I've always considered the impedance ratings of speakers to be rather meaningless, since its a number they measure at 1Khz. A poorly designed speaker may be 8Ohms at 1Khz, but have an impedance that fluctuates all over the place above and below that frequency... maybe down to 2Ohms or less.Nice Review, but you forgot to emphasize that most of the new Gold series have a nominal impedance of 4 ohms, (Rather than the usual 6 or 8 ohms) which will cause problems for a lot of amplifiers when pushed, as unless you really spend the money the power supplies in a lot of amplifiers fall short of what is needed.
Yes speaker manufacturers could do a little more in speaker design to make the speakers easier to position up to a point.I think there comes a time when mainstream speaker manufacturers have to do something to deal with bass issues. Having to put bungs in is a compromise and the speaker is no longer performing to its full potential.
I had exactly the same experience with my MA PL300s. Those never even came with bungs because as MA said the speaker wasn't designed to be used with them.
I suspected the PL300s were capable of great things and so persevered by using room correction. I'm glad I did and though I have them very close to boundaries in an acoustically challenged room them sound pretty darned good.
Most people in the UK don't have room sizes that allow big distances from all boundary walls. Higher end speakers should come with some basic bass correction, like some subs do. I know Kii and D and D do but all decent speakers should.
Yes speaker manufacturers could do a little more in speaker design to make the speakers easier to position up to a point.
BUT the big point is far too many people buy speakers which are just frankly totally incompatible with a room.
If you have a small room where you pack large speakers into corners or near rear walls it is never going to work.
All that you can do in that situation is comprise the speaker by putting a tonne of room correction on.
It's not the speakers manufacturers problem if people buy speakers which clearly don't suit the room.
BUT they will happily take your money if you are intent on buying them, who can blame them.
I am thinking of buying the silver 100 or gold 100, did you switch to the Gold 100?Thank you for reviewing these speakers.
I'm thinking about switching from Silver 100, to Gold 100, I must necessarily compare them at home.
I would like to know with which amps do you connect Gold 100?
At the moment I have Denon PMA1520AE, I think about change.
I demo’d both when I purchased last summer, the Gold 100 5th gen are better at everything compared to the silver, you can hear it easily when demo’d side by side as I did. mind you, the silvers are bloody good too!I am thinking of buying the silver 100 or gold 100, did you switch to the Gold 100?
The gold 100 is a completely different speaker from the silver 100, at the moment the new gold 100 is probably the most complete speaker at this pricepoint, its great with a lot of music, even rock and older pop that sounds thinI am thinking of buying the silver 100 or gold 100, did you switch to the Gold 100?
You are making me want them even more.The gold 100 is a completely different speaker from the silver 100, at the moment the new gold 100 is probably the most complete speaker at this pricepoint, its great with a lot of music, even rock and older pop that sounds thin
Wouldn't surprise me. It seems like the GR and GS range were around for a long time compared to the later 3 versions.how often do has a new gold range been launched in the past.. could there be a 6th generation within 12-18 months time?
GR are first generation although I think many years before there were some unrelated MA speakers that used the term Gold. Very late GR models in gloss black and gloss silver also had the rounded cabinet corners similar to GS. The GR series had originally replaced MA's old flagship Studio series and weren't related to the really old 'Gold' models that sometimes crop up on ebay. GR's were then replaced with GS which were very similar to GR's and around that sort of time they introduced the new high end Platinum range. The GS was then replaced by GX which were quite different and I think the first to use the ribbon tweeter that filtered down from the Platinum range. After that came 'Gold' (4G) and then finally what they call Gold 5G which are the current ones.Are the GR 2nd generation, GS 3rd or still 2nd as the GS is basically a tweaked version of the GR, not all new. GX 3rd generation?
In the same way that Mission called their tweaked versions i or se but same generation. e.g. Mission 780 and 780se, same generation but tweaked. GS are a tweaked version of the GR., they're basically the same speaker which i believe included minor cosmetic/sonic changes, not a complete redesign. logo on top, slightly rounded cabinet corners.