Gramophone, The Classical Music Magazine, calls the twenty.23:
“A loudspeaker triumph.”
WHAT HI-FI?, says:
"The twenty.23s are beautifully balanced: they’re tonally even and mix refinement with attack as well as any rival we’ve heard.”
So what do musicians like Prince, Tony Bennett, Tori Amos, Justin Timberlake, Lisa Marie Presley, and Adele, and studios like The BBC, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, and Metropolis Sound all have that you don't have? PMC speakers. If you want to really hear what your recordings sounded like when they were mastered, a pair of PMCs are your best bet.
Over the past twenty years, I've worked with and owned speakers from some of the most respected names in the industry. And I have listened to all of PMC's domestic and professional products, and never have I heard such consistent quality of performance from top to bottom. There are two key elements to PMC domestic speakers that distinguish them from the Professional product: high quality finishes instead of utilitarian black, and reduced footprint instead of taking up half a room. In playback, the primary distinction between the twenty.23 and the PMC BB5XBD is that they won't play as loud. But the BB5XBD will play louder, with a wider and flatter frequency response, without compression or distortion, than any other monitor made today, so that's not too much of a caveat. But if you really need that level of performance, are prepared to spend more than ten times the money, and don't mind putting speakers in your house larger than a walk-in cooler, it won't hurt my feelings if you get a pair of those instead. On the other hand, if you want something prettier, smaller, and oh yeah, much, much cheaper, the twenty.23s, (and in particular my pair of 23s,) represent an outstanding value.
THIS PAIR are a lovely Walnut finish. I'm rating them 9/10 to be safe, but I haven't spotted any flaws; I only had them open a short time. In fact I haven't even finished breaking them in yet, but suddenly my Smoke, Pet, and Child-Free house has been downgraded to two out of three, and I would hate to see a stroller bump into this beautiful finish, or pureed peas get strained through the grills. The fear of lowering their value through accidents, combined with some demanding medical bills, have forced the disappointing decision to prematurely pack them back in the boxes and look for a new home. They will be replaced with a pair of PMC on-wall speakers (used to mix Doctor Who and Torchwood, by the way) until floorstanding speakers are no longer a liability. Shouldn't be more than twenty or thirty years, right?
Of course all inserts and hardware accounted for, and packing in unshipped condition. I will double-box them in a non-descript extra layer of cardboard to ensure they arrive to you in similar shape. The manufacturer's warranty is non-transferrable, but I will personally guarantee these speakers free of defects for 30 days, paying for original replacement parts (and shipping) if needed.
Crossover Frequency: 1.8kHz
Dimensions: H 918mm 36.14” (+25mm spikes) W 152mm 6.0” D 330mm 13.0” (+6mm grille)
Drive Units: LF PMC twenty series, lightweight doped 5.5”/140mm cone with cast alloy chassis , HF PMC/SEAS®, 27mm twenty series, SONOLEX™ soft dome, Ferrofluid cooled
Effective ATL™ Length: 2.4m 7.8ft
Frequency Response: 29Hz – 25kHz
Impedance: 8 Ohm
Input Connectors: 2 pairs 4mm sockets (Bi-amp or Bi-wire)
Sensitivity: 87dB 1w 1m
Weight: 13.2kg 29 lbs
WHAT HI-FI? called this the Best Floorstander over £1500 the past two years running.
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