Avalon Acoustics PM1.2 Loudspeakers
The PM1.2 was released by Avalon in the Spring of 2023, visually it looks identical to the outgoing PM1, but uses a new complement of drive units and a highly modified crossover, all new internal cabling as well, resulting in a typical Avalon presentation but one with greater clarity, depth and dynamics – PM does stand for Precision Monitor and Avalon have certainly improved performance along these lines.
The Avalon PM1.2 is the entry level speaker from the PM series of loudspeakers, within this range there are another 3 models above the PM1.2 Priced at £21,750 a pair the PM1.2 are a little larger than the older Idea, but not dramatically so (they are 94cm tall and weigh in at 34kg each), perfectly sized for the typical UK room.
The PM1.2 has the classic Avalon faceting at both the top and bottom of the cabinet, this isn’t just a visual design feature but is specifically to help reduce cabinet baffle refractions, side wall reflections and it contributes more than people realise to giving any Avalon speaker its voice and ensuring the speaker is correctly time aligned.
They possesses all of the wonderful traits that Avalon have become renowned for the world over, when compared to older Avalon designs the PM1.2 offers greater dynamics, more transparency, weight and precision. In front of a good system it’s a sizeable step forward in performance in every area.
One of the first things that hits you with the PM1.2 is the tone and the overall balance of the presentation, it is incredibly even-handed. The treble never shouts at you or pins you to your seat, the bass is clean, tight, extended and wonderfully textured and it never swamps or masks the message the music is trying to convey. The actual cabinet itself is inaudible and it simply disappears into the room which is another great Avalon feature. Coupled with their fantastic imaging and spatial awareness the PM1.2 really lets you hear the ambience from room or studio where the music was recorded and it really is quite something when you experience it.
All Avalon speakers are perfectly time coherent and linear and this combined with their incredible imaging is for where they really excel and it contributes massively to their overall presentation and how they rise up above so many other speaker brands. It may sound cliched but they let you focus on the music and the performers so you can really hear how they play together, spatial cues and all, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers and Billy Cobb rarely sound this together and at the top of their game on Kind of Blue as they do on a pair of PM1.2!
(1) 1 inch Bespoke Beryllium Tweeter
(2) 7.5 inch Bespoke High Excursion Mid-Bass Drivers
4 Ohms Nominal
28Hz to 25kHz
Recommended Amplifier Power:
15 to 200 Watts
Two Position Binding Post
37″ (94 cm) High
10″ (25 cm) Wide
13″ (33 cm) Deep
75 pounds (25 kg) each