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Silver 1

February 2016

Home Theater Hi-Fi Praises Silver 1

Jay Haider (Secrets of Home Theater & High Fidelity) recently reviewed a pair of Silver 1 bookshelf speakers, and evidently was quite impressed, stating that the speakers have beautiful finish and construction, fantastic treble and surprisingly potent bass.

"...the Monitor Audio Silver 1 is an excellent speaker. It's fit and finish rivals or exceeds speakers its size two price classes up."

"...a gorgeously crafted bookshelf speaker with mostly excellent engineering, surprisingly powerful bass, and world-class treble."

"The Silver 1's crossover shows engineering excellence both heard and measured, and the tweeter is a marvel."

"Monitor Audio's Silver 1 does an awful lot right, looks beautiful, and is worth a close listen."

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Silver 2

January 2015

Diapson: Silver 2 Review

"The Silver 2 seduces, it is homogeneous and well balanced on the spectral level."

"Even while listening to a symphonic orchestra, you never feel frustrated regarding the sound level."

"The air circulates freely between the instruments. The timbres are rich and dense."

"The dynamic opulence and stability conclude this very beautiful speaker."

Silver 8

January 2015

HiFi+ Silver 8 Speaker Review

"The overall presentation is hearty and generous, definitely offering a lot of sound for the money."

"Bass from that pair of C-CAM woofers goes very deep..."

"When the price is taken into account, it's quite a package - and as an all-rounder, the Silver 8 delivers a satisfying and well-judged performance."

"...these are fun loudspeakers with a big, confident sound, deep and spacious soundstage, and respectable dynamics."

"...the generous bass and the impact and drive from those two paired bass drivers will satisfy many..."

"They are perfectly capable of raising the hairs on my arms, or making me grin like a loon."

"I think the Monitor Audio has produced an all-rounder in the Silver 8, one that will impress in an AV system, while still satisfying with two channel."

"What I did find, during my time with the Monitor Audio Silver 8s, was that I often just put on music and enjoyed the experience..."

- Steve Dickinson, HiFi+, January 2015

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Silver 8

January 2015

Stereophile Praises Silver 8

"Talk about hopes realized! From the second the system was powered up, the Silver 8s impressed me."

"I heard a welcome clarity in the midrange that gave all music a natural presence..."

"I could hear no fault with the Silver 8 with voices that span the crossover frequency."

"At low levels, the speaker's low end was in good balance, as suggested above, and the louder I pushed them, the more power and impact the Silver 8s delivered, without boom."

"...I found the Silver 8's bass remarkably solid and satisfying."

"There's little to say about the Silver 8's treble. Although it was detailed and extended, it was also smooth and untiring."

"...I can't say that listening in stereo via the Silver 8s was anything less than delightful."

"Their soundstage was deep and, if I wanted to focus on instrument placements instead of the music, there was a wealth of stable detail to appreciate."

"...I'm at a loss to point to any way in which, for its size and price, the Monitor Audio Silver 8 disappointed."

"I've been looking at speakers for $3,000/pair or less for a while, and have not heard any that I would prefer to the Monitor Audio Silver 8."

- Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile, January 2015

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Silver 2

December 2014

Silver 2: 5-Star Review and "Recommended" Award

"...blessed with plenty of clarity and immediacy plus weight and depth, and its very own distinctive, highly detailed sound."

"...the Monitor Audio can deliver all the power it needs, but does so in a more relaxed and less forced manner than many similarly priced rivals

"...a more gutsy yet relaxed presentation that's very good at carrying dynamic accents that most others miss."

"Isaac Hayes' 'Life's Mood' is a joy. Percussion is better accented than most, giving a superior sense of rhythmic flow, and the crashing keyboard cadences push out in a more arresting and explicit way."

"...at the same time, the tonal purity is such that the piano sound is beautifully carried. Behind this, violins soar in a wonderfully accurate and expressive way, and the speakers catch the drama of this great song."

"The Silver 2 pushes out a wider soundstage than its rivals."

"You can really hear inside and drill down into the low-level detail, in a way that many rivals simply don't allow."

"The Smiths' 'Girl Afraid' is wonderfully open and detailed, but still carries the emotion within the song."

"Snare drums sound tight, while the treble is delicate and smooth; the tweeter reveals real delicacy that makes rivals seem rather ragged in comparison."

Silver 10

December 2014

Silver 10 TAS Review

"...the Silver 10s are more than just adequate; they are one of the best $2,500-and-under full-range floorstanders I've heard..."

"I listened to this song on repeat for almost 45 minutes after a day of listening and my ears weren't fatigued. Next came Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood," which is another song that can be plenty fatiguing; even after the Lofgren torture test, SRV was as pleasing as ever."

"...great voicing, solid bass when properly spaced from the rear walls, an engaging soundstage, and a diverse ability to sound great with a wide range of music. Really, what more could you want from an affordable speaker?"

- Spencer Holbert, The Absolute Sound, December 2014

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Silver 10

October 2014

Silver 10 5.1 System Review

“Monitor’s impressive Silver series is a triumph, a treat to hear, and well worth seeking out for a serious audition.”

“Overall, the fit and finish of the speakers is impeccable.”

“With the W-12 in tow, the Silver 10s demonstrated that they could compete with the big boys.”

“The W-12 is clearly an audiophile-quality subwoofer, and more than satisfying on music.”

“...on well-recorded material (both music and movies—I never felt the need for the Integra’s THX Re-Eq on the latter), their sound was open and detailed, with an appealingly real sparkle and liveliness.”

“In conveying the movie’s extreme dynamics, natural dialogue, precise scene-to-scene ambience, and (most notably) astonishing score, the Silvers left nothing on the table."

“Even on quieter films, the Silvers left a positive vibe. Anonymous, a vastly underrated movie from 2011, consists mainly of clean dialogue punctuated by a sweet score that sneaks up on you. On the Silvers, it reminded me once again that a good surround system isn’t just for action.”

"Honestly, I couldn’t have wished for more from any system.”

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Silver 6

October 2014

Silver 6 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR!

The Silver 6 speaker celebrates great praise after a fantastic review, courtesy of Philip Beaudette from SoundStage Access. The Silver 6 not only received a SoundStage 'Reviewer's Choice' Award, but is also honored with the 2014 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD!

"Based on what I heard, I'd say that the bar for what one can expect from a speaker costing less than $2,000/pair has been raised."

“No other compact music system that I am aware of could capture the scale of this music so effortlessly, or so energize a listening room, as did these in mine.”

"Using a word like crisp to describe a speaker’s sound might seem to imply that that sound was bright. The S6 was not bright. The superb level of detail it uncovered was not the result of tipping up the high frequencies to draw attention to them in a way that one might mistakenly perceive as enhanced detail. Rather, it was the combination of several factors, including their solidly constructed cabinets and high-quality drivers, that gave the S6s excellent clarity and allowed them to possess such magnificent resolution."

"Rather than belch out loose, woolly bass in an effort to dig down a few more hertz, their low-end output fell off fairly quickly, leaving behind punchy, agile bass. Despite being of only modest size, they were able to create a big sound with more than enough power to energize my room. I never felt the need for a subwoofer or bigger speakers."

"...the drums sounded quick and incisive, propelling the track forward with a great sense of pace, rhythm, and timing."

"...the Silver 6 costs just one-third of the Argon3L’s price. That’s what makes the Monitor remarkable. While they aren’t sonically identical, both should appeal to listeners who value resolution, imaging, and transparency, and who also want a speaker that can rock out and sound effortless while doing so. That the Silver 6 did this for a fraction of the Argon3L’s price while coming very close to the Amphion’s level of performance I found incredible, and it makes the Monitor an amazing value."

"After living with them for a while, I can say that this British speaker is the perfect solution for someone who cares about good sound...”

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Silver 8

October 2014

AV Forums: Highly Recommended!

Steve Withers, Assistant Editor of AV Forums, has tested our Silver 8 speakers resulting in a Highly Recommended badge and a standout review:

SCORE 9/10: Exciting yet refined sound; Good bass extension; Lovely build and finish; Flexible positioning.

“The design delivers a richly detailed mid-range that retains a wonderful sense of clarity and precise imaging."

“The combination of melancholy vocals, acoustic guitar and some marvellous electric guitar from both Bernard Butler and David Gilmour sounded wonderful on the Silver 8s.”

“The performance was excellent, with the speakers delivering an open and warm soundstage that retained both detail and clarity.”

“...the Silver 8s produced a sound that was rich and refined but also had plenty of range, meaning they can handle just about anything from female vocals to bass heavy rock to a full orchestra.”

“Their combination of looks, build quality and performance make them great value and you definitely won’t be disappointed with their versatility and refinement. Highly Recommended.”

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Silver 1

September 2014

Hi-Fi Choice Recommends Silver 1

Esteemed reviewer David Price has tested the Silver 1 in an in-depth review for Hi-Fi Choice Magazine.

As well as giving a full Five Stars to our "small but perfectly formed" speaker, the Silver 1 was also awarded with the Hi-Fi Choice Recommended title. In concluding the review, David Price listed the following reasons:

"Big, punchy, detailed sound; superb finish; value"

Read the full coverage in the November issue of Hi-Fi Choice Magazine.

Silver 8

August 2014

AV Tech Media Awards 2014/2015: Silver 8

Hi-Fi News, Hi-Fi Choice and Home Cinema Choice have teamed up for the AV Tech Media Awards 2014/2015, naming Monitor Audio the winner in two categories!

Our Silver 8 floorstander was named Best Floorstanding Speaker. "Bass is well articulated, midband is crisp yet smooth and treble is beautifully detailed. The Silver 8 delivers a rewarding performance with everything you throw at it, and is sublime at the price."

Read more in the AV Tech Media Awards supplement included with the Awards issues of Hi-Fi News, Hi-Fi Choice and Home Cinema Choice.

Silver 8

June 2014

Figure Of Eight

"Interestingly, the Silver 8 has no real weaknesses..."

"Bass is strong and well articulated, midband crisp yet smooth and the treble beautifully detailed."

"It gives the very pleasant combination of openness and musicality, which proves infectious on Black Uhuru's Party Next Door."

"...far better than most price rivals in its ability to conjure up a cavernous soundstage."

"Indeed, one great talent of the 8 is its ability with vocals; there's a sense of natural ease that makes even the most challenging female voices a pleasure."

"That dome tweeter really is very good, and marries so well with the midrange driver that you'd be forgiven for thinking you were hearing a far more expensive speaker."

"At its price though, to criticise would be churlish, because it's just so darned competent at everything you can throw at it."

"This is an excellent all-round loudspeaker that most will really enjoy... people wanting a really capable design that gets on with the job of playing music in a subtle yet sophisticated way will love it."

- David Price, Hi-Fi Choice, June 2014

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Silver 6AV12

May 2014

"Stunning build quality."

Home Cinema Choice found the Silver 6 AV12 package to be 'Best Buy' worthy, as well as:

"...a highly impressive system offering top-drawer performance, elegant looks and stunning build quality. Monitor Audio's refined responsive sound works wonders for music, and with movies it delivers one of the most natural and immersive soundstages I've heard."

Silver 6AV12

May 2014

Silver 6AV12 earns the "Trusted Reviews Recommended" title.

Esteemed reviewer Danny Phillips tests the Silver 6AV12 package, awarding it the Trusted Reviews Recommended title and an overwhelmingly positive review:

"We’re already big fans of Monitor Audio’s sound and Silver 6AV12 does nothing to diminish our admiration. It delivers a powerful yet highly polished performance with movies, easily hitting the level of quality you’d expect for the money."

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Silver 6AV12

March 2014

High tech features make room-friendly 6AV12 system system "Unfailingly Enjoyable"

New Silver’s accomplished tech has impressed AVForums’ Ed Selley. Ed has lived with many larger systems, but what sets the 6AV12 apart even from more expensive rivals is the way it has weaved specialised features with a smaller footprint to deliver truly cinematic replay from a room-friendly design. Awarding a coveted ‘recommended’ badge, he concludes that

“…while it looks excellent, this is a package that delivers sonically too. The performance is exciting but easy to live with and the dedicated surround speakers and clever subwoofer setup software give these speakers a cinematic performance that is unfailingly enjoyable. If you want a speaker package that delivers on sound and aesthetics, this is a great place to start looking”.

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Silver 6

March 2014

Superb AV Package Shines

The March 2014 issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine features a First Test review of Silver 6AV12, where the 5.1 surround system impressed to the tune of five stars.

"It's talents start with superb build quality extending to a wide range of finishes, and end with sound quality that will worry most rivals."

"The complete Silver package is a deeply impressive performer."

"This is a top notch surround package for the money."

You can read the full review in the March 2014 issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, or download a copy below.

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Silver 6

December 2013

Their Energy, Detail and Zing Will Wow You

FOR: Crisply attacking, straight-edged sound; superb driver integration; beautifully made.

"The new Silver range is a thorough reworking of the series it replaces."

"The Silver 6s immediately impress as compact, handsome and sturdy speakers... there's no arguing with the luxuriousness of these speakers' build."

"After a good 72 hours of initial use under their belts they deliver a vigorous, up-and-at-'em sound with a level of enthusiasm that borders on the relentless."

"...there's nothing to touch them where the entry into individual notes is concerned - a rare quality at any price. It makes for a well defined presentation too, with even pedestrian recordings given tangible momentum."

"Integration between the drivers, though, is absolutely first-rate. At the bottom of the frequency range the Silver 6s delve pretty deep and hit hard."

"No matter the type, quality or source of the recording offered, the Monitor Audio Silver 6s sink their teeth in and give it a damn good shaking. Nothing can touch them for crispness."

Silver 8

December 2013

Canada Hi-Fi Silver 8 Review

"I was not expecting this much involvement from such a modestly priced floorstander. I was testing it alongside a number of higher priced models, and it never embarrassed itself in their company."

"I suspect the gold domed tweeter is responsible for a good part of my satisfaction. It has a wide dispersion so you are not limited to a narrow sweet spot, and it offers excellent extension and strong levels of detail without sounding etched."

"Here the soundstage is wide, with instruments well located within it. It’s a big sound, hypnotic, detailed and fast paced."

"The Silver 8 produces a very punchy rich orchestral sound and conveys good weight in Shostakovich’s Tenth on the Naxos label. Its reflexes are fast, its performance effortless as always, and it is easy to follow the complex structure."

"So there you have it – a very successful package fully competitive with others at its price point and even 25 percent above. It has refinement, wide bandwidth, warmth, speed and tone colour all in its favour, and it seems to take everything easily in its stride."

"If you are looking today for a floor standing speaker for under $3,000, put this right at the top of your audition list. You won’t be sorry."

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Silver 10

January 2014

So Hot, they’re ‘Cool’!

Polish audio magazine ‘High Fidelity’ has fallen for the silky control offered by our new Silver 10s. Reviewer Wojciech Pacula is impressed by the speaker’s ‘cool’ ability to combine the consistency of expensive stand-mount speakers with the scale of a floor stander, so much so that the 10s have joined the mag’s ‘Best Product 2013’ list. He says “with the Silver 10 we get a smooth, delicate, large-scale sound with a flourish and powerful bass. You do not need expensive electronics to get them to sound really great! You just need to ensure that power is sufficient. If so, it’s hard to imagine a system in which Silver 10 ever sounds uncontrolled or uncool - on the contrary "coolness" is their trademark.”

(Translated from Polish.)

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