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I have been an MA fan since they were first sold in Australia.   At the time I was working for the importer/distributor and also the retail arm of the business.  I  cannot remember how many

OK. So long as you don't mind a messy room and some not-so-good photos. Once I get everything organised and tidy again in the room/rack. I will post some better pics.   I am in the

My MA Silver 8's in Walnut Excellent build quality and performance, wont be parting from these anytime soon.    

Am picking up my Anthem P-5 amp to power my PL300s .....cant wait

Is the Anthem in the 'garage' yet?.... [Who's helping you move it inside? (Ha Ha!)].....What is the Anthem replacing? How does it go with the PL300's?

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Is the Anthem in the 'garage' yet?.... [Who's helping you move it inside? (Ha Ha!)].....What is the Anthem replacing? How does it go with the PL300's?

power amp is definitely a 2 man lift (60kgs). Anthem is my first power amp. So far it is F@#$ing unreal combination.

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power amp is definitely a 2 man lift (60kgs). Anthem is my first power amp. So far it is F@#$ing unreal combination.

Let us all know how your Anthem Power amp sounds with the PL300's.. Definetly sounds like a big bugga of an amp..

What were you powering them with before?

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Let us all know how your Anthem Power amp sounds with the PL300's.. Definetly sounds like a big bugga of an amp..

What were you powering them with before?

Sorry forgot to say what I used to power these behemoths with. So, it was just my denon receiver 4310. I found just short of full volume on the denon that the sound would go crackley and distorted ! And thats no way to treat such an awesome speaker, so I decided to buy the power amp (damn good buy) I figured a power amp would last me decades unlike pre or receiver would, considering various processor technologies advanced in 3-4 year increments. thats not to say that power amp tech doesnt improve either.

Next thing to get are the platinum surround and center speaker then further down the track the subwoofer... :)

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Sorry forgot to say what I used to power these behemoths with. So, it was just my denon receiver 4310. I found just short of full volume on the denon that the sound would go crackley and distorted ! And thats no way to treat such an awesome speaker, so I decided to buy the power amp (damn good buy) I figured a power amp would last me decades unlike pre or receiver would, considering various processor technologies advanced in 3-4 year increments. thats not to say that power amp tech doesnt improve either.

Next thing to get are the platinum surround and center speaker then further down the track the subwoofer... :)

Wound be a huge improvement over powering them with your receiver.. Yeah make sure you at least get the matching center speaker when the time is right..

They definitely make an amazing sounding and impressive looking front stage.

If you get the chance down the track see if you can demo a dedicated 2ch pre amp with your new power amp, just to see how it compares..

Enjoy your great new speakers..

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Hey guys,

Just thought I'd share an experience I had a little while ago since I found this thread. I had the opportunity to demo a pair of MA RX8's alongside RX6's, RS8's, GS60's, and a few others with my mate who had purchased a Krell 2 channel amp setup and was after some speakers to match. I had heard the RS8's a few years back when I was demoing speakers for myself, I ended up with the B&W's, but the MA's were always a very nice speaker, and I came away with the feeling that B&W would be better for movies (in the 700 series anyway) and the MA's better with music. That was my feeling anyway. So being the movie buff I bought the B&W 703s.

Anyway, I won't go into too much detail, but we spent the best part of an hour and a half at Quality HiFi Sydney. So we were in no way rushed, and we had one of the rooms sealed off for our demo purposes so we could be quite liberal with volumes. My mate and I took turns at sitting dead in the middle of the room, eyes closed, and with the other switching between speakers without the other knowing which was playing and taking a good few minutes each to really hear the differences. Again, keeping this short, the best two by far, with no restraint on price were the RX8's and GS60's (although the RX6's were close behind, but obviously the RX8's were that bit better, and thus more expensive).

If I could explain the difference in my untrained way I would say that the GS60's were more natural, neutral and accurate, however the RX8's were very close, and possibly leaning more towards an involving or exciting sound (don't mistake this with a cheaper speakers "flash and dash" fast fading sound that quickly becomes boring). Because we were there for so long, the two best were apparent pretty quickly and we spent the rest of the time enjoying the performance between the RX8 and GS60.

Personally, if it came down to me purchasing, I don't think I would justify the price difference to get the GS60's. No doubt they are a great speaker, but the RX8's presented excellent hi fi performance at a very reasonable price. They are the choice for my friend to match his Krell system. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this, and hopefully this might prove helpful to anyone looking at this great company as a speaker choice. Finally, just a quick free plug for Quality hifi for their service. We received excellent and patient service, and I can highly recommend Quality Hifi as a high-end audio retailer. Cheers guys.

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Anyone know how musical fidelity A3 power amplifiers would go powering the MA PL300's? I have three A3 power amps and was cosidering using a mf A3 each for the two front PL300's and the other for the PLC350 center speaker! What do you guys think?

Thanks in advance

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I had a thorough listen to a number of brands of speakers, including B&W, Krix, KEF and a few others before settling on the RS8's and RSLCR for my lounge room HT setup. Here's a couple of pics for those who like to look ...

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wow, looks a lot like the platinum. i assume thats a ribbon tweeter?

Sure does, I must say always preferred the look of the gold series, good they've kept the more slim line looks over the platinums

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Sure does, I must say always preferred the look of the gold series, good they've kept the more slim line looks over the platinums

i do too, although would jump at the chance to get platinums regardless :P

apparently the speaker pictured is the new GX300, due out in the next month or so (in the UK, not sure about here). assume there will be a GX200 and GX100 as well perhaps.

will be keen to check them out (although almost afraid to!)

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wow, looks a lot like the platinum. i assume thats a ribbon tweeter?

Certainly looks like a ribbon tweeter to me.

It does look quite close to a Platinum Series loudspeaker.

I LOVE the Platinum PL300 speakers; they remain my favourite speakers of all the speakers I have heard. Pity I can't afford the PL300's!

I would love to listen to these top-of-the-range of the Gold Series loudspeakers. If they keep them under the $7,000.00 RRP price point, I may be interested! :D

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Now just for a justification to the missus on why now is the time to put in a separate 2ch set up in the entertainment area...

Heard it from someone here a while ago:

It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission

Grab your credit card out, purchase them, then say it's too late to reverse the purchase

:lol:

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Heard it from someone here a while ago:

It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission

Grab your credit card out, purchase them, then say it's too late to reverse the purchase

:lol:

Hahaha, good point!

Might be moving to HK in the early part of next year, so will keep the power dry until i'm there, then will see how the stack up against the PL's and have a think about which is best!

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Might be moving to HK in the early part of next year, so will keep the power dry until i'm there, then will see how the stack up against the PL's and have a think about which is best!

Might be a bad idea comparing them against the PL's; I am pretty sure the PL's will come up trumps, then forgiveness might be even harder to obtain. :D

Really gorgeous loudspeakers, the PL300's.

I have listened to more expensive loudspeakers than the PL300's, and still prefer the PL300's.

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Might be a bad idea comparing them against the PL's; I am pretty sure the PL's will come up trumps, then forgiveness might be even harder to obtain. :D

Really gorgeous loudspeakers, the PL300's.

I have listened to more expensive loudspeakers than the PL300's, and still prefer the PL300's.

True.

But i guess it has to be done, a sweet 2ch set up is something that should last 10+years, so may as well do it properly the first time...

I suspect the deciding factor will be the all-in price point, pre-amp, amp & speakers... if i can keep it closer to the A$10k mark than the A$20k mark i should be able to get away with it... Haven't done much research on what would be a good amp to drive the PL's or what i'd cost, so i guess it's all a bit hypothetical at the moment.

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True.

But i guess it has to be done, a sweet 2ch set up is something that should last 10+years, so may as well do it properly the first time...

I suspect the deciding factor will be the all-in price point, pre-amp, amp & speakers... if i can keep it closer to the A$10k mark than the A$20k mark i should be able to get away with it... Haven't done much research on what would be a good amp to drive the PL's or what i'd cost, so i guess it's all a bit hypothetical at the moment.

10+ years easy ! a lot of my 2ch stuff is doing just fine 5 years on, previous 2ch setup had well over decade.

do consider 2ch integrated amps as well. some sensational pieces in that price bracket. the gs60 for instance heard go very nicely wiht the mf a5 integrated and cd. be some other sweet combos as well I imagine :)

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10+ years easy ! a lot of my 2ch stuff is doing just fine 5 years on, previous 2ch setup had well over decade.

do consider 2ch integrated amps as well. some sensational pieces in that price bracket. the gs60 for instance heard go very nicely wiht the mf a5 integrated and cd. be some other sweet combos as well I imagine :)

Yeah, i've always wanted a KI Pearl... But i definitely want a Conrad Johnson pre-amp...

As for CD, i'm not really planning on using one... Will probably be running a laptop through the DacMagic as i don't want to haul the wall full of CD's around, not to mention the issues if the post wound up in SNG as opposed to HK...

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The PL300's would perform really well, powered by a pre-amp and power amp, otherwise, a grunty unit such as a Plinius Hiato might be worth auditioning:

http://www.pliniusaudio.nzld.com/products/hiato.asp

http://whathifi.com/Review/Plinius-Hiato/

Good value in Australia, being a Kiwi product. RRP here is $10,000.00; a lot of money but worth it to power the PL300's.

Dan.

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The PL300's would perform really well, powered by a pre-amp and power amp, otherwise, a grunty unit such as a Plinius Hiato might be worth auditioning:

http://www.pliniusaudio.nzld.com/products/hiato.asp

http://whathifi.com/Review/Plinius-Hiato/

Good value in Australia, being a Kiwi product. RRP here is $10,000.00; a lot of money but worth it to power the PL300's.

Dan.

Thats one mighty bit of kit, will definitely give it a look.

Might have to save a bit more than i thought if i'm going to do the 2ch justice...

Think that's my dose of HiFi-Porn for the day!

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As there are number of us here with MA speakers that would/could be interested in adding a few more MA's to their set up with the Denon AVR4311's coming through so I wondered how many would be interested in a small group buy for them. I've made contacts at several places around the world and one of our MA lovers is into freight /transport and is offering to help bring them into Oz at very low cost. So over to you out there to PM me with your serious requests no tyre kickers please............... if we get a few the costs for Tport can be shared to OZ at least. For example I want to get a pair of GS60's and a pair of GS-FX's all in black.

:winky: :winky:

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They look very smickh! Mentioned a Jan 2011 release. Am curious if pricing will be similar to the GS range or extravagantly more.

They look very nice, indeed.

I have a feeling that pricing will be more than the GS range that it replaces.

Would be nice to be proven wrong, though. :D

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Yeah, i've always wanted a KI Pearl... But i definitely want a Conrad Johnson pre-amp...

As for CD, i'm not really planning on using one... Will probably be running a laptop through the DacMagic as i don't want to haul the wall full of CD's around, not to mention the issues if the post wound up in SNG as opposed to HK...

If you are running some serious stuff like CJ pre and MA PL300 forget about Dacmagic there is better DAc than dacmagic even at Dacmagic's price level.

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As there are number of us here with MA speakers that would/could be interested in adding a few more MA's to their set up with the Denon AVR4311's coming through so I wondered how many would be interested in a small group buy for them. I've made contacts at several places around the world and one of our MA lovers is into freight /transport and is offering to help bring them into Oz at very low cost. So over to you out there to PM me with your serious requests no tyre kickers please............... if we get a few the costs for Tport can be shared to OZ at least. For example I want to get a pair of GS60's and a pair of GS-FX's all in black.

:winky: :winky:

tempting but doubt i would now get anything close to satisfactory for my "old" GS speakers, given these new ones are on the way etc.

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If you are running some serious stuff like CJ pre and MA PL300 forget about Dacmagic there is better DAc than dacmagic even at Dacmagic's price level.

It's a case of balance I think, if investing such a lot on speakers & amps it's a shame to stick with what is an entry level dac. If looking at sources I'd consider disc players too. Some absolute beauties around that would do justice to rest of gear. Best to demo if can, easiest way to determine kind of mix of source and amps to spend on for a set of speakers.

tempting but doubt i would now get anything close to satisfactory for my "old" GS speakers, given these new ones are on the way etc.

And also D law of diminishing returns also swing in with speakers, might find not that much to be had going from one Model to next to justify cost of replacement of what you have.

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Good spot Dan!

Wonder what sort of trade in deal I can get!!

Gotta say from the pictures that they look the bomb- except for the plinth which looks cheap in comparison to the old one, which is the best plinth system going around IMO.

Hi mate,

Trying to sell it privately might be the best way to go about it initially. However, since you have dealt with Frank Prowse Hi Fi before and purchased your GS' from them, you may be able to get a good change-over deal with them. Certainly worth asking.

I very much like the look of them, based on the pictures.

I would still love to own the mighty PL300's, though. :D

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It's a case of balance I think, if investing such a lot on speakers & amps it's a shame to stick with what is an entry level dac. If looking at sources I'd consider disc players too. Some absolute beauties around that would do justice to rest of gear. Best to demo if can, easiest way to determine kind of mix of source and amps to spend on for a set of speakers.

I would normally consider disc players, but the issue with transporting a collection to HK, not to mention the customs issues with taking media into SNG, makes it unfeasible.

Open to suggestions on what would be a better dac would be, given my initial requirement is only for old vanialla cd playback, no sacd or higher sampling rates required, as i don't own any, nor do i plan on purchasing any. Whilst i believe dvd-a will probably be the next major audio format, there is no point in purchasing something specifically for that until it is the primary production method for disc audio.

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I would normally consider disc players, but the issue with transporting a collection to HK, not to mention the customs issues with taking media into SNG, makes it unfeasible.

Open to suggestions on what would be a better dac would be, given my initial requirement is only for old vanialla cd playback, no sacd or higher sampling rates required, as i don't own any, nor do i plan on purchasing any. Whilst i believe dvd-a will probably be the next major audio format, there is no point in purchasing something specifically for that until it is the primary production method for disc audio.

M you Planning to move to Singapore hk ? In the short term ? In which case probably cheaper to by there. Re Dacs there's literally heaps around. Often new flavor a week if go by the forums. In reality not that much different in my experience dac wise in something from 20 years back ! Scary hey ? Reality it's not the dac chip but the implementation and some beaut dac implementations over the years ! Just matter check out what can get hands on. In my opinion the gains in players lot more but that's just my experience.

Ps dvda is dead. It was competing format for sacd. And sacd is still standing..just only dvda you'll find on the market are at silly prices and struggle to find lot of players. There are quite a few sacd players to choose from though. Some that do very nice job for cd as well. Some with digital inputs could use as a dac.

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M you Planning to move to Singapore hk ? In the short term ? In which case probably cheaper to by there. Re Dacs there's literally heaps around. Often new flavor a week if go by the forums. In reality not that much different in my experience dac wise in something from 20 years back ! Scary hey ? Reality it's not the dac chip but the implementation and some beaut dac implementations over the years ! Just matter check out what can get hands on. In my opinion the gains in players lot more but that's just my experience.

Ps dvda is dead. It was competing format for sacd. And sacd is still standing..just only dvda you'll find on the market are at silly prices and struggle to find lot of players. There are quite a few sacd players to choose from though. Some that do very nice job for cd as well. Some with digital inputs could use as a dac.

Yeah, the move will probably be in the next 3-6 months, as to which, yet to be confirmed. Agree, definitely better to buy there, pretty much on every front. Agree re: DAC improvement, i guess i was hoping that it might be one peice of kit that i did not need to replace, given the initial opinions on amps to drive the PL300's are pushing the budget (~$20k) northward quicker than hoped, but as dan mentioned earlier foregiveness can be asked for after the fact.

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Yeah, the move will probably be in the next 3-6 months, as to which, yet to be confirmed. Agree, definitely better to buy there, pretty much on every front. Agree re: DAC improvement, i guess i was hoping that it might be one peice of kit that i did not need to replace, given the initial opinions on amps to drive the PL300's are pushing the budget (~$20k) northward quicker than hoped, but as dan mentioned earlier foregiveness can be asked for after the fact.

Oh 3-6 months will fly! Wouldn't bother getting something now. Just do a bit of research and enjoy your time maybe having bit of a listen around place other forum members etc. plus will save you hassle of shipping everything when comes to move and worrying all will arrive safe other end.

Yeah cj stuff can get pricey. Simply Hifi got a cj power at $8k second hand so can just imagine what cost new. But yeah do listen with speakers in question because with a lot of this stuff exact mix determines end result especially if mixing matching.

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Yeah, the move will probably be in the next 3-6 months, as to which, yet to be confirmed.

Singapore or HK? Lucky u... :wub:

Agree, definitely better to buy there, pretty much on every front. Agree re: DAC improvement, i guess i was hoping that it might be one peice of kit that i did not need to replace, given the initial opinions on amps to drive the PL300's are pushing the budget (~$20k) northward quicker than hoped, but as dan mentioned earlier foregiveness can be asked for after the fact.

If you're after a DAC... One option you might have to look for is the KillerDAC... Spent ~3 weeks in Singapore/HK and this time round I listened to all the most expensive equipment I can find (those that are happy to let me demo them anyway)...

At the end of the day it's all about the room and equipment matching.. But there really is something about the KDac... Old school still beats new school, for now.....

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