Two-Way M-T-M Speaker Array: The Monitor Audio Silver series
center-channel loudspeaker features a two-way speaker design in a M (mid)-T
(tweeter)-M (mid) speaker array. The 1" C-CAM gold dome tweeter features a
damped rear chamber and innovative dome venting technique for improved clarity
and wider operating bandwidth. The two 6" midbass drivers utilize C-CAM
technology for better damping and improved midrange clarity, plus RST technology
for improved diaphragm rigidity and reduce distortion. The C-CAM tweeter and
C-CAM/RST woofers share an audible consistency producing a smooth transition of
frequencies and a sense of realism and cohesion in the soundstage.
- 1" Tweeter: Distortion from air compression at the back of a
tweeter dome has been eliminated by Silver's new 1" C-CAM tweeter design,
which vents into a large rear-loading chamber, producing much lower
resonance and better overall damping. The frequency response from the new
tweeter is more accurate at lower frequencies for a smoother more natural
handover with the mid/bass driver. Meanwhile high frequency extension has
been improved and break-up reduced by improvements in cone geometry and
- Dual 6" Woofers: Unlike conventional cones, which incorporate a
center aperture for the voice-coil, the two 6" dimpled RST (Rigid Surface
Technology) C-CAM cones deployed by the Silver series center-channel take
the form of a continuous uninterrupted radiating dish having inherently
greater strength and area. The voice coil sits beneath and is coupled to a
larger motor by an innovative, more efficient drive assembly.
C-CAM Technology: The 1" tweeter and two 6" woofers of the
Silver series center-channel loudspeaker utilize Monitor Audio's proprietary
C-CAM speaker technology.
- C-CAM Gold-Dome Tweeter: The gold dome tweeter is
formed from a ceramic-coated aluminum/magnesium alloy, gold anodized to a
specific thickness for ideal stiffness and damping characteristics. Its new
profile and surround geometry have been developed using advanced modeling
tools, to provide the optimum qualities for accurate sound reproduction. The
new design moves the first order of breakup to beyond 35kHz, producing a
linear response way beyond audibility, which matches the wide frequency
bandwidth available from HD music and cinema sound formats. The gold dome is
thinner, lighter, more rigid and therefore more efficient than domes made
from other materials which are prone to distortion in the audio band.
- C-CAM Cone Woofer: Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium is
a material originally developed by the aerospace industry for jet engine
components. Its properties are ideal for loudspeaker cones being extremely
rigid, yet light enough to yield high overall efficiency. In manufacture,
aluminum/magnesium alloy undergoes a three-stage stress-relieving process to
remove surface deformation and molecular weakness. Once formed, the alloy
cone is subjected to a high temperature anodic coating process in which a
layer of pure ceramic alumina is depleted onto its surfaces to a depth of 50
microns, producing a completely rigid sandwich of alloy and heat-dissipating
ceramic material. Conventional cones are liable to flex or twist in
operation, producing a significant level of audible distortion. C-CAM cones
have a much higher resistance to bending stress and therefore exhibit much
greater fidelity over their entire operating range.
RST (Rigid Surface Technology): The Silver series center-channel
speaker combines Rigid Surface Technology (RST) with its C-CAM cone woofer
design for a stronger, lighter weight cone. The Rigid Surface Technology (RST)
cone profile was inspired by the Japanese art of Origami, which demonstrates how
a very light material (like paper) can be strengthened and made more rigid by
making small and precise folds on it surface. Developed and perfect using
sophisticated computer modeling (Finite Element Analysis), the Silver series
midbass drivers have been strengthened by a pattern of dimples. RST
significantly increases cone rigidity, allowing the radiating surfaces to resist
mechanical bending forces, which can twist the shape of conventional
driver cones to produce distorted sound. The strengthening effect of RST means
that Monitor Audio can use thinner, lighter and more responsive C-CM cones which
provide speed and accuracy while offering greatly reduced distortion. The RST
patterns also help to displace standing waves that can propagate on the cone's
Single Through-Bolt Mount: The tweeter and midbass woofers
are fixed to the cabinet with a single through-bolt driver fixing mount. This
single-through-bolt mount design provides mechanical de-coupling and enhanced
midband clarity and resolution. The through-bolts also act as rigid cross
bracing to give a very solid non-resonant cabinet.
Sealed MDF Enclosure w/ Magnetic Grille: The Silver Center employs a
sealed MDF enclosure for accurate, uncolored sound. Rigid 20mm MDF construction
is used throughout the enclosure with radial and cross-bracing techniques for
high rigidity and low cabinet coloration. The Silver series center-channel
speaker comes with a removable grille covered in acoustically transparent cloth.
The grille is held invisibly in place by magnets in both the grille and the
High Quality Crossover & Wiring: The Silver Center uses a high quality
crossover with premium grad polypropylene film capacitors. The speaker also
utilizes "Pureflow" silver plated OFC copper internal cabling.
Dual Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The center-channel
loudspeaker has two sets of gold-plated binding posts connected by wire-jumpers.
The gold-plated binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10 AWG), pin
connectors, spade connectors, & banana plugs (single only). Using the dual
posts, you can bi-wire or bi-amp the speaker. Bi-wiring or bi-amping the speaker
provides improved bass & treble performance. If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp,
you must remove the jumpers between the terminal posts (failure to do this could
result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).
- Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable
improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate
speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier
(the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the
lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
- Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate
amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for
greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate
amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.
Rubber Feet: Self adhesive rubber feet are provided to
prevent movement due to vibration when using the silver series loudspeaker on a
table, shelf, or stand.
Placement: The center-channel can be placed either above or
below the TV screen, and as close as possible. If positioned in a cabinet or
sitting on top of the TV, ensure that the front edge is aligned with the front
edge of the TV or shelf. Where possible, the height of the center-channel
speaker's tweeter should be close to the height of the front speakers' tweeter;
ideally all at ear level.
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