Earlier, the monitor audio models with golden dome shone. The GX 300 (from 3880 euro per pair), flagship of the gold line, convinced in almost all areas.
- Review: monitor audio GX 300
- Data sheet
If Mo Ibrahim is the current boom probably would have dreamt? The charismatic boxing farmer and founder of monitor audio picked up the brand before 40 years and enjoyed great success in Germany. He allowed himself even a long legal dispute with B & W to the utterly bizarre question who should use now golden metal dome as a trade mark… Iqbal did not lose the fight, but 1997 still threw the towel; He sold the company, because he the future of monitor audio looked too dark.
Others do not. A British investor group recognized the potential of the company and consequently extended it until today. Always mindful of the Iqbal’s ideals of transparent sound and excellent body finish. Since 2007, the tweeter serve again as a sign of recognition. For the large Platinum Series, the British introduced a true Ribbon – which is now used in smaller version also significantly cheaper GX Series .
Does not stop at the tweeter of the technology transfer. All chassis as well as their refined stable installation (see right) arise from the findings from the much more expensive Platinum range more or less. Just as the housing. Laminated MDF boards (how they use also audio physic or Isophon) allow the elegant curves and increase stability.
Far beyond the limit of the measuring
Monitor touted the benefits of the tweeter right audio. The Ribbon is far over the measuring limit of 40 kHz . But it shatters striking at 5 kHz . In addition, the GX 300 is a box unobtrusive in the best sense metrologically: 108 decibels maximum levels are decent, and the impedance is 4 Ohms, so stable that the GX 300 is quite capable of tubes.
We have tried it of course. The hearing test began with the tube Monos Vulcan II by Ayon (test 2/12). A musically ravishing experience, however showed that the GX 300 needs somewhat more power and control in the bass and tone than the Triodes can deliver. With the powerful transistor Monos Ayre MX-R was a new move in the matter; the sound was suddenly open, accurate.
Just as for fine detail and detail view, can the GX 300 more than most of its competitors. On the test CD by Manger (“music from another planet”), you hear the ringing of the bells in Guetersloh -based at the beginning. With the monitor audio, it sounded absolutely convincing. Nothing stood out, everything added in a physical, homogeneous, very open with sound – maybe due to the complete metal diaphragm Assembly. The GX 300 but never reached the naturalness of the large Platinum models: sounds sometimes somewhat contrived and loses the first good overview at higher levels in tone.
A speaker that is unquestionably a majority managed the British with the GX 300. Hardcore high change may sound this golden girl maybe something smooth and pleasing.
Monitor audio GX 300
Technical data and test results
|Installation tip:||free standing, distance 2.5 m, normal damped rooms from 30 m²|
|Operating voltage for 90 dB SPL||3.9 V|
|Impedance minimum stp||3.5 ohms|
|Maximum volume upper value||106 dB|
|Maximum volume lower value (> 45 Hz)||106 dB|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-3dB)||39 Hz|
|Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB)||30 Hz|
|Short conclusion||Elegant, beautifully processed stand box with metal diaphragm Assembly. Very homogeneous and detailed sound, to an absolutely smooth impedance. A straightforward in all aspects of speakers at a more reasonable price.|
|Sound||Absolute top class|
|Sound points (70 points)||56|
|Overall rating (max. 120 points)||good – very good 76|
|Price / performance||good – very good|
|tested in output||3 / 12|
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