Philharmonic Audio

Philharmonic Audio is Pleased to Announce a New Full-Range BMR Tower
And a New Mini Monitor.  

Our popular BMR monitor continues to win rave reviews and will be in stock again by early August in a wide assortment of styles.  In addition, we have rounded out our product line to include a tower version of the BMR with increased power handling and bass extension to 25 Hz, and a new mini monitor with a ceramic woofer and tweeter.  Read on for details.

The New BMR Tower

Although our BMR monitor provides exemplary bass extension down to 34 Hz, true full range performance requires a larger cabinet and a larger woofer.  Working with Paul Kittinger, who is an expert in transmission line design, we have developed a mass-loaded transmission line cabinet that utilizes the same 8-inch Scan Speak Revelator woofer that performed so well in the Philharmonic Model 3.  In our opinion, the Revelator woofer is the finest available in this size class and provides flat in-room response to 25 Hz with absolutely no port noise.  Useful response extends to 20 Hz, which you can test for yourself using our new demonstration CD.  Detailed specifications for the Revelator woofer are here.

The use of two BMR midrange units in an MTM configuration further improves power handling and provides increased clarity in the lower treble and upper midrange.  The towers above are shown in a natural walnut burl high-gloss finish.  The next shipment of towers will be finished in high-gloss natural rosewood, with the option of piano black or piano white if you order before May 1.  Here is a sample of the rosewood veneer on a smaller speaker:

All of the towers are priced at $3,500/pair, plus shipping.  Orders for piano black or white will require a $500 deposit, fully applied to the final payment.  To order, just email Dennis Murphy at  For specifications and full measurements of the new BMR Tower, click here.

The New Ceramic Mini Monitor

For those of you interested in a high quality but affordable monitor for desktop use or as surrounds to complement our other speakers, we have developed a new mini monitor with ceramic drivers from SB Acoustics.  The woofer is the 5-inch version of the 6-inch ceramic woofer used in the BMR.  The one-inch dome tweeter is coated with the same ceramic material that contributes to the extremely linear response of all the drivers in this family of SB Acoustic drivers.  The new Mini can be run either ported or sealed, which allows it to be mounted flush against a wall for surround duty.  Full measurements and specifications can be found here.  The Mini Monitor is priced at $700/pair, plus shipping, in a nine-coat piano black finish.

The BMR Monitor

These speakers are awesome.  The tonality revealed things in songs I’d never heard before. ... The resolution reveals little details such as slight inflections in voices and even accentuates the breathing-in of a vocalist before they begin their next line.  It was a new experience for me to hear these kind of details.  The soundstage is incredibly large and well balanced and the reflections in the room help to extend the soundstage to a size I’ve yet to hear from another speaker to date.
      Erin's Audio Corner, July 18, 2020

Our latest shipment of BMR monitors sold out before they arrived.  We have placed a new order and hope to have them here in early August.  The finish options will include natural piano gloss rosewood, piano black, and a neutral grey with a piano finish.  All of these selections are priced at $1,700/pair, plus shipping.  In addition, we will have a limited number of BMR's with curved cabinets in natural rosewood for $1,900/pair, plus shipping.  The BMR monitor is pictured below with the dark-stained walnut finish featured on the last shipment.  All BMR cabinets are furniture quality and come with magnetic grills.  If you wish to order or have questions, just write to us at  No deposit is required to reserve any of the BMR monitors.  Specifications and full measurements for the BMR may be found here.  For reviews with complete Spinorama measurements, see and  The reviewed BMR's are for the previous version that used the Scan Speak 8545 woofer instead of the SB Acoustics ceramic woofer.  This version is still available from Salk Sound or as a kit.  See details below.

Other BMR Purchase Options

A finished version in a wide variety of veneers and finishes is available through Salk Sound for $2,395/pr - $2,595/pr, depending on finish.  You can also build your own BMR's at lower cost by purchasing a kit version from Meniscus Audio.  The Meniscus kit includes all of the crossover parts, hardware, drivers, and plans for about $940/pr.  Meniscus will also assemble and wire the crossovers for $105/pr.  If you don't wish to build your own cabinets from scratch, Leland Crooks at Speaker Hardware will provide Baltic Birch flat packs for $149 - $169 a side depending on the quality of the birch veneer.