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PL500 II technology
  • 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
  • New 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

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Specification

System Format

3 Way - 7 Driver

Frequency Response (-6dB - IEC 268-13)

22Hz - 100kHz

Sensitivity (1W@1M)

91dB

Maximum S.P.L.

120dBA (pair)

Nominal Impedance

4Ω (4.2Ω min. @ 120Hz)

Power Handling (RMS)

400W

Recommended Amplifier Requirements (RMS)

150 - 400W

Cabinet Design

Four HiVe®II ports
Sealed mid-range TLE enclosure

Drive Unit Compliment

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: 3.6kHz
LF/MF: 460Hz

External Dimensions (Inc. plinth) (H x W x D)

1803 x 504 x 626mm
(71 x 1913/16 x 245/8”)

External Dimensions (Inc. feet & spikes) (H x W x D)

1848 x 504 x 626mm
(723/4 x 1913/16 x 245/8”)

Weight (each)

99.1kg (218lb)

Professional reviews

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.”

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."

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 +

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