Philharmonic Audio

The recently introduced Affordable Accuracy kit has proven so popular that we have run out of the factory-wired crossover boards.  A new batch of boards is due to arrive by July 15.  The new crossovers include circuitry to control directivity more precisely in the crossover region, and the revised AA kit will provide an even more linear room response than the previous version.  Just email Dennis to be placed on the wait list.  You may order the cabinets (which have pre-installed ports and input terminals), woofers, and tweeters from Parts Express any time using the links below.  Shipping from Parts Express is free.  I will start sending out the crossover boards, hardware, and sound insulation on July 15. The price for that is $100/pair plus USPS flat rate shipping.  I will invoice people on the wait list before July 15.

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 demonstration tracks.  Detailed specifications for the Revelator woofer are here.

In addition, 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.  We recently demonstrated the BMR Tower at the Capital Audiofest in Washington, D.C.  The Absolute Sound magazine named the Towers "Best Bargain" at the show and had this to say about their performance and aesthetics,

The speakers fared extremely well on both large-scale orchestral and chamber music.  On the basis of sonics alone, the speakers are a bargain; add in the exquisite carpentry and finish and they become an incredible bargain.

A full review of the BMR Tower with extensive measurements can be found here.  The Audioholics reviewer sums up his impressions as follows:

With an almost totally neutral response out to such a wide angle, those who want accurate sound reproduction do receive it in these speakers.  They add nothing nor do they subtract anything from what is in the original recording ... the BMR Towers could easily be used as studio monitors for any sound engineer who wants to know the truth of their recording.
      Audioholics Review, November 3, 2021

All of the towers currently in stock are priced at $3,700/pair, plus shipping.  These include piano black and dark walnut.  The rosewood towers have sold out.  To order, just email Dennis at info@philharmonicaudio.com.  Increases in the cost of ocean freight have forced us to raise the price of future towers to $3,900/pair.  The next shipment is due to arrive in late September or early October, and will include a new open-grain veneer option.  For specifications and full measurements of the new BMR Tower, click here.

The BMR Monitor

There are many choices for high quality bookshelf speakers at less than $2,000 a pair.  These offerings tend to be smaller 2-way designs with limited bass reach and restricted horizontal dispersion.  What has been missing is a 3-way design with deep bass response and drivers that offer true 180-degree frontal radiation.  Our BMR Monitor fills that void.  The RAAL true ribbon tweeter provides unparalleled horizontal dispersion and ruler flat response up to frequencies far above human hearing.  The unique Balanced Mode Radiator midrange matches the broad dispersion of the RAAL tweeter, thanks to a shift from pistonic to a bending motion well below the crossover point.  Finally, the ceramic SB Acoustics 6-inch woofer delivers a rare combination of deep bass extension and linear frequency response at higher frequencies.  Useful bass response extends to 34 Hz, and the smooth upper end allows a second-order acoustic crossover that boosts sensitivity more than 2 dB over the previous BMR model.  All of the rectangular BMR's are priced at $1,700/pair, plus shipping, and come in either piano black or rosewood cabinets.  The curved rosewood or walnut burl versions are $1,900/pair plus shipping.  All BMR cabinets are furniture quality and come with magnetic grills.

The rectangular piano black and curved walnut burl monitors are currently in stock and will ship when our order of SB Acoustics woofers arrives in early July.  All of the rosewood cabinets are sold out.  Our next shipment of BMR monitors and towers is due to arrive in late September or early October.

Specifications and full measurements for the BMR can be found here

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.

For the latest Philharmonic Audio News, visit our thread on the AVS Speaker forum! https://www.avsforum.com/threads/philharmonic-audio-dennis-murphy.1348949.

And if you want to hear just how good your BMR's can sound, check out our demonstration tracks available here.