Since a few year, I'm improving my personal musical experience and test out all sorts of hifi gear.
In the "speaker section", the PMC fact8 is a really outstanding speaker. Thrown in a war of comparison, it would make a (really good) B&W 804d look like too expensive and is really showing you what improvement you could expect from a speaker "this expensive".
Because the pmc has a lot to give to the listener. He has a killer bass, that allows you to have a real kick when you listen to a drum, creating the illusion of reallity. The bass is controled and don't let go of his grip when it comes to reproduce of cellos, bass line, organs and other kodo drums. You will be able to hear the wood behind the bass, what is, in the actual hifi sector, a very good result.
The guitars and other instruments are given... with near the best quality possible. You can hear the old membrane of the old marshall flapping, you can hear the details in the playing of the guitarist. If it's a folk guitar, you can hear the quality of the wood of the guitar used for the recording and the grip on the necks. For the singer, you can listen to his tiniest lips movements and his respiration work. His work is rended with the emotion and a form of clarity.
There are some speakers that put a bit of "mushy" in the sound. It's a way of sounding that pleases some persons. This speaker is exactly at the opposite. He is clear and natural from an end to the other. He renders 1/1 what is on the support you are giving him. If it's cold and sterile, it will sound like this.
The placement of the artists is absolutely great. The headroom is one of the strong point of the speaker. The sound seems not to be attached to him and you are searching a third, non existing speaker, that throws you music from the ceilling. Perfect integration of the bass in the mid and from the mid in the high, no holes or whatsoever.
All this leads to an outstanding musical experience. Yeah, I know, I'm sounding like one of those old guy's who are working for magazines. But I'm not. I like sounds that are natural. If I could sit in front of a hifi gear and believe that I'm on a rock/classical/blues/folk concert, I'm happy, and that is something that you could experience with this speakers.
Another good point is that they don't needed incredibly high powerful amps to be driven good. My amp was a 2x80w, and was clearly able to master this speaker.
Now, to the bad point :
Some persons could find the highs agressive. It's true, depending of your source, he could render the digital (or analogical, both exists) agressivity very well. So, you must really look with what you will combine with this speaker. I must although say that, during my test, I didn't played with the little buttons that allows to lower or boost the highs/medium/bass. I let them flat. So my critic on the highs must be looked with a certain distance.
For some persons, the high amount of details this speaker gives you could be a bad point. No, the details are not randomly thrown at you, all is coherent and musical. But they are some peoples who don't like this. So I'm speaking about in this section.
The finishes are great made, but it lacks at normal essences. We are not so much to have those kind of woods at home. The absence of the very popular birch veneer, maple veneer or cherry veneer would have been helpful for a lot of users.
I'm sure the price could be deeper. Somebody wanted to place this model exactly where he is. Ok he is good, but I'm regreting a speaker builder that is offering good speakers with less immoral margins. Don't understand me false, he's not a thief, a lot of speakers have the same problem today, and he's a better deal than some other speakers. But he's too expensive for the work and technique on it. If he had the price of his little brother (fact 3), he would simply have been a product that nobody could ignore.
(this is not a joke After listening to him, you will have the impression, that a lot of speakers lacks to give back reality.
My conclusion :
Excellent speaker, one of my 2 best speaker listened too. Was giving a sound quality that could be compared to an ATC SCM50 and other 10k speakers.
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