|Monitor Audio Gold Reference 5.1 Theater System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Tim Hart|
|Sunday, 01 July 2001|
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The use of the subwoofer’s high-pass filter had the undesirable effect of being source specific. By this, I mean that I had to change the gain on some movies due to the bass energy being overwhelming or lacking enough gain on other movies. As stated earlier, I simply opted not to use the high pass capability.
These speakers will perform very well, so long as they are run with quality equipment. When you are at this level of product, its important to understand that you’ll need to provide it with the appropriate level of electronics to get the full benefit these speakers have to offer. Careful matching of components is critical and is a big part of the fun of owning and learning exactly what a high-performance product a Monitor Audio speaker is.
After all is said and done, would I be happy owning these speakers? Absolutely. The Gold Reference speakers have very few shortfalls and many advantages. They draw you into your music and film soundtracks in ways that speakers costing as much as double the price cannot do. Nerdy measurements aside, this is why we make an investment in a speaker system, isn’t it?
You’ll likely find the Gold Reference system will satisfy even the most jaded enthusiast with a value that is unexpectedly strong. As a stereo speaker, the GR20 stands up to the most touted competitors yet. As a 5.1, 6.1 (DTS ES) or 7.1 (THX EX) system, the Gold Reference theater gets even better.