Originally Posted by rene2kx
So you think Gold200 is a bit more refined but not worth double the price of silver 8. well my dealer has that gold for approx. 1.75 times the price of the sil 8. i have to decide. i cannot upgrade speakers every two years or so, once i get them i have to stick with them at least four to five years.
why do you say gold 200 needs a subwoofer while the silver 8 doesn't? it is it because of the slightly larger bass driver of the silver 8? the low frequency extension of both speakers is rated 32hz. i heard the gold200 in a dedicated ht room with room treatment for a few minutes with a music track, on that the bass didnt seem to be much different than silver 8, however i dont know how it will sound with a movie.
and another thing, i have run into an opinion on gold 200 vs silver series on monitoraudio's uk site that runs counter to your opinion..this..
The guy seems to say that gold 200 is a big jump from silver 10.
So let's say i'm more confused on what to get. i cant go and audition them again. i have to rely on user input to decide.
I stand by what I wrote earlier. This is my opinion after living with both speakers. I started off many years ago with the Silver RX-6, upgraded to the Silver 8's and have stayed with MA. I was also able to compare them with Martin Logan 40's, B&W CM9's and still MA bested all of them. Those were also auditioned in my home. Thanks Magnolia!
The Gold 200's are now in a much smaller listening room (2000 cf). I have to listen to them at a much lower level now, which is why I need a sub with them. With sufficient power, they really come to life. When I had them in the larger room, I was running them with an amp with over 300 rms per channel at 4 ohms. Also had to upgrade my connections, etc.
I will say if you can afford them, and it is going to be your speaker for awhile, then go for it. Then you don't have to ponder "what if".
The prices I was speaking of are the MSRP of both speakers. Usually the Golds are not discounted so much, but the Silvers are on closeout.
I do love the sound of both speakers, but you do have to consider ALL of the components associated with them. Both are power hungry, but amplification is just one component. Our quest for that perfect sound is never ending. Enjoy whatever you decide to do.
If I could have afforded either of them before, I would not have hesitated to get the Gold. Now, I have the Gold 200's, GC350, and 2 pair Gold 100 surrounds. One pair too many! Other room has the Silver 10's and Silver 2's for surrounds I would have preferred the 8's but could not pass up the price on the 10's.
I am also a bassaholic!
Also, the W12 worked seamlessly with the Silver 8's. Could not tell they were on at all. They actually blended like one speaker. They don't work with the Gold.