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Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12 review




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Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12
  • Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12
  • Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12
  • Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12
  • Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12
  • Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12
  • Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12


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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.

Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12 dressed in rosenut

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 RX6 floorstanders in black

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.


July 23, 2010, 12:34 pm

I have an RS6 set up (albeit in stereo only) and absolutely love it - so never really doubted the replacement models would impress.

The black gloss would have gone perfect with my living room too - maybe time to talk to the missus?...

Not sure about the look of the book shelf speakers though


July 23, 2010, 3:37 pm

The black gloss finish is sexy :)


July 23, 2010, 4:40 pm

I have to say that every MA speaker just gets better and and better. Unlike most other companies (who seem to be forgetting their bread and butter and going off in search of the holy grail), MA put a lot of eefort into making the speakers look and sound better and better. The RX series is brilliant and I am just on the verge of buying this very AV package. Thanks MA for amazing speakers!

Rob Needham

July 24, 2010, 4:53 am

agree with everything said here.

I have this set in Walnut and they are brilliant. took a couple on months to get to full potential.

Emmanuel Walter

July 24, 2010, 8:16 am

How about the RX8 as speaker instead of RX^. I heart they are better for music and not much more expensive than RX6?

Scott Korek

June 2, 2013, 10:12 am

I have a pair of Monitor Audio Gold Series (floor standing} speakers that I purchased 10 years ago. They were by far the best speakers I auditioned for listening to music at low/ moderate to very loud volume levels. Many speakers are way short on proper bass when being played at lower volume levels. I was certain I was going to buy the B&W speakers until I auditioned the Monitor Audio speakers - and the B&W's retailed for $1000.00 more. The Monitor Audio speakers were all around better sounding at every volume level. I have had no problems at all and have played them loud and long for 10 years. The quality and build of the new models look at least as good as what I purchased - perhaps better. I'd have to listen. I highly recommend their product. Note: I also purchased a Musical Fidelity NuVista Integrated Amplifier ant the NuVista Xray CD player at the same time. Over priced perhaps, but the sound cold not be much better. So, I also highly recommend an audition of Musical Fidelity components. Ten years of great sound with heavy play and no problems = great components.

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