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.
- Improved C-CAM® (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) gold dome tweeter design with damped rear chamber and innovative dome venting technique for improved clarity and wider operating bandwidth.
- Specially developed 4” mid-range driver with ‘under-hung’ voice coil and motor system. The voice coil remains in the magnetic gap ensuring very low distortion - better damping and improved mid-range clarity.
- Dual 6” bass drivers featuring concave ‘dished’ C-CAM cone profile.
- RST® (Rigid Surface Technology) cone profile, for improved diaphragm rigidity and reduced distortion.
- Three-way configuration allows drivers to be optimised to deliver better overall performance.
- Improved cast polymer bass chassis design for better rigidity and reduced reflections.
- HiVe®II port technology delivers smoother airflow for better transient response and tighter bass.
- Single bolt through driver systems for increased overall bracing, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling.
- Pureflow® Silver plated OFC copper internal cabling.
- High quality crossovers with premium grade polypropylene film capacitors.
- Available in selected premium quality wood veneers or high gloss finishes.
- Rigid 20mm MDF construction throughout, employing radial and cross-bracing techniques for high rigidity and low cabinet colouration.
- Invisible magnetic grille fixing provides clean visual styling when the grille is off.
- Terminal panel at floor level for easy cable connection.
32Hz - 35kHz
Maximum SPL (dBA)
Power Handling (RMS)
Recommended Amplifier Requirements (RMS)
80 - 200W
Twin HiVe®II port System
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)(Including Terminals)
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)
23.33 Kg (51 lb 6oz)
Canada Hi-Fi Silver 8 Review
"After warming up the system I was immediately immersed into a warm spacious soundfield with no trace of harshness, one that drew me into the music and made me happy to listen for long periods."
"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."
Figure Of Eight
"Interestingly, the Silver 8 has no real weaknesses... it doesn't hurt, offend, frighten or intimidate — it just gets on the job, does it well, and doesn't make a fuss."
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."
"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
AV Forums: Highly Recommended!
"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. 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.”
"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
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."
- Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile, 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..."
"They will boogie when asked: they can do scale, weight, and authority; timing is respectable; and soundstaging is generous and well-proportioned."
"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."
"...Abdullah Ibrahim and Kramat from 'Ekapa Lodumo' is lively and tuneful, the percussion has clear timing and balance, and there is more sense of the piece building to a climax and conclusion."
"A sure sign of a good loudspeaker is that it can rise to the occasion, and the Silver 8 certainly did just that."
"...the generous bass and the impact and drive from those two paired bass drivers will satisfy many..."
"...many recordings will benefit from the Silver 8's handling of loudness as 'quantity' rather than 'intensity'."
"I think 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."
"They are perfectly capable of raising the hairs on my arms, or making me grin like a loon."
"They are, rather, big-hearted and generous partners with a sense of fun and musicality."
"They can raise their game when called upon to do so, but they can just as easily work within a modest system, and get more out of it than you might have expected."
"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... I just went with the flow of the music. And that was really easy to do because the speaker doesn't demand constant attention and fussing over; it just is what it is. And that's no bad thing."
- Steve Dickinson, HiFi+, January 2015
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; "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:
"The performance was excellent, with the speakers delivering an open and warm soundstage that retained both detail and clarity. The positioning and localisation of instruments within the stereo imaging was also impressive and the mid-range was well served by the design, as was the low-end thanks to two 6.5" drivers. As a result 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."
Silver 8s awarded an Editor's Choice
Established reviewer David Price has tested our Silver 8 floorstanding speaker in the latest issue of Hi-Fi Choice.
Immediately impressing with all it offered the Silver 8 earned full marks, collecting 5 out of 5 stars and an Editor's Choice award! Following a gleaming review David concluded with it's all round strength:
"As any good football manager knows, the easiest way to win is not to lose - and the Monitor Audio Silver 8 is an arch exponent of this. It simply doesn't give goals away gladly; there's little weakness on show in any respect. This is an excellent all-round loudspeaker that most will really enjoy."
Read the full review in the August 2014 issue of Hi-Fi Choice.
Canada HiFi Magazine reviews Silver 8.
"What’s not to like?" Canada HiFi Magazine asked when they reviewed our Silver 8.
"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."
Read the full review here.
I'd purchased a Hegel H80 amp about a year ago and had the good fortune to hear the Silver 8s at the time paired with the amp and they caught my attention as a rather excellent set of speakers.
Circumstances changed since buying the amp for me, so I returned to audition the speakers again!
Now having had the 8s for a few months I'm in awe of the effortless music that my system now pours out. I love the delicate yet fulsome delivery of all sorts of music and I simply can't praise the Silver 8s enough paired with the H80. For me low level listening was important and these beauties are just as adept at rattling the windows as playing at low levels without loss of detail and poise. Very pleased indeed with the Silver 8s and have since bought Silver Centre speaker also.
I coupled the Silver 8s with a Rega Elex-R. I burned-in the speakers for a day - 24 hrs... I just can't stop listening to my Pink Floyds or alt-J or Mew collection....I made an intelligent choice across the audiophile space. So should everybody! Wow!!!!
I was originally looking at a pair of RX8s to install in my home cinema. After hearing that a new Silver line was to be released late 2013, I knew that I should wait for them. After hearing them at an in store demo, I was blown away at how spacious, clear and accurate these were. Within 30 minutes, I'd ordered the Silver 8s, Silver Centre and Silver RX surrounds.
After installation and running in they just sounded better and better. A year later, I'm still enjoying every moment of the high explosive movies, soft gentle acoustics and crystal clear pin drops!
I highly recommend the Silver 8s, amazing value for money. Mine are in gloss black. Not only to they look amazing, but they sound even better!
The Monitor Silver 8 in beautiful natural oak. Now 4 weeks at home, I'm surprised they sound better and better every day. Sparkling far above human hearing great pure mid to very low bass This sound is stunningly beautiful if you are running on low volumes and remains extremely stable and equally beautiful also on hard volumes My regular listening and compare all good brands with own CD's in many showrooms in the last years has led to the best audiophile purchase. I listen carefully to music of sometimes light classical to often heavy rock, from metal to gothic. Both high female voice - to deep male voice come purely from the speakers. You recognize any Instrument apart in the interplay. The timbre of wind instruments and string instruments is very well recognizable. Beautiful in and separate from the speakers and spread over the full width of the room. Never had such good bass lines in my room. Now I fall in love when I listen to Tarja (turunen) or other beautiful female voices. These speakers make every day enjoyable. And pick up the deepest emotion from my LP records. Thanks for such a good design and construction with such good parts, Well worth the price for the next 10 years or more. Listened to Onkyo TX-NR808, Pioneer PL-630 with Project Preamp, Onkyo BD-SP809 and Mede8er Med800X3D.
I have just replaced my trusty old Silver 8i s with a gleaming piano black pair of Silver 8s. It as if a veil has been lifted! They keep getting better as they run in.. Wonderful midrange and great balance. They work brilliantly with my Naim Unitilite. Warmly recommended.
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