Immense Dynamic Headroom and Bass Depth
The Monitor Audio Silver RX2 is designed as an audiophile compact two-way speaker, having the efficiency and bandwidth of a much larger speaker, while being easier to position around the home. It offers extended high frequencies to resolve hidden detail, coupled with immense dynamic headroom and bass depth, so that all the delicacy and drama of your favorite music and film sound is revealed.
The Monitor Audio Silver RX2 is a compact two-way speaker using a rear ported bass reflex with HiVe II port system. It boasts an 8" C-CAM RST cone mid-bass driver and a 1" C-CAM gold dome tweeter.
"A Classy, High-Quality Package"
"If you're in the market for a new home-theater speaker system, or even a pair of stereo speakers that offer a genuine taste of the high end in a classy, high-quality package, you owe it to yourself to give the Silver RX system a serious audition," notes Aron Garrecht in his June 2010 review for Soundstage Network. "Highly recommended!"
Ceramic-Coated Aluminum Magnesium Drivers
By refining its computer-aided Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Monitor Audio has developed new ways to shape its core driver material for even greater fidelity. C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) is very light and very strong, and so is ideal for the driver cones.
Monitor Audio's C-CAM gold dome tweeter now extends high frequency performance to beyond 35 kHz, enabling you to enjoy the full potential of current and future wide-band HD audio and home theater formats. A newly damped rear chamber provides greater control for a smoother more accurate response.
Advanced FEA simulations have also helped the process of fine tuning the RST (Rigid Surface Technology) C-CAM mid-bass drivers, originally created for Monitor Audio's celebrated Gold Reference speakers and now incorporated by the Silver RX range. Their super-stiff dimpled profiles are more resistant to break-up under high drive conditions and so produce a wider range of purer frequencies. Each driver's rigid, non magnetic cast polymer chassis is vented to improve airflow cooling and to equalize pressure around the driver motor, resulting in the ability to play louder and cleaner.
Bolt-through Driver Design
Single bolt-through driver fixings have the dual effect of improving cabinet rigidity while further reducing vibration at the driver/cabinet interface. By this innovative method, drivers are mounted on a single tensioned through-bolt, which is secured to the back of the cabinet. The bolt not only acts as a rigid cabinet brace to reduce box coloration, it removes the need for conventional driver fixings as well, effectively decoupling the driver and baffle to eliminate another source of unwanted resonance. The result is a more fluid communication of mid-range frequencies, and with the absence of front driver fixings, a cleaner more refined overall appearance, especially in tandem with RX's 'invisible' magnetic grille location.
HiVe II (High Velocity) Reflex Port
Developed for the flagship Gold Signature range, the HiVe II reflex port is shaped to have the same effect on airflow as a gun-barrel on a bullet. Rifled groves inside the port help to accelerate the flow and reduce turbulence, so that air moves in and out of the port more efficiently for a faster more dynamic bass response.
"The RX series system perfectly reproduced the four different sounds in Fast and Furious (roaring engines, squealing tires, throbbing music, and pummeling of lowlifes by Vin Diesel). Had I been blindfolded for this test, I'd have thought I was listening to a high-end system designed for a 25-seat home theater."
- Brent Butterworth, Sound + Vision, May 2010
"Time and again over the past few months I've been thoroughly impressed by Monitor Audio's Silver RX system, and will be sad to see them leave. My experiences of music, and especially of movie, through these speakers have left me with a strong impression: This system has the uncanny ability to make possible an emotional connection to the sounds it reproduces."
"If you're in the market for a new home-theater speaker system, or even a pair of stereo speakers that offer a genuine taste of the high end in a classy, high-quality package, you owe it to yourself to give the Silver RX system a serious audition. Highly recommended!"
- Aron Garrecht, Soundstage Network, June 2010
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This is a great pair of speakers. I use them as a stereo pair in my living room where they reside in an open-back cabinet. I have a large CD collection and was looking for full-bodied sound without resorting to tower speakers, and the Monitor Silver RX2s can really deliver the bass that I love, no subwoofer needed. To refer to them as compact is misleading, as they will be too large for most speaker stands with smallish platforms; I used hefty square bar stools for early auditioning. I listen to a wide variety of mostly acoustic music such as orchestral, jazz, big band, folk, bluegrass and choral. All of it is well fleshed-out with these speakers. Albums such as the Jackson Browne/David Lindley live album Love is Strange, World of Trombones by Slide Hampton, Aereo-Plain by John Hartford, In the Digital Mood by the Glenn Miller Band, the a cappella O Magnum Mysterium by Morton Lauridsen, all sounded better than I have ever heard them before. They also really rocked out with Fat Man in the Bathtub by Little Feat, and another favorite, Etta James singing Ball & Chain from the Janis Joplin tribute album Blues Down Deep. Just last night it was Appalachia Waltz with Mark OConnor, Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. Magnificent sound, mesmerizing. I dont have an unlimited budget but I am a speaker nut and am very happy with these under-$1,000 speakers, which replaced a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 9.2 speakers, quite good in their own right. I am driving them with a Pioneer 5.1 AV receiver in stereo mode. I am nearing retirement age and expect to live happily with the Silver RX2s for many years to come. Highly recommended!
|- Dennis H, IN|