"They offer a high level of transparency and depth." Grammy-winning engineer Mike Piersante.
Now shipping within North America, the new AML2 Active Reference Monitor from PMC inherits the legendary AML Series design and adds an EQ tilt, an enhanced power supply, and a revised cabinet structure with additional internal damping. "The result is astonishing," states Maurice Patist, PMC's President of Sales & Marketing. "A unique dual-driver layout with a low crossover frequency of just 1.4 kHz enables the AML2 to deliver astoundingly accurate playback for music and speech. The AML2's performance cannot be matched by any other similarly sized reference monitor loudspeaker." The remarkable new system - together with other PMC products - can be seen at the upcoming AES Convention in San Francisco during early November.
The new AML2 has already attracted a great deal of positive reaction from the music recording and post-production community. "The AML2 is accurate, finely-detailed and capable of astonishing playback levels," offers GrammyR-winning engineer Mike Piersante, who recently completed a new album project with Elton John and Leon Russell, entitled The Union, with producer T Bone Burnett. Working at The Village in West Los Angeles, the soon-to-be-released CD was tracked in the legendary Studio D with orchestra and horn section, and mixed in Studio B on a large-format Neve 88R analog console with the new AML2 monitors. "I love these speakers," T Bone Burnett enthuses about PMC's latest-generation active systems. "The AML2s are incredibly useful small speakers with great depth, clarity and volume."
"The first mixes I heard on the AML2s revealed details that I had not heard before," Piersante recalls. "They offer a high level of transparency and depth, and produce a much bigger and full-spectrum sound than you would think capable from such a compact design; they don't need subwoofers. The AML2s get very loud with no distortion or overload limiting - T Bone likes to listen real loud! But I can monitor at lower levels with the same degree of confidence; the clarity and definition are outstanding, with a broad stereo image and with amazing depth. There is no listener fatigue, even after long mixing sessions."
Key design features include a PMC 6.5-inch/16.5 cm flat piston woofer constructed from a carbon fiber/NomexT honeycomb that allows for large, controlled linear excursions and which ensures linear response down to an astounding 33 Hz. The PMC 1.3-inch/34 mm soft-dome tweeter with acoustic lens provides a wide, stable image. The amplifier's true analog circuit design is licensed from Bryston, the world's leading audiophile power-amplifier manufacturer.
The Formula One Connection Bruno Senna, nephew of the late Ayrton Senna and himself a Formula One driver, recently auditioned a pair of AML2 Active Reference Monitors for potential use in his Monaco-based project studio, where he works on house and trance music projects. Currently working with a pair of PMC TB2S-A MkII monitors, Senna auditioned a pair of the new AML2 monitors during a recent trip to PMC's headquarters in England between training sessions at the Silverstone race track. Senna was impressed. "How do you get a big monitor sound like that from such small speakers?" he reflected. "These are the best near-field monitors I've heard - they are going on my shopping list!"
AML2 Specifications Useable frequency range 33 Hz-25 kHz Effective line length 5.5 foot/1.7m Drive unit/LF 6.5-inch/16.5 cm carbon fiber & Nomex flat piston Drive unit/HF 1.3-inch/34 mm PMC soft dome Crossover frequency 1.4 kHz, 24dB/octave Amplifier power LF 100W RMS Amplifier power HF 80W RMS Dimensions (HxWxD) 15.75x7.87x12.48 inch (40x20x36.8 cm) Weight per unit 35.3 lbs (16 kg)