Monitor Audio Silver Center
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Beautiful finish and amazing sound
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Item # 893SLVRCB | MFR # SILVERCENTERB
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Looking for big center channel sound? Monitor Audio made the Silver Center surprisingly compact without sacrificing sonic integrity. You'll hear crisp dialogue, engaging special effects, and a seamless soundstage that extends across a broad seating area. It's the perfect accompaniment for any Monitor Audio Silver series home theater system.
All of the Silver series speakers incorporate Monitor Audio's gold dome tweeter for smooth, detailed highs. The domes are made from a ceramic-coated aluminum/magnesium alloy developed originally by the aerospace industry for jet engine components. Then they're anodized with a layer of gold for ideal stiffness and damping characteristics. Their extremely low mass and high rigidity allow these tweeters to play accurately far beyond the range of human hearing with little to no audible distortion.
The Silver Center's two ultra-rigid 6" mid/bass drivers deliver tight, powerful bass and clean, accurate midrange. Created from the same lightweight alloy as the tweeters, these drivers are strengthened and stiffened even further by adding a pattern of dimples to the surface of the cone. The dimples help resist bending and twisting that cause distortion while allowing the use of thinner, lighter, more responsive cones.
Monitor Audio speakers have long been known for their sturdy, vault-like cabinet construction. The Silver Center's enclosure is built solid to resist vibration that can color sound and reduce accuracy. The exterior comes clad in a beautifully finished real walnut, rosenut, or black oak wood veneer. An attractive "floating" magnetic grille that features invisible attachments gives the Silver Center a clean, classic look whether you use it with the grille on or off.
Average Customer Review(s):
Beautiful finish and amazing sound
Mediocre. Much smaller sound than the R/L speakers of the same series. Very disappointed
Cons:Crutchfield response on 7/19/2017 We're sorry you're disappointed with your speaker. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
Had the Monitor Audio Silver 8's, so purchased to match them. This center's clarity is significantly better than my previous $250 center. I am lifelong customer of Crutchfield and will continue to be. High praises for Cosmo; I will continue to rely on him for my future needs!
Pros: Clarity, build, and customer service at Crutchfield!
With so many options available at Crutchfield and after studying all my options and tech reviews, I finally decided on two brands for my new center speaker. I knew in advance that Monitor Audio Silver line was their sweet spot for price/quality, but I needed someone to guide me on my major upgrade. Crutchfield customer service was awesome once again: no sales pitch, no pressure, just good guidance and great tech know how. This speaker is a sealed enclosure type with a high end beautiful finish. As I expected, the sound is outstanding and I noticed right away an improved voice definition with clear dialogue. This is serious sound: powerful and imposing. I am very pleased that I went this route. The speaker is not cheap but I have learn trough the years that is wiser to invest in quality rather than buying stuff cheap repeatedly. Highly recommended.
Pros: High quality
I love the Monitor Audio products. I have the Silver 10 for the front two speakers and was using a radius center channel which sounded good but could tell they didn't all match. After hooking up the silver center,there is a little bit of a calming feeling. They all just seem to all blend together.( Which is what they are suppose to do). Just goes to show how important it is to match all speakers as closely as possible. Great speaker,Great Manufactuer and of course Crutchfield delivered as promissed as they always do.
Pros: Perfect match for the silver 10's
Cons: A little on the pricey side but you pay for what you get
Great sound. Upgraded from the Radius 225. Great voice and sound effects. Low end is awesome as well
Pros: Great sound for home theater
The Monitor Silver Center replaced a Def Tech ProCenter 1000, which was wall mounted above the TV, which itself is above a fireplace mantel. Because my front speakers are floor standers, there was quite a soundstage disconnect - dialog was not aligned properly on a horizontal plane. I had center speaker size and enclosure-type limitations due to the new location (in the fireplace), and the specs for the Monitor Silver Center fit my needs - not too tall or deep, and with a sealed enclosure. It turned out to be a perfect fit and, more importantly, the sound is outstanding. I agree with other reviewers who comment on the improved soundstage. Even before the recommended 40+ hours of run-in time, this speaker sounds great. Now I'm considering replacing my new Paradigm 75F front speakers. Love Crutchfield's service, and I love this new center speaker.
Pros: Great sound. Solidly built. Perfect for my application.
Cons: None as of this review.
I have silver 6 towers and center channel blends perfectly.
Pros: Good center sound stage
Cons: Pricy compared to other centers with similar specs. I only purchased so center channel matched my towers
Perfectly blends Center soundstage for silver six towers highly recommend
Pros: Perfectly matched soundstage
Cons: None but a little pricey
I honestly don't have much experience with center channels. I went from a super cheap small center channel to this. It does sound very nice. Speech is intelligible. The sound and look match my Monitor Auido Silver 6 speakers. The finish is beautiful. I love how the look is nice and not flashy.
Pros: Beautiful finish. Smooth sound.
Cons: Looks big next to my Silver 6 speakers. Not a big deal. The manual says you have to run the speakers at lower volumes for 60 hours before you can really blast them. So you cannot fully enjoy them out of the box. I wish they would do this step in the factory. Otherwise, I'd be able to comment on the sound more right now.
Bought this center speaker to match my Silver R6 towers. Excellent sound quality and build quality. I highly recommend Monitor Audio products!
Great clear transparent sound. Connected to a Denon AVR 4100W and 2 Monitor Audio Silver 6. Also Beautiful walnut finish - furniture grade! I've had other comparably priced wall mount units from other manufacturers and they were somewhat disappointing. This unit is great - very transparent sound stage and clear. Very Happy with it. Great voice definition and music also sounds great. Crutchfield delivery was 3 days from order to delivery - Super fast, wish every company had this kind of service!
Pros: Great sound and beautiful furniture grade cabinet.
Cons: Wish i had ordered it earlier
The first thing I noticed after set-up was the tremendous improvement in the sound stage. It solidly anchors dialogue, music. Weighing in at approx. 20 lbs. the sound is robust and authoritative. This was a major upgrade for me and I am not disappointed .
Pros: Sleek nice piano black finish.
|Midrange size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer size (inches)||6|
|Frequency Response||45-35k Hz|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
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.
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.
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 surface.
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 cabinet.
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).
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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I choose this to go with my Silver 6 and also for improved dialogue over my current Polk speakers. [ Bradley May 20, 2017 ]
Excellent reviews, solid audio history, terrific sound, fits my room, and ... real wood cabinet veneers. [ Gregory Oct 13, 2016 ]
Have silver 6 towers wanted center to match sound stage. Outlet price was fair [ Joseph Feb 04, 2016 ]