PMC twenty5 23i Loudspeaker Review & Comments

bogart99

Well-known Member
Nice speakers but do these warrant being nearly twice as much as the stand mounts? Where has the extra £1700 or so been spent?
 
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larkone

Distinguished Member
How does 'connectivity' rate 8/10. It has a pair of speaker connections which is all that is required for them to function so how did they get marked down 2 points? Confused by this.
 

Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
How does 'connectivity' rate 8/10. It has a pair of speaker connections which is all that is required for them to function so how did they get marked down 2 points? Confused by this.

This has been asked before and, as such, answered before.

8 is a default value; easy and logical to connect via a variety of speaker cable terminations to. The two higher point values then exist to acknowledge specialist extra features like crossover bypass, star earths and other unusual fitments.
 

larkone

Distinguished Member
Thanks Ed, that's useful to know. I obviously missed it being mentioned before in the 2million+ threads on here - doh.
 

password1

Well-known Member
How does 'connectivity' rate 8/10. It has a pair of speaker connections which is all that is required for them to function so how did they get marked down 2 points? Confused by this.
I was thinking a mark was deducted, on emark per speaker, as they are single wiring/single amp connection only.
 

fordster

Member
Nice speakers but do these warrant being nearly twice as much as the stand mounts? Where has the extra £1700 or so been spent?
They’re “only” £600 more than the large stand mount (twenty5 22i). I guess that is accounted for by the extra cabinet and transmission line. Plus the saving you’d make by not having to buy stands (assuming you didn’t already that’s some).
 

fordster

Member
I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but they’re not really my cup of tea. The plinth and spikes may be better acoustically but I find them ugly. I think they look much better in the satin white but would really need to see them in the flesh.
 

bogart99

Well-known Member
They’re “only” £600 more than the large stand mount (twenty5 22i). I guess that is accounted for by the extra cabinet and transmission line. Plus the saving you’d make by not having to buy stands (assuming you didn’t already that’s some).
Yes but £1700 more than the 21i to which they are compared to in the review.
 

Superaintit

Standard Member
It's been a while since I listened to PMC speakers, but I've always liked them.
There is something about that transmission line bass that's very attractive to me.

The one thing I wonder about these speakers is the sharp edges near the speaker cones. You'll probably have reflections from those.
 

Ruffuz

Well-known Member
It's been a while since I listened to PMC speakers, but I've always liked them.
There is something about that transmission line bass that's very attractive to me.

The one thing I wonder about these speakers is the sharp edges near the speaker cones. You'll probably have reflections from those.

I'd really expect PMC to notice that and make sure it doesn't happen.
 

Superaintit

Standard Member
@Ruffuz : I'm sure the PMC engineers know what they're doing. However, speaker design is always about compromise, the biggest being cost vs performance. What I know from speaker design a rectangular box is really undesirable as in least performing. It is however the easiest to assemble and transport.
 

password1

Well-known Member
@Ruffuz : I'm sure the PMC engineers know what they're doing. However, speaker design is always about compromise, the biggest being cost vs performance. What I know from speaker design a rectangular box is really undesirable as in least performing. It is however the easiest to assemble and transport.
I wonder why there were a lot more affordable speakers with curved cabinets back 10-15 years ago, maybe a little earlier.

Kef, Mission, Mordaunt short, Wharfedale used to have speakers available with curved cabinets that were a lot cheaper than today's body designs.

I know cost of production has gone up, but the materials isn't that expensive, MDF is still very affordable and cheaply available.
 

Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
Kef, Mission, Mordaunt short, Wharfedale used to have speakers available with curved cabinets that were a lot cheaper than today's body designs.

None of which were made in the UK however and none of which also incorporated a transmission line which would mean the curved side needed to be decorative (ie, the inner wall of the cabinet would need to remain flat).
 

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password1

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Im talking about curved cabinets like these which were relatively affordable. Their successors are boxy straight sided and baffled designs.
 

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DIBSTER

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"Fairly expensive" - at £3850 I would say that was a bit of an under statement
 

Es Lung

Novice Member
As impressive as the PMC Twenty5 23i are, for £50 - £150 more you can get better value for your money on something like the Dynaudio Evoke 50 or Monitor Audio Gold 300 5G or even the Q Acoustics Concept 500.
 

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