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I realize that deciding on speakers is ultimately a subjective decision, based on what sounds best to the listener. I have narrowed my choices down to the Vienna Acoustic Beethovens and the Monitor Audio Golds. I am your average type audio listener and intend to use these speakers for stereo music listening and for quality sound performance when playing blu-ray movies on my HDTV. Any insights you have about the strengths/weakness of these two speakers would be greatly appreciated. I plan to drive them with a Vincent 236 MKII hybrid amp and use the Oppo 83SE as my sound/video source.
 

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I have owned both and I can tell you that you are comparing apples to oranges as far as a sonic comparison. Both are amazing in regards to build quality, finish, etc. The Viennas are going to be a bit "soft" in the lower treble region by design where as the MA's are going to be the opposite all the way up. Have you looked through the Vienna Acoustics and Monitor Audio threads, yet?


I imagine you were considering the VA Beethoven Baby Grands and the GS60's?
 

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If you sit down to listen to music with a bit of wine/cheese, get the VA's.


If you sit down to listen to music with a beer/burger, get the MA's


If you watch chick flicks, get the VA's.


If you watch movies with explosions, bullets flying around, and crashing cars, get the MA's.
 

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Originally Posted by KMC45 /forum/post/18205495


If you sit down to listen to music with a bit of wine/cheese, get the VA's.


If you sit down to listen to music with a beer/burger, get the MA's


If you watch chick flicks, get the VA's.


If you watch movies with explosions, bullets flying around, and crashing cars, get the MA's.

Heh I like this comparison. Yes Vienna's are very laid back by nature and MA's are the opposite. It all depends on what the usage will be. I've listened to the Haydn Grands right next to the RS6s and they couldn't sound any more different. They both sounded great though.
 

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I've actually owned both.


I had VA Mahler's in my two channel system and loved them, so I bought three pairs of Beethoven Concert Grands for my HT system. They were way to polite, so I after a few weeks I bought three new pairs of GS60's to replace them. The GS60's will never be called polite.


They both have some good qualities if you understand what you are geting into.


I forgot this
in my first post in case anybody takes things too serious.
 

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Originally Posted by KMC45 /forum/post/18205495


If you sit down to listen to music with a bit of wine/cheese, get the VA's.


If you sit down to listen to music with a beer/burger, get the MA's


If you watch chick flicks, get the VA's.


If you watch movies with explosions, bullets flying around, and crashing cars, get the MA's.
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Heh I like this comparison. Yes Vienna's are very laid back by nature and MA's are the opposite. It all depends on what the usage will be. I've listened to the Haydn Grands right next to the RS6s and they couldn't sound any more different. They both sounded great though.

Well I would disagree with KMC45 about the beer/burger because it insinuates that the MA's are in a "cheaper" class and I will tell you first hand they ARE NOT!

I will agree though it's apples and oranges. The Vienna's are more laid back and I felt that the MA's had a bigger sound stage and were much more transparent and handled bass better. I felt the Vienna's were more fickle about it's sweetspot also.

I liked the center better on the Vienna's but not by much. For movies hands down the MA's win there. With music I think it depends what you listen to but again this is where the big difference comes into play and makes it apple/oranges comparison.

I considered the Vienna's too and auditioned them extensively and I was comparing them to the RS line. I'm not saying the RS line is in the same class (which they are not) but at the time I just didn't hear the big price difference.

I just had to pipe in because IMO MA is not "cheaper" by any means!
 

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Well I would disagree with KMC45 about the beer/burger because it insinuates that the MA's are in a "cheaper" class and I will tell you first hand they ARE NOT!

I will agree though it's apples and oranges. The Vienna's are more laid back and I felt that the MA's had a bigger sound stage and were much more transparent and handled bass better. I felt the Vienna's were more fickle about it's sweetspot also.

I liked the center better on the Vienna's but not by much. For movies hands down the MA's win there. With music I think it depends what you listen to but again this is where the big difference comes into play and makes it apple/oranges comparison.

I considered the Vienna's too and auditioned them extensively and I was comparing them to the RS line. I'm not saying the RS line is in the same class (which they are not) but at the time I just didn't hear the big price difference.

I just had to pipe in because IMO MA is not "cheaper" by any means!

I'll bet you a burger the insinuation was not price related but rather a guess at the type of music one would like with either.


Personally I like burgers & beer with my classical, jazz & blues and wine with Rock & Roll so he may have been wrong...


Both great speakers - can't go wrong if you listen to them first.


Ron
 

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Supermanrob,


I've owned more Monitor Audio speakers than you ever have. I currently own better Monitor Audio speakers than you own. If I would have thought in any way that Monitor Audio speakers were cheaper I wouldn't have bought them.


It probably would have been best to look at the
in my post about people taking things too serious. But, feel free to pipe in even when it doesn't make sense to do so.


Ron, you got it.
 

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Supermanrob,


I've owned more Monitor Audio speakers than you ever have. I currently own better Monitor Audio speakers than you own. If I would have thought in any way that Monitor Audio speakers were cheaper I wouldn't have bought them.


It probably would have been best to look at the
in my post about people taking things too serious. But, feel free to pipe in even when it doesn't make sense to do so.


Ron, you got it.

Well I'm glad you posted the "
" and IMO without that
(which wasn't there when I went to post) my post makes complete sense. If it doesn't to you,that is completely your right.

I'm not sure where the "own better/owned more" comes from or how it's relevant to my point but all it tells me you either mismanage your money or you make alot of money and have alot to spend which again is your right but it sounds like you might need to take your own advice and not take "things to serious".
 
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