Silver Series: Revered by audiophiles around the globe,
Monitor Audio's award-winning Silver Series enters its sixth generation with a
host of new features that make it perform even better than previous generations.
Monitor Audio's Silver Series combines engineering excellence with fabulous
design to create an audiophile-grade hi-fi or home theatre loudspeaker. The
Silver Series loudspeakers produce abundant dynamics, rich textures, and immense
detail that allow you to enjoy absolute clarity and pinpoint imaging.
Note: The Silver Series consists of bookshelf loudspeakers (50/100),
floorstanding loudspeakers (200/300/500),
center-channel loudspeakers (C150/C350),
and a surround loudspeaker (FX),
plus a powered subwoofer (W-12)
to create a complete home theater system.
3-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker: Monitor Audio's Silver
500 floorstanding loudspeaker utilizes a 3-way driver design with a newly
designed 1" C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter, specially developed 4" C-CAM RST
midrange driver, and two new 8" C-CAM RST
"dished" long-throw woofers. The 3-way configuration allows each driver to be
optimized to do a better job over a narrower frequency. The Silver 500 delivers
class-leading midrange, while the pair of long-throw 8"bass drivers work
together to produce powerful midbass and bass from the tall, but slim cabinet
- 1" Tweeter: The newly 1" C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated
Aluminum/Magnesium) Gold Dome tweeter, features a vented Neo magnet system,
optimized for lower distortion and cleaner sounding treble. This innovative
venting technique along with a damped rear chamber improves clarity and
widens operating bandwidth.
- 4" Midrange Driver: The Silver 500 produces natural midrange
courtesy of a dedicated 4" C-CAM RST midrange driver, specially designed
with a "under-hung" voice coil and motor system. This technique ensures the
voice coil always remains in the magnetic gap under all conditions for lower
- Dual 8" Long-Throw Woofers: The ultra-compact Silver 500
introduces a completely new version of Monitor Audio's special 8" C-CAM
RST long-throw woofer with a concave "dished" cone profile for optimal damping
and improved midrange clarity. The two 8" long-throw woofers are constructed with
massive magnetic systems and cast polymer chassis capable of deep bass
extension with excellent rigidity and damping characteristics. Each C-CAM
woofer also utilizes a unique build ring/voice coil-cone coupling mechanism
(DCF), optimized to reduce high-frequency cone break-up and increase the
critical voice coil circumferential rigidity.
- High Quality Crossovers: The Monitor Audio Silver 500
employs high-quality crossovers (LF/MF=625Hz, MF/HF=3.1kHz) with premium
grade, bespoke polypropylene film capacitors, air-core and low-loss
laminated steel-core inductors to seamlessly blend the sound of the tweeter,
midrange driver, and woofers together for a natural sounding audio image. Pureflow
silver-plated OFC copper internal cabling means the highest-quality transfer
throughout the signal chain.
C-CAM Technology: C-CAM driver technology is used throughout
the Monitor Audio Silver Series loudspeaker line-up, providing coherent tonal
balance and sonic signature across the entering audio frequency spectrum.
- C-CAM Gold-Dome Tweeter: The gold dome tweeter found in
the Silver Series family of loudspeakers 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/Midrange: Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium is
used to construct the woofer cone in the Silver Series loudspeakers. C-CAM
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
500 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 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 surface.
HiVe II Bass Reflex Ports: The Silver 500 floorstanding
loudspeaker features a dual-chamber bass reflex cabinet with two rear-firing ports
for the dual 8" woofers. The dual-camber bass reflex cabinet provides greater
efficiency, better midbass detail, and bigger bass response
from a slim floorstanding speaker. The Silver 500's bass reflex enclosure
utilizes Monitor Audio's
HiVe II port design that is shaped to have the
same effect on airflow as a gun-barrel on a bullet. Rifled grooves inside the
port help to accelerate the flow and reduce turbulence, so air moves in and out
of the port more efficiently, for a faster more dynamic bass response.
Note: If the bass is too boomy, you can insert the included
foam port plugs (one or both) into the speaker's rear-firing ports to tighten and lessen the
Rigid Construction: Strategic cabinet bracing and Monitor
Audio's bolt-through technology creates an amazingly solid speaker. Not only can
it play loud and clear, it delivers an incredibly
well balanced, pure midrange for a natural sound. Design criteria ensure that
the Silver 500 will make the most of your living space by being placed close
to a wall and yet still deliver clean, punchy bass. You will only hear
well-balanced, pure midrange without ever a hint of box coloration.
- Single Through-Bolt Mount: The tweeter and woofer are
fixed to the cabinet with single through-bolt driver fixing mounts. 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.
- MDF Enclosure w/ Magnetic Grille: The Silver 500
employs a 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. In addition, the
floorstanding speaker comes with an acoustically transparent magnetic cloth
Dual Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The Silver Series floorstanding
loudspeaker has two sets of gold-plated binding posts connected by wire-jumpers.
The gold-plated binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin
connectors, & banana plugs (single only). To use banana plugs, you will need to
remove each binding post's plastic insert. 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. The binding-post speaker terminals are color-coded
(red+/black-) and are at floor-level for easy identification and hookup.
- 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.
Note: If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp the speaker, you
must remove the jumpers between the terminal posts (failure to do this could
result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).
Application: The Monitor Audio Silver Series 500
floorstanding loudspeakers can be used for the front or rear channels in a home
theater system, or standing alone in a strictly two-channel stereo system.
- Front Placement: As front channels in a home theater
setup or as a 2ch speaker system, the floorstanding loudspeaker should be
positioned so they create an equidistant triangle between the speakers and
your main listening position. The speakers should be positioned 6'-10' apart
from one another, 12"-24" from the back wall, and at least 3' from the side
walls. The speakers can be "toed" in and angled toward the main listening
position to create a more distinct stereo image.
- Rear Placement: As rear speakers in a home theater
setup, the speakers should be positioned directly to the left and right of
your main listening position, or directly behind the main listening
position. The speakers should be positioned 6'-10' apart from one another,
12"-24" from the back wall, and at least 3' from the side walls.
Outrigger Feet: The Silver Series 500 floorstanding speaker
includes four outrigger feet which will need to be installed and screwed into
the bottom of the speaker cabinet (hardware included). Each outrigger assembly
comes with a rubber foot installed for hardwood, tile, laminate, and vinyl
flooring. Spike feet are also included for carpeted flooring. The spike feet
screw into the bottom of the rubber feet. A knob and locking nut on each of the
outriggers allow you to adjust the level of the speaker once it is set in place.
- Dimensions with Rubber Feet: 11.5625" (w) x 42.25" (h) x
- Dimensions with Spike Feet: 11.5625" (w) x 42.875"
(h) x 14.375" (d)
Note: Do not use the speakers without the outrigger feet
installed. The feet add greater stability and aid in higher quality sound
The rubber feet and spike feet cannot be used without the outriggers