Amazing Scale and Impressive Dynamic Control
Amazing scale and impressive dynamic control are the hallmarks of the Monitor Audio Gold GX 200 floorstanding speaker. The slender three-way design accommodates the GX ribbon transducer and twin 5.5" bass drivers below a 4" midrange driver housed in a dedicated enclosure. With high overall efficiency, wide bandwidth and vanishingly low distortion, the GX200 delivers the 'DNA' of the company's Platinum series for a performance comparable with the very best high-end speaker systems.
"Plenty of fine detail is well projected, even when the system is playing at whisper-quiet levels," notes Paul Messenger in Issue 349 of Hi-Fi Choice magazine. "The stereo soundstage is always well detached from the speakers themselves, with precise central image focus, a well located lateral spread and a decent attempt at delivering appropriate depth perspectives…"
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 ground-breaking 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 alloy blends the exceptional properties of aluminum and magnesium 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 accessible from the underside of each speaker. 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.
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. For added stability the die-cast alloy base plinths of the floor-standing models and the dedicated GX speaker stand provide a solid foundation for superior acoustics, enhanced by hand-milled spikes. Non-slip rubber pads are supplied to protect wood floors.
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.
"Plenty of fine detail is well projected, even when the system is playing at whisper-quiet levels… "
"The efficacy of the enclosure shape and construction technique is evident enough in the way the sound is notably free from any boxy character. The stereo soundstage is always well detached from the speakers themselves, with precise central image focus, a well located lateral spread and a decent attempt at delivering appropriate depth perspectives, too..."
"Although this speaker has a decidedly modern appearance, we did find that its tonal balance was very well suited to replaying old-fashioned vinyl discs, as this medium tends to have a sweeter and slightly more restrained presence than CD in general and the more compressed examples of modern recording practices in particular."
"We also found the GX200s very satisfactory on day-to-day TV and radio viewing and listening, as these sources in particular require the superior voice band intelligibility that goes part and parcel with the Monitor Audio."
- Paul Messenger, Hi-Fi Choice magazine, Issue 349