Monitor Audio

mantismantis Posts: 15,537
Hey guys,
Out of curiosity what do you guys think of the Monitor Audio line? We carry them and I think they are fantastic. They are very similar to B&W's in the sense that they have a killer mid range, beautiful top end with crystal clear highs and a tight clean pure bottom end that doesn't seem to ever bloat or boom.
I think the Silver line is beautiful affordable and a gem. The cabinets are also extremely well built for the money. I think they are one of those speaker lines out there that excel at price to performance ratio.

We have a few pairs on our showroom floor and I keep wanting to grab a pair bring them home and do a weekend in home demo and VS with my forever owned Mythos ST's.

Dan
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  • dolbyddolbyd Posts: 424
    Nice speakers.
    The silver 500 in white is on my list for my new basement room.
    I spent about 2 hours with them when I was in SoCal last month. I almost took them home. The room is about 18 months out so why not keep looking at the options.

    Take a pair home and give us an update.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,539
    edited August 2018
    Wasn't impressed by their Bronze 2 bookshelf speakers, despite all the reviews online where people love them.

    Maybe their Silver line is where things start getting good.
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,869
    edited August 2018
    Funny I was just looking at a pair of Monitor Audio Studio Compact Monitors in the AA catalog. And then looked at the Silver Series 50's too,

    I would like to hear them and some comparables. I also hear good things about the SVS Prime Bookies.

    Also interested in the KEF LS 50's.
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  • MontoyaMontoya Posts: 505
    I sell them in my store they are great speakers not too fussy about setup.
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,203
    edited August 2018
    If you can get in home demo, why they heck not try them. Thats part of the fun! The few monitor audio speakers i heard. I did like.

    Mikey, if your going to try the ls50, check the wireless version out. I preferred the ls50w over the regular ls50
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,537
    I'm absolutely re visiting this idea. Since my ST's broke I've been eager to figure out what the next chapter in my audio life is going to be.
    Dan
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  • I've had a pair of Silver RS8 towers in my main system since about 2011 that I bought new. They aren't going anywhere. I haven't heard any of the newer models though.
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,537
    I'm way into the Silver Line they impress me each and every time I listen.
    Dan
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,780
    I've had a pair of Silver RS8 towers in my main system since about 2011 that I bought new. They aren't going anywhere. I haven't heard any of the newer models though.

    Do you find the tweeter on the silver line a touch hot ? Some RS6's by me for 5 bones, I may have to check out.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,594
    tonyb wrote: »
    I've had a pair of Silver RS8 towers in my main system since about 2011 that I bought new. They aren't going anywhere. I haven't heard any of the newer models though.

    Do you find the tweeter on the silver line a touch hot ? Some RS6's by me for 5 bones, I may have to check out.

    From another forum.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,780
    Thanks Jess, ears I trust keep telling me they can be a tad bright.
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,537
    I do not, I find them to be warm inviting and very natural sounding.
    Dan
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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,673
    I had Radius 90s, I think? Nice little speakers for the money and size. I have yet to own another Monitor Audio speakers, but those little bookies left a good impression.

    Dan, have you thought about Martin Logan/Magnepan electrostats? I've never heard Magnepans, but even in Best Buy the MLs completely floored me. They're the reason I have LX16s today. :)
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 15,539
    Most maggies need a lot of room to breathe, I've heard the bigger models and they need to be way out away from boundaries. But they do sound pretty darned good.
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,231
    I never fell in love with the Monitor Audio lines until I spent some time with some Platinums. That ribbon tweeter fixes a lot of what I feel is lacking in the lower lines.
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,537
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    I had Radius 90s, I think? Nice little speakers for the money and size. I have yet to own another Monitor Audio speakers, but those little bookies left a good impression.

    Dan, have you thought about Martin Logan/Magnepan electrostats? I've never heard Magnepans, but even in Best Buy the MLs completely floored me. They're the reason I have LX16s today. :)
    Nah not my style. I like them don't get me wrong but they are not the kind of sound I can listen to for long periods of time.

    Dan
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,537
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    I never fell in love with the Monitor Audio lines until I spent some time with some Platinums. That ribbon tweeter fixes a lot of what I feel is lacking in the lower lines.


    They start with a ribbon the gold line
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  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,231
    mantis wrote: »
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    I never fell in love with the Monitor Audio lines until I spent some time with some Platinums. That ribbon tweeter fixes a lot of what I feel is lacking in the lower lines.


    They start with a ribbon the gold line

    I realize this but the gold line is still meh, IMHO.
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,211
    edited February 4
    Paging through the latest Audio Advisor, The Monitor Audio Silver 500 with the new C-CAM tweeter looks interesting. Priced at $ 1375.00 ea I wouldn't mind hearing a pair the price is very reasonable I've read good things about them.
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  • tonyb wrote: »
    I've had a pair of Silver RS8 towers in my main system since about 2011 that I bought new. They aren't going anywhere. I haven't heard any of the newer models though.

    Do you find the tweeter on the silver line a touch hot ? Some RS6's by me for 5 bones, I may have to check out.

    Not at all. I can listen to them all day long.
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,537
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    mantis wrote: »
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    I never fell in love with the Monitor Audio lines until I spent some time with some Platinums. That ribbon tweeter fixes a lot of what I feel is lacking in the lower lines.


    They start with a ribbon the gold line

    I realize this but the gold line is still meh, IMHO.
    Interesting I have found the Silver and up to be fantastic. I have really little to no experience with the Bronze line as we haven't sold any for me to check out.
    For the money I'm finding the Monitor line to be a fantastic line and I'm gonna start bringing home model to demo.

    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,537
    tonyb wrote: »
    I've had a pair of Silver RS8 towers in my main system since about 2011 that I bought new. They aren't going anywhere. I haven't heard any of the newer models though.

    Do you find the tweeter on the silver line a touch hot ? Some RS6's by me for 5 bones, I may have to check out.

    Not at all. I can listen to them all day long.


    That's kinda how I feel when I sit down and listen to them. The Silver line is really nice well balanced and for the money amazing. The Gold line is something I have to dig into more and figure out that tweeter.
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • MontoyaMontoya Posts: 505
    The new Gold line is way better than the previous gen. We are still a dealer and the speaker lineup is fantastic.
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,537
    The Gold's Tweeter is interesting.
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,537
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    I plan on spending some time at home with both of these. Floor standing or Bookshelf moving forward. My heart tells me to stay with floor standing speakers but there is something magical about a killer pair of bookshelf speakers.
    Dan
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