As worthy a contender as the new Gold 300 is, there’s still plenty of competition in this category and price range. Top of mind comes the KEF R11, the flagship of the English company’s R lineup that I reviewed favorably in Issue 298. Although it retails for a couple grand less than the Gold 300, it too delivers a high degree of detail and a big, full sound. If I were pressed to offer some general impressions of the differences between the two, the Gold 300s might have had slightly more low-end heft while the R11s displayed more effortless coherence.
The R11s with their Uni-Q concentric driver arrays and D’Appolito configuration seemed to have a slight edge on overall dispersion and off-axis response. Although the Gold 300 might look like a more expensive speaker (and it is), the R11 is still very visually attractive with a more modern than classic aesthetic. The Monitors arguably might be more traditionally “audiophile” in their approach. Your tastes and preferences in amplification and source material would likely sway you toward one or the other. Both come from trusted longtime makers and offer quite a lot of high-end speaker for the money—and deserve a spot on your short list.
These Gold 300s really grew on me over time, thanks to their powerful presence and substantial sound output. There’s a really pleasing solidity here—courtesy of the cabinet construction and other technologies—that won me over across more and more source material. Especially if you appreciate or collect well-recorded material, the Monitor Gold 300s can enable you to reap its rewards. If want a deeper dive into your music collection and you’re in the market for a solid speaker in this price tier, go for the gold and give the new 300 an audition.
Specs & Pricing
Type: Three-way, four-driver floorstanding loudspeaker; bass-reflex (two rear ports)
Driver complement: 1x MPD tweeter, 1x 2.5" C-CAM midrange, 2x 8" bass
Frequency response: 30Hz–50kHz
Impedance: 4 ohms (minimum 3.4 ohms @ 1kHz)
Recommended amplifier power: 100W–250W
Dimensions: 12½" x 43½" x 14-9/16"
Weight: 67 lbs. (30.56 kg)
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