Philharmonic Audio

The New Affordable Accuracy Monitor

Philharmonic Audio is pleased to offer a new version of the highly popular Affordable Accuracy Monitor, which was recently discontinued due to substantial increases in the price we paid for the stock Pioneer 22 speakers.  The new monitor is also a modification of an existing product, in this case the Parts Express BR-1 kit.  That kit contains very high quality drivers and a sturdy and attractive cabinet, and a crossover that is serviceable but not fully optimized.

We have replaced that circuitry with a highly precise 11-element crossover that achieves admirably flat response and excellent phase tracking.  The robust silk dome tweeter is crossed at a very low 1700 Hz, which provides exceptionally broad dispersion and maximizes detail in the lower treble and upper midrange.  The 6.5" long-throw woofer offers very tight and clean bass that extends much deeper than you would expect from a speaker of this size and cost.  Although we have specified the bass response very conservatively at a -3 dB point of 48 Hz, the monitors will in fact produce very audible output at 34 Hz.  You can test that for yourself with a demo CD that we include with every pair of monitors.  Thus, you can expect a firm bass foundation and very high power handling on music material without the cost and complexity of a subwoofer.  But the most surprising element of the new monitor is its price--only $210/pr plus shipping.  That's just $30 more than the stock BR-1 kit, and the Affordable Accuracy Monitor is fully assembled.  For ordering information, click here.

Frequency Response

On-Axis Quasi-Anechoic Response at 1 meter

Specifications

Cabinet Black Wood Grain Vinyl
Tweeter 1-1/8" Silk Dome
Woofer 6.5" treated paper cone with rubber surround
Crossover 11 element 4th Order Acoustic Linkwitz-Riley, 1700 Hz Crossover Frequency
Frequency Response 48 Hz - 20kHz (+/- 3db) Anechoic
Sensitivity 84.5 dB (dB/2.83v/1M)
Impedance 6 Ohms
Box Alignment Bass Reflex
Dimensions 14" H x 9" W x 11" D
Weight 16 lbs each

The Affordable Accuracy Center Channel

This MTM center channel is an extensively modified version of the popular Pioneer Electronics C22 loudspeaker.  Although the Pioneer speaker is an excellent buy and will perform very well in many applications, it lacks the clarity and neutrality of the Affordable Accuracy monitor.  The tweeter is the principal limitation.  We have replaced the stock tweeter with an excellent unit from Vifa of Scandinavia.  The new nine-element crossover optimizes the response with the new tweeter to achieve a level of performance consistent with that of the monitor.  Both speakers feature the same black finish and voicing over the critical midrange frequencies.  The Affordable Accuracy center channel is priced at $125 plus shipping.

Frequency Response

Specifications

Tweeter 1" Fabric Dome
Woofer 4" Treated Paper x2
Frequency Response 70Hz - 20kHz (+/- 3db)
Sensitivity 88 dB (dB/2.83v/1M)
Impedance 6 ohms
Dimensions 7 1/8" H X 18 1/8" W X 8.5" D
Weight 14 lbs