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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.

Features

  • New C-CAM® 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.
  • Dual 6” bass drivers featuring concave ‘dished’ C-CAM cone profile - better damping and improved mid-range clarity.
  • RST® cone profile, for improved diaphragm rigidity and reduced distortion.
  • Three-way configuration allows drivers to be optimised to deliver better overall performance.
  • New 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.

Specification

ItemValue
System Format: 3 Way
Frequency Response: 32Hz - 35kHz
Sensitivity (1W@1M): 90dB
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
MF/HF: 2.7kHz
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)
Individual Weight: 23.33 Kg (51 lb 6oz)

Finishes

  • Black Oak Real Wood VeneerBlack Oak Real Wood Veneer
  • Walnut Real Wood VeneerWalnut Real Wood Veneer
  • Rosenut Real Wood VeneerRosenut Real Wood Veneer
  • High Gloss Black LacquerHigh Gloss Black Lacquer
  • High Gloss White LacquerHigh Gloss White Lacquer

Technology

Gold Dome C-CAM®

Gold Dome C-CAM®

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.

HiVe II Port Technology

HiVe II Port Technology

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.

RST®

RST®

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.

Magnetic Grille Fixing

Magnetic Grille Fixing

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.

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July 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

 

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June 2014

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

 

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December 2013

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."

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User Reviews

Average user rating: 2.5 (from 2 reviews)

  • Review Rating: No Rating

    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)

  • Review Rating: 5

    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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