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post #9361 of 10336 Old 09-21-2013, 08:34 AM
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So I have my recently purchased GX300s (100-200w @ 8ohms) hooked up to my Marantz SR-6006 rated at 110W. The speakers sound great, but I certainly can tell they can use more power.

I've been looking into separate amps to use in conjunction with the pre-outs. Eventually I'll use this for 5.1 as well, so I'm looking at either 2 or 3 channel amps, and then I can use the receiver for the surrounds. Problem is amp separates are new to me and I feel lost. I'm finding a lot at 100W, 200W and above, but not much in between. Is there an issue if I get more? Can I set limits if I want to prevent the speakers from receiving too much power.

Another thing - I'd eventually like to get a Sonos Connect for the system. Do any amps allow multiple hookups and can be triggered by an audio signal? I'd like the ability to use the Sonos and speakers without having to turn on the receiver if possible.

I don't want to spend thousands on an amp, but I got a great deal on the speakers and receiver so I don't mind spending extra on the amp. Products that have caught my eye, but as I said I don't know a lot:

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Not sure if I want to go the Emotiva route, but I am aware of them.

Also, how important are balanced XLR inputs? I don't have any on my Marantz, but later if I go with a pre/pro setup I assume it would be good to have an amp that support them?
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I have researched this issue for the past year. If money is no object then there lots of choices. Considering your speakers you might take a look at Halo line from Parasound. If money is an issue, and it usually is, you might consider ATI. ATI makes it's own amps and amps for other well known companies.

There is much debate on whether You can hear the difference in sound quality from different amps. My take is that you can, but as you move up into higher performance amps it becomes more difficult to distinguish sound quality from different amps. Other factors such as build quality, warranty, look and feel all make a difference.

I think a 200 or 250 watt amp would be plenty and give you a bit of room to grow.

Read up on these two brands and enjoy the research.
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Superman, regarding the limit on power, I don't believe that there are consumer amps that will do that. However I wouldn't worry about it. You're more likely to damage a speaker with a 20 watt amp than you are with a 1000 watt amp. That's because in the likely event that you turn uo the volume high enough that the 20 watt amp runs out of power, it will clip and send harmonic distortion to the speaker. That will fry a speaker in a big hurry. Speakers get damaged more often by a clipping amp than by an amp sending more clean power to the speaker than it can handle.

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My GX300's run great with my Sunfire Cinema Grand 200 watt x 5 amplifier. Any amp of similar power should be a great match for these speakers. Clean power is definitely a good thing for these speakers.
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Which would be better to use as a center channel....

PLC 150

Or

PLC 100

So I would have 3 PLC 100 across the front.......

Thankx for any opinions...
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Which would be better to use as a center channel....

PLC 150

Or

PLC 100

So I would have 3 PLC 100 across the front.......

Thankx for any opinions...

Three of the same speakers will sound best across the front.

Also, the PL150C and the other small MA centers are an incorrect design. A sandwich MTM design is never good! If your going to get a center, make sure its the 350 or nothing. It really will help.

BTW - Platinum 5 channel review coming soon... keep your eyes peeled!
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I'm hard at work doing my listening with my new platinums.

I like the finishes and cabinetry so much I'd like to hear owners of the PLW15 chime in. My room is only 14x16 so my behemoth of a JL F113 is barely getting a workout.

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I think you're ok with the jl wink.gif
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So I'm at CEDIA and dropped by Monitor Audio's booth today. I was rather surprised to find a new lineup of Silver Series speakers to replace the RX line. All the drivers are new and they've added a model above the RX8.

So the new models are called Silver 1, Silver 2, Silver 6, Silver 8 and Silver 10 (surround and center speakers got updated too). The three way models (Silver 8 and Silver 10) have a new 4" midrange driver and two bass drivers (6" in the Silver 8 and 8" in the Silver 10).

Pricing has bumped up. The Silver 6 will be $1500, the Silver 8 will be $2000 and the Silver 10 will be $2500.

This was totally unexpected by me. Had anyone else heard rumblings that this was going to happen?

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So would a GX350 be a good center channel match for Platinum series mains ?

I can get the GX350 for over $2200 less...

My use is probably about 70/30 in favor of music.....

Thanks
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No. Do not mix! Completely different cabinet and crossover design. Also, different drivers.

Also, there was supposed to be a line coming out to replace the platinums at CEDIA. any word of this!!!???
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^ Hmm, I was so surprised by the new Silver line when I visited their booth today that I didn't even notice if there was a new Platinum line or one above it. I can go back tomorrow and check.

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^ Hmm, I was so surprised by the new Silver line when I visited their booth today that I didn't even notice if there was a new Platinum line or one above it. I can go back tomorrow and check.

can you take pics?
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I will try to take pictures. Picture taking by anyone other than media folks is sometimes discouraged at trade shows, but I will try to obtain permission from the Monitor Audio folks. I represent a competing speaker manufacturer at CEDIA, which is obvious to anyone paying attention, so that might make it more difficult. wink.gif

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Monitor Audio announces new Silver Series speakers
19 Sep 2013

http://www.whathifi.com/news/monitor-audio-announce-new-silver-series-line-of-speakers



British speaker brand Monitor Audio has unveiled its Silver range of hi-fi speakers, introducing eight new mid-market models.

Following on from the award-winning success of the RX series, the Silver range aims to offer "an exceptional balance of performance, versatility, lifestyle appeal and value."

The range amounts to two standmount models, the Silver 1 and 2; followed by three floorstanders, Silver 6, 8 and 10 as well as a dedicated centre, an 'FX' surround speaker and an active subwoofer model.

Design elements introduced through the company's Platinum and Gold series have been incorporated, with new bass, mid-range drivers and tweeters adding to the roll-call of improvements.

Improvements to the design of the bass driver will, Monitor Audio claims, "increase excursion and power handling" ensuring that distortion is reduced for a more dynamic and accurate response.

Mid-range drivers have benefitted from an upgrade, with the 4" drivers found in the Silver 8 and 10 models said to reproduce mid frequencies with accuracy. Monitor Audio also say that the new tweeter design will alleviate distortion, delivering a more accurate response when dealing with low frequencies.

Monitor Audio boasts that all models in the range will "offer higher sensitivity, reduced distortion and higher impedence than their predecessors". As a result, speakers can be paired with a wider range of partnering equipment.

Available in a variety of premium quality real wood veneers (Rosenut, Walnut, Natural Oak and Black Oak), buyers can also choose from high-gloss black and white finishes for £50 to £150 more.

The Monitor Audio Silver set of loudspeakers are set for release in October 2013 with prices starting at £500.
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Well Hamp, there's a picture for ya smile.gif One thing that may not be obvious from the picture without someone pointing it out is that the surrounds on the woofers are inverted. You can see it on that picture of the Silver 1 if you look closely.

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The woofers are like a mix of the current Silver RX dimpled woofers with the silver metal dust cap gone and the current Gold GX woofers which have the inverted surround. Tweeter looks different. Curious about the midrange listed on the top tower models.
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Well Hamp, there's a picture for ya smile.gif One thing that may not be obvious from the picture without someone pointing it out is that the surrounds on the woofers are inverted. You can see it on that picture of the Silver 1 if you look closely.

Wow, this is a little exciting… Two things I ask of ya, if you don’t mind. Can you still get some more pics? Pleeeaase!!!!!

And I’m being nosey, but which speaker company are you representing at the show?

Honestly I have no interest in upgrading or changing to the new Silver, because you guys have no clue of how much I love the current line of RX’s.

I am interested in seeing the Silver 10. I was hoping when they came out with an upgraded silver set, that they would give a consumer an option with center channels. Don’t get me wrong, the current one is FANTASTIC, but I sometimes wish it has 8 inch woofers like the RX2’s.

I am also hoping when the new GX comes out, they that do something to lower the price of the GXFX’s. I would prefer them not to have both ribbon and tweeters on it.

If anything, depending on how the newer GX’s are, I might look into that upgrade.
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Very cool, was not expecting them to update their Silver line. Would love to hear a new Silver 1 or Silver 6 compared to my RX1 or RX6. I'm sure they sound as good as they look! I don't plan on replacing my MAs until I can afford some Sonus Fabers...which should be a while smile.gif

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The Silver line didn't really need updating.

Any news on their new Platinum replacement?
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I am seriously considering getting rid of my Silver RX1 (Front/Rear) / Silver RX Center 5 channel setup for a Gold GX50/100/Center setup. Anyone interested? The speakers are in "Rosenut" finish are barely over 2 months old and in perfect shape, with all boxes, etc. This setup goes for $2025 on Audio Advisor. I can take pics if necessary. PM me.



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This link, from a Russian hi-fi site, shows a picture of all of the speakers in the new Silver lineup:

http://www.hi-fi.ru/news/dom/detail/959763

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From that link above...



Too bad they don't have a center channel with the new midrange the top two towers have. It would be nice to have two centers in the Silver range.
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From that link above...



Too bad they don't have a center channel with the new midrange the top two towers have. It would be nice to have two centers in the Silver range.
The 10 looks like a beast!
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Here are the pictures I took of the Silver series at their booth this morning. Sorry the 10 is blurry -- it was on a rotating platter.

To answer Hamp's question, I work for MSE Audio which owns the Phase Technology and Induction Dynamics brands, among others.



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thanks so much for the pictures!

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I love my PLW15 no complaints here and its a heavy beast smile.gif

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Hello to everyone...

Maybe its been answered before but i searched and didnt find it...
I recently ordered a pair o MA Radius R270HD to use as my front left and right speaker...I have a subwoofer in my current set up which is 7.1

What crossover setting do you recommend ...? Do i need to set them as small or large ? My receiver is a yamaha RXA 1010

Thank you in advance
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Set them to small,crossover at 80.
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Hello everyone,
i have been reading many pages on this thread but 314 pages... wow

Anyway here is my question: i can´t decide whether i should buy the MA RS8, the MA RX6 or the MA GS20. The RX6 are demo speakers and the 3 pairs are about the same price, 700$
I have a Pioneer LX56 and i do NOT want to change it. I use it 20% for music and 80% for cinema.

Please, give me some opinions, which MA shoul i buy?
thanks a lot
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