Alright everyone, so I finally received the Platinum PL300 towers and PL100 bookshelfs today.
First impression is that they are very well built. The PL300 is around the height of the GS60, however quite a bit wider. The front baffle is finished in a high quality leather and the cabinet is a shiny gloss lacquer finish. I chose the Ebony wood for our PL300 and Rosewood for the PL100. The Platinum line is also available in Piano Black.
The cabinet is curved front to back. Upon inspection of the back of the cabinet, its look like the back of the midrange and 2 woofers are attached to the rear of cabinet via heavy duty bolts presumably to eliminate any resonances or flexing of the drivers in the cabinet. The base plinth is attached to the bottom of speaker from the factory. No need to install like in the GS line. The speaker terminals are WBT variety located on the plinth and not the speaker cabinet itself.
The grills are magnetic and attach to the speaker simply by placing them on the front baffle. This speaker is definately for someone who doesnt mind looking at drivers, because even with the grills on the metal drivers are clearly visible.
On to the sound. Now everyone is wondering how do they compare to the GS60s? First off, the highs are very dynamic and yet lack any harshness or grain at all. The ribbon is quite a bit smoother than the RS or GS metal dome. Ribbons dont experience the same resonances that metal domes do. Also they typically have exceptionally wide dispersion. The midrange seems to be the magical area with the speaker. This thing does vocals extremely well, and I thought the GS60s did well. Just wait to you hear what these do! They are ever so slightly midrange forward which enhances vocal intelligibility, characteristic of the Monitor Audio "house sound". However, the PL300 seems much more refined presumably because of the advanced driver design incorporated into this new line. Bass is tight and yet doesnt seem to reach into the depths like similarly priced Dynaudio floorstanders. However, this is listening right out of the box. The woofers will have to loosen up before any real analysis. The nice thing that I heard was just a seamless presentation from top to bottom.
Now, do they sound alot better than the GS60s. To my ear it is a better speaker, and it is definately a lot more speaker. Is it worth 5,000 more dollars? Well thats for every individual to decide. Visually the two lines arent even close. But they shouldnt be, this is a much more expensive speaker.
As a statement level speaker this going to need serious power, which adds even more to the investment. The 8" woofers are going to need considerably more power than the GS60s 6.5" woofers. The PL300s basically take everything the GS60s does well and does it better. The imaging is some of the finest Ive heard. Reminds me of Thiel speakers in this department, or the Dali Euphonia speakers. The build quality is on par with the finest speakers Ive seen.
I urge anyone considering a pair of high end stereo speakers, or an ultra high end theater speaker to check these out, if you can find them.
Heres some pictures of ours. Excuse our mess.