Monitor Audio Silver 2 Bookshelf speakers

Following a conservative start to loudspeaker production, with metal dome tweeters - and then gold domes - Monitor Audio was pushing the envelope by the eighties along with the Silver 2 features merely this in a normal 25mm size. In addition, it has a metal-coned mid/ bass unit, which can be not extraordinarily small at 200mm and needs a front baffle that is fractionally broader than is fashionable today. This enormous driver was squeezed in, so the loudspeaker doesn't seem too bulbous. Gains that are actual are conferred by it; larger drivers have a tendency to get more in reservation, if implemented correctly promising higher efficiency and sounding more effortless. At 88dB, which is decent, the case of the Silver the quoted in it, plus it duly goes a lot louder with the exact same level of electricity.

The speaker comes in high gloss finishes or selected superior quality wood veneers and itself is beautifully completed. The feeling of opulence is heightened by the C CAM gold dome tweeter and the dished metal mid/woofer unit. Monitor Audio says silver-plated copper wire can be used internally, together with superior polypropylene film capacitors. The bass port sits discreetly round the back, and awesome fixed grilles will also be supplied.

Sound quality

With a sizable mid/woofer driver, this is always going to be an appealing contender, and therefore it establishes. It's an exceptional-sounding loudspeaker, blessed with lots of clarity and immediacy plus weight and depth, and its own own sound that is identifying, highly detailed. Those enormous mid/bass units don't augment its bass output particularly, but they offer a more gutsy yet relaxed presentation that is very good at carrying dynamic accents that most others miss.

Isaac Hayes' Life's Disposition is a delight. Percussion is better emphasized than most, giving a superior sense of rhythmic stream, and also the crashing keyboard cadences push out in an explicit and more arresting manner. But at the same time, the tonal innocence is such that the piano sound is magnificently carried. Behind this, violins soar in a fantastically accurate and expressive way, as well as the loudspeakers catch the drama of the fantastic tune.


The Silver 2 pushes out a broader soundstage than its rivals. It isn't far off and gives a great sense of space to records, although it can not match the KEF LS50. You drill down into the low level detail, in a sense that lots of competitors simply don't permit and can really hear inside. The Smiths' Girl Afraid is wonderfully open and detailed, but still carries the emotion within the song. Snare drums sound tight, while treble is smooth and not rugged; actual delicacy that makes competitions appear fairly ragged in comparison is revealed by the tweeter.

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