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Old 07-19-2009, 10:59 PM
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Thanks everyone! I do enjoy them immensely. I won't be looking into loudspeakers for a long time now. Pre-amp and power-amp are next
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Tommy C very very nice...

I agree with Dan,.. I thought I was watching a most lovely Italian segnorita... getting undressed...

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Thanks everyone! I do enjoy them immensely. I won't be looking into loudspeakers for a long time now. Pre-amp and power-amp are next
If you are in a hurry and your budget allows, I'd talk to the Master for a new pair of 501s.

If not in a hurry, perhaps you can find a pair used pair MC501s for $5-6K you'll be set for a loooong time without spending an obscene amount of money. I think that used 501s are one of the best deals in audio: monoblocks, McIntosh, 500W, 3D glass, run cool and sound warm.

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Beautiful speakers!!!!!!!!

Please let us know how the sound compares to the old B&W's...

Congrats on a very worthy upgrade!
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Tommy, those are on a very short list of my dream speakers. Congratulations in a big way - enjoy the hell out of them, you most defiantly will
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I am officially jealous and jones'ing for my own pair. I love my Auditors but the GM's are drop dead good looking. A real classy speaker. Your pictures have allowed me to appreciate the beauty of the columns as well, a real work of art. I never before quite appreciated the rake on the column. They must sound outstanding...in my small room, these speakers are probably the pinnacle of sound I could achieve. Congratulations and enjoy arguably one of the worlds BEST speakers,
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If you are in a hurry and your budget allows, I'd talk to the Master for a new pair of 501s.

If not in a hurry, perhaps you can find a pair used pair MC501s for $5-6K you'll be set for a loooong time without spending an obscene amount of money. I think that used 501s are one of the best deals in audio: monoblocks, McIntosh, 500W, 3D glass, run cool and sound warm.

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Alberto... I have a few options that I'm considering. For pre-amp, C500T is the one I really want. For power-amp, it'll be either MC501 or MC275. I really like the hassle free MC501, but I can't ignore MC275's mid range magic. Hard decision. I'm not in a hurry though. I want to buy right the first time
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I've lived with both the 275 and the 501s on the Guarneri M's.
Get the 501s. The midrange of the 501s is not far behind but the speakers will come alive with the 501s top to bottom.
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Beautiful speakers!!!!!!!!

Please let us know how the sound compares to the old B&W's...

Congrats on a very worthy upgrade!
two dot... Thanks! I actually had these speakers for almost a year now. Here's my take on the speakers (I posted similar findings in the B&W 805S thread).

GM is so musical. Before upgrading to the GM, I listened to 1 or 2 hours of music per week. Now I listen to >1 hour of music per day. I had to stop only because I need to get other work done

String, vocal, and small Jazz ensemble are several of GM's specialty. They sound so fluid and relaxing with these loudspeakers.

GM sounds big. It's hard to imaging they are bookshelf speakers. Their bass is quite deep and tight.

GM is also very transparent. I hear many things I have not heard before. It is a treat to be able to re-explore my entire music collection.

Imaging is also wonderful with GM. The sound is "free." Voices and instruments emanate from no where. There is no need to close my eyes. The speakers disappear even with eyes open

Overall, GM is a definite upgrade. They cost almost 5x the price of 805S, so they better be good lol.

Oh, did I mention GM is gorgeous? The red violin glossy coating was painstakingly applied, dried, and sanded multiple times over several weeks. They were dried under natural condition outdoor. So when it rained, they had to postpone the schedule. My dealer said the red violin finish incorporated some ox blood in it, I'm not sure if he's joking or not haha.
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I am officially jealous and jones'ing for my own pair. I love my Auditors but the GM's are drop dead good looking. A real classy speaker. Your pictures have allowed me to appreciate the beauty of the columns as well, a real work of art. I never before quite appreciated the rake on the column. They must sound outstanding...in my small room, these speakers are probably the pinnacle of sound I could achieve. Congratulations and enjoy arguably one of the worlds BEST speakers,
I've seen a couple GM on Audiogon for 8 to 9K NEW. If you can find it at this price, you should grab it! It's one of the best 2-way speakers out there in both look and sound
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