PMC Fact.12 Launch Event at HiFi Lounge on August 3rd!

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Hi Everyone,

I have to say that I am really pleased to announce that on August 3rd at HiFi Lounge we will be holding a PMC Fact.12 launch event in conjunction with PMC Speakers.

Tom Baron, the UK representative for PMC and Bryston, who many of you will know, will be here holding the demonstrations of the Fact.12’s all day in our upstairs demo room which will be driven by a pair of Bryston 7B SST2 mono blocks and using the Bryston SP3 processor, BDA-2 DAC and BDP-2 Media Player. We will also be running the Fact.8’s in our downstairs demo room driven by the new Bryston B135 SST2 integrated amplifier and hopefully Oliver Thomas, the lead designer on the Fact.12 project will be popping in to answer any questions.

I have heard the new Fact.12’s on 2 occasions now and they really are quite spectacular, I can’t wait to get them in at HiFi Lounge and hold this open day to give other music enthusiasts the opportunity to experience these stunning speakers first hand, you can read my initial thoughts when I first heard them at the Munich High End show last month here -

http://hifilounge.tumblr.com/tagged/PMC-Speakers

We are big fans of the Fact.8 at HiFi Lounge but the new Fact.12 really does move things on significantly, especially bearing in mind its cabinet size which is only slightly bigger that the Fact.8’s. What you get is a level of performance that can rival the much bigger IB2i’s in a cabinet that is a lot more living room friendly, when you hear the Fact.12’s it really does take some believing that such a big sound can come from such a svelte cabinet but more importantly that it just sounds so natural and musical.

The Fact.12 is a total redesign from the Fact.8 with only the tweeter remaining the same, the main addition is the bespoke mid range cone which is based on the world famous PMC 75 mid range, found in the IB2i, MB2i and BB5i speakers, which is considered by many to be the finest mid cone available, it may be slightly smaller than the PMC 75 but when I was listening to the Fact.12’s the tonal richness and clarity that I am so used to with the MB2 SE’s with their PMC 75 mid sounded just as good, I feel that this is the first time that a mid range of this quality has been put into a domestic speaker rather than the professional ranges where you would usually find them.

As I have said before it is the dedicated bass cones and the overall depths that these speakers can go down to that really shocked me, but in a very controlled and fast Fact way, along with the new mid cone it really is one amazing combination. Another thing worth mentioning is the bass and treble controls on the rear of the speaker, so now you can give the overall sound a little bass lift or reduction and the same with the treble to help fine tune the speaker, it is only a subtle change but can make a noticeable difference and is invaluable for helping tune the fact.12 to a possibly difficult room or giving an overall sound that you prefer. When we were demoed this at the recent Fact.12 dealer day I was amazed how when the bass was put onto its lower setting how it cleaned the mid range up and portrayed it into the room further, extremely impressive and as PMC have stated there is no correct setting as they are all correct.

Anyway I will shut up now as I could go on for hours, I can honestly say though that I don’t think there has ever been a speaker that performs at the level of the Fact.12 with such a small cabinet, it has certainly been a long time since I have been this excited by a new speaker so please feel free to come along to HiFi lounge from 9am onwards on August 3rd to experience the new PMC Fact.12, I can guarantee you have never experienced anything like it before.

Here are a couple of comments from Miles and Peter from PMC -

Miles Roberts, PMC’s managing director, praises the fact.12 design team, saying, “Oliver and his team have done a superb job of producing a loudspeaker that is worthy of its position at the top of the fact range. Its performance is such that it can justifiably be compared to our world famous studio monitors.” He continues, “The new 50mm midrange unit is a masterpiece of engineering which has a remarkable performance, very close to that of the PMC75 and is sure to make the fact.12 a loudspeaker that will be in demand for many years to come. We look forward to sharing it with music aficionados from across the world when we unveil it in Munich in May.”

Peter Thomas, PMC’s founder and chief designer, says, “We are lucky to be involved at every stage of the recording process in major studios around the world. This gives us first-hand knowledge of the creative process and the detail and passion of the actual performance. The objective for the design of the new fact.12 was to increase resolution and detail to a higher standard while maintaining our commitment to dynamics and accuracy. Our goal is, as always, to deliver that performance in the home as it was originally captured in the studio.”

The Fact.12 is such a special product for PMC that it also marks 12 new firsts for them as a company, please see below -

Twelve fact.12 firsts

  1. The first three way fact model
  2. The first time a speaker company has worked with the National Physical Laboratory

  3. The first use of the new 50mm midrange dome drive unit

  4. The first use by PMC of a hollow pole piece in a mid-range dome drive unit

  5. The first use of the new 140mm bass drive units

  6. The first time PMC has engineered a bass unit with a ‘power bulge’ for extended excursion

  7. The first use by PMC of coated alloy cones for low frequency reproduction

  8. The first use of a double sided crossover in a PMC speaker

  9. The first passive speaker to have a genuine bass lift user option

  10. The first twin vent Advanced Transmission Line

  11. The first design process led by Oliver Thomas
  12. The first speaker from PMC to feature the new white silk finish


Ok I really am going to shut up now, hope to see you on August 3rd for what will certainly be a fun day :)

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Hi Everyone,

For our FACT.12 event next month this weather has inspired me to throw a BBQ in the gardens round the back of HiFi lounge, I have a fellow PMC owner and friend lined up to do the cooking so if you fancy a burger or hot dog, as well as hearing the Fact.12's please feel free to pop in, Personally I couldn't think of anything better, PMC and a BBQ :)

I guess That will guarantee to make it rain now, better pop out and get a Gazebo just in case, fingers crossed though that this glorious weather will continue, hopefully see you at HiFi lounge on August 3rd :smashin:

Here is a picture of the gardens on a sunny day, lets hope we can re-create that and give people a chance to mingle outside, have a drink and something to eat and chat all things HiFi.



Cheers.

 

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Hi Everyone,

Being that I am a bit of a PMC speaker fan yesterday was quite an exciting day as PMC delivered our demo pair of Fact.12's to give me plenty of time to run them in before our Launch Event on August 3rd.

If anyone would like a look at my very amateurish un-boxing photo's from yesterday please follow the link - http://hifilounge.tumblr.com/post/55874194884/pmc-fact-12s-are-in-the-building

Right I'm off to carry on the tough job of running them in :)

Cheers.

 

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I would urge anybody nearby to go to this event.

I popped into Oxford Audio Consultants yesterday and they had also just received their demo pair and were running them in. The sound is fabulous, particularly considering the elegant enclosure dimensions.

They needed a bit of welly, the music I listened to needed between 10 and 15dB more on the Devialet gain than I need at home in a bigger room with huge speakers, but even not run in the sound was great top to bottom.

 

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I would urge anybody nearby to go to this event.I popped into Oxford Audio Consultants yesterday and they had also just received their demo pair and were running them in. The sound is fabulous, particularly considering the elegant enclosure dimensions.

They needed a bit of welly, the music I listened to needed between 10 and 15dB more on the Devialet gain than I need at home in a bigger room with huge speakers, but even not run in the sound was great top to bottom.
Thanks f1eng, I've been busy running mine in all week, they are just sounding better and better all the time, like you say though they do respond to a bit of juice though.

- - - Updated - - -

Hi Everyone,

Just thought I would take a rest from setting up for tomorrow’s PMC Fact Open day and give a few more details what the day will entail.

Basically we have the Fact.8’s and Fact.3’s set-up in our downstairs demo room hooked up to the Bryston B135 SST2 along with the Bryston BDP-1 and BDA-1, so if anyone wants to compare both speakers we can easily accommodate that.

I have been running the Fact.12’s in all week so now they have loosened up a little and are sounding amazing, we will have them hooked up to the Bryston SP3 processor, Bryston 7B SST2 Monoblocks and Brystons BDP-2/BDA-2, we will also have Rega’s RP8 with Dynavector XX2 running for anyone who wants to try some vinyl. Olly Thomas, the lead designer on the Fact.12’s, will hopefully be popping in to answer any questions and all being well, Tom Barron, the PMC and Bryston UK Representative will be running a powerpoint presentation about the development of the Fact.12’s, I saw this at the Fact.12 dealer launch and it is really interesting so hopefully we can get it working.

I have just checked the weather and it is looking pretty good, maybe the odd shower around in the afternoon, so the BBQ should be good to go, I hope so anyway as my wife Wendy came home last night with a car full of burgers, sausages, rolls and sauces so we need a dry day otherwise I’ll be eating BBQ food till Christmas.

We’ll be open from 9am tomorrow morning and finsih up when everyone has had enough, knowing how good the Fact.12’s are I can see it being a bit of a late one.

Hope to see you tomorrow,

Regards,

Paul.

Here are a couple of pics of HiFi Lounge being transformed in to Fact Lounge -

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I meant to say also, if anyone has trouble finding us please ring on 01767 448121 and I will guide you in, there is a sign on the main road saying 'HFL' which points to the right entrance, cheers.

 

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Well it’s 8.45pm and I think we are finally ready for our PMC Fact.12 Event tomorrow, we have just finished sorting the gardens out and the Gazebo is up so nothing is going to stop us now :)

No one ever told me that being a HiFi Shop owner would entail such long hours, all in the name of having fun though and that is what really matters, hope to see everyone tomorrow.

As ever here are a couple of pictures of the gardens waiting for tomorrow’s action -

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philb36

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It really is a stunning location! Good luck to you all today! I wish I could afford the brands you stock! :upgrade: Oh for a lotto win!

 

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It really is a stunning location! Good luck to you all today! I wish I could afford the brands you stock! :upgrade: Oh for a lotto win!
Thanks philb36, much appreciated, it was a great day, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you for that lottery win :)

- - - Updated - - -

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to say a big thanks on behalf of myself and Wendy to everyone who came along to our PMC Fact.12 event yesterday, a great turnout again, with the upstairs demo room packed most of the day with the Fact.12’s definitely being the stars of the day, helped by Tom the DJ who spent all day with the ipad in hand selecting a great selection of tunes, so we’d also like to say a big thanks to Tom Barron for giving up his Saturday and doing such a stirling job, top man.

Throughout the day I kept hearing comments of astonishment about the performance of the Fact.12’s, it really is hard to comprehend that a speaker as svelte as the Fact.12 can perform as it does, I think it is fair to say that every single person came away mightily impressed with the Fact.12’s and many people figuring out how they can afford a pair asap.

As a bonus the weather held out most of the day, just a small shower mid afternoon but by then all the BBQ food had well and truly been demolished, it seemed to go down pretty well and it was great to be able to use the gardens at last as when we took on the building for HiFi Lounge that was always one of the appealing aspects of it, great to see it used at last as I had always imagined.

So I just want to say thanks one more time, great to see so many familiar and new faces, hope to see you all again shortly, unfortunately I haven’t got any pictures for a change, I was having too much fun and then at the end of the day I realised that I didn’t take one photo which was a shame.

Obviously the Fact.12’s are well and truly run in now, we didn’t actually leave till 9pm as we couldn’t pull ourselves away, but if you couldn’t make the event but would like to hear the Fact.12’s please feel free to come in anytime as we will have them on permanent display and will always be pleased to demo them at anytime.

Thanks again, hope to see some of you again for our Bruce Springsteen Appreciation day this weekend for a day of the Boss and another BBQ :)

Cheers,

Paul and Wendy.

 

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