Consumer FAQ

This is the PMC FAQ containing information that relates to consumer and custom-installation products. Please browse the list and see if your question has been answered.

What is the difference between the Studio ‘S” version of PMC speakers and the domestic veneered versions?

The studio version’s are exclusively for professional customers as the matt black paint finish is very hard wearing and robust, which is ideal for vigorous use in a studio like environment.

What is the difference between passive and active speakers?

Passive speakers have a non-powered crossover between the power amp and the drive units, whereas an active speaker has a powered crossover between the preamp and power-amp. This means that a single stereo amplifier can control a two or three way speaker pair, while an active design requires one channel of amplification per drive unit. So a two way active design would require 2 stereo amplifiers and a three way active design would require 3 stereo amplifiers to power the speaker pair. PMC active designs are given the ‘A” suffix in the name e.g. BB5-A.

Where can I demo and purchase the speakers?

Please follow the link and click on your county from the list to locate your nearest dealer. Where to Buy

What is Bi and Tri Wiring?

Bi-wiring is the use of two runs of speaker cable per channel between the amplifier and speaker. Tri-wiring is similarly the use of three runs of speaker cable per channel, but you will require a three way loudspeaker and three rear pairs of terminals per speaker to achieve this. Some people advocate that separating the signal paths aids the retrieval of fine detail. However, the evidence is far from conclusive. If you intend to bi-wire your two way speakers, or tri-wire your three way speakers ensure the metal links on the back-panel have been removed.

What is the difference between passive and active speakers?

Passive speakers have a non-powered crossover between the power amp and the drive units, whereas an active speaker has a powered crossover between the preamp and power-amp. This means that a single stereo amplifier can control a two or three way speaker pair, while an active design requires one channel of amplification per drive unit. So a two way active design would require 2 stereo amplifiers and a three way active design would require 3 stereo amplifiers to power the speaker pair. PMC active designs are given the ‘A” suffix in the name e.g.

What amplifiers do we recommend?

At PMC we use Bryston amplifiers for who we are the UK supplier. As our speakers have been developed using their amplifiers and visa-versa, the combinations offers good synergy and excellent results, and we would recommend you audition Bryston amplifiers with our speakers if possible.

What speaker should I choose?

To choose a speaker, you should consider the following:

• How big is my listening area?
• How loud do you listen to your music?

The choice of speaker will always be down to your own personal preferences, whether you listen to your music loud or quiet, or have a room large or small, PMC accommodates for all needs though its extensive consumer range of bookshelf, stand mount and floor standing monitors.

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