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  1. The best floor stander money can buy! Quite Possibily… Monitor Audio Platinum PL300 Floor Standing Speakers (UK) Tech Spec Frequency Response: 28 Hz - 100 KHz Sensitivity (1W@1M): 90 dB Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms Maximum S.P.L (Per pair in room): 118.6 dBA Power Handling (RMS): 300 W Recommended Amplifier Requirements (RMS): 100 - 300 W Bass Alignment: Twin Ported HiVe II Technology Sealed Mid-range TLE Mid / H.F Crossover Frequency: 4000 Hz Bass Low Pass Crossover Frequency: 550 Hz Driver Unit Complement: 2 x 8" long throw RDT bass drivers 1 x 4" RDT mid-range driver 1 x C-CAM high frequency ribbon transducer External Dimensions - Including Fixed Plinth & Feet (H x W x D): 1113 x 410 x 470 mm (43 13/16 x 16 1/8 x 18 1/2) Weight (each) including Plinth: 43.8Kg (96.4lbs) See more at: http://www.monitoraudio.co.uk/products/platinum/pl300/#/specification Special Mentions: Ribbon Tweeter – “Monitor Audio's proprietary ribbon tweeter design uses an ultra-thin sandwich of C-CAM alloy suspended in a powerful transverse magnetic field of high energy NeFeB rare earth magnets. The ribbon serves as both voice coil and radiating diaphragm, with every part of the ribbon driven directly and simultaneously without energy storage. Having a mass of just 18mg, its diaphragm is able to start and stop in an instant, producing a transient response capable of defining the leading edge and natural harmonic resonance of complex musical sounds. Specified to reach ultra-high frequencies up to an elusive 100 kHz, Platinum’s magical ribbon tweeter will reproduce with ease every last nuance and detail from vinyl, CD, DVD-A and SACD, together with the wider bandwidth of Blu-ray.†RDT C-CAM “RDT is a unique technology developed specifically by Monitor Audio's engineers for the Platinum series of loudspeakers*. Designed to reduce mass and increase cone stiffness, RDT applies ultra-thin skins of C-CAM to a core of honeycomb Nomex®** material, creating a structure which is extremely light but incredibly rigid. At only 40 microns thick, the C-CAM skins are half the thickness of a human hair, yet when bonded to the Nomex core they form an RDT cone, which is 150 times more rigid than a single layer of 200 micron C-CAM alloy, but has a fraction of the overall mass. These properties allow the cone to operate as a lightning-fast piston for a clearer more natural sound. The RDT cone's concave geometry has been refined by FEA analysis to provide a smooth frequency response and to eradicate break-up. “ See more at: http://www.monitoraudio.co.uk/products/platinum/pl300/#/technology Background Obsession can sometimes be destructive. A Buddhist may say the search for perfection equals suffering, and life is full of suffering as it equates to humanities preoccupation with material needs and wants. However, sometimes obsession can be a good thing. For without obsession, we would never have products like the PL300’s. Over five years I had a mission, to explore strange new speakers, to seek out new tweeters and drivers, and to boldly audition like no one has auditioned before. The mission took me to some serious testing sessions, some of which are now vague memories. Some others included an array of speakers from a host of manufactures including but not limited to following– B&W, Sonus Faber, Klipsch Palladium, Klipsch THX series, M&K, Monitor Audio, SGR, PMC, Linn, Dynaudio, Quad, Martin Logan, Krix, etc. etc. Now all the speakers above were good, some were great. But dollar for dollar, pound for pound (and in my humble subjective opinion) the PL300’s are probably the best floor standers that you can buy for the money. A friend of mine said, “Buy in haste and repent at leisure.†He’s not wrong. I took his advice and auditioned the hell out of all manner of speakers/amps before I bought the PL300’s, even taking the baby ones home to play with. The local dealer was extremely patient, and understanding, and let me listen on numerous occasions. I was going to buy the full gambit of speakers of another model, but persevered and bought the PL300’s instead. Here is why… Sound Having spent 2 years with the PL 300’s it’s been a very enjoyable and sublime relationship. I have the speakers bi-amped with a NAD M25 amplifier. This gives a real and resounding 160 watts per channel designed in a mono block fashion. The NAD power-drive system means the power is doubled in those need to moments. The NAD has bags of authority and plenty of grip over the PL300’s. Like a giant hand clutching your nether regions they control every nuance squeezing as and when required, controlling speed, bass and high-end frequencies with pin point precision. The sound is typical NAD, a little dark and warm, which I enjoy. Having a sensitivity of 90DB the PL300’s are very efficient and easy to drive. Listening to an eclectic catalogue of music in various formats, the Platinums bring out instruments in a three dimensional soundstage, revealing obvious differences and nuances that have not been heard before. The ribbon tweeter throws these variances with outstanding accuracy, never bright, never overbearing, but with pinpoint detail that envelops the listener. Clarinets, strings, flutes, cymbals, synthesizers, in fact any percussion ensemble resonates with tonality I rarely find in other speakers. The frequency response of the bass is deep, sub territory, but never overblown or emphasised. It is fast, accurate and powerful. The duel 8-inch long throw RDT bass drivers perform exceptionally well in two-channel stereo and in any movie surround format, Dolby Digital, DTS etc. that you can throw at them. You may never want to listen to a bookshelf speaker again. Midrange musicality is produced with a 4" RDT driver, balanced and mature, and is perfectly sandwiched between the bass and tweeter, never giving ground to either. This is a perfectly balanced full range speaker. Linn Records – Linn Selektions – (SACD) – Salvator Mundi – Voices sing out in cathedral like harmonics. The Platinums disappear completely leaving you suspended in the beautiful 40-voice Latin choir. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (great soundtrack!) - Space Oddity – David Bowie Feat. Kristen Wiig (Mitty Mix) (CD) – An excellent mix of the song with the Platinums showing precision imaging of vocals that transcend the drivers. Pink Floyd (the Best Of) (DTS Master) – the recoding is smooth warm and velvet rich with a topping of fine detail. Imaging of instruments, vocals and sound effects is precise and the music fills the room. Dire Straits – So Far Away CD - The synthesised beginning of this song resonates and slowly fills the room deeper, wider and taller. Likewise the atmospherics in Brothers in Arms is bought out in impressive fashion. Angelique Kidjo CD – Voodoo Child from the album Oremi – is stunning. Little whispers are abounding, and you you hear them like never before. Bass is resoundingly powerful deep and fast. Elbow - live (DTS) recording is detailed with an abundance of precisely imaged vocals, the soundstage –wide, deep and detailed. A selection of High-Res Audio tracks in 24 bit 192 consisting of Jazz, classical and pop. The timbre of drums and vibration of strings is lovely – but what is also remarkably impressive is the ambience of the sound – the presence of music that surrounds the listener. This is quite particular in tracks such as synthesised music, strings and film sound tracks. Sometimes it’s a hair standing ovation, especially on the back of your head. The extra bit depth to some of the music recordings and mastering was clearly articulated by the Platinum’s range and scope of playback. There is no doubt the Platinums are grand wizards of two channel. Imaging and soundstage are definitely its forte. Vocals are clear and give a fine sense of live presentation and clarity. This works with any kind of music from classical and jazz to hip-hop and dance. I recently had the opportunity to try the system out with a Chord QBD76 HDSD. A brilliant piece of kit and to date one of the best DACs I have heard. The detail, bass, presence and scale of the Platinums was outstanding. I’ve never heard them sound so good, or realised that a CD or equivalent computer file could contain such an amount of information, or sound so incredible. Movies – every film played showed that the Platinums were clearly at home creating turmoil and uproar when needed, with subtlety in equal measures. The atmospherics in The Conjuring sound track added and extra layer of fear. Lord of The Rings – Fellowship, where Sauron gets his ring sliced off (literally J) – the resounding deep bass response was beautiful, as if there was a sub present. In fact I had to double check that the visiting Sub (REL 528) was switched off, which it was. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – beautifully directed by Ben Stiller has a great soundtrack, which is equally presented by the PL300’s. TV – Hannibal, the sound engineering in this show is excellent, from the opening title sequence and throughout with incidental music. The PL’s perform exceptionally well, conveying every emotion. The title sequences to Game of Thrones, Vikings, and Dexter are other great examples where the Platinums shine. It’s not just in the big stakes where the drivers can slam and dunk. The subtle noises are important, whether it’s the intake of breath, a pen scrawling on paper, the distant sound of rain, a creak in a floorboard, the PL300’s perform exceptionally well, articulating what the sound engineers want you to hear. Listening for over 10 hours hindered zero ear fatigue. With any partnering equipment there needs to be a degree of synergy. Not all components will work together in harmony, and personal tastes vary considerably. Therefore cable changes, and more importantly the amplifier and speaker combination must be right for the individual listener. I find the whole Platinum range neutral in transparency which is excellent for tuning a system for greater flexibility. This is nice as they can be modified to suit personal tastes. As I said earlier, I love a slightly warmer sound and paired up with the NAD, the Platinums emulate this resoundingly. The build quality of the units is exceptional and far superior to speakers costing the same if not two or three times the price. Money has been no object in their presentation and construction. Even the metal grills are substantial and attach by strong magnets, providing a useful protective layer for the drivers. The acoustic plinth and machined aluminium spikes hold the speakers well, and isolate resonance effectively. Looks are extremely personal and probably for me the least important factor. Having said that the speakers look exquisite, especially in Ebony real wood veneer with added leather to boot. Matched with commensurate equipment the Monitor Audio Paltinums are one of the best floor standing speakers for two channel music and movies you can own. This ambidextrous duality is rare and exceptional. In summary massive detail, powerful bass, 3D soundstage with the ability to bring out everything on your chosen format with bags of transparency. They have the ability to fill a room with music, fully immersing and losing you in the experience of musical bliss. If you’re in the market for something quite special or thinking about an upgrade, put the Platinum PL300 on the top of your consideration list. For the money, you will be struggling to find something superior or even close. What’s your best amp/speaker combination? PS The actual measurements on the website are for the plinth, the speaker is smaller:
  2. Item: Monitor Audio Silver RX2 Location: Clayton, Melbourne Price: $800 pickup or buyer pays postage SOLD Item Condition: Mint - as new Reason for selling: Too large for my small room Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Direct Deposit Extra Info: I bought these recently from another SNA member but quickly became apparent that they weren't going to play nice in my tiny 3x3m room. They're a beautifully-made speaker, MA knows how to build them pretty. The speakers are in perfect condition, not a mark on them. They'll come in the original box with receipt, manual, magnetic grills and bass port bungs. Pics:
  3. Looking for a pair of GS-FX surround speakers to match GS fronts, gloss black, good condition or better, as in, full working order and not too many scratches/chipping. These: http://www.monitoraudio.co.uk/support/past-products/gold-gs/gsfx/ Geelong / Melbourne area preferred, local pick-up and I would like to try before buying. All else failing, would consider interstate offers or silver series. Price-vice, CAV list brand new pair of Silver FX in gloss black around a $1000 so... Cheers.
  4. Monitor Audio RS6 speakers for sale These are wonderful audiophile speakers HiFi speakers. Best place to start it to read the full review from Stereophile (or other online reviews) I’ve added some extracts below. No swaps no offers. Only selling because I have bills to pay. I’m based in Frankston, but can probably deliver to anywhere between Mornington and Melbourne CBD, especially along Eastlink. “Normally, any review would include a discussion of its flaws—the compromises necessary to meet that price point. But after several weeks of listening to dozens of recordings through the Silver RS6, I could find not a single shortcoming—no deviation from neutrality, or any other compromise that I would normally expect to find in a cost-constrained design. Although I felt the Silver RS6 was a perfect speaker with which to forget about audio-geek stuff and just kick back and enjoy the music, I found myself drawn to very familiar recordings as I heard details I hadn't noticed before. Of all the wonders this loudspeaker produced in my living room, which impressed me the most? First was the bass. I was impressed by the dynamics and the bass extension of which the small-footprint RS6 was capable. I was also floored by its lack of coloration in the midbass, a characteristic I normally don't expect to hear from a speaker costing less than five figures. But I was most impressed by the RS6's unusually low overall distortion. Loudspeakers are the components likely to add the most distortion and coloration to an audio system's sound, but the RS6's distortion was very, very low. When John Atkinson suggested that I review the Monitor Audio Silver RS6, I never expected the level of realism I ended up hearing from this loudspeaker. There's nothing much more I can say—the flawless and exceptional Silver RS6 gave me more listening pleasure than any other loudspeaker I have reviewed for Stereophile. In my more than 20 years of reviewing, I have not reviewed an audio component that produced greater sound quality per dollar than Monitor Audio's Silver RS6” Official blurb: Incorporating a 6” C-CAM bass driver, a 6” C-CAM bass/mid driver, and a 1” Gold Dome C-CAM tweeter, the RS6 is a svelte floor-stander, equally at home in stereo and multi-channel applications. Its dynamic expression, natural voicing, and taut bass power will deliver outstanding levels of refinement and resolution. Technology Advanced tweeter design providing smoother character with increased clarity. C-CAM cone profile for better damping and improved mid-range clarity. Bass chassis design for better rigidity and damping properties. Improved bass performance with high efficiency. High quality crossovers. Matching drivers in all models for better integration and system building. 38 Hz - 30 KHz (1W@1M) 91 dB 6 Ohms 120 W (RMS) Recommended Amplifier 40 - 120 W Crossover Frequency 3 KHz Drivers 1 x 6” C-CAM® Bass, 1 x 6” C-CAM® Bass Mid-range. 1 x 1” (25 mm) gold dome C-CAM®tweeter. Balanced velocity twin reflex ported Size 850 x 185 x 250 mm 33 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 9 7/8 inch Weight (each) 18 Kg Further information:
  5. Further Information: Excellent pair of MA Silver 8's. (5th generation I think. 2013-2017 production). There are marks mainly on one side of one speaker as shown but are in very good condition and sound wonderful and look superb without grills on to me. Come with speaker grills and floor spikes. I have no boxes for them so pick up is very much preferred. I have a centre speaker of same generation also I will advertise sometime which is in Rosenut finish rather than Walnut so not quite a match but also great.
  6. Beautiful Monitor Audio Gold 50 bookshelf speakers in Piano White My favorite pair of speakers for the longest time. Great bookshelf speakers that appreciate power and are perfect for tv office or bedroom use. All original grills, packing, tools and manual. Great condition. Looking for a new home. If you need stands, the sand filled Atacama stands are available.
  7. Monitor Audio Silver c350 Centre Channel Loudspeaker. REDUCED PRICE Comes with original box & paperwork. "Silver C350 centre speaker from Monitor Audio is designed for serious home theatre installations, where performance is the most critical factor. The three-way, four-driver configuration utilises the same driver complement as the Silver 300 although, in this case, the bass drivers have been designed and tuned to work in a sealed box for easier placement in a cabinet or close to a boundary/wall. For the perfect A/V enjoyment, you can’t better the Silver C350 for crisp, articulate dialogue. Don’t miss a word. What makes the Silver C350 so special is the vertical orientation of the mid and tweeter axis which delivers the same directivity as the other speakers in the system. A high percentage of the total sound balance in a theatre system is delivered to the centre channel (typically 60%), so this crucial speaker should not to be overlooked when specifying a high-performance, no-compromise theatre system for the home. The Silver C350 makes an ideal partner for the Silver 100, Silver 300 and Silver 500 models, being carefully matched to their sonic characteristics. Key Features Three-way, four-driver configuration (electrically and acoustically) allows drivers to be optimised to deliver better higher efficiency and lower distortion Sealed cabinet for accurate performance when installed in an A/V cabinet, restricted voids or close to a wall 25 mm C-CAM, (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) featuring vented Neo magnet system carefully optimised for lower distortion and cleaner-sounding highs Specially developed 4-inch mid-range driver with ‘under hung’ voice coil and motor system to ensure the voice coil is always in the magnetic gap guaranteeing very low distortion Dual 6-inch bass drivers with ‘dished’ C-CAM cone profile for better damping and improved mid-range clarity Technical Specifications System Format: 3-way Frequency Response (-6 dB): 40 Hz – 35 kHz Sensitivity (1W@1M): 90 dB Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms Minimum Impedance: 3.2 ohms @ 176 Hz Maximum SPL: 113 dBA Power Handling (RMS): 200 W Recommended Amplifier Requirements: 80 – 200 W Bass Alignment: Sealed cabinet Crossover Frequency: LF/MF: 830 Hz, MF/HF: 3.2 kHz Drive Unit Complement: 2 x 6″ C-CAM RST bass/mid driver, 1 x 4″ C-CAM RST midrange driver, 1 x 1″ (25 mm) C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter. Cabinet Dimensions (Excluding Grille and Terminals): 235 x 560 x 240 mm (91/4 x 221/16 x 97/16″) External Dimensions (Including Grille and Terminals (H x W x D)): 235 x 560 x 270 mm (91/4 x 221/16 x 105/8″) External Dimensions (Including Out-Rigger Plates, Feet and Spikes): N/A Weight (each): 14.9 kg (32 lb 13 oz)"
  8. Item: Monitor Audio GS series GS LCR Centre Channel. Price Range: sensible and reasonable Item Condition: very good Extra Info: looking for a match to the GS60's i recently purchased. Preference is for the Walnut finish to match the mains, but open to other finishes too.
  9. Item: Speaker Stands suitable for Monitor Audio GX-100 Location: Victoria Extra Info: My Speakers are currently kept on a pair of IKEA Lack tables... and I have a feeling that they don't like it very much I'm looking for a suitable pair of Speaker Stands for Monitor Audio-GX100 The required dimensions for stands are - Height 600cm Top Plate - W 160cm D 255cm PM me if someone has something similar and willing to part with them Cheers
  10. WTB Monitor Audio Platinum PL350 C - Centre Speaker in Ebony real wood veneer - Any out there in excellent condition with stand?
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