The incredible Silver 500 floorstander from Monitor Audio features a pair of powerful, long-throw 8-inch C-CAM bass drivers in each cabinet, delivering punchy bass right down to an earth-shaking 30 Hz alongside exquisite treble and captivating mid-range.
OUR VERDICT - Okay, you caught us out - This verdict is the same as the rest of the Silver range, that's because Monitor Audio have worked their magic to provide the same tonality and experience with each speaker. The only thing that changes as you go through the Monitor Audio Silver range is the size of the speaker and the size of the performance it provides.
The Silver 300's performance isn’t short of energy. Echoing their premium siblings musicality, detail retrieval and scale. We start with the Kylie Minogue Abbey Road Sessions Album. The songs recorded on this album include her mainstream pop hits but they are presented in a more grown up, seductive fashion. Not only is this album beautifully recorded but it also has flitting tempos and stereo interplay which make for great tests of timing and rhythmic aptitude.
There’s never a dull moment as the instrumental parts switch between guitar strums and playful bass lines. while the vocals consist of sensual nuances.
The Monitor Audio Silver 500's keep it all in check, clocking different dynamic signatures and tracking overlapping instruments in a spacious, orderly soundstage so that nothing feels like a mere footnote. It’s an interesting delivery, and the MA's demonstrate their adaptability as we jump between genres.
Even with something from Daft Punk – whose ambient sounds could easily be deemed uninteresting when heard through dynamically flat speakers – the Monitor Audio Silver 500's have the subtlety to pick out textures and discern dynamics without combing over intricacies.
With effortless concentration they ride the tracks undulating waves of techno beats, taut punchy and punctual through the Silver 500's woofers. The Monitor Audio's ability to anchor the deepest, most foreboding notes allows them to communicate threat and peril effectively.
Monitor Audio have also thought about how the speakers will look in your chosen room, if you like the look of the distinctive drivers then leave them naked. The Monitor Audio Silver 500's are available in White, Black, Rosewood, Natural Oak and Walnut finishes meaning that whatever your chosen style of decor the MA's are sure to complement it. - Thoroughly Recommended.
The full three-way design delivers class-leading mid-range, while a pair of long-throw 8-inch bass drivers work together to produce incredible power, making it the perfect choice for serious audiophile Hifi and AV installations.
The three-way configuration allows each driver to be optimised to do a better job over a narrower frequency band; the only real way to deliver elevated performance in every respect. Superlatively natural mid-range comes courtesy of a dedicated 4-inch driver, specially designed with ‘under hung’ voice coil and motor system. This technique ensures the voice coil always remains in the magnetic gap under all conditions for demonstrably lower distortion than usually found at this level – an advance which can be immediately heard.
Coupled with higher overall impedance and better overall system damping, the cabinet can be placed close to a wall. However, this is a serious audiophile speaker, capable of delivering seismic levels of bass extension. For optimum performance, a distance of just 12 inches (30 cm) is needed between the speaker and wall, allowing the system to breathe and perform optimally. High overall sensitivity makes this new Silver 500 easy to drive with a modest, high-quality amplifier delivering precise, dynamic music or film to fill a large room.
- Three-way, four driver configuration (both electrically and acoustically) allows drive units to be optimised to deliver high efficiency and lowest distortion
- Bespoke 25 mm C-CAM, (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) tweeter featuring vented Neo magnet system optimised for lower distortion and cleaner-sounding highs
- Specially-developed 4-inch mid-range driver with ‘under hung’ voice coil and motor system so the voice coil is always in the magnetic gap ensuring incredibly low distortion
- Dual 8-inch bass drivers with ‘dished’ C-CAM cone profile for better damping and improved mid-range clarity
- RST Cone profile for improved diaphragm rigidity and lower distortion
|Frequency Response||30 - 35 kHz|
|Bass Driver||200mm C-CAM RST x 2|
|Mid Driver||100mm C-CAM RST x 1|
|Treble Driver||25mm C-CAM Gold|
|Sensitivity||90 dB ( 1W @ 1M )|
|Power Handling||250 Watts|
|Nominal Impedance||8 Ohm Compatible|
|Dimensions||1083 x 297 x 367 MM ( H x W x D )|
|Weight (Each)||22.8 Kg|