Monitor Audio strikes Gold with high-end speaker line

posted on Friday, 16th January 2015 by Steve May

Monitor Audio  High-end  Loudspeakers  home cinema 

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Monitor Audio has upgraded its Gold GX Series speaker line. Now known only as Gold, the new eight-strong range features the latest iteration of the brand’s C-CAM Rigid Surface Technology bass cone, a more functional magnetically-fixed ‘floating’ cloth grille design and tighter production tolerances for its C-CAM ribbon tweeter.

The Gold series ribbon is identical to the earlier GX ribbon but by improving production tolerances, the company says “it’s discovered a consistently more open and transparent sound.” Similarly, the RST bass driver now takes the form of a continuous radiating dish; a longer voice coil and larger motor sit behind the cone, offering a longer excursion and lower distortion.

Monitor Audio has also improved cabinet rigidity. The speakers are available in dark walnut and piano ebony wood veneers as well as high gloss white and black finishes. The new Gold’s HiVeII reflex port is shaped to have the same effect on airflow as a gun barrel on a bullet. Rifled grooves inside the port accelerate the flow and reduce turbulence, for a faster more dynamic bass response.

The range opens with the Gold 50 (pictured below), which houses a single 5.5inch RST bass driver and C-CAM ribbon. It retails for £950 a pair. The Gold 100 (£1,250) is a larger two-way stand mount speaker featuring a 6.5-inch RST bass driver and C-CAM ribbon. The Gold 200 (£2,300) is the first new floorstander. With a compact three-way design, it features the improved pair matched ribbon, twin 5.5-inch bass drivers and a 4-inch midrange driver. The Gold 300 (£3,000) leads the line-up and is suitable for larger rooms. It offers twin 6.5-inch bass drivers, a single 4-inch mid-range driver and a high frequency ribbon transducer. Installation options include hand-milled spikes or non-slip rubber pads to protect wood floors.

G50

Surround

For multi-channel sound systems, there are two centre options. The compact C150 (£650) centre speaker is small enough to fit into most AV racks, and offers twin 5.5-inch drivers and the ribbon in a two and half way orientation. The larger C350 (£1,000) is a three-way, four driver configuration with a wide frequency response, to better match the 300 floorstanders. A dedicated floor stand is available to ensure the most secure footing and ideal vertical orientation.

Rear speakers duties are delegated to the Gold FX (£700, pictured above), which can provide direct or ambient surround sound, switched manually or automatically via a 12V signal. The speaker can be flush-mounted on side or rear walls, using a ‘sloppy fit’ pre-install bracket, which allows levelling and adjustment prior to fixing. The wall-hugging profile incorporates no fewer than six drivers. In monopole mode for discrete side or rear sound channels it uses a front-firing 6 ½-inch RST bass/mid driver and CCAM ribbon transducer; in dipole mode the FX uses two pairs of side firing 4-inch C-CAM bass/mid drivers and 25mm C-CAM gold dome tweeters.

Underpinning the line-up is the W15 subwoofer (£1,750, pictured below), which features an ultra-long throw 15-inch C-CAM bass driver, driven by a 650W D2AUDIO DSP amplifier. The Gold W15 also features an advanced automatic room correction system called LEO (Listening Environment Optimizer). It’s equipped with a 12V trigger and remote control with four user EQ pre-sets.

W15 Sub

For more on Monitor Audio’s extensive product range, visit our partner page here.

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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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