The twenty5.26 is a subtle and revealing loudspeaker; every tweak you make to the system is audible and this means that all the fine details of recordings can be enjoyed. With Javier Perianes’ piano playing [Manuel Blasco de Nebra Piano Sonatas 1-6 Op.1, Harmonia Mundi], the sense of deliberation in his timing is palpable and the precision of decay and micro dynamics totally absorbing. It’s almost like the quieter the notes the more you are drawn into them. Yet, more energetic material is equally enthralling; in fact when I dropped the needle on ‘16 Shells from a Thirty-ought-six’ [Tom Waits, Swordfishtrombones, Island] it was all but impossible to sit still, so compelling was the lop-sided rhythm. If Waits isn’t a Captain Beefheart fan, I’ll eat my hat.
The biggest model in the twenty5 series retains the timing brilliance of the twenty5.22 that I reviewed earlier, but adds bandwidth, dynamic capability and resolution, not to mention power handling to the mix. It is a consistently revealing and musically engaging loudspeaker that makes certain well-regarded competitors seem incoherent and coloured. In other words it’s really rather good indeed. Highly recommended!
Type: 3-way, three-driver, floorstanding speaker with PMC ATL (Advanced Transmission Line) enclosure
Driver complement: One 27mm SONOLEX soft dome, ferro-fluid cooled tweeter; one PMC 50mm soft dome, midrange driver; one PMC 170mm long throw g-weave bass drivers.
Crossover frequencies: 400Hz, 4kHz
Frequency response: 27Hz–25kHz
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Dimensions (H×W×D): 1040 (+20mm spikes) × 192 (275mm inc plinth bars) × 439mm (+15mm grille)
Finishes: oak, walnut, Amarone, Diamond Black
Manufacturer: The Professional Monitor Company
Tel: +44 (0)870 444 1044