We’ve reviewed speakers from Monitor Audio’s Bronze and Silver ranges, but now it’s time to go for Gold with the Monitor Audio Gold GX50. The step-up GX range shares the same technological blueprint as the company’s acclaimed Platinum series, but it’s built for those with slightly smaller budgets.
There are seven different speakers in the GX series, including the GX200 and GX300 floorstanders, GX-FX surrounds, GXC150 / GXC350 centres and the GX100 standmount speakers, but here we’re auditioning a pair of GX50 standmounts. We’ll test out a full 5.1 package of the GX series later, but for now we’re focusing of this pair by way of introduction. So if you’re after a two-channel stereo system for music or maybe even 2.1-channel movie playback, then this pair of GX50s might be an option – although with their £950 selling price, they’re certainly not aimed at budget buyers.
Naturally at that price you’re getting a very special pair of speakers. Build quality is absolutely sensational – they’re housed in some of the most substantial cabinets we’ve encountered on a standmount speaker, and the white piano lacquer finish of our sample screams luxury – but if that’s a bit too Miami Vice for you then a range of other finishes are available, including Bubunga, Walnut and Natural Oak. Below the shiny surface are eleven layers of lacquer – no wonder they weigh 7.5kg each.
The Monitor Audio Gold GX50s stand 300mm tall. The 20mm-thick MDF cabinets taper towards the back, and the curved front edges are not only an elegant touch but also increase rigidity and reduce internal standing waves. On the front, the drivers are beautifully embedded into the front with glimmering silver trims around each one. Removable metal mesh grilles are in the box if you want to cover them up, but when exposed they bring an alluringly futuristic feel to the design that you might not want to sacrifice – and because the grilles are magnetic, there are no plug holes to sully the look if you do leave them off.
Spin them around and you’ll find a die-cast alloy panel that houses bi-wireable, gold-plated speaker binding posts, linked up by high-quality spade type cables when not being bi-wired. Above them is Monitor Audio’s HiVe II reflex port, a rubber-lined opening with rifled grooves to help accelerate the flow of air and reduce turbulence for more dynamic bass response.
The Monitor Audio Gold GX50s can be placed on shelves or tabletops, but they’re really designed to be placed on MA’s optional dedicated floorstands, which feature die-cast alloy base plinths with hand-milled spikes.