Originally Posted by petetherock
My local dealer is telling me that the GX series are so good, it doesn't make a lot of sense to upgrade to the PL series, how much truth is that? He is pretty honest with me, and isn't doing this to clear stock. I have been using the older GS series and it was good for HT, just a bit bright for music, so I am looking at either the PL 200 + Centre, or GX series + Centre, and I may even consider the B&W 804D + HTM 4D in a HT / music setup.
I like the a more smooth sound, but with details, too, in a HT / music 60/40 balance.
From personal experience, I can say that your local dealer's advice is not unfounded. When I began my evaluation, I was open to buying any of the MA speakers. My local dealer started me in a room with the GX series and other comparable speakers (i.e., B&Ws, Klipsch, Martin Logan, Definitive). From blind tests with those speakers, I repeated selected the GXs. Next, he told me he was going to have me compare another speaker to the GX200s that I had repeated selected. I listened, but immediately discern a difference in the imaging and depth of the GXs. With the same source material, the GXs were clearer, fuller, more encompassing. I later learned that the other speakers were RXs.
Given that I had selected the GXs, we then did a direct comparison with the PLs, both 200 series. And here is where the decisions got decidedly more difficult. Both sounded great, playing the same source material, but (from my ears) it was extremely difficult to determine which was playing if I did not look or know which speaker was playing. The best way to explain it, from my perspective, is that the gap between the Silvers and the Golds seemed greater than between the Golds and the Platinums.
So, I did what any normal person does in that situation: I went home, did some research, read about both the Platinums and the Golds and returned to the store convinced (and prepared) to buy the Platinums. But my second (and third) test didn't justify buying the Platinums, for me.
I imagine that the Platinums will shine more with more power or being played louder or in larger spaces, but I realized that that did not represent why I wanted/needed speakers. And with that, I knew that I had properly selected the Golds. Don't get me wrong, I think the Platinums are amazing. I just could not justify the difference.