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Monitor Audio Platinum PL500 II Floor Standing Speaker - Gloss Black

The Monitor Audio PL500 II is the flagship speaker of the Monitor Audio Platinum II series. This ultimate Monitor Audio speaker offers unprecedented tonal accuracy and crystal-clear sound, combined with a phenomenally beautiful finish.
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Product Description


The outstanding Monitor Audio PL500 II speakers stand at over a metre in height and are designed for to produce stunning sound in larger environments. Equipped with Monitor Audio's very latest driver technology and re-designed cabinets and crossovers which utilise advanced materials and hand picked components, these speakers offer the pinnacle of audio perfection along with a splendid finish to rival even the finest furniture.


The Monitor Audio PL500 II loudspeaker brings the artist into the room in an unrivalled life like way. Thanks to a three-way system with four 8" RDT II long throw bass drivers, two 4" midrange drivers of the same material and of course the MPD (Micro Pleated Diaphragm) high-frequency transducer which was designed specifically for Platinum II speaker in the middle. This mix of drivers delivers an open sound that will offer pure delight for the movie and music connoisseur alike.

The addition of the fully enclosed midrange drivers provides an additional refinement in the mid-range sound spectrum. The PL500 II delivers a wide and open sound image with precise placement, deep bass, and tremendous momentum. The two Hi'Ve II bass ports on the back of the speaker ensure that the speaker has the ability to move air in and out much quicker than a conventional port, the result is fast powerful bass coupled with superior transient response.


Developed over many months of intensive testing and listening, the MPD High Frequency Transducer is a landmark achievement by the engineering team for Platinum II. It represents an imaginative re-working of an existing technology, transforming a successful idea into an audiophile super-driver, having greater accuracy and efficiency than ever before. 
The RDT Cone is a composite ‘sandwich’ structure made from ultra-thin low mass skins, bonded to a honeycomb Nomex core material. It is very light and very strong, meaning that it can respond with great speed without bending - just like a perfect piston. RDT II uses C-CAM for the front skin, while the rear skin is made from a woven carbon fibre material. We discovered that the new structure reduces distortion by over 8dB above 500Hz, which makes RDT II the lowest distortion cone technology in Monitor Audio’s history.

All Platinum II drivers were designed using "underhung" edge-wound voice coils which offer greater driver efficiency and lifelike dynamics, less distortion
Platinum II use Monitor Audio's "Pureflow" silver-plated OFC cable inside to connect the crossover and drivers and the network itself uses the highest quality audiophile grade components which are hand picked for their fine tolerances for the very best sound.

Side-by-side listening tests at Monitor Audio comparing previous models demonstrated that the new Platinum models sound more open and dynamic, with a soundstage that is both taller and wider than the previous model.


Instead of conventional mounting screws, each driver is held in place using a single tensioned rod, or through-bolt, that threads into its back plate, then secures to the back of the cabinet. The bolt not only acts as a rigid cabinet brace to reduce box coloration, it also eliminates the need for traditional driver mounting hardware, effectively decoupling the driver and front baffle to eliminate another source of unwanted resonance.

Monitor Audio speakers have long been known for their sturdy, vault-like cabinet construction. The PL500's well-damped, cross-braced enclosure features a curved profile with large-radius edges. This design helps further increase cabinet rigidity while reducing both external diffraction and internal standing waves that can color sound and reduce accuracy.

The speaker's exterior comes clad in a mirror-like black piano lacquer or real ebony veneer finish. Eleven layers of lacquer are built-up individually to achieve a luxuriously deep finish. Once assembled, the real-wood cabinets are hand finished to ensure absolute precision in the joinery and in the grain matching between each pair. Monitor tops off each speaker with an attractive grille that features invisible attachments to give the PL500 a clean, classic look whether you use them with the grilles on or off.

This PL500 II speaker has a matching center speaker, surround speaker, and subwoofer for film enthusiasts.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Frequency Response22Hz - 100kHz
Speaker Drivers4 x 8" RDTII long-throw bass drivers / 2 x 4" RDT II mid-range driver / 1 x MPD high frequency transducer
Speaker Impedance (Ohm)4
Recommended Amplifier (Watts)150 - 400W
Sensitivity91 dB
Speaker StyleFloor Standing
Dimensions (W x H x D)504 x 1803 x 626 mm

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