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.
Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: Monitor Audio's Silver 50
bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a two-way driver design with a newly designed 1"
C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter and a new 5.25" C-CAM RST midbas concave "dished" woofer.
Powerful magnets in the Silver 50 drive large, 32mm voice-coils to ensure
impressive power handling and incredibly low distortion.
- 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.
- 5.25" Woofer: The ultra-compact Silver 50 introduces a completely new version of Monitor
Audio's special 5.25" C-CAM RST midbass woofer with a concave "dished" cone
profile for optimal damping and improved midrange clarity. The 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. A cast polymer driver chassis design provides improved rigidity and damping
- High Quality Crossover: The Monitor Audio Silver 50
employs a high-quality crossover (3,000Hz) with premium grade, bespoke
polypropylene film capacitors, air-core and low-loss laminated steel-core
inductors to seamlessly blend the sound of the tweeter and woofer 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: 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 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 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 Port: The Silver 50 bookshelf
loudspeaker uses a bass reflex cabinet (rear-firing port) with Monitor Audio's
HiVe II port design for greater efficiency and bigger bass response from a
compact bookshelf speaker. The HiVe II bass reflex port 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 plug into the speaker's rear-firing port 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 louder and cleaner than its
size suggests, it delivers an incredibly well balanced, pure midrange for a
natural sound. Design criteria ensure that the Silver 50 will make the most of
smaller living spaces 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 50 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 bookshelf speaker comes
with an acoustically transparent magnetic cloth grille.
Dual Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The Silver Series bookshelf
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.
- 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).
Applications: The Monitor Audio Silver Series 50 bookshelf
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.
- Placement Options: As front channels in a home theater
setup or as a 2ch speaker system, the bookshelf 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, 6"-12" from the back wall, at least 3' from the side
walls, and at ear level in your seated listening position. The speakers can
be "toed" in and angled toward the main listening position to create a more
distinct stereo image. 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 and 6'-10'
- Mounting Options: The Silver Series 50 bookshelf loudspeaker
comes with self-adhesive rubber feet to prevent movement and vibration on top of
a table, shelf, or stand. The rubber feet add approximately 0.125" to the
overall height of the speaker. Optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting
brackets (sold separately - see accessories tab) can be used to wall mount the
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