Monitor Audio Gold Reference 60 Floorstanding Speakers

4.74/5 (19 Reviews) MSRP : $3995.00


Product Description

The Flagship of the line is the Gold Reference 60, a no compromise full bandwidth design and engineering tour de force. Two RST™ bass units and one RST™ mid-range unit work into separate cavities tuned to differential frequency points, resulting in exceptional power, linearity and grip. The Gold Reference 60 brings lifelike scale, power, dynamics and realism to music and film.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by almy75 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2007

Bottom Line:   

I bought the speakers in late 2000, brand new from my ex-boss who was a hi-fi shops owner at an unbelievable price. I have listened to the speakers almost everyday and one conclusion that I can write here is MAGR60 is the best ever speakers I have ever listened to. Although not having ,say, high-end hi fi system with the likes of Krell, mark Levinson, McIntosh etc, the speakers really raise the overall performance of my system. Clarity is beyond words, treble is crispy and the bass is not that deep which is excellent. I believe that although the speakers had been discontinued by MA for MA Gold Signature, the legacy of excellence and supremacy of the speakers would remain forever. So far, they are the best things I have ever bought till........ Give them a listen, if can't afford them, GR10/GS10 is more that adequate.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by newsman a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Around the time I bought my first “hi-end” Polk speakers I heard a pair of Monitor Audio Silver floor standers that floored me with their clear highs and balanced quality to their sound. At that time these speakers where positively out of my reach.
Fast forward 3 years. I could afford better speakers. I quickly discovered that dealers in my area would not provide in-house demo, but I did arrange extensive private sessions. Driven by my ear and still having warm memories of Monitor Audio speakers I once heard, I picked GR60 in gorgeous rose mahogany finish as my ultimate choice; a perfect gift for myself on Christmas.

That’s when the roller coaster started.

a)It took 4 weeks for MA to deliver GR60’s over to me, rosemah apparently not something US dealers stock – I was thrilled with exclusivity. Once they arrived, I set them up in my room – to my horror the midrange driver on the right speaker was resonating and not producing any sound. Speakers where defective; it happens, so my dealer placed an order for another pair.
b)A month later a new pair arrives. I bring them home – set them up. I notice a big shiny spot on a side of one of the speakers about 9’’ long and 6’’ wide. I tried to rub it out – until we figured that it was a blob of lacquer on top of the speaker finish. Upon closer inspection I noticed several small 1-2’’ scratches in the area – apparently speakers got scratched at the factory and the area was covered up with a layer coat in poor attempt to fix the damage. How do I know this happened at the factory? Speaker was double boxed with factory tape on both boxes.
c)My dealer was very apologetic and spend a great deal of time getting a hold of local MA rep. A week or two passed by before my dealer negotiated with the rep to order yet another pair of speaker. A month goes buy and I get a third pair of GR60. These where a good pair – good finish, good drivers, nothing was missing I could finally set them up in my room.
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Ah the clarity! I can finally hear them in MY room. Speakers imaged with pint point accuracy, soundstage is there. I haven’t heard a speaker that can reproduce cymbals and drum dish splash with such realism and speed. Midrange was strong and uniform. One thing that I liked about GR60s is how well all four drivers where integrated with each other. Seating at the listening position I could not tell which driver produced which sound. All the professional reviews of GR60 applauded this ability and I conquer. Finally bass was fast although not very deep. But again bass is well integrated with the rest of the range so I could omit this wrinkle. Well, this is the overall characteristic of the GR60 but how did they reproduce music? In my opinion these speakers where made for classical music and movies.
With classical through GR60 term “bandwidth” comes to mind. There was never any sign of strain at the most demanding passages, speaker was always keeping it together and soundstage never got compressed. Triangles and brass instruments where singing and hanging in the air. However, I noticed that notes in the upper frequency range tended to stand out and sometimes live in their own space. After months of ownership I started to learn that MA’s flagship speaker tend to favor upper frequencies – something that I did not notice in my 4+hr of dealer demo. Through GR60’s, female voice has the same sparkle and life as cymbals, although somewhat on a cold side. Sometimes “s” would become harsh with female singers which was unexpected considering overall smoothness of the tweeter. After a while though, I noticed fatigue associated with these recording, something I never experienced before with what I consider to be a warm front end. Moving onto small scale instrumental music, steel string guitar sounded very realistic through GR60, but sometimes it again tended to stand out from other instruments playing on stage, like drum or lower notes of piano.
One of the disappointments to me was the fact that I could not make Monitors to reproduce classical guitar. Through them, nylon string still sounded like steel strings, even on SACD recordings. It’s not that I was hearing the effects of metal tweeter, my Polks had metal tweeter as well, but after months of listening to GR60s I noticed consistent metal coloring that it added to everything it played. Unfortunately this “steel” character made overall listening experience non-involving, even sterile. What’s more, with extended listening I discovered that Monitors where fatiguing to my ears.
Finally, GR60 do not have the last word in micro resolution. Things like singer smacking her lips, fingers touching a string or Rachel walking up to Dekker on the track 2 of the Bladerunner CD are tamed down and sometimes missing all together…

p.s. Even my third pair had a small problem. Cabinet veneer produced white powder in the grooves of the wood. Wiping speaker with provided cloth made powder disappear only to appear in a weaker consistency 4-8 days later. Bummer.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   Tweeter Group



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by polarbear a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2003

Bottom Line:   
What can I say that hasn't been said already.These speakers can play anything with accuracy.Rock ,pop,jazz,classical and movies of any sort.I have the whole gold ref. set.The imaging is great in 2 channel.The singer sounds like it is in the center of the room.The imaging is some of the best I've heard.If you want a speaker that will play only what is recorded without any coloration this speaker is for you.This is a very neutral speaker.You can feel the kick drum with out any boominess.It is clean and accurate. Precision comes to mind and the best decription of these speakers.Each instrument has its own space.I haven't enjoyed music this much for along time subtle sounds in music and movies are clear and defined that you would otherwise miss in other systems.I would highly recommed these speakers to anyone.I have been so impressed by the gold ref.series that I went out and bought the bronze series for my bedroom system.I wasn't even considering a bedroom system before.These speakers are at the limit of the law of diminishing returns.I believe you would have to pay twice as much just to get something 10 to 15% better.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   the good guys



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rotto a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Forget about B&W, at this price you won't get anything to touch the GR60's. These speakers are as at home playing classical as they are with movies, pop, house and jazz. They have great imaging and space with sounds like symbols just seeming to hang in the air. The bass takes at least 6 weeks to develop, but once it does these speakers rock. They aren't fussy about the amp you use but to take advantage of them, use a good source like SACD or vinyl.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Dealer



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by samr a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I auditioned every price range and type of speaker out there it seemed before deciding on the 60's. I think they are most definitely the best value in their price range, and even some much more expensive speakers are embarrassed by them. Read my review of the B&W 804's which seem to be one of the most popular speakers in this price range, they simply blow them away in depth of soundstage, bass extension and clarity, and neutrality. Many other speakers have a nice wide soundstage and detailed top end like these do, I think they compare well to the B&W 802's mentioned before in this area. They actually embarass the 802's though when it comes to soundstage depth, bass response, and midrange neutrality for half the money. These speakers have a very detailed and forward sound, so if you like a mellow darker sound look at the Dynaudio Contours, but if you are a fan of a sweet and pronouced midrange and crisp but not strident highs these are the speaker for you. They take on much higher end speakers and come very close. They are also some of the most 3 dimensional speakers I have ever heard with layers of sounds precisely placed. I listened to the 20's as well, and they seem to suffer as my previous B&W CDM7NT's did from being a 2 1/2 way speaker that struggles with a bit of midbass exagerration and lack of true low end. The 20's are a great speaker, but the 60's are worth the extra money for sure. Also I have had the best luck toeing them in until they face almost directly at your listening position. I found less toe in reduced soundstage accuracy slightly and reduced the transient punch they do so well. My friend thought I had my sub on the first time he listened because there is plenty of low bass information that is delivered cleanly and with lots of punch. LISTEN TO THESE SPEAKERS BEFORE YOU BUY ANYTHING ELSE!

System:
B&K Reference 7250
Anthem AVM20
Sony 333es SACD
Denon DVD2500
Velodyne sub
MIT T2 Biwires
Kimber Interconnects

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $3100.00




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