I just purchased a used pair of MA-303's for $170. Is that a good deal? It seems so to me, at least sound-wise. I've used Paradigm Titans for years, only to be banished to Bose Hell because my wife thinks the Titan's are "too big". Sheesh
. So, they went to a friends house who has had them so long, I couldn't bring myself to ask for them back. Enter Craigslist.
I think I struck Gold.
I'm building a 300 sqft. studio (I'm a sculptor) and am setting up a dedicated two speaker system with my older Onkyo receiver, Onkyo CD player, & Toshiba 40gb Gigabeat (rockbox OS). I'm pretty excited seeing as how this will give me an opportunity to enjoy these speakers 8 hours a day. I was worried about buying the speakers sight-unseen, especially since reviews are very hard to find. However, as soon as I got home and plugged them in, well, I was blown away.
Even using the lowliest speaker wire and interconnects (new ones on the way), they sounded richer, deeper, and crisper than anything I've ever owned. Timing is spot-on. Honestly, I never heard of Monitor Audio prior to coming across that ad, seems like they are England's best-kept secret over here. I would definitely describe their sound as warm. I was concerned about my Onkyo 60watt receiver not being able to drive them well, especially in the bass-dept, but I am please to say the bass is more than ample. No sub needed. I am a violist and have shared the "bass side" of the orchestra for 20 years now with the cellists beside me and bassists behind me. It takes a lot
of bass to satisfy my needs.
These speakers really deliver without sacrificing the delicate upper-registers of the orchestra. I've also found the soundstage for acoustic music is quite large, and they handle rock and new age music without breaking a sweat.
Anyone else own the 303's? What do you think about them? How do they compare to their more modern counterparts - the BR5, RS6, or the GS20? I'm curious of their "status" back in their day (circa 1990-95)
Specifically, were they MA's entry-level floorstanding speaker, or something more?
Ok, I feel better now. Now make me feel even better about my purchase...