Monitor Audio- Gold or Silver?

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  1. BrianSmith

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    Hi Folks,

    Has anyone had the chance to compare the MA Gold series vs. the Silver? I don't have a look dealer so I can not evaluate them.

    The Silver series fits comfortably in my budget while the Gold series is slightly out of budget.

    I can stretch for a the golds if the difference in $ is worth it. What do you guys think?

    Also, would you characterize the MA speakers as forward or bright?

    Thanks in advance!

    -Brian
     
  2. Tim Morton

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    I have some older MA700 from monitor audio and they sound nice. But are you sure you want to buy a speaker without listening to it first?
     
  3. Khoa Tran

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    I listened to a pair of Monitor Audio gold floorstandings at my local dealer, he had them setup with a pass lab amp(x200? i think, 9000 bucks) and a really expensive cd player which i forget the name.
    I didn't like the sound, it was very harsh and after a few minutes it started to give me a headache. Not my kind of speaker, i would recommend you listening to the speakers before purchasing.
     
  4. BrianSmith

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    I live in small town so I have to drive seveal hours to the nearest dealer for any audio auditioning.

    I'm trying to narrow down my audition list so I don't have to drive all over the place.

    The feeling I am getting is that MA speakers are bright. I am after a speaker that does not produce listener fatigue (such as the Wilson 5.1s I owned at one time).

    -Brian
     
  5. Tim Morton

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    The Monitor Audio is NOT a bright sounding speaker at all. I have had mine(with the gold tweeter) for almost 8 years and have NEVER thought of it as bright. before that i had some Celestions (also with a metal dome tweet) and i never comsidered that to be a bright speaker until I hooked it up to a cheap yamaha cd-player..but with the purchase of a nicer denon cd-player most of that brightness was gone. But if you are looking for a more mellow speaker, my brother has some B&W 603's that to me sound warm and colored...definately not bright, and would be a good choice IMO for buying without listening.
     
  6. BrianSmith

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    I DO plan on listening to some speakers but first I want to narrow my choices down so I can decide which dealers I need to visit.

    The Polk LSi series looks like it might be worth an audition. People seem to like them.
     
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  8. Peter $ Jay

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    I have listened to the GR-20's and consider them to be a bit on the bright side especially when powered by solid state amplification. They become noticeably warmer and more well-rounded when hooked to a tube amp. However, the difference becomes less noticeable after the speakers have burned-in properly (about 100 hours or so). As to Gold vs Silver, I haven't heard the Silver 9's but based on pubished reviews I would say if you can swing the extra bucks go with the GR-20's.

    Good Luck.......Peter
     
  9. Adil M

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    I have heard both. The Gold speakers are far superior and musical sounding. The silver's sound good, but are clinical sounding. They are boring. I'd buy Gold bookshelves before silver towers.
     

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