Monitor Audio PL 200

We all know the attraction, to take advantage of a technique that not everyone has the own hi-fi system, be it tubes or turntable. The speaker, where dynamic chassis dominate, the magnetostats and band tweeter form the famous Gallic village against the mainstream. With monitor audio.

  1. Monitor audio PL 200
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The interpretation of most purist is installed in the new Platinum PL 200: a trade tapes, consisting of only a metal strip in a magnetic field – that is generated because of the high demands on their field strength mostly from neodymium. At the same time, the Strip is conductor, solenoid and diaphragm. The development goals of “low moving mass” (with monitor audio coming here just to 0.02 grams) and “uniform drive” are of course wonderful met, combining with the other chassis is difficult: A Ribbon must be some centimeters long to generate sound pressure significantly, providing vertical economies of scale in the upper heights. Also soaring threaten below the ideal usage distortion and a very low ohmic impedance, making the construction of the crossover to a challenge.
Technique down, ribbons here: Who stands above the monitor audio Platinum, forgets once design details. Only the choice of material – wood veneers, piano lacquer, brushed aluminum edges, leather – IS abandoned something like the accumulation of all those key stimuli which can cause in touch-oriented Highender before the first played sound buying impulses. But the housing concept with the curved back panel, the stable foot jibs and the magnetically adhering metal cover holds promise the ingredients. That goes from the massive Allen screws that hold together the design of the flow-optimised bass reflex tube in the form of a nozzle up to the metal arms in addition to studs that provide bomb-proof stand.
Although they seem not as striking as the tapes, put also the cone drivers full of high-tech: the supporting piece of the membrane consists of Nomex, a stable plastic fibre, and is only baked to a honeycomb-shaped scaffold and then formed into a round. A coating prevents partial coloration from forming, the design remains hard at minimum weight. This would in turn in a great midrange – demand tapes tend to be higher crossover frequencies – lead to undesirable effects of bundling, which is why the Platinum midrange driver with 10 centimeters around Ray friendly small device. Invisible for the owner, he works teardrop-shaped volume without the risk of standing waves in a closed.
“You hear out always Ribbon” – this prejudice quickly disproved the monitor audio Platinum PL 200. It proves that the Band tweeter somewhat skeptical eyeing in professional circles can play perfectly fine one, without ever forward in the heights to work. A monitor audio, which doesn’t sound at the “Rosenkavalier” suite by Richard Strauss (GUSCHLBAUER, EMI) to monitor, but reveled in spatial and Wienerish charm without it tonally to deviate from the path of neutral virtue. There could an ADAM Column Tickle more instrumentation details from the recording, a Geithain ME 150 projecting a more natural room – against the resilient swinging rhythms of waltz and the surfeit of melting, which unleashed the monitor audio, both worked too stiff but a sign.
The impression reinforced, or Jazzy material into the network player when rocking Linn Majik DS were called: what the monitor in Pink Floyd’s “shine on You Crazy Diamond” (pulse) to bass foundations set free and at the same time perfectly controlled, Canton reference 1.2 DC played well in the League of real rhythm specialists such as the (AUDIO 8/09) into it. Such a balance of pressure and control managed only a few boxes at all in the AUDIO listening room so far, and they were all more expensive or much larger. Direct competition in the form of beating the ADAM and the Geithain clearly on the side of a somewhat reluctant-controlled, more sober Tieftones. The monitor audio, however, made the company less honor: instead of relentlessly exposing the mixing of progressive “Live from Loreley”, was rather a venial, yes sometimes Beautifully interpretation.
Monitor audio Platinum PL 200

Manufacturer Monitor audio
Price €6000.00
Rating 96.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General data
Dimensions (W x H x D) 25.0 x 100.0 x 29,0 cm
Weight 33.0
Color Ebony, rosewood, black piano lacquer
Technical characteristics
Bass principle Two-way bass reflex
Number of ways 3
Working principle of full Active
Connections BI-wiring
XLR connectors
Space adaptation
Surround complementary.
Laboratory characteristics
Maximum volume upper value 107 dB
lower cut-off frequency (-3dB) 43 Hz
Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB) 38 Hz
Nominal impedance (audio) 4 ohm
balanced, silky, sprizig and charming, this dynamic and rhythmic big
Sometimes something euphemistically, installation not easy
Bass quality 100
Bass depth (bass Foundation) 90
Attention to detail (precision) 100
Dynamic 100
Maximum level (vitality) 80
Neutrality 100
Imaging 90
Spatial (airiness) 95
Processing outstanding
Sound judgment outstanding 96
tested in issue: 9 / 09