworthy suppliers - regardless of their branding and marketing.
We don’t rely on them to tell us what’s good about their equipment. We’ve developed our own proactive testing process to judge what’s what. So you get hands-on knowledge every single time. Coupled with our tight networks and stable supply chain meticulously refined over the years, we strive to ensure that the experience you get at The Audio Tailor is personal, seamless, and painless.
Personal, because it’s uniquely you in musicality, design, and taste. Your options are hand picked by us from amongst some of the world’s biggest, best, and most dependable brands.
Seamless, because we’re only small. You get one of us. Not one of dozens of salesmen milling about the place, working for commission and pushing the most expensive products.
Painless, because we don’t recommend anything until we’re clear about your needs. We follow up with you to make sure everything’s arrived in one piece. For us, the transaction isn’t over until your equipment is safely installed and fully satisfying.
Some of the big things we feel are missing in the HiFi world are:
- The need for expertise before, during, and after the sale
- A vast wealth of comparative knowledge, and
- A commitment to end-to-end service.
At The Audio Tailor, we hope we’ve made it clear that service doesn’t shut off when a problem pops up. It’s an opportunity to tighten the ship we run, bolster our 5-star reputation, and most importantly - make someone’s day.
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We’d like to end this by giving a shout out to all the enthusiasts and audiophiles we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years. It has been a privilege to share our desire, passion, and journey for the purest sound and finest entertainment solutions for your homes and businesses.
Thank you to all our customers - past, present, and future - for helping us chase after something above the ordinary.
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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 mid-range drivers and MPD Transducer will render the entire harmonic sweep of every work with pin sharp timing and accuracy. Your music and film sound alive, immersive and uncompromised.
- 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
- 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
If a pin drops, you’ll hear it. When the orchestra plays, it plays for you, so vividly and with such effortless scale you’ll believe you’re ten rows from the stage. This is the magic of high-end audio as experienced through the Platinum II speakers. Whether it’s a power chord exploding from a towering backline, the majesty of a choir soaring in union or the spell-binding gravity of a solo performance, you’ll sense the chemistry of music and musician more than ever before.
Play films and re-live the drama as if they’d written you into the script. As soon as you discover the sheer authenticity of Platinum II, everything will become clear.
That moment will be our reward as well, because Monitor Audio love to share the excitement of creating sound, bursting with natural energy and dynamics. For over forty years their work as engineers and audio enthusiasts has been dedicated to this unveiling. With our most advanced driver, crossover and acoustic systems set within luxurious cabinets, they’ve tuned the virtues that have won Monitor Audio worldwide acclaim to a new intensity, allowing rarefied audio transparency to be revealed and enjoyed. Platinum II is Monitor Audios magnum opus, as inspirational and satisfying to them as they hope it will be to you
The Platinum II cabinets are a statement of immaculate craftsmanship. Each is hand-built with the expert precision of the finest furniture makers, employing multiple laminations of veneer that are formed into a curved rigid shell.
For the finish, natural wood veneers in Natural Ebony are pair-matched, applied and hand-coated with 11 layers of clear gloss piano lacquer, then polished to reveal the glowing lustre in the grain. Platinum II models are also available in a penetrating piano black gloss lacquer, which will offer a luxurious contrast with room décor.
The front baffles are hand-upholstered with the very highest quality Inglestone leather supplied by Andrew Muirhead and used to distinguish many luxury British brands. Such is the level of care lavished on the Platinum II enclosures that each requires as many as 144 hours to complete.
Platinum II offers you genuine audiophile performance with stunning design and materials specification.
In the pursuit of ever lower distortion, no detail has been overlooked. Through meticulous FEA modelling Monitor Audio have optimised the operation of electrical, mechanical, magnetic and acoustic systems, introducing new discoveries to meet ambitious performance goals.
The Platinum II range deploys an enhanced generation of RDT bass and mid-drivers, and for the first time in a Monitor Audio product, the MPD (Micro Pleated Diaphragm) high-frequency Transducer.
Including improved crossover and speaker terminal designs together with proprietary ARC, TLE, HiVe II technologies, Platinum II builds on the award-winning advances of over forty years to create a high-end speaker range that is utterly faithful to the source.
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 100 kHz.
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. Monitor Audio discovered that the new structure reduces distortion by over 8 dB above 300 Hz, which makes RDT II the lowest distortion cone technology in Monitor Audio’s history
- Improved Cone Geometry and Suspension
The new RDT II diaphragms have a shallower ‘dished’ profile formed without a centre hole to create a continuous radiating surface with greater strength and structural integrity. A more efficient drive motor sits behind the cone to produce faster and more responsive driver excursions, lower distortion and sound which is closer to nature
- Crossover Design
Unsurprisingly Monitor Audio have re-designed the crossover networks with best possible components, utilising air core inductors in all mid-range and tweeter sections, and laminated steel cores for bass sections. Audiophile grade metallised polypropylene capacitors have been custom made and hand-picked within a 1% tolerance for the best possible sound quality and consistency.
- New Patented ‘DCF’ Mechanism
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.
- Underhung, Edge-Wound Voice Coils
All Platinum II drivers have been designed using ‘underhung’ voice coils, which ensure that even during extreme driver excursions, the coil remains within the magnetic gap, converting all the electrical energy into movement. What’s more we use rectangular instead of round wire in the voice coil to get more copper in the gap for greater drive energy from the motor. Outcome: greater driver efficiency, more piston-like motion, less distortion and more lifelike dynamics.
- Thermal Optimisation
When a voice coil becomes too hot, the driver starts to lose efficiency. This is called power compression. For Platinum II, the drivers, the magnetic structures, voice coil formers and even the voice-coil itself have been anodised black to draw heat away from the coil during high-drive conditions, maintaining efficiency and improving power handling. Result: true- to-life dynamics and greater fidelity
- Bolt-Though Drivers
Each Platinum II driver is fixed to the cabinet from the back using a long bolt tightened to a specific torque during production. The bolt serves to provide the driver with an equal clamping force around the periphery, avoiding the need for front fixings while ensuring that the motor system is properly braced. The bolts also act to further brace the entire speaker for enhanced structural rigidity. Result: reduced cabinet vibration for clearer sound and also cleaner aesthetics
- Hive II (Hi-Velocity Vent, 2nd Generation)
A refined port technology which uses a straight rifled design to accelerate air flow and reduce turbulence. HiVe II technology has the ability to move air in and out much more rapidly than a conventional port. Result: naturally fast bass enhancement to complement the drivers. Platinum II speakers are internally wired using Monitor Audios ‘Pureflow’ silver-plated OFC copper cable, selected for its audio purity and high conductivity
- Curved and Braced Cabinet Construction
Curved surfaces are inherently stronger than flat surfaces, and since the internal sides are non-regular, standing wave formation is suppressed. New internal bracing structures have been developed to ensure the ultimate in structural integrity, and bitumastic damping material applied to all internal cabinet walls to ensure that all cabinet vibration is absorbed. Result: a supremely rigid, acoustically inert enclosure for natural, true-to-life fidelity
- Anti-Resonance Composite (ARC)
A cast thermo-set polymer loaded with minerals to provide very inert, optimally damped components. ARC is used for Platinum II’s mid-range housings and baffle components. Result: reduced cabinet vibration for purer sound quality.
- 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.
- Individual Driver Grilles
With the exception of the PLIC II and Platinum In-Wall II, which use a more traditional baffle cover, all Platinum II drivers are protected by individual grilles, designed to provide excellent acoustic transparency.
This means that whether you prefer the speaker with the grilles on or off, it will still deliver the sonic superlatives.
- Bespoke Speaker Terminals and Footings
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, 4 mm banana plug or bare wire, up to 4 mm in diameter (7AWG).
The adjustable spiked feet supplied with the PL200 II, PL300 II, PL500 II, PLW215 II and the PL100 II and Centre floor-stands are machined from high-grade alloy and anodised to the most exacting quality standards. Alternative ‘bullet’ spikes are milled from high-tensile steel and chrome plated to the finest mirror finish. For hard or solid wood flooring, a non-slip rubber pad is integrated with the foot design. To aid the initial positioning of the PL500 II its plinth incorporates easy-slide, surface-sensitive feet, which can be replaced with the spiked fittings when the speaker’s final location is determined.
- System Format - 3 Way – 7 Driver
- Frequency Response (-6 dB - IEC 268-13) - 22 Hz – 100 kHz
- Sensitivity (1W@1M) - 91 dB
- Maximum SPL - 120 dBA (pair)
- Nominal Impedance - 4 ohms (4.2 ohms min. @ 120 Hz)
- Power Handling (RMS) - 400 W
- Recommended Amplifier Requirements - 150 – 400 W
- Cabinet Design - Four HiVe II ports, Sealed mid-range TLE enclosure
- Drive Unit Complement - 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: 3.6 kHz, LF/MF: 460 Hz
- External Dimensions (Including Plinth and Terminals) (H x W x D)) - 1802.8 x 503.61 x 625.24 mm (71 x 1913/16 x 245/8")
- External Dimensions (Including Feet and Spikes (H x W x D)) - 1848.1 x 503.61 x 625.24 mm (723/4 x 1913/16 x 245/8")
- Weight (each) - 99.1 kg (218 lb 7 oz)
- Sold as: pair
Please note: Ebony and Rosewood finishes are special order products. Enquire for lead time