Amazing Six-Driver Surround Speaker
Matching the extraordinary tonal accuracy of its GX range-mates, Monitor Audio's Gold-series GX-FX surround speaker provides direct or ambient surround sound, which may be switched manually or automatically via a 12V signal from the processor to accommodate the functionality of high-end home or professional theater applications. Amazing as it may seem, the GX-FXs slim wall-hugging profile incorporates no fewer than six drivers.
In monopole mode for discrete side or rear sound channels, its front-firing 6.5 RST bass/mid driver and C-CAM ribbon transducer deliver accurate ultra-wideband sound to match the tonal balance of any GX speaker combination. In dipole mode the GX-FX uses two pairs of side firing 4 C-CAM bass/mid drivers and 1 C-CAM gold-dome tweeters, combined with the tailored output from the front-firing bass/mid driver to provide wonderfully diffuse yet tonally precise surround effects. The GX-FX can be flush-mounted on side or rear walls. Installation is made easy by the inclusion of an adjustable bracket, which allows levellng and adjustment prior to fixing.
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 directs 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.
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. 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.