I tend to agree that Monitor Audio Gold are overpriced , when compared to the Silver series. I personally adore the sound of the Silver 100 7g speakers. At under £800 , they are a beautiful pair of speakers for 2 part stereo systems.
I have an Audiolab cdq 2800 , and 2 x Audiolab Monoblocks, with Arcam sd50 sacd player/streamer. QED silver speaker cables with the Monitor Audio 100 speakers in White. The finish on these is exceptional when compared to Dali. I make my own interconections using Belden 8412.. Seems like a good system for a reasonable price.