The FB1 was the first wholly domestic model from the PMC stable. From its humble drawing-board beginnings to the present day it has become an audio legend, winning awards on all continents from the leading audiophile critics. The FB1 has even received critical acclaim from respected professional magazines for its ability as a true reference-recording monitor. The +upgrade has once again raised the bar in what can be achieved in a 2-Way floorstanding enclosure with improvements to tweeter, crossover network and Transmission line damping material. These improved elements all add up to a cleaner, faster and more defined signature.
The FB1+ is closely related to the TB2+ - which is an ideal partner in an FB1+ surround system - but has the advantage of a far longer ATL™-Advanced Transmission Line that allows for much greater bass weight and extension. Like the TB2+, the FB1+ provides a superb window on any recording; both loudspeakers will bring you the full dynamic force of a recording and pinpoint imaging to match.
PMC’s unique (Advanced Transmission Line) enclosures have taken loudspeaker design to the highest level, using sophisticated cabinet construction, proprietary drive units, and patented absorption materials and techniques. The benefits are enormous compared to the relatively simple sealed and ported designs currently available elsewhere.
PMC’s innovative approach places the bass driver near one end of a long tunnel (the Advanced Transmission Line). This tunnel is heavily damped with acoustic material specified carefully to absorb the upper bass and higher frequencies radiating from the rear of the bass driver. The lowest frequencies are allowed to pass down the line and emerge from the large vent in the same polarity as the driver’s frontal radiation, the vent acting essentially as a second bass driver.
An important benefit of the approach is that the air pressure inside the cabinet, loading the bass driver, is maintained. This helps to control the driver over a wide frequency range and significantly reduces LF distortion. Consequently, the upper bass and midrange detail is not masked by harmonic distortion and the result is PMC’s characteristically transparent midrange, fast, attacking bass and outstanding clarity.
A further advantage is greater bass extension and loudness than a ported or sealed design of a similar size, even if similar drivers were used. Moreover, the very consistent bass driver loading brings the welcome benefit that the frequency response remains consistent regardless of listening level, and analytical auditioning can be conducted without the need for high replay volumes to achieve optimal bass response – a unique and very valuable characteristic.
What they offer above a standard speaker?
- They are extremely detailed and sound natural - As if the musicians are with you in the room
- The sound they produce covers a massive area, so wherever you sit you still hear everything
Full, rich sound at any volume
- You can listen at low level and still hear bass - Ideal for low level or late night listening
- All the components are tried and tested in the professional world
Ease of drive
- They are efficient and therefore can be driven by the vast majority of good quality amplifiers
Ideal for surround
- They all have an identical tonal balance and can be mixed and matched to create the ultimate surround sound system
Easy to position
- They sound superb in a vast array of rooms, large and small
- They are made in England by hand, by nice people who care, and love audio