Monitor Audio Silver 300 Loudspeakers
Starting 2018 off with a bang, Monitor Audio's Silver 300 received the prestigious PRODUCT OF THE YEAR award from The Absolute Sound! In the January issue (issue 279) of the magazine, Robert Harley described the Silver 300 as having "a compelling array of musical virtues". This included, "terrific speed on transients, effortless reproduction of dynamics, and overall sense of musical coherence." The bass was also praised, with Robert saying it is "detailed and resolved, providing a clear sense of pitch."
The Monitor Audio Silver 300 floorstander retains the familiar award-winning configuration of its predecessor, with several crucial improvements to drivers. The full three-way design delivers class-leading mid-range, while a pair of long-throw 6½-inch bass drivers work together to produce incredible power from the tall, but slim cabinet design, making it the perfect choice for serious audiophile and AV installations.
The three-way configuration allows each driver to be optimised to do a better job over a narrower frequency band; the only real way to deliver elevated performance in every respect. Superlatively natural mid-range comes courtesy of a dedicated 4-inch driver, specially designed with ‘under hung’ voice coil and motor system. This technique ensures the voice coil always remains in the magnetic gap under all conditions for demonstrably lower distortion than usually found at this level – an advance which can be immediately heard.
Coupled with higher overall impedance and better overall system damping, the cabinet can be placed close to a wall. However, this is a serious audiophile speaker, capable of delivering seismic levels of bass extension. For optimum performance, a distance of just 12 inches (30 cm) is needed between the speaker and wall, allowing the system to breathe and perform optimally. High overall sensitivity makes this new Silver 300 easy to drive with a modest, high-quality amplifier delivering precise, dynamic music or film to fill a medium to large room.
Alan Sircom reviewed the Silver 300 in the October issue of HiFi+, and called them "expressive, dynamic, and most of all, fun". He said, "both the bass and the rhythmic qualities of the speaker work together beautifully".
Frequency Response (-6 dB)
32 Hz – 35 kHz
3.5 ohms @ 146 Hz
116 dBA (pair)
Power Handling (RMS)
Recommended Amplifier Requirements
80 – 200 W
Bass reflex. HiVe II port system
LF/MF: 570 Hz
MF/HF: 3.5 kHz
Drive Unit Complement
2 x 6-inch C-CAM RST bass driver
1 x 4-inch C-CAM RST mid-range driver
1 x 1-inch (25 mm) C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter
Cabinet Dimensions (Excluding Grille and Terminals)
1000 x 185 x 300 mm
(393/8 x 75/16 x 1113/16-inch)
External Dimensions (Including Grille and Terminals)
1000 x 185 x 329 mm
(393/8 x 75/16 x 1215/16-inch)
External Dimensions (Including Out-Rigger Plates, Feet and Spikes)
1034 x 252 x 367 mm
(4011/16 x 915/16 x 147/16-inch)
Uses an M10, 1.25 thread for the feet.