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PMC to unveil twenty series centre speaker

David Davies 15 February 2012
PMC to unveil twenty series centre speaker

With styling and performance to complement the recently launched twenty series speakers, the twenty.C allows home theatre enthusiasts to share in the benefits of PMC’s latest drive units and ATL innovations.

PMC will demonstrate the twenty.C at Sound & Vision, The Bristol Show, as part of a full twenty series home theatre system, together with the new Bryston SP-3 surround processor in the Berlin 3 Suite on the ground floor.

Using identical twenty series M13 5½” drive units as the twenty.21 stand mount and twenty.23 floorstanding models, the twenty.C is voiced to match the speakers with which it will be partnered. The bass/mid drive units, developed by PMC, have lightweight and stiff paper cones, with a matt finish doping, and are built into cast alloy chassis to provide a rigid and stable environment, and offer high sensitivity and low colouration.

Twin drivers flank the new SONOLEX fabric dome tweeter, developed in conjunction with SEAS of Norway. This tweeter is said to provide a ‘phenomenal’ off-axis response thanks to the new dispersion grille; a technology previously used on the company’s flagship studio monitors and more recently in the fact series. The addition of a resonance chamber enables the crossover point to be lowered to just 1.8kHz, which further enhances the dispersion characteristics of the speakers.

As with all PMC loudspeakers, the twenty.C also features the company’s patented Advanced Transmission Line (ATL) technology. The 18mm Medite HDF cabinet construction and design, with its 5∘ sloping front and rear baffles, are inherently high in rigidity and low in resonance, which serves to reduce cabinet induced distortions significantly and enhance the performance of the ATL as well as offering dynamic, contemporary aesthetics. Further developments of the ATL technology have enabled the engineers to produce a ‘much deeper’ bass than would generally be possible in a cabinet of this size.

Peter Thomas, founder and chief designer, commented: “The missing piece in the new twenty series was the centre channel speaker, but being PMC we wanted to design a no-compromise product from the ground up that is perfect for the job. That is why it has taken us five months since the launch of the twenty series to come out with the twenty.C. Creating an impressive low-end performance with phenomenal vocal clarity from a speaker small enough to slot into a standard AV rack is not without its challenges. The engineering team has spent many hours perfecting a new transmission line and has come up with something special for the twenty.C. I am convinced that movie lovers will be enthralled by the performance when they hear it.”

The twenty.C is available in a choice of three real wood veneers (Oak, Walnut and Amarone) and a new high gloss finish, Diamond Black. The exclusive warm black PMC cloth covered grille is fixed in place using invisible magnets to retain an unblemished front baffle. As with all PMC passive loudspeakers, the twenty.C is covered by the class-leading 20 year warranty.

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