Originally Posted by Bacovish
Well over the weekend i did some traveling and came across a little home audio storefront. Decided to stop for a break. They had a pair of silver 10 set up for demo so I said why not. I forget what concert disk he put in because frankly I was trying to figure out exactly what I was hearing. For one they get extremely loud. Sounded like I was at a concert. Very detailed,crisp,open,the highs were bright but not harsh or fatiguing, excellent midrange. Unfortunately they had no center so I couldn't really give them a whirl for HT. I'm surprised these speakers aren't little more popular. I guess because maybe the price and the lack of home audio stores these days.
For you guys with these speakers how do they perform at low volume for HT. Does the silver 10 center offer the same sound as the towers? I have a huge open floor plan with vaulted ceiling and have carpet with no wall treatments...will these get super bright on me. With one word please describe these speakers in your set up and a breif description of your lay out. The room I listened to them and my room are the opposite lay out.
I have the Silver 8's which are supposedly more similar to the 10's than to the 6's. I was very unimpressed with the Silver 6's but the 8's are really nice. The biggest difference with from the 6's was midrange, I was especially comparing female vocals, the 8's are very clear across that range.
I was especially interested in their response at lower volumes, most speakers don't "wake up" until significantly driven. These come up very smoothly with full frequency range reproduction even at very low level and little tonal balance change as the level increases. The only other speakers I've heard below the price of the MA Silvers that do this properly are QA 3020's and 3050's
I found that the 8's required some space behind them, minimum 18" from the wall with or without foam bungs. I did a bunch of REW measurements afterwards and the responses seem to agree with my by ear positioning.
My dealer was dubious about letting me hear the 8's as I'm in an apartment, room is ~15'x14'. They said the 8's need a bit of space around them and the 10's especially so.
The Silver center is very disappointing, I was close to returning mine, I bought it unheard under the mistaken assumption that it would match the 8's in some way or other, it doesn't. It's not completely horrible, most of my initial distaste was caused by my Yamaha 3050's YPAO trying to correct for it's holes in the vocal range, once I removed the over enthusiastic correction it sounded ok but only ok. I've tried virtual center which sounds great from the center seat but isn't really practical for everyone else.
I'd love another 8 as center but my screen is a screen painted wall so no chance to do that. I'm hoping the rumoured 3 way new silver center will be more Silver 8 than Silver 6. I think the current Center would match ok with the Silver 6's.
The 8's are very efficient but present a 4ohm load (as I believe the 10's do) my Yamaha 3050 wasn't really man enough at 4 ohm so I drive my LCR from an oldie but still goodie Sony STR 930 and let the Yamaha do everything else for 7.2.4.