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Monitor Audio Silver S Full Metal Theater Loudspeaker System Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 January 2003
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Monitor Audio Silver S Full Metal Theater Loudspeaker System
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The Downside
The lack of a bypass switch for the Monitor Audio 210 subwoofer crossover creates the possibility of having two filters in the signal path when utilizing the internal crossover of a surround sound processor. Although you can adjust the MA 210 crossover to its maximum frequency, it may still have an overall effect if the two cascaded crossover points are still relatively close to each other. This is an ongoing problem with many manufacturers who are currently marketing powered subwoofers.

Additionally, during my auditioning of the Monitor Audio home Theater speaker system in both two- and multi-channel configurations, the S8’s diminutive size and lower tweeter position shifted the image height slightly lower than that of my reference system. In a multi-channel arrangement, combining the lower tweeter height with a large video monitor may create a discontinuity between the main speakers and the center channel if it is placed above the screen.

In my listening environment, the Monitor Audio Full Metal Theater System required some effort to reach its optimal potential, needing proper spacing from perimeter walls and the use of the port plugs in order to get the maximum results. However, once set up, the Monitor Audio system’s attributes and impressive engineering really began to shine through. The use of similar materials, design and technology in each of the speakers creates a synergy that is difficult to match when integrating speakers from a variety of different manufacturers. With its attractive cosmetics, high-tech design and flexible system tuning, the Monitor Audio loudspeaker system excels when delivering your favorite movie soundtracks, while at the same time meeting the most demanding audio requirements. If you are looking for a relatively modestly priced ticket into big-time Home Theater, but still want to enjoy music on the same system, give the Monitors a listen. They may demand a little TLC in setting up, but it will be worth the effort.

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