Gold GX

Product lineup

Professional reviews

GX50

January 2015

GX50 Review From SoundStage!

"In addition to its wonderful sense of pace, the GX50s bore other hallmarks of the Monitor sound: superb retrieval of detail, precise imaging, and taut, punchy bass."

"...the Monitors did a wonderful disappearing act as music filled the space between and around the speakers. The musicians were spread across the front of the room as the GX50s outlined their positions with pinpoint precision."

"The plucks of various stringed instruments -- including acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass guitar -- were crisp and clear, the timbre of each well articulated. Garcia’s voice was placed center stage, in the same plane as the speaker baffles, sounding open and natural, as if he could have been in the room."

"By allowing me to hear the low-level sounds coming from the audience, the Monitors did a nice job of communicating what it must have been like to be in the crowd at this small venue more than 40 years ago."

"With “Prologue,” from Loreena McKennitt’s The Book of Secrets (CD, Quinlan Road 19404), the GX50s again showcased two of their best attributes -- precise imaging and superb soundstaging -- by evoking a tangible sense of depth and sound that emanated from beyond the outer edges of the speakers to create a vast, three-dimensional stage."

"...each instrumental timbre was distinct and clear as day, occupying its own space before me."

"Listeners who value detailed sound will find much to appreciate in these speakers, whose clean sound made it easy to listen deep into the music to hear precisely what was going on."

"Given the GX50’s relatively small size, one thing that surprised me about it with “Prologue” was the drum, the sound of which had enough weight to underpin the music, while its reverberation gave a sense of the space in which it had been recorded."

"I found that percussion was well reproduced through the Monitor Audios, whose mid- to upper bass was agile and incisive, making it the perfect complement to the speakers’ overall excellent clarity."

"The speakers sounded so clean that they were able to illuminate each section of the orchestra, and allowed me to hear plenty of detail. In addition to the fact that there’s a lot happening in this music, War Dance has a pounding rhythm -- the Monitors did a fine job of conveying this performance’s sense of urgency."

"With the Gold GX50, Monitor Audio has produced another fine loudspeaker. It possesses all the hallmarks of the Monitor house sound, along with incisive detail and tight, punchy bass. I found myself drawn to listen to voices through these speakers -- their midrange reproduction was very natural and open, and their ability to produce a well-defined, precise soundstage was outstanding."

"Combined with their sharp visual appeal and solid construction, the Monitor Audio Gold GX50 is a fantastic speaker in a small package that should win over a lot of listeners."

- Philip Beaudette, SoundStage Hi-Fi!, December 2014

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GX50

December 2012

START ME UP - GX50 Loudspeaker Review

"Visually the GX50 strikes a premium pose from any angle."

"Construction quality and cabinet finish are as good as they get in this price segment. Tolerances appear tight—literally seamless, in fact."

"The GX50 is a midrange-dominant loudspeaker that shines brilliantly on vocals... It relishes the delicacies of musical texture, air, and bloom. It's very effective for its size in mid- and lower-level details and dynamics with an engaging sense of 'being there'—an attribute that encourages you want to keep listening."

"The ribbon is, as I'd expected, sweet, smooth, and superbly detailed in the transient realm."

"Although the GX50 is more a finesse loudspeaker than a headbanger's dream, that's not to say it completely lacks low-end punch; there's genuine 60-70Hz capability here, and perceivably a bit more further down. It's small mid/bass driver is articulate and more than capable of holding its own on tracks from the Rutter Requiem, many of which feature the undertow of a pipe organ beneath the large chorus."

"...Taken on its own terms, the GX50 is beguiling in its strengths and serious in its intentions, and with that ribbon tweeter adds a distinctively sweet flavor to the under-$2k category of loudspeakers."

- Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, January 2013

GXFX

November 2012

Sound+Vision GX200 System Review

“Excellent build quality and equally impressive sound make the Gold GX a great choice for a multichannel system.”

“…outstanding definition and clarity in the highs, and a soundstage that extended well beyond the towers’ physical locations.”

“The Gold GX system’s crisp, finely layered presentation proved an especially good match for surround music. ..excellent tonal match between the front channels and GXFX surrounds made songs… sound wonderfully seamless. It was like being immersed in a pool of dense, ambient guitar and bass.”

“Drums and bass sounded clean and dynamic — I could clearly feel the wallop of kick drum in my chest. Monitor Golds managed to convey the dense spatial swirl of percussion instruments, keyboards, and background vocals while maintaining excellent clarity on guitars and Bryan Ferry’s frontand-
center vocals.”

“…rain really sounded as if it was pouring down in dense sheets from the front of my room. During the chase that ensues, sound-effects pans as the
cars swirled and spun out had a convincingly full, near-360° trajectory. The GXW-15 sub was hardly a wallflower during this sequence. When a freight
train slams into the cab mid-chase, the resulting impact was bone-rattling."

“The GXC 150’s spot-on tonal match with the towers resulted in excellent front-stage clarity.”

“Monitor Audio’s Gold GX system is a well-crafted speaker package that’s capable of pinning you to the couch on movies and drenching your ears with detail on music.”

GX300

November 2012

SoundStage! Hi-Fi GX300 Review

“The sound of the strings was so natural and so brilliantly articulated that I could hear the hollow resonance of the guitar body behind them... I was impressed with the levels of resolution and neutrality conveyed by the GX300s.”

“Listening to it through the GX300s was revelatory: The congestion was gone, leaving me with a deep, wide soundstage. Legend’s and Pink’s voices were imaged with levels of dimension and texture that I hadn’t heard before.”

“In just 20 minutes of listening, it was quite obvious that the Gold GX300 was no stranger to showcasing details; in fact, the speaker seemed to thrive on it.”

“Monitor Audio’s Gold GX300 offers tremendous value to anyone in the market for a mid sized floorstanding speaker.”

“The more time I spent with the Gold GX300s, the more I came to appreciate their distinctive tonal purity and dynamic range, and their uncanny ability to breathe life into pretty much any recording. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Gold GX300. I can’t help but give it my highest recommendation.”

GX100

November 2012

26/11/2012

“...I unboxed the review pair and discovered two of the most exquisite-looking, best-finished cabinets I’ve seen on any speaker near this price, or even double it.”

“The finish was flawless; with the wood’s warm, reddish glow and the cabinet’s soft, rounded edges, the GX100s had the appearance of fine furniture.”

“I consistently heard a very crisp sound with detailed, incisive highs that portrayed instruments and voices with precision and distinction.”

“As impressed as I was by the GX100’s ribbon tweeter, I was equally impressed by its midrange-woofer, which, in conjunction with its solidly constructed cabinet, helped the speaker deliver deep, powerful bass. When I closed my eyes, I could have sworn I was hearing a pair of floorstanders.”

“I found its sound highly engaging, and capable of holding my interest. I was able to sustain my utter enthusiasm for its sound for long periods without
ever getting fatigued.”

“...the buyer of a pair of Gold GX100s will be rewarded with something he or she can own and cherish for many years. Highly recommended.”

GX300

November 2012

TAS: GX300 Review

“The overall presentation of the GX300 is fast, punchy, holographic, and exciting.”

“This ribbon’s extended, airy, and remarkably smooth high-frequency response is one of the first things that jumps out when auditioning the GX300… In fact, the overall presentation of the GX300 is fast, punchy, holographic, and vividly exciting. This is a speaker that hits the ground running.”

“The enclosures are beautifully finished, and the entire package has a feeling of elegant class.”

“The GX300 bass response strikes a fine balance between the nimble and weighty.”

“Vocals too, are very fine,… the GX300 was always revealing of technique and phrasing, with good overtones, solid presence, and a strong sense of each singer’s conviction.”

“The GX300 also presents a big, bold, rather upfront soundstage that still conveys a good impression of depth. On the San Francisco Symphony Mahler recordings I’ve recently written about, the stage filled my back wall, and there was plenty of air around instruments, especially those in the high frequency range, and impressive front-to-back dimensionality.”

“Two areas in which the GX300 excels are dynamic weight and rhythmic momentum. As I said above, this speaker hits the ground running, and is a lot of fun to listen to.”

“This is a fine loudspeaker.”

GX200

November 2012

Canada Hi-Fi GX200 Review

"The GX200 is a very handsome floor standing speaker with a small enough footprint that it will fit into most listening environments. Monitor Audio says that this makes the speakers placement friendly, allowing them to be positioned relatively close to a wall.”

“The fit and finish appeared to be perfect.”

“The midrange was rich and neutral, as the bass line played cheerfully with good depth and articulation. The GX200’s offered excellent stereo imaging and effortless motion as the song demanded the ringing of the strings to flow between the channels.”

“I quickly realized just how much high frequency information these speakers were able to extract from the music. I literally heard high frequency components that I haven’t heard before. The C-CAM ribbon tweeter played with amazing speed and delivered awesome resolution."

“The GX200 reproduced the sound of the various guitars used throughout the album with extraordinary realism - I felt like I was playing guitar myself.”

“The Monitor Audio GX200 delivered an undeniably enjoyable, musically passionate performance during its stay in my home. I took it through the paces with all kinds of music, ranging from classical to hard rock and it always pleased me with its sound. Those who enjoy listening to jazz and classical should find this speaker particularly attractive since it’ll extract the finest details from high frequencies and provide a great three dimensional soundstage. The GX200 is indeed a great sounding speaker and offers excellent value at its price point.”

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GX300

November 2012

Buy 'em, keep 'em, love 'em!

"It delivers, clean, clear and vibrant high-frequencies and tidy, deep and powerful lows. Treble instruments and voices soar… The closer you get to naturally recorded, untreated a capella voices, the more important this becomes; The GX300 sailed through this test as if the designer had been listening to renaissance music when putting the GX series through its paces.”

“The other end is fabulously well-upholstered for so small a speaker, too… a lot of bass and a lot going on in the bass… Here, the GX300 gets the balance perfectly right — you could spend 10x as much and not get the same result.”

“The vocal articulation is excellent, and the midrange clear and true.”

“Ultimately, the Monitor Audio sound is one that is big and impressive. It casts a wide soundstage, with full-sized, solid instruments in their own sense of space within that soundstage. It goes loud too. All this, combined with the extension of top and bottom, gives you a sense of immediate impressiveness… few speakers at this price can deliver something this impressive sounding, and even fewer will deliver that while making sure you keep a satisfied smile firmly in place.”

“I can’t help but think Wilson Audio here. The GX300 are more than training wheels for a pair of Wilson Sashas, but there is a strong similarity in character. Both create a big sound, with lots of extension at either ends of the scale. Both have plenty of detail delivery and both have that ability to excite and stun in equal measure... Where the Monitor Audios win over the Wilsons is their ease in installation and equipment partnering… and that you can buy a wall of GX300s for the price of a pair of Sashas.”

“The GX300 gives you a lot of what real people want to hear... It just gives you the sound you like in a fuss-free package. What could be better?”

GX100

November 2012

Gramophone GX100 Review

“The pair of speakers I received for review, very smartly finished in Piano Black Gloss, had been used for a while before dispatch, so needed minimal running-in to loosen them up and have them performing as they should.”

“And the GX100s’ take on ‘as they should’ is undeniably impressive: this is a fast, dynamic, exciting loudspeaker design, capable of remarkable slam and drive in the bass, along with seamless integration through the midband and on up into one of the sweetest, yet most explicit, top-ends around.”

“Particularly striking is the openness of the treble, used to delicious effect…”

“Especially impressive is the sense of air and space in the sound, making the most of ‘location’ recordings, and the way the GX100s deliver a stereo image with both depth and precise location of instruments. With minimal toe-in the sound snaps into focus, and after that the speakers do a fine job of placing music in an entirely realistic fashion.”

“The may be larger than the common idea of compact speakers, but the additional weight and power they bring to music, allied to that smoothly explicit midband and sweet, beautifully extended treble, is more than sufficient payback for their extra size.”

GXC150

November 2012

Shall We Be Speaker-Centric?

“Perhaps the folks who sell specialty home theater gear for a living should focus more on speakers like the Monitor Audio Gold GX: on their seductive curves, on their quality of construction, on the startling clarity of

their ribbon tweeters.”

“As impressive as the monitor and center are, it’s the sub that takes your breath away… LEO is as simple as sub room correction ever gets.”

“The movie activated the Monitor ribbon’s full and extended high-frequency response in a manner that was surprisingly smooth and sweet… Dispersion from the ribbon tweeters was excellent throughout.”

“...with holographic imaging and a lush, golden smoothness… This was a deeply pleasurable and enlightening experience.”

“The Monitor Audio GX Gold speakers are for the questing audiophile who’s looking to transcend the limitations of run-of-the-mill dome-based tweeters and low-tech woofers…”

"Special commendation goes to the GXW-15 subwoofer, one of the most cleverly designed I’ve ever reviewed… As compelling as the speakers are in their own right, the sub is even more so for its advanced design and features.”

GX50

November 2012

New Golds Show Revolutionary Fervour

“…these are some of the most natural-sounding speakers we’ve heard from Monitor Audio.”

“There’s a fine sense of transparency and balance to the GX50s sound.”

“The ribbon tweeter sounds especially sweet, affording high frequencies a show-stopping level of refinement and finesse.”

“…low frequencies sound tight, punchy and agile.”

“Vive la revolution!

For: Great build and finish; clean, transparent presentation; sweet treble,
articulate bass.

Against: Nothing of note.

GXFX

November 2012

Monitor Audio Gold GX 5.1 Speaker System

"The Monitor Audio speakers delivered the richness of the doubled-up guitar strings with fullness in the mid frequencies and an amazing bell-like quality in the higher octaves. The depth and texture of this presentation was as close as I’ve heard from a real 12 string guitar."

"The ribbon tweeters reproduced the high frequencies of both instruments and voices with an amazing sizzle and a high level of detail. The tweeter presentation was airy, super clean and smoothly integrated with the mid frequencies, not once did I detect any harshness in the upper registers."

"The Gold GX series served up a perfectly balanced frequency range and one of the cleanest, luscious sounding mid-ranges I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in my home theatre."

"Whether I listened to music or watched movies, they never failed to engage me at the highest level. Voices and instruments sounded true-to-life and hence music was always full of emotion, regardless of choice of genre. On many occasions I felt like the performers were right in my room. During movies with good soundtracks (and visuals) the Gold GX series were capable of creating a total suspension of disbelief, making me feel like I was part of the action."

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GX50

November 2012

GX50: Hi-Fi Choice Recommended

Monitor Audio's GX50 has been dubbed a Hi-Fi Choice recommended speaker in their loudspeaker review, claiming a full five stars overall.

"Monitor Audio's GX50 speaker is a potent performer, majoring on insight, clarity and soundstaging. It opens up recordings in a way that few price rivals can."

Read the full review in the November 2012 issue of Hi-Fi Choice.

GX50

March 2012

GX50 Review by Trusted Reviews

"Absolutely fantastic. Give them a chance to warm up and the first thing you notice is how incredibly polished the ribbon tweeter makes high frequencies sound. This is most apparent when playing music, where hi-hats and tambourines skip along with a level of finesse and smoothness that only comes from speakers of this calibre. We’ve heard a lot of compact 5.1 systems that dig deep for detail and offer pleasing top-end, but it’s all relative – step up to this level and there’s an extra transparency, openness and authority.

These sweet high-frequencies aren’t left hanging either – they’re backed up by solid midrange and gobsmackingly punchy bass, making the overall sound perfectly balanced and tightly knitted. Their nimble yet weighty bass performance really is superb, allowing them to thump dance music kick drums through your chest with impeccable timing, but with the sensitivity to add splashes of depth to gentler ambient noises.

Try them with TV or movies and you get a sense of the GX50 speakers' versatility. They take noisy action scenes in their stride, coping admirably with dialogue and explosions – often simultaneously – and if you crank up the volume to unreasonable levels there’s not a trace of harshness to be heard. It’ll be interesting to hear how they fit into a full 5.1 system."

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Gold GX

November 2011

Setting the Gold Standard

Home Cinema Choice magazine gives their verdict on the Gold GX Series with an all round 5 star approval across the board.

In the latest January 2012 issue of Home Cinema Choice magazine our Gold GX series was reviewed, tried and tested for performance, design and features and then rewarded with a fantastic overall review of 5/5 stars across the categories.

Here's a snippet taken from the full review "Running through Pirates...had me scribbling all sorts of notes ('huge, rich, foundation-shifting bass with power and grip'; 'nil flex on the 15in piston'; 'Exciting, musical and able to create a sense of scale'), but all you need to know is that I loved this system with a passion."

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GX100

March 2012

GX100 Review by SoundStageHiFi.com

"...When I unboxed the review pair and discovered two of the most exquisite-looking, best-finished cabinets I’ve seen on any speaker near this price, or even double it. With most speakers, the first thing I do is rush to set them up. With these, I just wanted to sit back and look."

"I found its sound highly engaging, and capable of holding my interest. I was able to sustain my utter enthusiasm for its sound for long periods without ever getting fatigued...the buyer of a pair of Gold GX100s will be rewarded with something he or she can own and cherish for many years. Highly recommended."

 

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GX100

April 2012

Gramophone GX100 review

Classical music industry leading publication - Gramophone reviews the Gold GX100, with results we're equally impressed with...

Here's just a snippet "And the GX100s' take on 'as they should' is undeniably impressive: this is a fast, dynamic, exciting loudspeaker design, capable of remarkable slam and drive in the bass, along with seamless integration through the midband and on up into one of the sweetest, yet most explicit, top-ends around. The music is never any less than entirely controlled, and yet has that wide-open, rich, detailed presentation that just begs the listener to listen more closely to what's being played, revelling in the sheer amount of character and detail on offer."

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GX200

April 2012

Hi-Fi News GX200 review

The "Home of Real Hi-Fi" gives an in-depth analysis of Monitor Audio's GX200 floorstanding speaker:

"The Patricia Barber recording sounded wonderfully three-dimensional, and with Reference Recordings' high resolution recording of the Tchaikovsky piece the GX200s came alive, the fine detail of percussion in the orchestra delivered with electrostatic-like transparency".

Read the full review in the May 2012 issue of Hi-Fi News available now.

 

 

GX300

May 2012

HiFi+ GX300 Review

In the current issue of HiFi+ (on sale now) the big brother's of the Gold GX range - the GX300s are under a full detailed 3 page review and we weren't disappointed with the results: 

"These are good, unfussy loudspeakers that don't force the listener into a bout of audiophilia nervosa. Buy 'em, keep 'em, love 'em!" 

"Ultimately the Monitor Audio sound is one that is big and impressive. It casts a wide sounstage, with full-sized, solid instruments in their own sense of space within that soundstage. It goes loud too. All this, combined with the extension of top and bottom, gives you a sense of immediate impressiveness".

Read the full review in April's issue of HiFi+ available now.

GX50

November 2011

What Hi-Fi? GX50 Review

"The ribbon tweeter sounds especially sweet, affording high frequencies a show-stopping level of refinement and finesse."

Awarded a full five stars

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