The BB5 XBD Active is a true no-compromise design and the world’s leading reference loudspeaker. This flagship model of the PMC range features PMC’s 34mm high-frequency driver, PMC’s 75mm mid-range dome driver and two 15-inch radial bass units in twin ATL™ (Advanced Transmission Line) cabinets, producing the ultimate low-distortion response and audio window for any professional. The active electronics have resulted from collaboration between Bryston and PMC, giving unrivalled quality and reliability. BB5 offers higher SPLs and a frequency range that extends lower than any other monitor available — down to 17Hz. It has the capacity to reproduce the full scale and dynamics of a live recording without compression or distortion.

The BB5 XBD’s phenomenal bass extension is provided by PMC’s ATL™ technology supplying ample low frequency headroom without the additional effects of soffit mounting, therefore allowing for both a flexible free a standing arrangement or if needs be, a well built soffit.

As with all PMC products there are dedicated centre channels and sub woofers. Though with its dedicated .1 effects channel input and phenomenal the bass performance it negates the need for an additional .1 effects monitor.

You can find the BB5 XBD-A in the following studios: Athens Concert Hall, BBC Maida Vale, 2,3 & 4, BBC Hippodrome. Prince's personal studio and Metropolis studios - london.

TEC award for the Beatles 'Love' 5.1 album mastered on BB5 XBD-A.

Grammy® award for 'Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media ' AND 'Best Surround Sound Album' mastered on BB5 XBD-A.

Customer Reviews

"I believe fully monitoring the mid-low range throughout the whole production process is the key to making audiences move their bodies. This is why, when I decided to build my private studio, PMC's BB5-XBD-A speakers came to mind first – because they have beautiful mid-low range.” "
Mr Jun Inoue (aka Silky Voice), Japan
"Together with my ears and my room, my BB5 monitors are my most important tools. No other monitor can deliver the resolution and low-end energy I need, especially for my work with hip-hop and dance music."
Mr Naweed, UK
"The BB5 XBD-As give you punch and clarity and are extremely revealing regardless of the level you are working at. They also have the power to pin a client to the back wall if that’s what they’re after, whilst maintaining a pristine soundstage and image. "
Mr Francesco Cameli , USA
"…it's all about the PMCs. The PMC speaker, to me, is the best you can have. It doesn’t matter if it's low, mid-level or high level, there is clarity. You hear every little nuance. Some producers come here and are shocked when they listen, because they couldn’t hear it in the mix, ...I was blown away...I listened and thought to myself that is exactly what I did. I knew this was the correct speaker...I trust these speakers 100%."
Mr V,


ATL Tecnology


  • Greater detail & more natural
  • A full, rich sound at any volume level
  • Deeper bass from a smaller cabinet

The source of PMC’s legendary natural, realistic sound is the Advanced Transmission Line (ATL) bass-loading technology, professionally proven all around the world.

ATL uses energy generated by the bass unit in a much more intelligent, efficient way than speaker designs based on ported or sealed boxes.

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ATL Tecnology
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