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Tonal Accuracy and Perfect Timing
Monitor Audio's Gold 100 is a larger two-way bookshelf speaker featuring a 6.5" RST® bass driver and C-CAM® ribbon tweeter. 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 100's uncomplicated two-way configuration renders complex material with tonal accuracy and perfect timing.
Upgraded Design and Refinement Add to a Class Act
Monitor Audio's enduring Gold Series speaker line has been refined with significant design upgrades to bring out the best in its award-winning provenance. The new series is dubbed simply 'Gold' to reflect the purity of the latest addition to a decade-long lineage that includes three acclaimed generations.
While it duplicates the form factor of the Gold GX range it replaces, the new 'Gold' line-up is equipped with a trinity of enhancements: an evolution of the C-CAM Rigid Surface Technology (RST) bass cone employed by the Gold GR and Gold GS predecessors, tighter production tolerances for its advanced C-CAM ribbon tweeter, and a smarter more functional grille design. Rejuvenated by these improvements, the new Gold series offers greater transparency, consistency, and visual sophistication to every design-aware music lover.
The Gold series ribbon is derived from the acclaimed Platinum C-CAM ribbon transducer. Mechanically, it's identical to the GX ribbon. But by improving production tolerances even further, Monitor Audio has discovered that the new model offers a consistently more open and transparent sound.
In part, the sense of greater detail and enhanced imaging may be attributed to the closer matching of tweeter pairs in each stereo system. The ribbon's fabulously efficient wideband design reproduces the authentic tonal character of frequencies beyond 60 kHz, as well as the inherent nature of the mid-band vocal region to which the ear is most sensitive.
Latest Generation RST Bass Drivers
Further tuned by FEA tools, the Gold series bass units utilize an evolved version of the dimpled RST cone surface introduced on the Gold GR and GS ranges. It takes the form of a continuous radiating dish devoid of the central voice-coil aperture. Instead, a longer voice coil and larger motor sit behind the cone in a more efficient drive assembly, which offers greater drive force, longer excursions and lower distortion, producing cleaner, more extended and accurate bass definition.Although the motor design is unchanged from GX, back-to-back listening tests have demonstrated that across all four stereo models new Gold sounds more open and dynamic, with a soundstage that is both taller and wider.
New Grille Design
Gold's new magnetically fixed 'floating' cloth grille replaces the full-length metal grille of its Gold GX predecessor. The design chosen for the latest Gold range offers a classier, more discreet look, enhanced by a brushed aluminum badge. On floorstanding models, the grille is no longer full length, exposing more of each cabinet's luxurious grain-matched depth of finish.
Bolt-Through Driver Fixings
Continuing from GX, single bolt-through driver fixings have the dual effect of improving cabinet rigidity while further reducing vibration at the driver/cabinet interface. By this innovative method, drivers are mounted on a single tensioned through-bolt, which is secured to the back of the cabinet. The bolt not only acts as a rigid cabinet brace to reduce box coloration, it removes the need for conventional driver fixing as well, effectively decoupling the driver and front baffle to eliminate a further source of unwanted resonance.
Comprising high quality polypropylene film capacitors, air core and laminated steel core inductors, individual driver crossovers are mounted on a dedicated panel accessible from the underside of each speaker. The adjacent speaker terminals are gold plated to maintain signal integrity and contact reliability. All Gold speakers are wired internally with Pureflow Silver cable.
Naturally, the cabinets are first class, too. Each enclosure is rigid and curved. The cabinet is further aided by radial bracing and bolt-through driver fixings, which eliminate unwanted vibrations and internal standing waves. New Gold's HiVe II reflex port is shaped to have the same effect on airflow as a gun barrel on a bullet. Rifled grooves inside the port help to accelerate the flow and reduce turbulence, so air moves in and out of the port more efficiently for a faster more dynamic bass response.
For added stability the die-cast alloy base plinths of the floorstanding models and the dedicated 'Gold' speaker stand (optional – sold separately) provide a solid foundation for superior acoustics, enhanced by hand-milled spikes. Non-slip rubber pads are supplied to protect wood floors.