This is the first of the revised "Silver Series" Monitor Audio loudspeakers that replaces the incredibly successful RS series.
The RS6 was so very good at its price point that it was with some trepidation that we approached the unpacking and auditioning of the new version ... what if it wasn't as good?...
Physically the speakers are a very similiar configuration to the RS6 with a Two and a half way configuration mounted in a vertical array within a finely veneered cabinet with rounded edges.
Sonically they seem to retain the speed and transparency that made the RS6 so very good, allied in this incarnation though to a more refined treble character and a sense that the drive-units are all working well together in a seamless harmony that frankly, sounds like a much more expensive loudspeaker.
In fact the low frequency drive units now have the golf ball dimpling that has hitherto been strictly the province of the much costlier Gold Series. These are designed to reduce mass and increase rigidity ... one expects them to have some kind of Bernoulli airflow effect on the turbulence produced by the air under compression ...
What HiFi? have now done the first review of the RX6 and it has been given a pleasantly resounding Five Stars ...
The review claims, "the RX6's certainly show no signs of crumbling during a prolonged blast of "The Dark Knight" OST. These speakers are an extremely inviting, engaging and entertaining liste. In fact, these are aguably the most lively Monitor Audio speakers we've heard for some time. They capture the scizophrenic nature of "Why So Serious?" as it switches from the quieter dynamic lulls to the more fervent, dynamic sections of the track. Thre's fantastic bass weight and power on display but the speakers don't forget their manners, handling low frequencies with control and confidence."
The review describes the speakers as "Versatile pace-changers":
"The RX6's time accurately and switch tempo effortlessly. The jump from Radiohead's slow paced "Karma Police" to La Roux's "Growing Pains" simply serves to confirm their versatility and clinical delivery."
What HiFi's glowing review.
In the December 2009 Edition of "What Hi Fi?" the RX6's are pitted against their immediate marketplace rivals, they are directly compared to the B&W 684's, the Mordaunt Short Aviano 8's, and the Tangent Evo E45's.
Monitor Audio must be keeping their what Hi Fi advertising account well up to date ... the RX6's were considered to be clearly superior. They loved the sound ...
"an energetic, energising listen, with the sort of subtlety and manouverability to lay bare all the fine details without losing sight of the overall musical picture, and remain composed even at antisocial volumes"
... and they loved the construction and finish as being the top of the pile at this price point.
In the October 2011 review from "What HiFi?" the surround package of the RX6 with matching rears and centre resoundingly beats the Tannoy, Acoustic Energy, and Kef competitors in the UK market:
"Scale, breadth and cohesion"
"a masterful system that can do it all"
"the detail is just as apparent with the subwooofer. There's plenty of rough and tumble with the bass, but it's agile and punchy rather than lazy and loose. These precise low frequencies are the foundation for impressive dynamics and real musicality when listening to music, too."
"It's the epitome of what we expect from a package of this price: solidly built, capable of dynamics and detail, and adept with 5.1 and stereo."
The official RX6 website.