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Hey guys,

I am wanting some advice on PMC speakers if anyone has got the or had them in the past

I am restricted for space in my apartment and I've heard they gave a good sharp sound

Cheers

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I have had 4 pairs now, and still own two of those 4. 

 

What would you like to know?

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Perhaps ask some questions in the ‘PMC Owners Thread’

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4 hours ago, needlerunner said:

I take it you no longer have your PMCs. What have you got now? Do they sound better to you or just different?

 

Before l settled on what l arrived at.

I was interested in the pairing of Monitor Audio Silver 500 speakers. Coupled with a Musical Fidelity  M6si amp. I never got to hear the setup. But that is what was settled in my head. And aren't the 2 companies alined now?

I think that would have been an awesome setup. Funny where life takes you.

 

I chose the PMC twenty.23 speakers primarily because they were brand new, and 2k off the then retail price. Then it became a question of matching with a class amp. As everyone knows, as l bored you all long enough on this thread 😀

 

I still wonder what that Silver 500/MF amp combo would have sounded like. More so when l wasn't particularly in love with the PMCs when l first heard them.

 

Now the sound is nothing like it was now. Amazing really. It was as people said...give them time.

 

I ended up buying the Quadraspire Q4Evo rack in bamboo. Dropped down to 3 shelves instead of 4. Going to turf the tuner, as l don't use it any more. Arrived in Perth today, so should get it, hopefully, before the weekend.  

I sold them, but not because I upgraded nor because I didn't like their sound.

I like swapping between different components, but I don't have enough space to have four pairs of speakers set up, so it made sense to sell a pair.

 

My current ones are:

ATC SCM 19

Spendor SP2/3R2

Vienna Acoustics Beethoven baby grand SE

 

My other speakers all had an area they specialised in, while the PMCs were more of an all rounder.

The other reason was that they were difficult to move around and set up because of the spikes under the plinth.

My Viennas' spikes can be adjusted from the top and my other two are stand mounts, so I can swap them on the same stand, and only need to adjust the stands once.

 

Monitor Audio acquired Roksan, which might be what you're thinking about.

Monitor Audio has several really powerful amplifiers, and the one I have sounds neutral as well. It sounded alright with my PMCs.

 

I favoured female vocals like Adele and also 80s pop like Depeche mode on the 23s.

 

 

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This thread is lacking pics of late so to keep things in the spirit of the thread........20180311_094817.thumb.jpg.2381ef363724e30f5b35cd0ea2b01eec.jpg

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Before I made the decision to upgrade from Twenty.22 to the Twenty5.22  I auditioned at home MA speakers from a local dealer.  The upgrade was more for aesthetic reasons, rather than sound quality - I hate the walnut finish PMCs and wanted something in white or a lighter timber veneer which in the MAs look fantastic. I've tried to get used to them, but just cant.
 
Anyway on seperate weekends I auditioned the Silver 300s and Gold 100s. Having previously owned MA RX6 silvers and presently a pair of bookshelf MA silver 1s (both of which I love and I have fond memories of the RX6s) I thought they'd be marvelous. In short I think they probably are (marvelous) but they in my opinion they were comprehensively outclassed by the Twenty.22s. I realised that while it'd be an aesthetic upgrade it would also be a clear sound downgrade and I'd never really be happy with them - knowing what I'd be missing out on.
 
The silver 300 probably had more overall bass, but it was more bloated and not as present at low volumes. Detail and mids were nice, but not on the same level as the PMC. The Gold 100 was very nice and slightly better across the board but still wasn't in the same ball park (although the golds only had about 5 hours of running on the showroom floor and were 4 ohm, which I'm not sure how much my Marantz Pearl Lite liked).
 
In both cases neither gave the impression of the PMCs - which seem to have an effortless ability to retrieve and render detail in a very pleasing way (to my ears). I can't imagine the MA silver 500 bringing more to the table over the 300s except for more bass. So I'd say your choice to go the PMCs was definitely the right one.
 
Interestingly, before I started the search for new speakers I had room / acoustic issues with the PMCs (which I posted about on here) making them sound very bass lean. After a lot of stuffing around and careful placement of our couches I've now resolved this issue and the twenty.22 are sounding fantastic. Wonderful bass at all volumes. I'd keep them long term if they weren't the walnut finish. Cant wait for the twenty5.22s to arrive.
 
For context I listen to a wide range of music, and I think the PMCs do well with all, but really shine with certain genres and in particular female vocals. To give a sense of my musical taste I currently have on high rotation The National, Feist, This is the Kit, Elbow, Arcade Fire, Black Keys, Doves, Dope Lemon, Foals, Future Islands, Holy Holy, Arctic Monkeys,  Gomez... Old favourites like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, Dire Straits / Knopfler solo also get a good run from time to time.
Spot on listening list Bikkitz.

Some say that the 25s are a big step up from the 20s. Be interesting to get your feedback on that when you get them.

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This thread is lacking pics of late so to keep things in the spirit of the thread........20180311_094817.thumb.jpg.2381ef363724e30f5b35cd0ea2b01eec.jpg
Very niiiice!

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7 hours ago, needlerunner said:
8 hours ago, sjay said:
This thread is lacking pics of late so to keep things in the spirit of the thread........20180311_094817.thumb.jpg.2381ef363724e30f5b35cd0ea2b01eec.jpg

Very niiiice!

Oh MY! Oh MY!

Bloody nice!!!!, cool room and obviously the system.

 

Very impressive. Thank you for sharing.

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Hey guys,
I am wanting some advice on PMC speakers if anyone has got the or had them in the past
I am restricted for space in my apartment and I've heard they gave a good sharp sound
Cheers

Hi I’m running PMC 25:23 floorstanders but they are quite small. Very easy to place and great sound.

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10 hours ago, needlerunner said:

Some say that the 25s are a big step up from the 20s. Be interesting to get your feedback on that when you get them.

As a bonus the Twenty5.23 also has top adjustable spikes, which solves my issue with the Twenty.23 setup.

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11 hours ago, sjay said:

This thread is lacking pics of late so to keep things in the spirit of the thread........20180311_094817.thumb.jpg.2381ef363724e30f5b35cd0ea2b01eec.jpg

I suspect listening to that would be a memorable event.

Any reason you stuck your sound panels in a diamond pattern rather than parallel with the floor?

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1 hour ago, audio_file said:

I suspect listening to that would be a memorable event.

Any reason you stuck your sound panels in a diamond pattern rather than parallel with the floor?

It looks cool 😎 

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15 hours ago, audio_file said:

I suspect listening to that would be a memorable event.

Any reason you stuck your sound panels in a diamond pattern rather than parallel with the floor?

Weed.

Serious edit,  because the way i saw it the sound is projected towards the centre of the back wall where i sit, so i figured it bounced back to the front centre.. The room is heavily treated due to materials used on construction. Best 

 

Mind you I am a computer nerd, not a scientist

 

 

Edited by sjay
You guys have no sense of humour. SO i answered it properly

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The rig is changed up at the moment as I am about to ship my Ayre MX-R mono blocks off for a board upgrade in Melbourne.

 

Listening to more of the black stuff of late as well. Current TT setup is a Rega p9 with RB1000 and Ortofon Jubilee.

 

Also added a Herron VTPH-2a phono stage a while back. Such a lovely stage, you can read more on it here;

 

https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/herron-vtph-2a-review.757256/

 

 

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6 minutes ago, sjay said:

The rig is changed up at the moment as I am about to ship my Ayre MX-R mono blocks off for a board upgrade in Melbourne.

 

Twenty upgrade?? You will L.O.V.E. it!

 

FYI, Richard Vandersteen said the best amps he has heard with his Vandersteen Sevens, besides his own amps, are the Ayre MXR-20's! Pretty cool considering he would have heard a LOT of amps over the past 11 years since he released the Sevens! :)

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