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post #12571 of 12840 Old 01-12-2019, 05:45 AM
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I just bought gold 200s, 350 and 50s plus CT280IDC...don’t really see them being that much of an upgrade.
Indeed, the Apex series has remained untouched for 10 years now and still going strong.

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Since I have just received my monitor audio gold 350 centre and paired it with gold 200 it seems like the 350 overpowers the 200 a little...is that normal and is there anything I should change in the settings to make them work best together? I know gold 300 pairs best with 350 centre but due to budget I couldn’t get both so the 200 was best since I heard the centre channel is most important for home theatre

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Since I have just received my monitor audio gold 350 centre and paired it with gold 200 it seems like the 350 overpowers the 200 a little...is that normal and is there anything I should change in the settings to make them work best together? I know gold 300 pairs best with 350 centre but due to budget I couldn’t get both so the 200 was best since I heard the centre channel is most important for home theatre


Maybe you could bump down the BD in the receiver menu for the center?

Also, very confused with the new Gold. Didn’t they just update them like 1.5-2 years ago?!

I have been looking for a previous (3rd gen?) GXC 300 to match my Gold 300s, while also looking for a good deal on a GC 350. I hadn’t wanted to go to the smaller units because they were only 2 way. This new center may be a great match, and better for setup since it’s smaller.


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I didn’t have time to watch, but apparently the new 200s are already out in New Zealand.



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Anyone know of a dealer that may have the Gold FX in piano black in stock? Looking for the Gen 4 (the just discontinued ones) as I already have 2 of them and wanted to expand to a 7.1 system. thanks
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Indeed, the Apex series has remained untouched for 10 years now and still going strong.
The Gold GXs were active 2010 -2014

The Gold were active 2015-2018, but changes were modest.

The next series look more to have substantial changes. The ribbon tweeter in a different design and 2-1/2 mid-range are notably different.


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What are good subwoofers to pair up with the Gold 300s? I was looking at 2 of the SVS SB-3000 but I am concerned with sound quality not being on par with the gold speakers. thanks
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What are good subwoofers to pair up with the Gold 300s? I was looking at 2 of the SVS SB-3000 but I am concerned with sound quality not being on par with the gold speakers. thanks
Sealed servo sub from Rythmic would sound fantastic.

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Sealed servo sub from Rythmic would sound fantastic.
Thanks. I have never heard of them but will take a look.
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The Gold GXs were active 2010 -2014

The Gold were active 2015-2018, but changes were modest.

The next series look more to have substantial changes. The ribbon tweeter in a different design and 2-1/2 mid-range are notably different.


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It still doesn't explain why the Apex series has been left untouched for a decade as they still are sharing the same technology as the Gold GS. Maybe they were perfect from day one?

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And why did they get rid of the waterfall bubinga on the golds?! I loved that grain and color. The rosewood on my RX8s is really nice, but it’s no bubinga.


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One of the reasons I selected my Golds (aside from the sound) was the design. Specifically they weren’t just boxes. As these new ones are now boxy, I feel like that’s a big downside. Then again, I’m not looking to upgrade.


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What are good subwoofers to pair up with the Gold 300s? I was looking at 2 of the SVS SB-3000 but I am concerned with sound quality not being on par with the gold speakers. thanks
I am going with Duel ported subs from SVS. Can operate those in sealed mode or ported which is better for home threatre.
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Is amp too much or not enough for these gold speakers?

I have a 5 channel anthem amp that is rated 190 wpc for left and right pair and 170 wpc for centre and surrounds.

I have a pair of gold 200 speakers which have a recommendation of 100-150 wpc and a gold 350 centre which is 150-200 recommendation and the final two channels will drive the two height speakers with atmos which are the CT-280IDC which are only 30-120 recommendation.

My receiver (NAD 758) is rated 50-60 wpc and is going to drive my gold 50s and other atmos height pair.

Is my amp going to be too strong or not strong enough for these and what do I do when the rec specs fall outside amp abilities?

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I have a 5 channel anthem amp that is rated 190 wpc for left and right pair and 170 wpc for centre and surrounds.

I have a pair of gold 200 speakers which have a recommendation of 100-150 wpc and a gold 350 centre which is 150-200 recommendation and the final two channels will drive the two height speakers with atmos which are the CT-280IDC which are only 30-120 recommendation.

My receiver (NAD 758) is rated 50-60 wpc and is going to drive my gold 50s and other atmos height pair.

Is my amp going to be too strong or not strong enough for these and what do I do when the rec specs fall outside amp abilities?
Do you have a subwoofer in your setup for bass management? If so then the power requirements will go down the drain as you are unlikely to ever send more than 10W to each speaker.

I have 9 Gold GS speakers hanging off a Marantz SR7010 and never felt short of power.

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I have a 5 channel anthem amp that is rated 190 wpc for left and right pair and 170 wpc for centre and surrounds.

I have a pair of gold 200 speakers which have a recommendation of 100-150 wpc and a gold 350 centre which is 150-200 recommendation and the final two channels will drive the two height speakers with atmos which are the CT-280IDC which are only 30-120 recommendation.

My receiver (NAD 758) is rated 50-60 wpc and is going to drive my gold 50s and other atmos height pair.

Is my amp going to be too strong or not strong enough for these and what do I do when the rec specs fall outside amp abilities?
Do you have a subwoofer in your setup for bass management? If so then the power requirements will go down the drain as you are unlikely to ever send more than 10W to each speaker.

I have 9 Gold GS speakers hanging off a Marantz SR7010 and never felt short of power.
Yes, I will be getting Duel PC4000...so that are saying I will never have an issue with not enough power even though the Gold 350 is rated for a 150-200 wattage?

Also will the fact that I’m using the 170wpc amp to drive a pair of atmos heights (280IDC) be a problem since they are only rated for 30-120 power wattage.?

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Anything to prop up Gold 200 speakers?

Since the gold 200 are a fair bit shorter then the 300 and since the tweeter falls below my sitting and ear level and also since there may be a corner of a couch obstructing the bottom two drivers on the 200 I was wondering if anybody uses any sort of platform or something to raise the height of the towers? Is there any down side to doing this??

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Yes, I will be getting Duel PC4000...so that are saying I will never have an issue with not enough power even though the Gold 350 is rated for a 150-200 wattage?

Also will the fact that I’m using the 170wpc amp to drive a pair of atmos heights (280IDC) be a problem since they are only rated for 30-120 power wattage.?
No issue at all. Your ears will be damaged long before you run out of power.

Your heights will be fine as long as you don't randomly connect and disconnect the inputs to that amp while powered on as that could cause some very high powered spikes.

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Since the gold 200 are a fair bit shorter then the 300 and since the tweeter falls below my sitting and ear level and also since there may be a corner of a couch obstructing the bottom two drivers on the 200 I was wondering if anybody uses any sort of platform or something to raise the height of the towers? Is there any down side to doing this??
Just build a wooden box and fill it with sand so it doesn't vibrate. It is the way many dedicated HTs are built where they have a big raised platform at the front. The speakers and subs are then right on top with no issues.

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Since the gold 200 are a fair bit shorter then the 300 and since the tweeter falls below my sitting and ear level and also since there may be a corner of a couch obstructing the bottom two drivers on the 200 I was wondering if anybody uses any sort of platform or something to raise the height of the towers? Is there any down side to doing this??
Just build a wooden box and fill it with sand so it doesn't vibrate. It is the way many dedicated HTs are built where they have a big raised platform at the front. The speakers and subs are then right on top with no issues.
Sand sounds messing..,isn’t there anything household item wise or textbook that could prop it up??

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Sand sounds messing..,isn’t there anything household item wise or textbook that could prop it up??
Sand in plastic bags isn't messy.

You could buy some concrete blocks and build a suitable plinth. Not very sexy looking though.

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Sand sounds messing..,isn’t there anything household item wise or textbook that could prop it up??
Sand in plastic bags isn't messy.

You could buy some concrete blocks and build a suitable plinth. Not very sexy looking though.
Could you show me a picture of what you mean or what you use with sand in plastic bags please and thank you?

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I reached out to the main North American distributor to inquire about mixing the forthcoming Gold center with my existing 300s. The response was interesting.

The individual stated that since the new line borrows so heavily from the platinum series - specifically tweeters and drivers - that they’d be hesitant to mix. Additionally they said they personally use a C150 paired with their own 300s.

So, while I think I may still consider the new center (mostly because of size and that it’s 3 way), I think I’m on the lookout for demo or new closeout on the outgoing Gold centers.

If anybody has a dealer you’d recommend or if you’re aware of closeout stock, please PM me. I have a local dealer, but I don’t particularly care for them, so I’d prefer to not use them.


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Does anyone have a handle on the going price (continental US) for a used pair of Silver 10s? I'm considering selling mine because they're currently just sitting unused, but I like them too much to get rid of them for a pittance.

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I have the silver C350, very impressive, clearest dialogue I’ve heard from a home system. It’s a good match to my Silver 8’s. I had the previous generation silver centre before, similar design to the C150 which was very poor, screeching dialogue and very directional much worse than an old mission centre it replaced.

Dialogue clarity is hugely affected by room acoustics, so while you may need a new centre speaker, that’s probably not the whole story.
Hi all,

Thanks for all the replies. So, after getting the green light from the Mrs, I'm ready to buy.

Unfortunately, I can't find any dealers that have MA Silver's (200's or 300's) in stock for me to listen to. Very frustrating It just means I'm going to have to gamble and buy without listening first. As I already own an older set of MA Bronze bookshelf speakers and have been very happy, it's a gamble I'll take.

On my previous message I gave the dimensions of my living room and it roughly equates to a little under 4,000 cu ft.

I've decided to purchase two Silver 300's and a Silver C350 center. I'm also going to purchase a new AV amp, either a nice Marantz or a Denon as I've always liked these brands. Looking to spend something like $1,500 on the amp.

I'm going for a different brand of sub, and the rears/ceiling speakers I will have to buy later.

Does anyone have a recommendation of dealers in the USA that have given you a great discount and also great customer service?

This is going to be a stretch so anything I can save on the cost would be great. If it helps, the Mrs is a US Navy Veteran so maybe some MA dealers you know of might offer a veterans discount.

Thanks in advance!

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I have Bronze 1’s for surround so I have had them side by side with the Silver 8’s, the Silver range is a huge step up in voice frequency clarity, well in every way. But they do have a similar sound, I would expect if you like the Bronze, you’ll love the Silvers.

I’m considering upgrading the surrounds to Silver 1’s while there are a few still available. I never got around to selling the Silver centre so maybe I can use it in the office with the two pairs of Bronze 1’s.
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Question Upgrade needed?

I've had the RX FX series for a few years. Was looking into the Monitor Audio Silver 500 (2), Monitor Audio Silver C350 (1), and Monitor Audio Silver FX (2) all in Rosenut. How much of an upgrade would this be?

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Who has the Controlled Performance in-wall/ceiling's?

Intrigued by them. Loved my old MA bookshelves, and want an enclosed speaker for sound proofing purposes (and not having to build boxes for an open speaker). These seem rather cost effective. I would be doing 8 speakers for surround (sides) and Atmos (ceiling).
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Who has the Controlled Performance in-wall/ceiling's?

Intrigued by them. Loved my old MA bookshelves, and want an enclosed speaker for sound proofing purposes (and not having to build boxes for an open speaker). These seem rather cost effective. I would be doing 8 speakers for surround (sides) and Atmos (ceiling).
If your concern is sound proofing, the in walls are not the way to go.

Any speakers in wall/ceiling cavities will leak sound to the rest of the home much easier. The most efficient/cost sound barrier is multiple layers of drywall on channel clips with green glue etc. with no holes cut in it.
So bookshelf speakers or towers are a better option to keep the sound in the room.
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If your concern is sound proofing, the in walls are not the way to go.



Any speakers in wall/ceiling cavities will leak sound to the rest of the home much easier. The most efficient/cost sound barrier is multiple layers of drywall on channel clips with green glue etc. with no holes cut in it.

So bookshelf speakers or towers are a better option to keep the sound in the room.
I’m doing DD/GG, no channel clips. Also some acoustic insulation. I’m ok with some sound leakage. Looking to reduce by like 60% over doing nothing at all.

I would maybe consider on-wall speakers but really like the integrated look.
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