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post #1 of 322 Old 04-27-2005, 10:32 AM - Thread Starter
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Searching the speaker forum for this produces no hits. I know they have been discussed here. I am considering these, and the price is right with the new line coming soon.
Monitor Audio Silver owners and auditioners, I would appreciate any comments or opinions on these speakers strengths, weaknesses, and overall characteristics. Looking at either S6+S1, or two pairs of S6, along with their matching center.
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I bought the Silver 6's about 3 months ago and couldn't be happier. They have a really clean high end and reproduce vocals extremely well. I was listening to Nick Drakes- Pink Moon album last night and it sounded fantastic. Clean non-fatiguing sound. I use them for a little HT also. The vocal imaging is great. I watched the Incredibles with my daughter the other night and ever sound came from the exact area of the screen that you would expect...almost eerie...If you're into low bass then pair them up with a nice 12 and you'll be set(I have the Dayton DVC 12) The midbass is very clean and fast. I listen to a lot of electonica and the synths sound fantastic...I bought mine for about $500(they were the floor models) and have them paired with my HK 630...they sound even better with my Crown XLS 402, but I'm using it to power my sub until I have the money to get a plate amp...The dedicated amp def. opens them up especially when you push them at a higher volume..Cheers
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Have you guys compared them to the Golds. I can get an open box pair for $950, which still may be out of my budget. Wsdavies, you mentioned loud volume levels. How do the silvers do at higher volumes?

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ml, see these threads: (if the links don't work for you, just copy and paste them into another browser)

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=530386&highlight=silver

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=530579
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I am also really interested in the MA silvers
I know everyones opinion is different but what other speakers to they sound similar too?
Is the new RS series going to just be a cabinet change or will they sound different/improved?
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I picked up a pair a silver s10 and lcr center last week and absolutely love the sound. IMO they are detailed without being bright(to me bright means harsh). I've listened at loud level and they never seem to be fatiguing. The bas is really strong, tight and punchy on the s10. When I was auditioning speakers I auditioned the following and the MA won me over.

Paradigm Studio 60 v3
Paradigm Studio 100 v3
Klipsch RF-7
B&W 604s3
B&W 703

Here's some links to sites that have some MA talk. Just search for "Monitor Audio"

One of the links is a review of MA and several other speaker someone did. even though it's the Axiom forum there's MA talk.
http://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/sho...w=&sb=&o=&vc=1
http://www.avforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=45

If you go with MA and can't find a dealer let me know. I got mine from an Authorized dealer off the Monitor Audio web site. He gave me 22% off and will ship. By the way I'm not affiliated with the dealer in any way. I just thought I'd try and help you out.

Also while I was with the dealer he gave me a brochure of the new RS line and one with the silver line. If you look at the specs only the cabinet sizes are different on the RS6 vs. S6 and RS8 vs. S8. the two brochures show every other spec the same right down to the weight of the speakers when comparing RS to S. If you go to the MA site and look a th e specs for the RS6 http://www.monitoraudio.com/products...techspecs1.htm and the S6 http://www.monitoraudiousa.com/produ.../series/s6.htm you can see for yourself that all the specs are the same. The MA site has a misprint and list the weight of the S6 as 26lbs, but the brochure says 40lbs just like the RS6.

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I spent a lot of time yesterday listening to the S2 bookshelves, and I think I will take advantage of the closeout pricing of the S line as opposed to waiting for the RS line to come out. I have one concern though. The S2 have 7" drivers, while the silver center channel has two 6" drivers. The website says they are all timbre matched (of course they are going to say that). Does anyone have any experience with this combo. If the match is not going to be right, I will forgo the deal and wait for the RS line.

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I spent a lot of time yesterday listening to the S2 bookshelves, and I think I will take advantage of the closeout pricing of the S line as opposed to waiting for the RS line to come out. I have one concern though. The S2 have 7" drivers, while the silver center channel has two 6" drivers. The website says they are all timbre matched (of course they are going to say that). Does anyone have any experience with this combo. If the match is not going to be right, I will forgo the deal and wait for the RS line.

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Hey Greg,

Where did you see them on sale at closeout prices?
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Hi Kris,

Good Guys has them discounted. The S2 is normally $750 and is now going for $562 and the Silver Center is normally $600 is now $450. I know the S1 is cheaper as well but I am not sure for how much. I am sure the floorstanding speakers are as well.

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Ive been waiting for them to go on sale at the GG for a while. I called and sure enough they ahve them discounted on closeout at 25% Pretty dissapointing being that my buddy and I have bought MA from them at 20-25% off in the past when they werent on special. I may just wait a couple weeks for the RS series and get a similar discount.
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I can certainly wait if that discount can be had for the RS Series at GG. Did you just ask for it, or did you wait until they had a sale?
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Loved the S6, also heard the S2 which wasn't bad either!

I'm not sure what its worth, but when shopping for speakers I listened to Paradigms Studio-100 v2 for a while and while not being bad, I wasn't crazy or overly excited about them... The S6 were right next to them and I asked if it was possible to plug them in. What I felt at the time, (can't really explain it too well), was that the Digms sounded good, but something sounded a bit off to my ears... But I couldn't really put my hands on it, until the S6's started to play. I almost instantly noticed the trebble, I thought MA's was much smoother... Overall, much nicer presentation IMHO. Some have said its the 'british sound'. Whatever it was I liked it very much Had I not bougth Totems I'd probably have ended up with MA's
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I've owned, for over a year now, a 7.1 Monitor Audio Silver setup with S8 fronts and I think the fronts are wonderful. However, the LCR has been very sensitive to placement and orientation. I now have the LCR oriented vertically at almost the same height as the two fronts and this has made things much better. The surrounds are decent for movies, but maybe not as good for music where the demand tends to be greater. The surrounds might behave better at ear-level instead of hanging near the ceiling.

I have not listened to the Gold series speakers, as they were out of my price range at the time, but I have heard that the Gold series are a noticeable step above the Silver series. So I would go for them over the Silver series if you can afford it. Plus, the Gold center is supposed to perform better than the Silver center.

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Did you just ask for it, or did you wait until they had a sale?

I just bullied the sales guys for a little while
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Well I did it.

I got Good Guys to come down some more. I bought the S2 for $499 and the SLCR center for $399 (I actually went with an open box center and they did $350, but $399 was the price for new). I feel I got a great deal on speakers I really like.

By the way, I have read some reviews where they advised to take off the metal protective grill that surrounds the tweeter. Has anyone tried this?

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Greg,
I picked up my s10 and lcr not long ago and my dealer told me to remove the metal grill over the tweeter. I gave it a try and they seem to have a better soundstage without the metal grill.

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How did you remove the grill?
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How did you remove the grill?

The instructions are on their website. You can use a pin or bluetak. It's only held on by magnetic force but be warned that as you try to pull it off it can VERY EASILY be pulled back into the tweeter damaging it.
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Here's a link:http://www.monitoraudio.com/faqs/8.htm

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What center channel speaker are you guys using with your Silver line
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I'm using the silver SLCR with the s10. The LCR is a very clear center and goes down to 45hz. I haven't noticed and sibilance with it and voices really stand out.

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Is anyone else using a different center with their Silver line?
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When I had them I used the SLCR. It is an amazingly good and detailed CC.
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I was thinking of getting 5 SLCR's to use with a Pioneer 53TX and an Adire Rava subwoofer. Any opinions?
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I think if you have the space, it would be a great choice. The SLCR is a sealed box design that has a +-3 db of 45hz. You would have a very easy time blending it with a sub.

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What amps/recievers mate well with the MA silvers? Im going to be picking up a set of the new RS6's and LCR in the next week or two
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I'm using a Sherwood p-965 pre amp with a Rotel RMB 1095(200x5) combined with MA silver s10 speakers, and find this to be a nice combination. I consider the Sherwood to be neutral and the Rotel amp to be just a little warm. The s10s are detailed without being bright with this combination and no sign of sibilance or listener fatigue, while the setup is very detailed.

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I would also add HK, Marantz, and NAD.
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I have an Integra 6.5 with my S6's
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I am using the HK DPR2005 with my S2's and love it.
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