PMC twotwo Series Powered Reference Monitors Review

Professional Monitor Company (PMC) has two new handcrafted, 2-way powered reference studio monitors called the twotwo.5 and the scaled-up model, the twotwo.6 with the twotwo.8 version coming soon. The set of pre-production twotwo.6s sent to me for evaluation have a 6.5-inch LF driver, measure (H 406 X W 194 X D 364mm), and a useable frequency range of 40Hz to 25kHz.

PMC’s Advanced Transmission LineTM, an internal labyrinth within the cabinet, is used to load the bass driver and extend the low frequency response of this compact monitor. Both the twotwo.5’s and .6’s use the same 27-mm soft-dome HF driver, the same pair of Class-D power amps—150-watt LF and 50-watt HF, and both accept either balanced or unbalanced analog audio input by way of the rear panel XLR and RCA jacks.

These monitors also accept digital audio input via a rear panel AES3 XLR connector and use their own onboard DSP for automatic sample rate conversion of all incoming digital audio to 24-bit/96kHz, internal A/D-D/A, user-equalization, crossover options and driver protection. With digital audio operation, two RJ45 connectors on the rear panel convey volume data and digital audio over standard CAT-5 cables to any number of PMC monitors daisy chained together.

I’m very impressed but still experimenting with their setup in my small room. The built-in DSP works well to shape the monitors’ frequency balance to sound their best considering my small room’s inherent room mode issues along with my own monitoring preferences. They are an honest pair of monitors that make me work harder at perfecting the sound of my mixes. I like their look and styling; their deep cabinets and narrow width give them a diminutive look but sonically, they are far from unnoticed; they sound huge. The PMC twotwo.6s are big winners here at my Tones 4 $ Studios.

Visit http://pmc-speakers.com for more technical details and information on both the twotwo.5 and twotwo.6 monitors as well as the entire Professional Monitor Company line of active and passive monitoring systems.

By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com