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Monitor Audio Silver RX6 AV12 - Performance and Verdict
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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