Wow, you are the second person to mention self-prostitution after seeing the MA Platinums. If you don't want to stoop quite that low, I could make you guys some signs that read, "Starving Audiophile. Will work for Platinums."
Actually, I am just going to be working overtime like a madman until you get tired of your Plats, Tim. Hopefully, it won't happen too soon, because I need a lot of OT under my belt to justify those buggers.
I'm looking for speakers to match my Parasound NC2100 pre-amplifier and NC2250 power-amplifier. Will Monitor Audio match Parasound? Sorry if this has been answered earlier, I have been looking through some pages here, but there are too many
Platinum looks awesome, but I think I will settle for RS or GS. Have been thinking about GS20, since I like the piano laquer finish and it is in my price range. What about GS60, does it require a large listening-room?
Haven't got a CD-player yet. A little bit unsure whether I should go for a NAS and DAC instead or not. The speakers must fit in a 20-25 square-meters(200-250 square-feet) living room. I listen to a lot of different types of music: Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, REM, Jose Carreras, Katie Melua, 80s, Metallica.. so I need an allround-speaker. I'm thinking of a stereo-setup now first, and maybe surround later, so the speakers must also work in a surround-setting. I've been thinking about Yamaha RX-V1800/3800 or Onkyo TX-SR805/875 surroundreceiver if I go for surround later.
By the way, english is not my mother-language, so don't be too cruel if my grammar is bad
I just got my GS60. I have a roughly 13x27x9.5 room that they are in (it's my dining room too) but when I first got them I had them positioned within a 13x13x9.5 space. I have since repositioned them to point into the larger portion of the room and I think the extra space is nice from a soundstage perspective. They sounded excellent the other way, but they sound world class with 7 feet of space between them. As far as Parasound goes, I cannot comment. I have a Sunfire 200x5 that feeds the GS. I have heard that Parasound is an excellent match to the Monitors, but I have no first hand experience. On the musicality side, since Friday when I got these, I have listened to Neutral Milk Hotel, Duke Ellington, Tribe Called Quest, M83, Portishead, Joanna Newsome, Nick Drake, Bruce Sprinsteen and some Brit Invasion. I would say they handle *everything* quite well. But the GS on vocals is where it's at. If you like well recorded vocal tracks, these are the ones to get, imo.
As far as CDP or NAV and DAC is concerned, I am in the same spot right now and trying to decide myself. I am personally looking at getting an Oppo 980H (170 new) or 970H (100 used) universal to feed my Onkyo PR885 through HDMI until I make my decision on NAV/DAC. I have heard the little Oppo is impressive through its analog outs, so no HDMI on your pre might not be an issue for you. On the NAV front, the Transporter by Slim Devices is *very* cool, but I do not know if coolness justifies its price. I am seriously considering one, especially if I can pick it up for 20 or 25% less than list. Good luck and keep us posted. I would love to have a NAV/CDP chat with someone.