Monitor Audio Platinum PLW215 II Subwoofer

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PLATINUM SERIES: PURITY

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.

Play films and re-live the drama as if they’d written you into the script. As soon as you discover the sheer authenticity of Platinum II, everything will become clear.

That moment will be our reward as well, because we love to share the excitement of creating sound, bursting with natural energy and dynamics. 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.

PRECISION

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 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.

PERFORMANCE

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.

PLATINUM PLW215 II SUBWOOFER

We’re asking you to recall your last encounter with the awe-inspiring power of thunder; how its enormous natural presence is able to translate the experience of low frequency sound into a shock wave. The PLW215 II will help you to re-live the air-bending effect of Mother Nature’s own subwoofer within your listening room.

Twin 15" C-CAM drivers, triple-suspended for a full 4 cm of excursion and individually powered by DSP-controlled amplifiers, will deliver clean frequencies down to 16 Hz. At this level, bass arrives with a percussive impact that you feel from head to toe, seamlessly extending even the PL500 II to deliver breath-taking audio resolution beyond the limits of your audible range, but with a physical dimension that absorbs the senses. Put simply, it’s the sound of nature, vividly re-created.

Even so, all this explosive audio potency would be wasted without control. Adjust the in-room response of the PLW215 II on the top panel or via laptop using our proprietary ‘SubConnect’ software. Within this global setting, the 24bit DSP offers four fully configurable user presets per input, including pre-set modes for Flat/Music/Movie/Impact EQ settings. If you wish to fine-tune, you can adjust frequency, slope, trim and EQ filters for each preset. There’s also a Night Mode, which actively reduces the dynamic range of louder sections according to the level you desire. The PLW215 II is the most powerful, sophisticated and natural sounding bass engine we have ever built, and so complements the flagship Platinum II range with impeccable precision.

FEATURES

• Twin 15" C-CAM drivers, triple-suspended for a full 4cm of excursion

• A dedicated DSP-controlled amplifier powers each driver

• SubConnect software: adjust in-room response using top panel dial or laptop

• 4 user presets per input, including preset Flat/Music/Movie/Impact modes

• Night Mode: actively reduces the dynamic range of louder sections to the desired level

• High current Switch mode power supply (SMPSU)

• 12v trigger in (3.5 mm mono mini-jack, 6v threshold)

• IR remote included, IR receiver on the front panel

• 3.5 mm microphone input jack, microphone included

Low-frequency limit: -3 dB @ 23 Hz / -10 dB @ 18 Hz (Free Field)

Upper-frequency limit: -3 dB @ 150 Hz

Low Pass Filter Alignment: 2nd or 4th order (12 or 24 dB/Octave), Increments of 5 Hz from 35 Hz to 135 Hz

Amplifier Output: Dual Amplifier design with a single amplifier powering each driver, Combined 1400 W RMS, 2000 W Peak (Burst Ratio 1:4 Continuous, Measured into two non-reactive 4 Ohm Loads)

Amplifier Classification: 2x Class-D amplifiers, Balanced Differential Input, Differentially loaded Power Supply, DSP controlled. High current Switch mode power supply

Standby power consumption: 0.5 watts (ErP Certified)

Drive Unit Complement:  2 x 15" C-CAM sub-woofer drivers featuring inverted surround and triple suspension for increase support at high excursions. Black single layer edge wound 3" voice coil with vented pole, vented coil and black CED coated motor unit to reduce power compression and increase thermal dissipation. FEA optimised cone, magnetics and suspensions for optimal performance and increased linearity

Cabinet Design: Sealed Cabinet with vibration cancelling driver configuration, 25 mm M.D.F. construction with internal bracing and sealed amplifier compartment

External Dimensions: 546 x 504 x 513 mm (Including grille, amp and feet)

Weight (Individual): 57.54 Kg