These are not oafish, unsubtle loudspeakers with feet of clay and manners to match. They are, rather, big-hearted and generous partners with a sense of fun and musicality. They can raise their game when called upon to do so, but they can just as easily work within a modest system, and get more out of it than you might have expected. They will reward attention to partnering equipment and setup, and are more than capable of telling you, for example, when you’ve installed a more suitable cable. They don’t obsess about fine detail, preferring the bold, broad strokes that get your attention. I wouldn’t argue against that approach – too many systems give detail without supplying context or meaning for it; in those circumstances, you’re frankly better off without the distraction.
What I did find, during my time with the Monitor Audio Silver 8s, was that I often just put on music and enjoyed the experience. Outside of the reviewing sessions, I didn’t spend my time listening critically; I just went with the flow of the music. And that was really easy to do because the speaker doesn’t demand constant attention and fussing over; it just is what it is. And that’s no bad thing.
Type: 3-Way, floorstanding loudspeaker with twin bass reflex ports
Driver complement: 2x 6.5” C-CAM, RST bass drivers; 1 x 4” C-CAM, RST mid-range driver; 1 x 1” (25 mm) gold dome C-CAM tweeter
Crossover frequencies: 500Hz; 2.7KHz
Frequency response: 32Hz-35KHz
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Dimensions (HxWxD): 100 x 18.5 x 30cm
Weight: 23.3Kg (each)
Finishes: Black Oak, Natural Oak, Rosenut, Walnut real wood veneers; black or white high-gloss lacquer
Price: £1,250 /pair (£1,375 for high gloss finishes)
Manufacturer: Monitor Audio Ltd,
Tel: +44 (0) 1268 740580