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Britain’s Monitor Audio is one of the most respected names in the hi-fi and home cinema business by virtue of its stupendously talented but eye-poppingly expensive speaker systems – the Platinum PL300 AV package, for example, sells for just over £13,000. But if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, thankfully the company offers a series of more affordable alternatives that retain much of the technology that makes its high-end products so special.
The Silver RX6 AV12 is one such system. Using techniques and materials from the Platinum and Gold ranges, it aims to emulate their sound quality but at a lower price point. The £2k price tag is still a big ask, but if it sounds even half as good as the PL300 AV then it’ll definitely be money well spent.
The package boasts a formidable line-up. At the front is a pair of RX6 floorstanders, the RX Centre handles, er, centre channel duties and surround sound is provided by a pair of RXFX bookshelf speakers. Completing the line-up is the RXW-12 powered subwoofer, which comes equipped with a mighty 500W amplifier.
Every speaker in the system is luxuriously built, housed in slim, rigid cabinets coated in a sumptuous high-gloss black lacquer finish. If that’s not to your taste then there’s a choice of four real wood veneer finishes – Black Oak, Walnut, Natural Oak and Rosenut – as well as a high gloss white lacquer version.
The RX6s are magnificent beasts, standing 905mm tall on their supplied plinths, which aren’t particularly attractive if truth be told. The grille fixes to the front magnetically for a nice tidy appearance, but it actually looks more stylish without them.
The drive units include a 6in bass driver, a 6in bass/mid driver and a 1in gold dome tweeter. All three use Monitor Audio’s C-CAM Ceramic-Coated Aluminium Magnesium cones, which can be smaller than conventional cones and therefore make those slim cabinets possible. They’re rigid and strong enough to reproduce the nuances of your average HD audio track too, as well as digging down to a bass frequency of 38Hz.
The bass and bass/mid drivers also use Rigid Surface Technology (RST), which aims to delver better midrange clarity. The RX6’s tweeter is a new wider bandwidth version that pushes frequency response over the 35kHz mark – great news if your listening diet is mainly made up of Blu-ray and hi-res audio.
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