I actually managed to get hold of a pair of both at the same time and compared them to one another.
I would really love to see if people agree with my observations actually so here we go!
PMC TwoTwo 6
- Great Stereo Imaging and a nice sweet spot
- Detailed and crisp sound in general with really unique highs with an upper midrange that really stands out and is generally pleasing
- Smooth bass performance - perhaps a little laggy, but I can't really tell; not sure there's much in it compared to other similar quality monitors like the KH310s.
- Bass doesn't have as much oomph or super lows (the KH310 goes lower anyway) as the KH310s, but then it seem accurate and unhyped to me generally.
- Really enjoyable to listen to and unfatiguing.
- They look great - shame you can't turn the backlight off for film work
- They are light and easy to move
- Multiple inputs is useful and DSP and adjustments easy to match compared to the dial on the Neumanns
I will mainly be comparing these to the PMCs so the comments above might just seem too general.
- These monitors have a remarkable way of separating everything in a mix. To me, it allows you to hear all sorts of madness...
- BUT, this seems to come at the expense of energy and knowing 'where' in a mix a certain element is placed. I find that the general sound is somewhat subdued and quiet to the extend that even if there was an element say a dominant snare or clap (ala Michael Jackson) or vocal element that is supposed to sound in front of the rest of the instrumentation or certain SFX in film work ahead of ambient sounds, it would sound like it was exactly the same volume as a background element. I hope that makes sense. I guess I'm saying it sounds compressed, but not in the traditional distorted sense.
- They sound slightly cleaner that the PMCs.
- Their analytical sound makes it difficult to get a 'feel' for a mix and how everything blends together.
- To me, the PMCs vocal reproduction sounds more realistic, but in comparison to the Neumanns it can sound harsh at times. Again, the 'compression' seems to be the culprit.
- Both monitors reproduce the same details, but as with most monitors they just prioritise them in different ways. The Neumann's seem to give every detail a chance to shine through even if you are not usually going to hear it and the PMCs seem to place things in more of the order you'd imagine them to be placed. I guess in summary the PMCs have more depth.
- The subdued nature of the Neumanns makes me feel like the PMCs sound close to clipping and can be sibbilant in comparison but I can't tell whether that is inherent in a mix or if the Neumanns have a strange way or quitening or supressing things to make them sound more clean. That is a mystery to me.
- The KH310 s are similarly unfatiguing.
- Might be my room, but I find that sometimes the low end can resort to sub-bass harmonics making the low end a bit meatier than perhaps it should be.
- Neumanns have a nice feature where you can turn off the logo light and they fade in and out when you turn them on.
I hope some of my ramblings makes some kind of sense to you and please feel free to tell me if I'm talking nonsense or maybe looking at something wrong.
It is so tempting to go with the cheaper ones, but the size, weight and looks of the PMCs are so good
Look forward to hearing from you all!