Munich High-End show: PMC Unveils New Fact Signature loudspeakers

The High-End show in Munich, Germany, opened with a blast on the first day filled with press conferences and dealer events, where there was no shortage of great sounding speakers. First among many and no doubt among the best quality to be found at the show are the new PMC fact signature speakers. These are re-engineered versions of the renowned fact.8 and fact.12 loudspeakers, with innovations and technology developed for the recently launched fact fenestra flagship, introduced in 2018 precisely at the Munich show.

Since they launched, the fact series loudspeakers have been hailed around the world as the pinnacle of PMC’s high-end audio range. They benefited from incorporating everything the British company learned in its previous 20 years into the elegant advanced transmission line speakers, winning many fans, countless awards, and selling in considerable numbers. 

As an engineering and innovation led business, with an open-minded approach to design, PMC is constantly seeking out new technologies, materials, and manufacturing processes and this has led to the creation of the new fact signature models. The development of the fact fenestra saw PMC’s engineers undertake extensive research into the effect of vibrations on audio performance. In particular, the analysis of vibration and its impact on sensitive components within crossover circuits led to fenestra being fitted with the very best, British made, capacitors, and non-inductive German resistors, designed to eradicate internal micro-vibrations which have a negative impact on the performance of the speaker.

As the company explains, “innovators are never satisfied with their products; with every year, new technologies, materials, and manufacturing processes can be applied, and there is always room for improvement. Our team has an open-minded approach to loudspeaker design, frequently collaborating with cutting-edge companies from outside the world of audio, and have been working to realise the further potential they saw in the most popular designs in the fact range, fact.8, and fact.12, by incorporating ideas from the flagship fact fenestra. The fact.8 signature and the larger fact.12 signature is the result: two- and three-way ATL speakers with even greater musicality and transparency.”

In much the same way as car manufacturers trickle technology down from Formula 1 cars to family vehicles, PMC’s engineers have done the same with the fact.8 and fact.12 models, taking the incredible attention to detail employed during the fenestria design process to further improve the performance of these already outstanding models.

New crossovers, mounted on military-grade circuit boards, are populated with the same hand-selected components employed in the fenestra, with the positioning of each component carefully calculated to minimize unwanted interference. Audiophile grade switching, set into the solid aluminium back panel, permits subtle tailoring of the bass and treble response of the speakers to create the perfect sound balance in the listening room. Connections to the amplifier are via silver coated binding posts and it is possible to bi/tri-wire or bi/tri-amp the speakers.

The two-way fact.8 signature and three-way fact.12 signature retains the familiar features which have made them firm favorites. The Sonomex dome treble unit is common across both models and the fact.12 utilises a hand-made 50mm dome midrange that incorporates design elements from the mid-range driver in fenestra, for the same sense of clean, airy and room-enveloping sound. fact.8 features light, super-stiff, natural fibre bass drivers and the fact.12 retains its bespoke woofers made from an ultra-light alloy cone. And, of course, both speakers have at their hearts PMC’s Advanced Transmission Line bass-loading technology, proven around the world in the leading professional recording studios to extend low-frequency performance and present an ultra-clear midrange.

As is befitting of such high-performance loudspeakers, the fact.8 signature and fact.12 signature models are supplied in two stunning new finishes: White Silk and Metallic Graphite, to enhance any environment and make a signature statement.

The fact.8 signature and fact.12 signature will be available with retail prices €9,495 and €18,995 (VAT included), respectively. Both models will be available from July 2019.

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