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post #12211 of 12913 Old 02-24-2018, 12:53 PM
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Are the Silver 6's good for a dedicated 2 channel system? Without a sub. I just came across a good deal on a pair so curious if I should jump on this. I am in a location where I have no way to audition.
I have 6s powered by a Hegel H80 as a 2ch setup. Sounds phenomenal! What would you powering them with?

BTW, do you mind sharing details of your deal via PM please? I am looking to get the matching Silver center.

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Talking

I've asked this question else but I want to know what my fellow Monitor Audio owners have to say...

I currently have a 2.0 setup comprised of Monitor Audio Silver 6s powered by a Hegel H80. I am now starting to think about building out a 5.1 ch HT and wanted advice on whether I should

A. keep the H80 for 2ch and get an AVR for 5.1 (Denon X1400) or

B. sell the H80 and get something like the Marantz 7012 AVR for both 2ch and 5.1ch.

My priorities will be 70/30 music/movies.

I realize I have a $2000 integrated amp in the mix, so I suspect some would say that 7012 won't match it in 2ch performance. I could be wrong. I understand the argument for economies of scale and that a mainstream AVR can provide an exceptional value and performance.

I don't mean for this to start off a integrated vs AVR war as I've seen in past threads...lol

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A GFA 555 II will be powering these. Will PM you the deal.
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Hey Guys, I need advice.

I am building an atmos 5.2.4 home theater onto my existing 2 channel system and struggling to pick out my rear/ceiling speakers. I've considered a lot of different brands, but Monitor Audio's are my top choice. My front end are Magnepan 3.7i and Magnepan CCR. Subs will be (2) Rythmik F25s. Everything will be powered my Parasound Halo Amps (A51, A21, (2) JC1s). I attached a diagram of my room, X is the center of the sweet spot.

I can luckily afford a couple different options, which do you think is best and why.

Option 1) (2) Monitor Audio Gold FX in monopole operation on the R/L of the seating position, 6' and 9' feet away from sweet spot respectively. For the in-ceilings (4) CP-CT380. I am leaning a bit towards this option because of the ribbon tweeters. I don't like how both speakers are different distances apart.

Option 2) (2) Monitor Audio Gold FX in dipole operation behind the seating position flanking the window, equidistant ~6' away from sweet spot. For the in-ceilings (4) CP-CT380. I love this configuration but am not sold on dipole operation and also this does not make use of the ribbon tweeter.

Option 3) (2) Monitor Audio Silver FX in bipole operation behind the seating position flanking the window, equidistant ~6' away from sweet spot. For the in-ceilings (4) CP-CT380IDC. I like this option, but it seems like the ceiling speakers are out performing the rear surrounds.

Option 4) (4) Monitor Audio Silver FX in a 7.2.4 configuration, with two behind the seating position flanking the window, equidistant ~6' away from sweet spot and two on the R/L of the seating position, 6' and 9' feet away respectively . For the in-ceilings (4) CP-CT380. I like this option too, but might be too costly with extra install and amp costs.

Option 5) (2) Monitor Audio Gold 100 in the back R/L of the seating position, 7' feet away on speaker stands. For the in-ceilings (4) CP-CT380. I suspect this would sound the best, but my gf opposes the use of stands on the back.
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Anybody thought of using the Monitor Audio on wall speakers on the ceiling for Atmos.

The Soundframe speakers are very low profile.


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I'm surprised no one has mentioned this new bookshelf speaker called Studio. It's definitely Platinum II inspired.

https://www.monitoraudio.com/en/product-ranges/studio/


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I'm surprised no one has mentioned this new bookshelf speaker called Studio. It's definitely Platinum II inspired.

https://www.monitoraudio.com/en/product-ranges/studio/

Nice... available next month. They should be cheap, they don't come with grills
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need some help. here's my setup 7.1 config silver 8s LR, Silver center, Silver FX side and back, SVS PC12 plus, Denon AVR-X4300.

what should i cross my sub over at?
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned this new bookshelf speaker called Studio. It's definitely Platinum II inspired.

https://www.monitoraudio.com/en/product-ranges/studio/

They look very good but not available in Rosenut...... ;-)

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Do we know the retail on those?


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Do we know the retail on those?


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£1000, kef LS50 range ? but hopefully much better.
https://www.whathifi.com/news/monito...atching-stands
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I have setup a Gold front stage (C350, 300 towers) with dual SVS PB-4000s. What should the recommended crossover be? 120hz for the center, and 80 for everything else? Or 80hz across the board?
Just set it to 80Hz across the board and check how it sounds, that is how my setup is configured.

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Finally have a full MA system. I have had the front 3 for quite some time but just recently acquired the RSFX and BR1 for atmos. I am more than pleased with the whole setup.
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Finally have a full MA system. I have had the front 3 for quite some time but just recently acquired the RSFX and BR1 for atmos. I am more than pleased with the whole setup.
Very nice, oh and I like your avatar.

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Working on it.
Kal,

I just saw your review for the MA Silver 300s. Nice review!

You mentioned they are an easy load. Do you think my old school AVR that is 80 watts per channel (each channel) would be ok? I know the manufacturer recommends 80 to 200 watts. I don't listen at super loud levels or have a very large room.
The sensitivity looks pretty good at 90db and your measurement of 88db.

Strangely the measurements look very close to my Infinity Primus 360s that were measured by sterophile some time ago.

Thanks!

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Kal,

I just saw your review for the MA Silver 300s. Nice review!

You mentioned they are an easy load. Do you think my old school AVR that is 80 watts per channel (each channel) would be ok? I know the manufacturer recommends 80 to 200 watts. I don't listen at super loud levels or have a very large room...............................
Hard for me to say. I use only power amps and the most puny is rated at 120wpc.

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Hard for me to say. I use only power amps and the most puny is rated at 120wpc.
Thanks Kal,

When the time comes I might have to give it a try and see how it goes; along with any other brands I have interest in.

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Hey guys I am picking my speakers up on Friday and am super pumped to hear em in my house, but on my mind is in the near future I want to go 5.1.2, whats the best plan for that with the monitor silver series. What ive got, 300s, c350, silver fx pair and a single w12. Should I be bettor off to ceiling mount or a bookshelf unit for a front height speaker? I'm not sure what will work best. Another issue I face is my center is above my tv and above that I have about 2' more elevation is that enough for heights or will I be better off with ceiling mounts. Note I have a vaulted ceiling. I'll attach a couple pictures. When my setup comes I'll be mounting the fx down on the wall not way up like my tannoys. Thanks for any input.


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Not to bog this thread but another question. I have an rx-a2070, is it worth it to use the presence channels to bi amp my 300s? Or am I better off to just run a single feed and use those channels for presence/ceiling speakers in the near future

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Bi amp or not to bi amp (passive}, im running a yamaha rx a 2070,will i see any benefit in bi amping my 300s from the a2070 (using front or rear presence amp channels)

Thanks guys its all new to me coming from a set of m&k bookshelfs to these bad boys and some extra power!

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Bi amp or not to bi amp (passive}, im running a yamaha rx a 2070,will i see any benefit in bi amping my 300s from the a2070 (using front or rear presence amp channels)

Thanks guys its all new to me coming from a set of m&k bookshelfs to these bad boys and some extra power!

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Your limitation is the power supply in the AVR so no, bi-amping will add nothing. Bi-amping will only ever add a benefit if you use active crossovers and rip out what is fitted inside the speakers.
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Morning guys!
I've been using an AV-reciever forever, paired with a power amp for my main speakers.
Before I had a 5.1 setup with Heco Celan 800, Center 3 and Klipsch surrounds.
I sold all the speakers and got the LS50's, run these today with only the AV-reciever (Onkyo TX NR-5008).
However I'm back at wanting a bigger sound in my living room so I auditioned the Silver 300's this Monday paired with an Arcam A19.
The showroom was very noicy and one of the speakers had the terminals connected the wrong way, but after a while it got corrected and I really started liking what they produced.
So.. went to another shop where the guy not only deliveres them but also helps the customer with the placement of the speakers, testing different cables, amplifiers and so on.
Just waiting for him to text me that the speakers are on their way, a pair of Silver 300's a C350 and the FX for surround.
It will be really exciting to hear them in my home!
I'll use the AV-reciever as a start, and my previus cabling but I'm interested in what integrated amps you guys would recommend? A home cinema input would be a must.
I'm also curious what furniture you use, I would need something to hold my AV-reciever, the C350 and possibly an integrated amp and perhaps DAC.
An another thing, what units do you use for streaming?
I'm using a Philips BT adapter AEA 2700 today, is it concidered less than adequate (running coax to my reciever)?
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Morning guys!
I've been using an AV-reciever forever, paired with a power amp for my main speakers.
Before I had a 5.1 setup with Heco Celan 800, Center 3 and Klipsch surrounds.
I sold all the speakers and got the LS50's, run these today with only the AV-reciever (Onkyo TX NR-5008).
However I'm back at wanting a bigger sound in my living room so I auditioned the Silver 300's this Monday paired with an Arcam A19.
The showroom was very noicy and one of the speakers had the terminals connected the wrong way, but after a while it got corrected and I really started liking what they produced.
So.. went to another shop where the guy not only deliveres them but also helps the customer with the placement of the speakers, testing different cables, amplifiers and so on.
Just waiting for him to text me that the speakers are on their way, a pair of Silver 300's a C350 and the FX for surround.
It will be really exciting to hear them in my home!
I'll use the AV-reciever as a start, and my previus cabling but I'm interested in what integrated amps you guys would recommend? A home cinema input would be a must.
I'm also curious what furniture you use, I would need something to hold my AV-reciever, the C350 and possibly an integrated amp and perhaps DAC.
An another thing, what units do you use for streaming?
I'm using a Philips BT adapter AEA 2700 today, is it concidered less than adequate (running coax to my reciever)?
Enjoy the Silver 300's. I love mine. I also own a Cambridge CXNv2 for streaming. It's a good device. Oppo also makes a DAC/Streamer, the Sonica. The Bluesound Node 2 is another streamer that seems popular. As far as furniture, I use a Salamander S402(some assembly required) for my audio gear. Bello and BDI make media/av stands or towers, as well. https://www.bdiusa.com/entertaining

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Unhappy Underwhelmed by the Silver 6

So I purchased the Silver 6 for use mostly as a 2 channel setup. I am driving it thru an AVR - Marantz SR7001 that I procured thru a friend. I need to use an AVR for practical reasons since this is a family room setup and I need an HDMI device for running my TV, PS3 and Apple TV.

(I was initially thinking of running it thru an older Denon AVR and an Adcom 555 power amp but that did not pan out...long story).

I have this up for a week and my impressions are quite ho-hum. The Silvers dont sound like a full range speaker. In fact they sound muffled (for lack of a better term) and I wonder if that's typical during the break in period.

The Marantz is rated at 135w/channel and Marantz's are usually conservative in their grading. Haven't tried pairing the Adcom so that's another option.

Just curious what others feel but I am tempted to return this. I have always had Paradigm's and maybe their imaging and soundscape had me expecting something different.

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I am driving it thru an AVR - Marantz SR7001 that I procured thru a friend.
Did you try a factory reset on the AVR to clear all previous owners settings?
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Did you try a factory reset on the AVR to clear all previous owners settings?
Not a factory reset per se but I did re-configure the speaker settings since the earlier owner was using the AVR in a 5.1 setting.
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Not a factory reset per se but I did re-configure the speaker settings since the earlier owner was using the AVR in a 5.1 setting.
It might be best to do a factory reset then rerun room calibration with microphone in proper position(s)...

Those speaker should not sound muffled.

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Also... check to make sure the jumper plates on the back speaker terminals are tight.

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Hold down MULTI & SPEAKER A/B buttons on the front panel of your receiver simultaneously with the power turned on for 3+ seconds. *Please note ALL settings will be reset to factory default. This includes all of your digital audio and video assignments as well as your radio stations and calibration settings.

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Hey Guys, I need advice.

I am building an atmos 5.2.4 home theater onto my existing 2 channel system and struggling to pick out my rear/ceiling speakers. I've considered a lot of different brands, but Monitor Audio's are my top choice. My front end are Magnepan 3.7i and Magnepan CCR. Subs will be (2) Rythmik F25s. Everything will be powered my Parasound Halo Amps (A51, A21, (2) JC1s). I attached a diagram of my room, X is the center of the sweet spot.

I can luckily afford a couple different options, which do you think is best and why.

Option 1) (2) Monitor Audio Gold FX in monopole operation on the R/L of the seating position, 6' and 9' feet away from sweet spot respectively. For the in-ceilings (4) CP-CT380. I am leaning a bit towards this option because of the ribbon tweeters. I don't like how both speakers are different distances apart.

Option 2) (2) Monitor Audio Gold FX in dipole operation behind the seating position flanking the window, equidistant ~6' away from sweet spot. For the in-ceilings (4) CP-CT380. I love this configuration but am not sold on dipole operation and also this does not make use of the ribbon tweeter.

Option 3) (2) Monitor Audio Silver FX in bipole operation behind the seating position flanking the window, equidistant ~6' away from sweet spot. For the in-ceilings (4) CP-CT380IDC. I like this option, but it seems like the ceiling speakers are out performing the rear surrounds.

Option 4) (4) Monitor Audio Silver FX in a 7.2.4 configuration, with two behind the seating position flanking the window, equidistant ~6' away from sweet spot and two on the R/L of the seating position, 6' and 9' feet away respectively . For the in-ceilings (4) CP-CT380. I like this option too, but might be too costly with extra install and amp costs.

Option 5) (2) Monitor Audio Gold 100 in the back R/L of the seating position, 7' feet away on speaker stands. For the in-ceilings (4) CP-CT380. I suspect this would sound the best, but my gf opposes the use of stands on the back.
I'm surprised that none of the forum usuals have chimed in on this, but I'll give my tuppeny worth...


I would avoid the FX speakers these days - I have the GSFX in my 7.1 setup as the side surrounds and the original purpose of the dipole was to create a diffused non localised source (Plus I switch them using triggers to monopole for 5.1 musical audio where diffused sound is not intended). I've had them over ten years and at the time I bought them, they were more in vogue. They can still be useful in a confined environment if you have to sit too close to a speaker when it would be difficult to NOT hear every sound clearly coming from a direct radiator, which can be distracting.


However, modern audio mixing is much better, and in particular, you mention you are specifically setting up an Object Based Audio (DTS-X, Atmos etc) setup where the sound is specifically directed to be localised to one or more speakers for more "precise" as-intended audio placement. I don't think you want to obscure the object placement with out of phase speakers like Dipole, or even with bipole speakers. Direct radiating single point of source speaker cabinets will be better. The FX can be set to monopole of course, but then you are spending a lot of money to have redundant drivers.


Also, note that FX speakers by MA are Dipole or monopole only, no bipole option exists.


I find the debate over 7.2.4 and 5.2.4 difficult to choose, in your options, mainly because of the FX in the 7.2.4.
I would also throw in 7.2.2 as an option if the extra amplifier channels is an issue. I don't have any experience of ceiling or Atmos speakers to know how 2 or 4 would work, but there is so much more audio optimised for 7 surround channels (Including the audio coded into Atmos presentations) that having both rear and side surrounds makes a lot of sense. I originally had a 5.1 (with those GSFX side surrounds) and added in two GS10 for the two rear surrounds which made a big difference for sound coming from behind me. I have a feeling that being able to localise sound in a 360 degree circle around you may be more important than localising sound coming from above you with four rather than two speakers in the ceiling but maybe Atmos people can help there.
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These speakers sound badass, so 50 hrs eh for a break in before I can hammer on em? I'll just leave music on while I'm at work I guess.

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