The new Silver W12 active subwoofer introduces a number of new design developments housed in a compact high power unit. A new 500 watt DSP controlled amplifier utilises advanced switch-mode power conversion techniques and superior processing to increase dynamic control and deliver far greater head-room. The W12’s sealed box construction ensures that this potent unity of power and control delivers tight, fast and tuneful bass all the way down to a thunderous 22Hz in a typical room set up. The sealed box, front-firing driver design makes for easy installation and EQ where close proximity to a room boundary may be necessary.
The W-12 also features Monitor Audio’s proprietary and innovative APC (Automatic Position Correction) system, which uses a microphone and test tones to identify detrimental room modes and correct frequency response for the room and position automatically. This simple and quick process will ensure perfectly optimised seismic bass quality in any room.
- Ultra long throw 12” driver featuring concave ‘dished’ C-CAM® (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) cone.
- Triple suspended driver for ultimate linearity, ensuring control at high power and long excursions.
- Oversized black anodized 3” driver voice coil provides high power handling and low distortion.
- Powerful 500 watt RMS Class-D amplifier ensures instantaneous high current delivery.
- DSP processing with driver optimisation and crossover performed digitally.
- Monitor Audio developed Automatic Position Correction® (APC) optimises response for room acoustics.
- USB input for firmware updates.
- Three pre-set EQ mode settings (Music, Movie, Impact).
- 12 volt trigger provides switching control from AV amp or processor.
- 25mm (1”) MDF construction.
- Heavy radial cabinet bracing.
- Top mounted control panel for easy access to main features.
- Selected real wood veneer or high gloss piano finishes.
Low Frequency Response
20Hz (Typical IEC room)
Upper Frequency Limit
40 - 120Hz Variable
Low Pass Filter Alignment
Active 4th order 24dB/Octave
Amplifier Power Output
Class-D amplifier with Switch mode power supply (SMPSU)
Bass EQ Profiles
1: Movie, 2: Music, 3: Impact
0 & 81 degrees
Line Level >2mV
Input Level Requirements
Standby after 20 minutes if no signal sensed
1 x 12" C-CAM® sub-woofer driver featuring triple suspension and 3" long throw voice coil
12v Trigger Input
5 - 12v via 3.5mm mono mini-jack socket
Cabinet Dimensions: (H x W x D)(Excluding Grille & Amp)
340 x 340 x 380mm
(13 3/8 x 13 3/8 x 14 15/16 inch)
Cabinet Dimensions: (H x W x D)(Including Grille & Amp & Feet)
370 x 340 x 410mm
(14 9/16 x 13 3/8 x 16 1/8 inch)
Mains Input Voltage
110 - 120 Vac / 220 - 240 Vac 50/60Hz (Electronically Auto selected)
400 Watts / 0.5 Watts in Standby (ErP approved)
20.1Kg (44 lb 4 oz)
GOING ATMOS: Hands-on With Silver Series & CT-265IDC In-Ceiling Speakers
David Susilo of WifiHifi Magazine is no stranger to the Atmos experience, having 53 Atmos commercial theatres under his belt. After reviewing our Silver series system, complete with four CT-265IDC speakers for the Atmos channel, Susilo was undeniably impressed and went on to say that Monitor Audio's set of speakers "performed closer to a true Dolby Atmos commercial theatre setup than any others I've tried. And they do that without breaking the bank." More comments are below:
"With the IDC module installed, these speakers become true three-way designs, offering superior performance and flexibility over typical two-way or fixed angle speakers."
"With the in-ceiling speakers, the imaging was amazing and the speakers almost disappeared. However, when the thunder struck, I could clearly locate the source of the thunder, but still not the speaker itself."
"I felt like I'd been 'abducted' by the aliens"
"I almost forgot I was using in-ceiling speakers instead of Atmos-enabled speakers. Yes, the dispersion angle is that wide."
"The speakers were impressive overall - it turns out the 18-degree angling capability makes a whole lot of difference for an Atmos experience. The Silver series, and especially the CT-265IDC, truly create an amazing enveloping sound."
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.”
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”.
"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 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."
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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