New PhantomFocus PFM HD and UHD-1000 series monitors define current state of the art in near-field monitoring
Nashville, TN: Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD™), the award-winning studio and monitoring design firm, has announced two new professional near-field reference monitors as part of its line of acclaimed PhantomFocus™ Precision Monitoring Instruments.
The PFM HD-1000 High Definition and the PFM UHD-1000 Ultra-High Definition Professional Monitors are intended for audio professionals demanding the highest performance in dedicated mix room or control room/tracking installations. Designed to be used exclusively in tandem with CTD's acclaimed on-site installed PhantomFocus System, both monitors offer superb vocal rendition, the ability to handle high SPLs (115dB continuous) with lightning-fast transient response, articulate detail and PhantomFocus’s trademark sonically holographic pinpoint imaging at all listening levels.
The PFM HD-1000 is a passive near-field monitor in a low-profile D'Appolito design facilitating console/listener placement. With accelerated response time, phase linearity and tightly controlled mid-bass response, the PFM HD-1000 reveals effortless power, accuracy and non-fatiguing performance beyond that of traditional high- and mid-frequency driver motor capability. It features two proprietary Morel 5.63-inch (143.51 mm) “Uniflow™” aluminum diecast woofers with large 3-inch voice coils and a proprietary 1-inch (23.4 mm) ScanSpeak high-frequency tweeter with patented phase plug design. The monitor is available with the passive Straight Wire™ crossover and an optional bi-amp version. The PFM HD-1000 Monitor dimensions are HWD 8.2" x 17.8" x 12.2" (208.28 mm x 452.12 mm x 309.88 mm), and it weighs 22.2 lbs. (10.06 kg).
The flagship PFM UHD-1000 is offered only in a bi-amp configuration and shares all the inherent qualities of the PFM HD-1000 Monitor, while its powerful bi-amplified configuration and woofer complement, considered to be amongst the finest in the world, introduces a depth of field and articulate sonic command heretofore unknown in a professional near-field monitor, enhancing performance, power and headroom, and expanding on its effortless non-fatiguing precision character. Using the same ScanSpeak® tweeter as the HD-1000, it is distinguished by its high-end ScanSpeak dual 5.5-inch (139.7 mm) proprietary woofer complement, adding increased depth, speed and articulate sonic authority. The PFM UHD-1000 Monitor dimensions are HWD 8.2" x 17.8" x 12.2" (208.28 mm x 452.12 mm x 309.88 mm), and it weighs 24.1 lbs. (10.93 kg).
Both models feature a unique self-bracing trapezoidal cabinet with internal cross-bracing and tuned damping, and a pro-industry-first custom-integrated pistonic decoupling system from IsoAcoustics.
About the PhantomFocus System
Carl Tatz Design’s proprietary PhantomFocus System monitor tuning protocol offers clients a unique opportunity to have a truly world-class monitoring experience in their room, no matter how modest. All speakers interact with the room they’re in, and the PhantomFocus System allows any monitors to perform at maximum accuracy - in any room - with a full 20Hz-to-20KHz frequency response and pinpoint imaging in what some owners have described as a “holographic sweet spot.” It is a new level of sonic accuracy that engenders easier, better and faster mixing that translates well in any environment.
There are approximately fifty steps in the proprietary PhantomFocus System implementation protocol, including phase alignment, system damping, speaker decoupling and isolation mounting, careful assessment of engineer/speaker placement relative to primary axial room modes, proprietary laser-calibrated speaker distancing and angle alignments, digitally-controlled crossover points and slopes for pass filtering, and, proprietary, multiband parametric equalization.
Hardware solutions can include monitor stands, concrete, Sorbothane and other isolation and damping materials, custom floating plenum mounts, subwoofer systems and custom digital processors. The PhantomFocus System evaluation and implementation is a full two-day process and can be applied to near-fields, mid-fields, and large soffit mounted monitors, regardless of manufacturer.
Carl Tatz Design installs the PhantomFocus System in existing control rooms and in all studios that are designed and built from the ground up by CTD. The result is like the aural equivalent of HD TV. Once you experience a PhantomFocus System, you can’t go back.
About the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ by Auralex®
The Carl Tatz Signature Series by Auralex family of control room acoustic modules (now featured in a dedicated section on the Auralex website), emulates the look and acoustics of Carl Tatz's custom designs at a fraction of the cost.
When paired with the acclaimed PhantomFocus System, it becomes the CTD MixRoom, the sonic performance of which is unrivaled anywhere, defining a new standard for the audio professional. The MixRoom can quickly and affordably transform a simple rectangular room into a world-class mixing environment without peer.