The Silver 8 has a new three-way design featuring Silver’s 4” C-CAM® RST® mid-range driver flanked by long-throw C-CAM RST 6.5” bass drivers. Introduced for Silver, this specialised configuration is optimised for greater accuracy over a critical frequency band to deliver superb midrange focus and precision as well as extended bass. A taller, shallower cabinet and improved damping allow for greater room position flexibility, while higher sensitivity and impedance make the Silver 8 easier to drive for effortless room-filling dynamics, even in larger spaces.
|System Format:||3 Way|
|Frequency Response:||32Hz - 35kHz|
|Nominal Impedance:||4 Ohms|
|Maximum SPL (dBA):||116.8 (pair)|
|Power Handling (RMS):||200W|
|Recommended Amplifier Requirements (RMS):||80 - 200W|
|Bass Alignment:||Bass reflex.
Twin HiVe®II port System
|Crossover Frequency:||LF/MF: 500Hz
|Drive Unit Complement:||2 x 6" RST® Bass drivers.
1 x 4" RST Mid-range driver.
1 x 1" (25mm) C-CAM® gold dome tweeter
|Cabinet Dimensions: (H x W x D)
(Excluding Grille, Terminals & Plinth)
|1021 x 245 x 360 mm
(40 3/16 x 9 5/8 x 14 3/16 inch)
|Cabinet Dimensions: (H x W x D)
|1000 x 185 x 300 mm
(39 3/8 x 7 5/16 x 11 13/16 inch)
|Cabinet Dimensions: (H x W x D)
(Including Grille & Terminals)
|1000 x 185 x 323 mm
(39 3/8 x 7 5/16 x 12 11/16 inch)
|Cabinet Dimensions: (H x W x D)
(Including Plinth & Feet)
|1000 x 185 x 335 mm
(39 3/8 x 7 5/16 x 13 3/16 inch)
|Individual Weight:||23.33 Kg (51 lb 6oz)|
The gold dome tweeter is formed from a ceramic-coated aluminium/magnesium alloy, gold anodised to a specific thickness for ideal stiffness and damping characteristics. Its new profile and surround geometry have been developed using advanced modelling tools, to provide the optimum qualities for accurate sound reproduction. The new design moves the first order of breakup to beyond 35kHz, producing a linear response way beyond audibility, which matches the wide frequency bandwidth available from HD music and cinema sound formats.
The gold dome is thinner, lighter, more rigid and therefore more efficient than domes made from other materials which are prone to distortion in the audio band.
A new type of port technology which uses a straight rifled design to accelerate air flow and reduce turbulence. HiVe II technology has the ability to move air in and out much quicker than a conventional port, the result is fast powerful bass coupled with superior transient response.
The Rigid Surface Technology (RST) cone profile is inspired by the Japanese art of Origami, which demonstrates how a very light material (like paper) can be strengthened and made more rigid by making small and precise folds on its surface. Monitor Audio has applied this principle in designing the CAM/RST cones for the GX and RX ranges. Developed and perfected using sophisticated computer modelling (Finite Element Analysis), the GX mid and bass driver cones have been strengthened by a series of radial ribs; the RX driver cones by a pattern of dimples. Our simulations have proved that RST significantly increases cone rigidity, allowing the radiating surfaces to resist mechanical bending forces, which can twist the shape of conventional driver cones to produce distorted sound. The strengthening effect of RST means that we can use thinner, lighter and more responsive C-CAM cones, which provide speed and accuracy while offering greatly reduced distortion. The RST patterns also help to displace standing waves that can propagate on the cone's surface.
Ultra-powerful Neodymium magnets hold the speaker grilles in place, allowing for easier installation and access. In-ceiling models offer the opportunity to use square and circular grilles for the ideal aesthetic result.
Stereophile Praises Silver 8
"The Silver 8 is simply gorgeous, with a fit and finish that are probably impossible to achieve at the price without production in the Far East."
"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."
"Indeed, as with the best speakers — those costing far more than the Silver 8's $2,000/pair — the high frequencies, almost all overtones, were unobtrusively integral to the music, not distinct from the midrange fundamentals. I greatly appreciated this with recordings of both small and large ensembles."
"...the Silver 8s provided, from the CD, a precise spatial delineation, as in a good chamber music performance, coupled with remarkable impact and presence from each instrument."
"What a marvelous way to take flight to a world of beauty from the reality of a rainy day! While the harmonies may be complex, the perception is of effortless flow, even in two channels. One can succumb happily or listen analytically, but either way, one does so with the feeling that nothing separates one from the music and the musicians."
"...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."
"My, did the Silver 8s deliver."
“Regardless of track or changes in players, it all sounded more alive and engaging than I remembered.”
“…compared with my admittedly older and discontinued Paradigm Studio/60v3s ($1,699/pair when last available), the Silver 8s were strikingly cleaner in the lower midrange, more open in the upper midrange, and had a subtler treble.”
"This review is so brief because 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."
AV Forums: Highly Recommended!
“The design delivers a richly detailed mid-range that retains a wonderful sense of clarity and precise imaging. Clearly all Monitor Audio’s hard work at improving the mid-range performance has paid off...”
“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.”
“All these tests showed that the Silver 8 were capable of delivering a detailed stereo image with a wide dynamic range and real control, resulting in a focused soundstage that was able to distinguish individual instruments well.”
“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.”
- Steve Withers, AVForums.com July 2014
Figure Of Eight
The Silver 8 is surprisingly unfussy. I stand it about 30cm from the rear wall, gently toed -in and it sings. It has a surprisingly clean and neutral sound - unlike some rivals that also use metal coned drivers."
"The Silver 8 sounds wonderfully integrated and all-of-a-piece. Thomas Dolby's One of Our Submarines Is Missing comes over with a combination of detail and decorum that I simply hadn't expected at this price."
"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."
- David Price, Hi-Fi Choice, June 2014
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."
"In a smaller scale classical work, Mozart’s Divertimento in E Flat, I enjoyed the rich string tone and instrumental colour, the strong imaging, the wide bandwidth and the excellent overall balance, which allowed me to follow each line simultaneously."
"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."
17 January 2014 David Kerr
After an audition yesterday at SSAV Exeter, I have just ordered these. They were up against Tannoy DCT 6SE (awful) and PMC Twenty 23. Simply left the others way behind in terms of range, colour and detail. They cope extra-ordinatily well with big and complex music like grand opera and Beethoven's 9th. Stunning with Pink Floyd too! Can't wait to get my hands on them next week. (AudioLab 8200CD + 8000S + 8000P)
31 October 2013 Adam Callingham
Heard these at the Home Tech Show in Norwich over the weekend. I have now ordered a pair. They were stunning!! Upgrading from Epos M22i. A massive jump in performance and from what I've heard in the past, a big improvement on the RX range.
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