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.

For over forty years our 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, we’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 our magnum opus, as inspirational and satisfying to us as we hope it will be to you.

Craftsmanship

Platinum II - Craftsmanship

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 Santos Rosewood or 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.

Technology

Platinum II - Technology

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 we’ve 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.

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The Absolute Sound

PL500 II

December 2016

BIG TIME: PL500 II Review

The December issue of The Absolute Sound magazine features a review by Julie Mullins who praises our flagship Platinum II speaker, the PL500 II! Julie calls the PL500 II's "high-energy, high-resolution transducers that boast beautiful sound; they also offer superb build-quality, advanced technologies, and value far exceeding their price."


More Great Quotes From The Review Are Below:

"The PL500 IIs didn’t sound like any other Monitor Audio speaker I’d heard. In fact, in some ways—in their warm, rich musicality and overall driving energy—they reminded me of classic Raidho Acoustics speakers (minus the diamond drivers and nearly another zero on the price tag).”

“This was captivating, even highly addictive listening!”

“I was thrilled by the highly resolved presentation, full of dynamic excitement...”

“There are many variables that help or hinder great sound: crossover, cabinet, resonances, sensitivity, hunger for power. Happily, Monitor Audio’s myriad technical innovations have allowed the PL500 IIs to pretty well nail every criterion.”

“The PL500 IIs proved endlessly enjoyable in their layers of depth and detail, delightful musicality, and overall coherence.”

“In sum, whatever your sonic and electronic preferences are, you really can’t go wrong with these towering transducers, however you power or configure them. This is a whole lot of speaker for the money…”

“If you have a hankering for big, bold, immersive sound and have the room space (and partner approval) and the desire for a mighty flagship-level speaker that delivers almost all of the qualities of much higher-priced multiways for far fewer dollars, go for the Platinum—audition the PL500 II.”

PL200 II

December 2016

TED Magazine PL200 II Review!

The November / December 2016 issue of TED Magazine features an excellent review, courtesy of François Lemieux. He states that "with these exceptional speakers, offering an exceptional listening experience, it is clear that Monitor Audio have met the targeted goals in a brilliant way, one of them to produce a series of perfect speakers, as much for its visual aspects as for its audio aspects."

More great quotes from the review are below:

"Well, let me tell you that my system, helped with the PL200 II, moves me and brings up tears when listening to Phil Collin's song Separate Lives, taken from his show, Live in Montreux."

"Precision, transparency and depth of the soundfield are all there when listening to Stepping from the band by Babatunde Olatunji. The Monitor Audios reveal the excellent sound capture of this Chesky recording, with delicate and silky highs and without any signs of harshness."

"The purity of the mid and high frequencies supporting the percussion instruments was impressive, as was the extreme timpani bass, taken from the same material."

"On the Hoe Down, taken from the same album, we are presented with an acrobatic musical performance and to a real audio roller coaster, all accompanied with natural, firm and extended  bass frequencies."

"...this record, as reproduced by the Monitor Audio's in my room, probably offers the best large orchestra stereophonic reproduction I have heard in my living room to date."


A link to the full French review is below...

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NOVO Magazine

PL300 II

November 2016

PL300 II: NOVO Magazine Review

The very first issue of NOVO Magazine (previously Canada Hi-Fi), features Monitor Audio's PL300 II on the cover, along with a fantastic review inside written by Malcolm J. Gomes. He says the PL300 II "will reward you with performance that will take your breath away." Malcolm seemed so impressed by the PL300 IIs that he goes on to say...

"If there is another pair of current speakers that deliver this elevated level of sonic performance, build quality and sheer aesthetic beauty at this price point, I have not yet encountered them."

The FULL review can be read in the Nov. / Dec. issue of NOVO Magazine. 

More great quotes from the review are below: 

"Each whack of drumsticks on the skins was crisp, taut and controlled. Then the horn joined in with incredibly breathtaking grain-free glory; sheer sonic bliss."

"The tone and timbre was spot on while the bass was deep, tight and tuneful."

"I played the track 'Brothers' and revelled in the way the PL300 II painted the huge soundstage with such composure, it made these three intrepid musicians sound glorious."

"The leading weight, edges and decay of each piano note were rendered with the same panache and realism as I have heard on some speakers at twice the price."

"Mark's gravelly voice was portrayed with most of the tonal colours and saturation that I heard at many Dire Straits live concerts."


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PL300 II

October 2016

Stereophile PL300 II Review

The November issue of Stereophile magazine features an amazing review by Robert Deutsch on the Platinum PL300 II speakers. Robert seemed extremely impressed by the PL300 II, saying "Monitor Audio has always been known for the solid quality and value of their speakers; with the Platinum PL300 II, they've hit one out of the park.

              It's my new reference."

More great quotes are below...

"The sound was so good that I had difficulty maintaining the requisite Stereophile reviewer's poker face."

"With the PL300 II again, more than with any other speaker I've reviewed, the sounds I heard from vocal recordings were overwhelmingly those made by the singer, not the resonances of the speaker reproducing the voices."
 
"The sound was highly detailed: playing familiar recordings, I repeatedly heard things I hadn't before been aware of."

"...the treble range was smooth and extended, with a natural quality that neither emphasized nor diminished this part of the audioband."
 
"...the bass was extended and powerful, and blended well with the rest of the range."

"The PL300 II's depth of soundstage and precision of imaging within the soundstage were apparent the first time I heard them, and continued to impress."

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PL500 II

August 2016

PL500 II Wins Golden Ear Award!

Monitor Audio's new Platinum Series II has been gaining alot of momentum since its debut at CES, and the 6' tall, 7 driver PL500 II model has received particular praise and admiration from Julie Mullins of The Absolute Sound. She is currently reviewing the flagship Platinum II speakers, and has been so impressed that she saw fit to present them with The Absolute Sound's prestigious 2016 Golden Ear Award!

"...these big boys impressed me from the first time I heard them-at this year's CES... the PL500 IIs really don't sound like any other Monitor Audio speaker I'd heard."

Son & Image

PL100 II

May 2016

PL100 II Review from Son & Image Magazine

"This is a 2-way with both power and control, and without exaggeration, sounds life-like." 

In the latest issue of Son & Image magazine, you'll find a great review review written by Michel Leroux, on the the PL100 II bookshelf speakers from Monitor Audio's new Platinum Series II.

Michel was thoroughly impressed, saying that the PL100 II "offers good tonal balance with a solid reproduction of bass, mids and highs, offering excellent control, dynamic range and transition between low and loud levels."


More quotes from this great review are below... 

"...offers great balance between the bass, mid-range and treble. There's a natural and smooth feel through the mid-range, with a silky rendering of details from the new high frequency transducer. The MPD design never pushes the treble too far."    

"The subtle strength of these 2-way speakers, together with the harmonious separation of instruments in the soundstage, creates an intense listening pleasure, with a sound that goes toward being soft and sweet rather than analytical, in full respect of the instruments natural timber."

"Besides looking great in any interior, the new PL 100 II will please those looking for compact and aesthetic loudspeakers with musical generosity."

The Audio Beat

PL500 II

March 2016

PL500 II - Audio Show 2016 Review

Roy Gregory from The Audio Beat was introduced to Monitor Audio's PL500 II loudspeakers at the 2016 Audio Show and named it one of the Hot Products of the show...


"It looks even bigger in the flesh, while standards of fit and finish put many a high-end wannabe to shame (irrespective of price) with a black lacquered central cabinet visually offset by the leather baffles and high-gloss veneers on the larger enclosures top and bottom."

"...an attractive and impressive package."

"...there’s far more to this speaker than just a pretty face, with plenty of technology to back up the bold visual statement, a fact underlined by the sheer scale and power of the sound on offer."

"...this wasn’t just about brute force, the speakers proving capable of considerable air and delicacy when required, making these genuine high-end contenders."

"...this is a product that threatens to cut a lot of the competition off at the knees."

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CES Show Report 2016

PL500 II

February 2016

PL500 II CES Launch!

"The surprise of CES for yours truly, the Monitor Audio Platinum PL500 II."
     - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound

"...exceeded sonic expectations, delivering high-end quality (think Raidho-like) beyond those well-known brands' respective price categories."
     - Julie Mullins, The Absolute Sound

"...in a world where seven-driver, three way designs featuring custom-made drive units in a cabinet that stands as tall as a man can cost the spendy side of $100,000, a loudspeaker that sounds this good commands respect."
     - Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi +

The Audio Beat

PL200 II

February 2016

PL200 II Wins Jimmy Award

Jim Saxon from The Audio Beat visited the Monitor Audio suite at CES 2016 and seemed to be quite impressed with the PL200 II speakers:

"Their six-foot-tall Platinum 500 II loudspeakers commandeered the living room. Although the display was fine, on the way out my ear caught a more ingratiating melody from the bedroom. There, the diminutive floorstanding Platinum 200 II was mated to Cyrus electronics to sterling effect."

"At a conversational volume level, the Platinum 200 II was tonally balanced and sweetly detailed, a panacea for overburdened auditory ossicles." 

"For Best Bedroom-Sized Stereo System, Monitor Audio shares a Jimmy Award with Cyrus Audio."

CES Show Report 2016

PL200 II

February 2016

PL200 II CES Launch!

"Monitor Audio has indeed taken a major step toward the ever-elusive impression of 'live' sound."
     - Robert Deutsch, Stereophile

"...sonics were rich, nicely weighted, with excellent integration of the difficult-to-handle tweeter/midrange transition."
     - Neil Gadar, The Absolute Sound

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