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"Fast, Dynamic, Exciting"
Monitor Audio's GX100 is a larger two-way stand mounted speaker featuring a 6.5" RST bass driver and C-CAM ribbon transducer. Operating with the performance of a typical 8" driver, Monitor Audio's proprietary 6.5" design provides higher overall efficiency with dynamic headroom to deliver impressive bass extension and control.
The GX100's uncomplicated two-way configuration renders complex material with tonal accuracy and perfect timing. It may occupy the space of a stand-mounted speaker, but the GX100 sounds like a reference floorstander.
"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," reports England's Gramophone magazine, April 2012.
"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," notes SoundStageHiFi.com, March 2012.
"All you need to know is that I loved this system with a passion," reports England's Home Cinema Choice magazine, November 2011.
Proprietary Ribbon Transducer
Monitor Audio invests much of its design energy in the refinement of proprietary drive units. As the engines of sound they transform myriad electrical impulses into the wide, vividly accurate audio canvas that distinguishes Monitor Audio from its rivals. The critical GX elements are based on the groundbreaking Platinum drivers, developed from decades of expertise and meticulous fine-tuning.
The amazing GX ribbon is derived from the globally acclaimed Platinum C-CAM ribbon transducer. Its fabulously efficient wideband design operates at the velocity of the fastest natural sounds, reproducing the entire harmonic spectrum of every note at frequencies way beyond the audible threshold. The range of this extraordinary driver is such that you will experience the authentic tonal character of the highest sounds, as well as the inherent nature of the mid-band vocal region to which the ear is most sensitively tuned.
Advanced Bass Drivers
Having perfected the reproduction of high frequencies and their harmonics, Monitor Audio's engineers were presented with the challenge of integrating the mid and bass fundamentals with the same degree of accuracy. The company turned to critical computer-driven FEA (Finite Element Analysis) tools to optimize the behavior of the GX bass and mid-driver motors, selecting large voice-coils, powerful magnet structures and rigid, vented die-cast driver chassis to power their ultra-sophisticated ribbed RST C-CAM cones with the precision of a finely-engineered piston.
Monitor Audio's definitive C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) driver blends the exceptional properties of aluminum, magnesium, and ceramic material to form an ultra light but ultra-strong radiating surface, responsive to the smallest impulse and resistant to the bending forces of the most explosive transients. The C-CAM driver diaphragms are strengthened further with RST ribbing to create the greatest rigidity for the lowest mass. This means that in action, GX drivers will deliver a vivid cadence of uniformly clear audio from the lowest note to the crossover with the GX ribbon.
Crossover components are critical. They direct the incoming frequencies to their respective drivers, so they're the subject of sustained engineering TLC. Monitor Audio's engineers used decades of experience, including their ears, to hand pick and trial each component, listening to hundreds of permutations before finding perfection. For optimum isolation, individual driver crossovers are mounted on a dedicated panel. The adjacent GX speaker terminals are gold plated to maintain signal integrity and contact reliability from the source to the crossovers. All GX speakers are wired internally with specialized PureflowSilver cable.
HiVe II (High Velocity) Reflex Port
The GX-series' revolutionary HiVe II reflex port is shaped to have the same effect on airflow as a gun-barrel on a bullet. Rifled groves inside the port help to accelerate the flow and reduce turbulence, so that air moves in and out of the port more efficiently for a faster more dynamic bass response.
The Perfect Cabinet
For the drivers to achieve their full potential they need to operate in an environment as carefully specified and designed as the drivers themselves. Each GX enclosure is hand-built from multiple laminations of MDF. Its rigid and curved nature, aided by radial internal braces and bolt-through driver fixings, inhibits unwanted vibrations and internal standing waves to the extent that all you hear is the pure sound from the drivers.
Gorgeous Design Aesthetics
Working within the parameters set by our acoustic engineers, Monitor Audio's in-house industrial design team was charged with finding a blend of materials and geometry that would complement the exceptional GX sound. The shimmering finishes that envelop the sensationally slender GX design are a testament to the team's success. A mirror-like luster from every surface reflects the love and care invested in its evolution: beneath the piano sheen are eleven layers of lacquer, built-up individually to achieve the luxurious depth of finish.
Once assembled the real-wood cabinets are hand-veneered to ensure absolute precision in the joinery and in the grain matching between each pair. And to accentuate the clean GX styling all seven models feature the latest 'floating' magnetic grilles.
"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, reveling in the sheer amount of character and detail on offer."
- Gramophone magazine, April 2012
"When I unboxed the review pair and discovered two of the most exquisite-looking, best-finished cabinets Iíve 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."
- SoundStageHiFi.com, March 2012
"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."
- Home Cinema Choice magazine, November 2011