Vendor: Perlisten Audio

Perlisten Audio R5m

THX Ultra certified stand-mounted monitor speaker
$2,995.00
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Perlisten Audio R5m

Unparalleled Audio Excellence

Welcome to the pinnacle of auditory experience, where every note is a brushstroke on the canvas of sound. The Perlisten Audio R5m isn't just a speaker; it's the heart of an acoustic masterpiece. Designed by audiophiles for audiophiles, it represents the zenith of sonic engineering, providing an auditory journey that's as thrilling as it is pure.

Premium Build and Design

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the Perlisten Audio R5m boasts a solid High-Density Fiberboard (HDF) block front baffle coupled with 0.75-inch and 1-inch HDF construction for the main enclosure. This speaker doesn't just sing; it resonates with the strength of its construction. The available Piano black finish is not just a color option—it's a statement of class and timelessness. Every aspect of the R5m's build has been thoughtfully designed to deliver unrivaled sound quality.

Revolutionary Acoustic Performance

At the heart of the R5m's acoustic prowess is the 3-way bass reflex/acoustic suspension alignment, which offers versatility in performance. This feature allows you to choose between a fully vented full-range experience and a sealed enclosure, ensuring that the speaker adapts to your listening preferences and room acoustics.

Key Features:

  • DPC-Array Technology: The three 26mm Silk dome tweeters are arranged in a DPC-Array, ensuring excellent directivity control and timbre matching. This results in an impressive imaging capability, providing superb spatiality and presence.
  • Dual 165mm Woofers: Made from proprietary HPF pulp, these woofers are engineered for rich and dynamic bass that can fill an average-sized room with ease.
  • Sensitivity and Power: With a sensitivity of 89.2dB and recommended amplifier power between 100 - 250W RMS, the R5m is capable of delivering breathtakingly loud and clear sound without distortion.
  • Certification: The THX Dominus and THX Ultra certifications are not merely badges of honor. They are assurances that this speaker meets extreme SPL (Sound Pressure Level) and ultra-low distortion targets set by industry experts.

Tailored Listening Experience

The Perlisten Audio R5m caters to the unique tastes of every audiophile. Whether you're setting up a 2-channel audio system to enjoy your vinyl collection or creating a reference-level 2.1 system, the R5m fits seamlessly. It's equally at home in a full 5.2 channel home theater system configuration, flanked by the R5c center channel speaker and R4s on-wall surround speakers.

Personalization and Placement:

  • Color Options: Choose from a variety of color finishes, including the elegant Piano black, to match your personal style and home decor.
  • Mounting Flexibility: Designed for mounting on an optional stand or wall using a tilt swivel bracket, the R5m offers placement versatility that suits any space.

For the Love of Sound

The Perlisten Audio R5m is not just about power; it's about the balance of frequencies. The response linearity of 80 - 20kHz within a +/-1.5dB window ensures a balanced midrange and treble response. The triple tweeter arrangement and hybrid HPF membrane work in concert to deliver a midrange sound conversion and rich bass reproduction that's as accurate as it is enthralling.

Soundstage and Imaging:

  • Wide Soundstage: The R5m creates a soundstage that is expansive and immersive, pulling you into the heart of the performance.
  • Accurate Presentation: Every detail is rendered with precision, making both music and movies come alive with clarity and emotion.

Thrilling Bass and Seamless Integration

The typical in-room bass extension reaches down to 37Hz in bass reflex mode and 43Hz in acoustic suspension, providing a satisfactory bass reach for average-sized spaces. When paired with R212s subwoofers, the low-end performance is further enhanced, creating a full-bodied sound that can be felt as much as it is heard.

Bass Reflex or Closed Housing:

  • Bass Reflex Tuning: Experience voluminous and contoured bass with the cleverly designed bass reflex tuning.
  • Closed Housing Option: Opt for a tighter and more controlled bass response with the closed housing option, perfect for nuanced listening.

The Dreamedia Advantage

At Dreamedia, we understand that the journey to perfect home audio is deeply personal. That's why we are here to design a home theater system that harmonizes with your space and preferences, featuring the Perlisten Audio R5m as the centerpiece. Our experts can guide you through the process, ensuring that your system not only sounds incredible but also integrates seamlessly into your living environment.

Why Choose the Perlisten Audio R5m?

  • High-Quality Construction: Solid HDF and extensive bracing provide a robust foundation for pure sound.
  • Superior Sound Performance: THX Ultra certification guarantees an audio experience that exceeds expectations.
  • Advanced Technology: Features from the premium S-Series deliver a sophisticated and immersive sound.
  • Dynamic Range: Agile display with excellent impulse fidelity and resolution captivates the listener.

Transform Your Listening Space

The Perlisten Audio R5m is more than a speaker—it's a transformative device that will elevate your listening space into a sanctuary of sound. Its compact size belies its powerful performance, offering an auditory experience that rivals much larger systems.

Experience Perlisten Audio R5m:

  • Midrange and Treble: Smooth and effortless representation for an enchanting listening session.
  • Bass Performance: Rich and dynamic, providing a solid foundation for every track.
  • Versatility: Suitable for music and movies, delivering a performance that adapts to the content.

In Conclusion

The Perlisten Audio R5m stands as a testament to what can be achieved when passion for sound meets the pinnacle of audio technology. It's not just an addition to your home theater system; it's the cornerstone of a sonic revolution in your living space. With Dreamedia's expertise, your quest for the ultimate auditory experience is within reach. Embrace the harmony of sight and sound with the Perlisten Audio R5m and let every note guide you to a world where audio perfection is not just a dream—it's a reality.

The R-series Monitor is a culmination of S-series patented technology with materials developed from the ground up in every part of the design just like it’s big brothers.  The R5m is a true Chameleon with enough bass extension to offer an amazing 2 channel experience, the heart of a reference level 2.1 system, the LCR for a home theater, or surrounds in that monster R-series System. The option for a fully vented full range experience or a sealed enclosure, help transform this speaker to adapt to any system.

The R5m features a 5.25-inch mid-bass driver and a high-performance 1-inch tweeter, both of which are custom-designed and optimized to provide maximum output and minimum distortion. The speaker is engineered to deliver clear and accurate sound across the entire frequency spectrum, with a focus on tight and impactful bass, detailed midrange, and crisp and clear high frequencies.

IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS

Designed to be mounted on optional stand, or mounted to a wall with our tilt swivel bracket. Sharing “trickle-down” technology from our flagship S-Series, the DPC-Array here based on three 26mm domes, guarantees excellent directivity control and timbre matching with all R-Series speakers. The Silk diaphragms developed ground up, chosen specifically their smooth, effortless representation of midrange and treble. The 165mm woofers are made from our proprietary HPF pulp, two years in development, bringing new technology to one of the oldest materials used in loudspeaker design. The R5m can be aligned as bass reflex or acoustic suspension depending on specific tastes. Rich, dynamic bass matched with advanced mid/treble directivity pattern control and silky highs offer best in class performance.

Our Review

Introduction

The Perlisten Audio R5m is a stand-mounted monitor speaker that forms the core of a 5.2 channel home theater system. This setup includes the R5c center channel speaker and R4s on-wall surround speakers, providing a complete audio solution for immersive home theater experiences. In this review, we will delve into the design, sound performance, bass reproduction, compatibility, and overall pros and cons of the Perlisten Audio R5m.

Design and Build Quality

The Perlisten Audio R5m boasts a solid HDF block front baffle and 0.75-inch and 1-inch HDF construction for the main enclosure. This high-quality construction, coupled with extensive bracing, ensures minimal resonance and vibrations, resulting in a clean and accurate sound reproduction. However, one notable omission is the absence of speaker grilles, which might be a concern for some users. Additionally, the glossy finish of the speakers tends to attract dust and reflections, requiring frequent cleaning to maintain their pristine appearance.

Sound Performance

The Perlisten Audio R5m carries the prestigious THX Ultra certification, which guarantees excellent sound performance by meeting extreme SPL and ultra-low distortion targets. The incorporation of design elements and technologies from the premium S-Series further enhances the speaker's sonic capabilities. The R5m provides a balanced midrange and treble response, allowing for precise imaging and accurate reproduction of vocals and instruments. The soundstage is wide, offering an immersive experience for both music and movie enthusiasts. The coherence and homogeneity in playback ensure that audio is presented seamlessly across the frequency spectrum, without any noticeable gaps or inconsistencies.

Bass Reproduction

While the Perlisten Audio R5m does offer satisfactory bass reach for average-sized spaces, those craving deeper low-end performance may consider pairing it with the R212s subwoofers. The R5m incorporates a hybrid HPF membrane that facilitates rich bass reproduction. Users have the option of choosing between bass reflex tuning or a closed housing, allowing for customization based on their preferences and room acoustics. The tuning results in voluminous and contoured bass, adding depth and impact to the overall audio experience. However, it is important to note that the R5m has limitations in bass extension and reduced excursion ability compared to higher-end models.

Compatibility and Setup

The Perlisten Audio R5m offers versatile usage options, making it suitable for a variety of audio setups. Whether you want to build a dedicated home theater or integrate it into your existing audio system, the R5m can adapt to your needs. The inclusion of mounting options provides flexibility in speaker placement, ensuring optimal sound dispersion and positioning. However, it is worth mentioning that the R5m requires a powerful amplifier with an output of 100-250 watts to fully unleash its potential. Users with lower-wattage amps, single-ended amps, or small tube amps might not achieve the desired performance with these speakers.

Pros

  • High-quality construction with solid HDF and extensive bracing
  • THX Ultra certification ensures excellent sound performance
  • Incorporation of design elements and technologies from the premium S-Series
  • Balanced midrange and treble response with precise imaging
  • Wide soundstage and accurate presentation for both music and movies
  • Excellent coherence and homogeneity in playback
  • Impressive imaging capability with superb spatiality and presence
  • Agile display with excellent impulse fidelity and resolution
  • Voluminous and contoured bass with clever bass reflex tuning
  • Suitable for both music and movie perception
  • Excellent directivity control and timbre matching with DPC-Array technology
  • Smooth and effortless representation of midrange and treble frequencies
  • Rich and dynamic bass performance
  • Versatile usage options for different audio setups
  • Mounting options for convenient placement

Cons

  • Price may be out of the range for some consumers
  • Speaker grilles are not included
  • Room-dependent upper bass bloat may be observed
  • Limited availability of the R212s subwoofers at the time of the review
  • Requires a powerful amplifier with an output of 100-250 watts
  • Not ideal for low-wattage amps, single-ended amps, or small tube amps
  • Gloss finish attracts dust and reflections
  • Similar subjective performance to the R212s subwoofers could be achieved for a lower cost
  • Bass extension may not match the deepest levels of low-frequency response
  • Reduced excursion ability compared to higher-end models

Conclusion

The Perlisten Audio R5m impresses with its high-quality construction, THX Ultra certification, and incorporation of design elements from the premium S-Series. Its balanced midrange and treble response, wide soundstage, and accurate presentation make it an ideal choice for both music and movie enthusiasts. The speakers offer excellent coherence, imaging capability, and bass performance, though limitations in bass extension and excursion ability should be considered. With versatile usage options and convenient mounting choices, the Perlisten Audio R5m caters to various audio setups. While the price might deter some consumers, those seeking powerful performance and immersive audio experiences will find the R5m to be a worthy investment.

Specifications

Design & Construction

  • Enclosure Alignment: 3-way bass reflex / acoustic suspension
  • Enclosure Type: Can be configured as bass reflex or acoustic suspension
  • Mounting Options: Optional stand or wall mounting with tilt swivel bracket
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 546 x 230 x 336mm / 21.5 x 9.0 x 13.2 inches
  • Weight: 17.5 kg (38.5 lbs)
  • Available Finishes: Piano black
  • Cabinet Material: HDF with bitumen lining, heavy bracing

Drivers

  • Tweeter: Triple 26mm silk dome tweeters
  • Woofer: Dual 165mm woofers with HPF membrane
  • Driver Configuration: 5.25-inch mid-bass driver, 1-inch high-performance tweeter
  • Diaphragm Material: Silk diaphragms
  • Woofer Material: 165mm woofers made from proprietary HPF pulp

Performance

  • Sensitivity: 89.2dB / 2.83v / 1.0m
  • Impedance: 4Ω nominal / 2.7Ω min
  • Frequency Response (-10dB): Bass reflex
  • Typical In Room Bass Extension: Bass reflex
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 100 - 250W RMS
  • SPL Capability @1m (100-20kHz): 113.2dB peak <3% - 2nd, 3rd Harmonics

Certifications

  • Certification: THX Dominus, THX Ultra

Additional Features

  • Personalization Options: Variety of colors including standard and wooden finishes, custom painted speakers available
  • Technology: Incorporates 'trickle-down' technology from the flagship S-Series
  • DPC-Array: Based on three 26mm domes for excellent directivity control and timbre matching
  • Versatility: Suitable for 2-channel setups, reference level 2.1 systems, LCR for home theater, or as surrounds in a larger R-series system

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