Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12 - Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips


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Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12


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With its lofty £2k price tag, we were expecting big things from this system and that’s exactly what we got. The RX6 AV12 delivers a huge, room-filling sound with perfect poise and control. The scale of big action scenes, like the finale of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, is immense, not only in terms of the phenomenal power output but also the expansiveness of the soundstage.

The RX6s effortlessly eke out the sonic minutiae that run throughout the movie – chirping robot sounds, delicate background voices, the rustle of breaking rocks as robots scale pyramids – but they also muster rich bass tones that fuse seamlessly with the sub.

Dialogue sounds fantastic through the RX Centre. It’s clear and lifelike but with plenty of richness and body when needed. It’s equally at home with Optimus Prime’s deep, husky tones as it is with Megan Fox’s drawl.

The versatility of the surrounds is a nice touch and in both modes they do a fantastic job. We marginally preferred the bipole setting’s more direct effects placement but in dipole mode the sound is wonderfully immersive.

As for the sub, the EQ1 mode is plenty powerful for most modestly-sized rooms. The level of punch and depth it lends to explosions is extraordinary and like any good subwoofer, it brings the whole system together as a solid cohesive whole. It’s not quite up to the scarily powerful standards set by the Teufel System 8’s THX Ultra 2-certified S 8000 SW subwoofer, but it comes close.

Monitor Audio’s background in hi-fi means it knows a thing or two about getting the best out of music, and that expertise has been applied brilliantly here. The RX6 AV12 delivers music on SACD and Blu-ray with wonderful subtlety and warmth.

It really digs deep into the music and brings out the sort of details that really add character to the sound. With live jazz recordings for example, you can hear the pluck of double bass, the sound of saxophonists blowing into the reed and the rhythmic swish of brushes tapping on drums. It’s awe-inspiring.


The Silver RX6 AV12 is a stunning speaker system, offering sound performance that’s right up there with the very best we’ve heard in this price range – and that includes the Teufel System 8 THX Ultra 2. The versatile rears and frighteningly powerful subwoofer play a big part in this, but it’s the beautifully refined sound from the RX6s that make it such a rewarding listen. It’s all topped off by sumptuous looks (apart from the clunky plinths) and luxurious build quality, which is exactly what you’d expect for this sort of money.

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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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