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post #10801 of 10830 Unread 05-20-2015, 09:43 PM
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Will you be going 7.1 then once you have your 300's?
I am blown away by my 300's & 350 and contemplating 100 to replace my RX1 rears.
By the way, that tweeter sounds better everytime I hear it, I have about 40 hours on them so far and had a bonafide audiophile friend over this weekend, he was very very impressed with the soundstage and dead centre imaging
Yep. I will be getting my 300s in about 3 months, and will be getting my second sub at the end of the year.

I had a 7.2 system before and don't want to go backwards from that...but for the time being as I get all the bita together 5.1 will be plenty.

I will be getting Rotel 1582 mk 2 and a 1585 for power amps by tax time next year...it's a long road as you know...5 years you said right?

I can't wait until the journey is over...I don' even want to think about how many extra shifts I did at my job I hate to get the 10k together it has cost me so far for just the 5.1 ( the sub is coming soon )

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Hi everyone, can someone recommend stereo amp to go with Silver 8. Prefer to have only one box, so built in DAC. I was looking at Cambridge Audio Topaz SR20(350?), Yamaha R N500(530?) but I think MA Silver 8 deserve something better, maybe Marantz PM7005(800?).
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I have the NAD C316 in use with bookshelf and they are quite a great sound for music. Perhaps the 356 model would work with the Silver 8's. They have more power and can handle much more dynamically. I just saw them for ?599 on Amazon UK, so they are in the range you mentioned. Good luck with the search

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Enyone using Cambridge cxa60 amp with Silver 8? Thanks a lot.
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I'd be scared too scared to buy a Cambridge audio amp. There's a lot on the Internet about their poor quality control. I've read multiple magazines that received review samples that we're already broke and even stereophile had a similar problem and upon finally getting one that worked, the measurements showed different obvious results for the left and right channels.
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What do y'all think about these? I've been looking for a pr of rx1s in rosewood for a while. They've been reposted and price lowered $25. What concerns me is the tweeter replacement and the fact that the tweeter surrounds don't match and whether they'll sound right. Think there's a chance of finding the cover that goes over those visible screws from MA?

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Does anyone know a GOOD & RELIABLE online dealer that sells Monitor Audio GOLD or Platinum speakers? I keep trying to search and am not coming up with much.. a few sites that list very low prices that look like scam sites.

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Does anyone know a GOOD & RELIABLE online dealer that sells Monitor Audio GOLD or Platinum speakers? I keep trying to search and am not coming up with much.. a few sites that list very low prices that look like scam sites.

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Try starting here based upon your geographical location:

http://www.monitoraudio.co.uk/dealers/search
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Does anyone know a GOOD & RELIABLE online dealer that sells Monitor Audio GOLD or Platinum speakers? I keep trying to search and am not coming up with much.. a few sites that list very low prices that look like scam sites.

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I think audio adviser does.
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Does anyone know a GOOD & RELIABLE online dealer that sells Monitor Audio GOLD or Platinum speakers? I keep trying to search and am not coming up with much.. a few sites that list very low prices that look like scam sites.

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Checkout Crutchfield. Their service is excellent. One one the best Internet dealers.
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Selling my Black Gloss Silver RX6s, RX Center, and RXFXs in the classified section here if anyone is interested, or knows of someone that might be interested.

FS: Monitor Audio RX6s & RX Center Black Gloss
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Does anyone know a GOOD & RELIABLE online dealer that sells Monitor Audio GOLD or Platinum speakers? I keep trying to search and am not coming up with much.. a few sites that list very low prices that look like scam sites.

Thanks!
http://www.saturdayaudio.com/ +1

They sell both current and past MA products and have direct access to MA distribution warehouse for North America

I was looking for a pair of walnut GSFX to replace GS10 due to room layout and kids, they came through by tracking down one of the last few brand new pairs still in warehouse and to save me money, they even arranged for the speakers to ship directly from distribution warehouse to my place (skip the process of ship to their store first then ship to my place from their store so I can get free shipping)
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Hope somebody can advise me here.


I've recently purchased a new set of the MA Bronze BX and due to the specifics of the room where the system will be installed (a part of the big low ceiling basement) I don't have another choice than to mount both BX-FX speakers to the ceiling behind the seating area. The speakers will be inclined to two axes, so I want to secure them properly.


I have special mounting brackets which need to be attached to the rear side of the speakers with screws running through four holes in a steel plate which is a part of the bracket. The four holes form a square with a side of slightly above than 3" (8cm). Though I do realize that screwing directly into the speaker cabinet is not the best approach to take I am afraid I don't have an alternative. I've considered dozens of different mounts with back/front and side clamps, but looks like the screwing to the cabinet's back is not avoidable.


My questions are as follows:
1. What is the maximum screw length and diameter I can use?
I did check the original mounting screw's dimensions. The length is 5/8" and the diameter is 9/64" which corresponds to the screw gauge number 6.


2. What locations at the rear cabinet wall are preferred or alternatively I need to avoid?


3. Any other recommendations and advices are more than welcome. Thanks in advance.
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I am beginning to give serious consideration to just getting a 3rd pair of Gold 100s to finish this thing off.

I have 2 pairs of 100s and the c350 centre so far and will have my W15 sub next thursday.

All speakers will be crossed over at 80hz and music will be listened to with the sub on for 2.1 and 7.1 for music and movies respectively.

Even if I had the Gold 300s they would be crossed over at 80hz. Can I expect a massive difference in this configuration with the 300s over the 100s?

I understand there is a 3 way vs 2 way difference but I don't kniw whether this matters that much when integrating the bottom end with a sub.

I could get my 3rd pair of 100s within 6 weeks and a 5x200watt power amp later in the year for slightly less than what I would pay for the 300s alone.

And if I go for the 300s I will have to wait probably 16-20 weeks before I have the full $5600 it costs for them in aus....the 100s are $2350 by comparison, power amp is $3000.

I was going to go with the 300s and a second sub but the mrs patience is running out...and understandably so.

So wrapping it up with the 100s and power amp option would make things easier kn me and her.

Does anyone think I would regret it big time...and end up wanting the 300s anyway?
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I am beginning to give serious consideration to just getting a 3rd pair of Gold 100s to finish this thing off.

I have 2 pairs of 100s and the c350 centre so far and will have my W15 sub next thursday.

All speakers will be crossed over at 80hz and music will be listened to with the sub on for 2.1 and 7.1 for music and movies respectively.

Even if I had the Gold 300s they would be crossed over at 80hz. Can I expect a massive difference in this configuration with the 300s over the 100s?

I understand there is a 3 way vs 2 way difference but I don't kniw whether this matters that much when integrating the bottom end with a sub.

I could get my 3rd pair of 100s within 6 weeks and a 5x200watt power amp later in the year for slightly less than what I would pay for the 300s alone.

And if I go for the 300s I will have to wait probably 16-20 weeks before I have the full $5600 it costs for them in aus....the 100s are $2350 by comparison, power amp is $3000.

I was going to go with the 300s and a second sub but the mrs patience is running out...and understandably so.

So wrapping it up with the 100s and power amp option would make things easier kn me and her.

Does anyone think I would regret it big time...and end up wanting the 300s anyway?
I don't have monitor audio speakers, but I have speakers similar to GX300. I prefer these over speakers like the GX100. Even in 80hz mode, there is more bass and midrange clarity than standmounts.

Also if you're considering surrounds, what about the Gold FX? They may be a better option if you're close to them.

If you prefer fuller response stereo speakers then go for floorstanders, tbh standmounts + sub work but I found better stereo reproduction.

Still have a subwoofer of course.

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There is no question that a $5600 pair of 3 way floorstanders will sound better than $2350 2 way bookshelves, but given the $3250 mark up...I need to know whether there is only a 5% difference in sound with a sub.

I had large 3 way floorstanders before with 2 8" woofers and the gold 100 bookshelves sound better in every way, even bass...so it's hard for me to know whether it is worth it anymore.

Personally in 2.0 at the moment until my sub arrives, I am still looking for more quality.

But as my sub will be here and the bass strain will be taken off the receiver, I have to wondet whether a power amp and the 100s will give me a much bigger gain in permormance than the 300s could.


So it comes down to not whether the 300s will sound better, but whether the 300s alone will make my system sound better than 100s plus a 5 channel power amp.

Because the latter is still cheaper than the 300s and I think it might bring more to the table.

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http://www.saturdayaudio.com/ +1

They sell both current and past MA products and have direct access to MA distribution warehouse for North America

I was looking for a pair of walnut GSFX to replace GS10 due to room layout and kids, they came through by tracking down one of the last few brand new pairs still in warehouse and to save me money, they even arranged for the speakers to ship directly from distribution warehouse to my place (skip the process of ship to their store first then ship to my place from their store so I can get free shipping)
WOW.. Thanks!!! This is perfect!! I have checked Crutchfield before.. bet they don't have a ton to offer as far as options.. (i.e.: Silver isn't available in gloss finishes,)..theyre either out of stock or there's a pre-order with no ship date.

This Saturday Audio looks AWESOME!!
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i second Saturday Audio....Picked up the last pair of GXFX in walnut in the states at the Monitor warehouse from them at a great price! Just ask them to find what you need. If it's out there, they'll find it
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There is no question that a $5600 pair of 3 way floorstanders will sound better than $2350 2 way bookshelves, but given the $3250 mark up...I need to know whether there is only a 5% difference in sound with a sub.

I had large 3 way floorstanders before with 2 8" woofers and the gold 100 bookshelves sound better in every way, even bass...so it's hard for me to know whether it is worth it anymore.

Personally in 2.0 at the moment until my sub arrives, I am still looking for more quality.

But as my sub will be here and the bass strain will be taken off the receiver, I have to wondet whether a power amp and the 100s will give me a much bigger gain in permormance than the 300s could.


So it comes down to not whether the 300s will sound better, but whether the 300s alone will make my system sound better than 100s plus a 5 channel power amp.

Because the latter is still cheaper than the 300s and I think it might bring more to the table.

I wouldn't expect an amp to make a more audible difference than the 300s. If your current setup plays the 100s without distortion at the levels you want to listen at, then a separate amp isn't going to really sound any different. I have rx8s and only bought an emo upa200 because my denon x4000 would eventually shut down since it's not rated for 4ohm speakers. I've heard no difference in the sound, just don't have to worry about the music crapping out when they're rockin. The golds are efficient 8ohm speakers and a separate amp shouldn't be needed unless your room is huge and you listen very loud. Wether the 300s will sound "better" than the 100s + sub is up to your ears, just don't expect any amp to make up the difference. Personally, I'd rather the extra $2k go into better speakers than an amp that won't affect the sound. If you still want an amp, the new outlaw puts out 180 x 5 for only $600.

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Amps sound different. If you can't tell the difference you are either deaf, have low end speakers and/or speakers.

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Amps sound different. If you can't tell the difference you are either deaf, have low end speakers and/or speakers.

More different than a 3 way tower and a 2 way + sub? Doubtful.

Even if they do sound different, the speakers, room and acoustic treatments will make a bigger impact on the sound than an amp alone. Amp choice would seem to be more of a final tweak once the other issues have been addressed. YMMV


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Silver2 sounds better than RX2, you can google it easily. There is some updates yes. They took something from the GX line etc..

@ Avforum Dav1DF (well known hifist)says:

Just running ours in, but from what I've heard so far, they're quite a step up from the RX series. There seems to have been more attention paid to the cabinet, as the bass is more 'dead' and precise, with far less attention drawn to the speaker. They sound more holographic and three dimensional, and project forward much better than the RX.

For me, these are quite a step up, and the likes of the Silver 1 joins one of the few speakers under £1k that I'd lay money down on - the Q Acoustics Concept 20, the new ATC SCM7, and the KEF LS50 being the pick of the rest.


You have to get those new Silvers!!

I know it has been far too long, but I wanted to post a quick thank you and follow up to my question here regarding my Silver 2's. I sincerely appreciate the advice. Thanks to @beaveav and @speed_kills for their input as well.

As a refresher: my installer brought me RX Silvers when I was invoiced Silver 2's and did not tell me he knowingly gave me an older model. His story was that only the model name changed, not the speaker.

I'm inclined to be as informed as I can during these types of projects, but I also want to trust the professional I have contracted to do a job. Help from members here allowed me to confidently confront my installer and I was able to point out that he was wrong. I still can't say for sure if he was being deceptive, but he certainly acted quickly to remedy the problem (in fact, he also did a bit more). So I ended up with the correct speakers the next day and my sub was upgraded from a Definitive Supercube 4000 to a Rel T9.

I also emailed MA's technical support and did receive a nice reply. I had already settled the issue with my installer by the time I got the email but the affirmation is always appreciated. I thought it was interesting enough to share here:

Unfortunately what you have been told by your dealer is incorrect. The RX 2 and Silver 2 are not just facelifts, they are completely different. The tweeter is a completely different and new design. The driver, as well as the dished cone, has an improved motor design and chassis and lastly because of these changes, the crossover has also had to change. These change all contribute to a cleaner, crisper treble and a more controlled, punchy bass. The upper mid has also been improved because of the shaped cone. I have forwarded your email onto the sales manager for Canada and America and I shall discuss it with him when he is in the office next.

Thanks again everybody!

PS: I also purchased CT265FX in ceiling speakers for the surrounds to go with the Silver 2s, and the SB3 with same surrounds for another room. I have to say the SB3 is really impressive for the size and price.
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Hey guys, debating my next speaker purchase. Looking at a pair of RS6's for $500.00 bucks. From reading all the glowing reviews, would you guys think these are still revelent? Anyone still have a pair who can chime in? Seems like a decent deal considering...

They seem kinda short for a tower, at 33" high...do they look too small in a big room? To get the tweeter at ear level, I would have to put them on some short risers...

Just wondering, appreciate any feedback...thanks in advance.
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Hey guys, debating my next speaker purchase. Looking at a pair of RS6's for $500.00 bucks. From reading all the glowing reviews, would you guys think these are still revelent? Anyone still have a pair who can chime in? Seems like a decent deal considering...

They seem kinda short for a tower, at 33" high...do they look too small in a big room? To get the tweeter at ear level, I would have to put them on some short risers...

Just wondering, appreciate any feedback...thanks in advance.
I've been enjoying my RS6 since 2008. Still sound as good as ever. I paid about $900-$950 for the pair new at that time.

With the plinths installed and sitting on my carpet, the towers measure 35", not the 33" in you mentioned. When seated on my couch the tweeters are directly at ear height.

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I've been enjoying my RS6 since 2008. Still sound as good as ever. I paid about $900-$950 for the pair new at that time.

With the plinths installed and sitting on my carpet, the towers measure 35", not the 33" in you mentioned. When seated on my couch the tweeters are directly at ear height.
Thanks, you're right. I just got them home and setup and they do indeed stand 35" tall. I must say, I'm pretty impressed so far. Great mid range, airy top end and good bass. Listening to Alan Parsons, few speakers can really separate the instruments and keep imaging in tact. With so many instruments going on at the same time, the RS6's do very well. For 5 bills, I feel pretty good about this purchase..
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Hi

i have recently bought some silver 1's which are currently paired with a Rotel ra-04 amp. I'm tempted by the Monitor Audio a-100 amp. Will there be a noticeable improvement in sound quality?

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i have recently bought some silver 1's which are currently paired with a Rotel ra-04 amp. I'm tempted by the Monitor Audio a-100 amp. Will there be a noticeable improvement in sound quality?

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Hi haven't looked at the specs, but it's hghly doubtful unless you're getting distortion at the levels you listen at and need more power.


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I am busy upgrading my home theater/audio system. Therefore, I am getting ready to put up my MA Silver 10s for sale. I am more than likely going to transition to the MA Gold 200s or maybe the 300s. Waiting for Crutchfield to let me know they are in stock. Anyone in the Wash DC area who is interested shoot me a PM. Asking $1,750, comes with original boxes. I will throw in a 42 inch Panasonic Plasma TV. As well as a APC H10 Power conditioner. All in 10/10 condition. I rather have a buyer pick all this up verses shipping which is expensive and time consuming to pack everything well.

Those that have moved from the silver to gold, any regrets? Happy with that decision?
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I have had numerous occasions over the years to hear Monitor Audio speakers. It seemed as though they were always a touch bright and forward in character. At Axpona 2015 I had the opportunity to hear them again driven by Cyrus. They were fabulous. Almost a bit laid back. New respect for Monitor.

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Hi all,
thought i would contribute to this thread - being a new owner of my first ever pair of MA speakers - having a small listening room, and wanting to breath new life into my ageing high end system i replaced my old by trusty Minima Armator speakers for a pair of MA Gold 100 ( special Piano Ebony finish ), before they arrived i was debating whether i made the right choice in not going for the Platinum PL100 - but at over twice the price and having just brought new mono amps, upgraded and refurbished my Linn LP12 and Audio Research Pre amp, funds were bit tight!
But i must say after 3 weeks with these speakers i find them a beautifully refined speaker - great bass extension for their size and a definite upgrade from the Sonus Faber speakers ( not a fair comparison as the Minima Amators are over 15 years old ).
I have read that the Gold uses the same ribbon tweeter from the PL range and that the new Gold series gives the listener about 75% of the platinum series - would be interested in anyone who has the PL100 to see if it is a worthwhile upgrade in the future, but for now these little gold 100 sound stunning.

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