Platinum Audio Solo Floorstanding Speakers

Platinum Audio Solo Floorstanding Speakers 

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[Dec 27, 2005]
audiophile12345
AudioPhile

Strength:

Wide and deep sound stage,great bass extension,clear and detailed highs,great construction,price

Weakness:

Powerful speaker need very good and powerful Amp,speaker stands,room...

Reference speaker,just grab them if u can and enjoy the music!

Similar Products Used:

Gallo Nucleus Solo,Jm Lab Electra Be,Dali Helicon 300

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 10, 2002]
eric the red
AudioPhile

Strength:

all strengths

Weakness:

no weaknesses

just a quick follow up to my previous comments...With the Solos blu-tacked to some heavy-duty sand-filled stands from Part''''s Express running through a PS Audio 300 wpc amp and a Rotel RC-995 pre-amp and the trusty Jolida cdp: Wow! Like everyone here says, the Solos love good clean power. FANTASTIC loudspeakers, top to bottom. Grab ''''em if you can...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 21, 1999]
Ken
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Lively, accurate, booming bass, superb imaging

Weakness:

looks

I was finally financially able to get the equipment I wanted last year and searched high and low to replace the Klipsch KG4s that had served me so well since college. I was looking for a mini-monitor due to my apartment dweller status and set 2.5K as my ceiling. I tested every monitor in the book...from the NHT Super Ones to the PROAC tablettes...to the Joseph Audio RM7is to the Castle line from England. From the Martin Logan Aerius series to Audio Physic (a little north of 2.5K but what the heck) My one and only requirement for a speaker...I wanted the hair on the back of my neck to stand up when I played Cassandra Wilson. I want the highest highs and the lowest lows. I want punch, accuracy and my speaker to be able to throw an awesome soundstage. Of all the speakers I tested, NONE made the hair stand on my neck like the Platinums. None. I'm not even that thrilled with the looks, preferring an all wood construction ala the Dynaudios or Harbeths. Oh yeah, I even tried the vaunted studio monitor from Legacy Audio (traveling all the way to Oakland CA to hear them) and was disappointed. Trust me...the solos are an amazing buy. You will not be sorry...find your nearest dealer today.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 06, 2000]
Geoffrey Jones
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Sound stage, laid back highs, wonderful midrange, amazing bass for a speaker this size. Beautiful to look at.

Weakness:

low efficency,

I bought these on the internet for $900 delivered. Initially I used them with an Acurus 150A 150 watt per
channel amp. They sounded pretty good, not as analytical as the Thiels, but they had a better sound stage and more bass. The bass was boomy and not as clear and defined as
the Thiels. I expected that since the Solos are a ported box. The Solos seemed to convey the joy and life of the music played through them.
A year later I picked up a McCormack DNA-1 amp (175+watts per channel) and a TLC-1 McCormack preamp to replace the
Acurus Amp and preamp(L-11). What a difference this made!
All of a sudden the Black part of the sound stage was completely silent and the resolution of the instruments and their positioning became much more precise. Still the music that came forth was full of life.

A year later I finally put the Matching Platinum Solo Stands together. I had bought these over the internet from a different person than the person I bought my speakers from. This was not my best purchase. He sent them in a box, in pieces and they rattled, scraped, and scratched from Las Vegas to Rochester N.Y. That is why it took me a year to put them together. I repainted them with Krylon Semi Flat Black paint. (perfect match) I digress. I filled them with sand and bolted the speakers to the stand. Again what a difference this made. No more booming bass, much tighter and the sound stage resolution is much better still.

My next step will be to bi-wire them to the McCormack. I have some Kimber 4TC for the highs and will try to pick up some 8TC for the low end. The sound is wonderful now but I
think it will be even better.

These are great speakers, but you do need the right equipment to make them sound the best. They deserve it, that's why I give them a five out of five.

Similar Products Used:

Thiel 1.5, NHT 1.5

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 12, 1999]
John Teltscher
an Audio Enthusiast

Bought a pair of solos w/stands last feb.1998. I have had 10 different pairs of speakers in my system over the years(snells,vandersteens,classic wharfedales etc.etc)but nothing comes comes closen to the performance of these speakers.they are incredibly involvingly musicaly accurate & I sometimes find myself listening till 4:00am in the morning.My only gripe is the solos tend to be a little laid back in the midrange.These speakers seem to have almost perfect synergy with the rest of my system but do require a lot of juice,(current amp-B&K Ex442 Sonata series 200 rms amp)!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 04, 1999]
Alan
a Casual Listener

This is truly a reference caliber speaker...if you are having the right system.Excelent...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 04, 1999]
Alan
a Casual Listener

This is truly a reference caliber speaker...if you are having the right system.Excelent...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 11, 2001]
Chip
Audiophile

Strength:

Transparent, Very lively and Dynamic, Great bass extension and detailed highs. Gorgeous rosewood finish

Weakness:

Require a powerful amp of well over a 100 watts per channel due to its 6 ohm 84 db specifications.

I have only had these in my system a couple of days and they have made a lasting impression already. I bought these used at Fidelis Audio in N.H for a great price and the owner said these are a very good speaker if you have the required power to drive them. I just recently purchased an Odyssey Stratos amp and there seems to be great synergy between this amp,the solo's and my Sony x777es player going directly into the amp and controlled by its variable outputs. I had Morel Preludes previous to the solo's and always experienced the woofer bottoming out. The solo requires a lot of juice, but it can also handle massive amounts of power for a small speaker due to its rather low efficiency. The speaker is very musical with a wide and deep soundstage. It handles micro and macro dynamics as good as anything I've heard. There are other reviews at this site stating that they stay up late into the night listening to these because the transparency of the solo's let you hear details into the recording that you thought were never there! These speakers are very dynamic and can be played with any type of music from classical to Roger Waters and can handle the hard rock of Metallica. These have a fit and finish you can be proud to own and there sound is simply astonishing! I have the matching Platinum stands. When I get a chance to fill them with sand they will only sound better. I give these a 5 star rating at their old retail price of $2500 + $390 for the stands for value and there amazing performance.

Similar Products Used:

Snell, Morel, Paradigm, B&W, etc.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 20, 2001]
Faber Dennis
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Reference Standard

Weakness:

Need a lot of juice

Oh man…this speaker has always been my dream bookshelf ever since I set an eye and ear on it a few years back. I have been using the Acoustic Energy AE-1 for the past 5 years and upgraded to series-2 a year ago but disappointed by the lack of improvement!.This triggers me to look for another Speaker and actually listed to the above similar products. And now, a few of the Platinum Solo are floating in the used market, like bubbles, it's gone in just like that. I'm one of the lucky one who manage to get this super mini bookshelf, designed by the same designer of AE-1, Mr. Phil Jones. When I first hook it up to my system, there's no doubt, the performance of the SOLO far exceeds the AE-1 or the series 2 for that matter. As one review wrote ' You no longer hear the cold and rough metal sound and the unemotional feel in the treble, and there is much more bass and transient performance'. I bought the Solo for just under a grand. Easily the best Monitor around regardless of price. A reference? Definitely!. As they say, ' Like a mirror, it honestly reflects the characteristics of your amplifier'. But just a reminder, if you intend to place this speaker in a large room, you should get an above average amplifier to drive this

Similar Products Used:

Acoustic Energy AE-1, Totem Mani-2, Totem Model 1, B&W Silver Signature ... and all those High End Monitors

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 22, 2001]
Douglas
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Low listener fatigue factor, great detail, slightly sweet tonal balance.

Weakness:

None.

I used to hit this website 3-5x a week. Then I bought these in November 2000 and haven't been back until today. There's no need to look for something better...

My system (no changes since I bought the Platinums and none anticipated until something breaks down):

Classe Model 25 amp
Audible Illusions L-1 preamp tubed with Sovtek 6922s
Ultech UCD-100 HDCD CD player
Cardas 300B interconnects
Cardas Crosslink speaker cable, bi-wired
Target Beta 2 rack
Sound Anchors custom amp stand
Monster Cable HTS2000 power filter/conditioner

Similar Products Used:

Thiel CS2 2s, Thiel 1.5s, Magnepan 2.7s, Magnepan 1.6QRs, Paradigm Reference Studio 60s.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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