I don’t know of anyone who does not dream of the day they can really pump up the jams with some nice tower speakers. With this in mind, meet my guest this past weekend: The Monitor Audio Silver 6.
The Silver 6 is the smallest tower in the Silver lineup from Monitor Audio. The line then progresses through Silver 8 & 10. Considering that the Monitor Audio family starts at MR series then ranges upward with, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. I would place the Silver 6 in the middle of the lineup slightly towards the introductory models.
No matter what level you choose to jump into, Monitor Audio products all have excellent build quality. This European company has clearly put a lot of time and effort into designing and building a high quality product.
The first thing you should do after purchasing a set of Silver 6 towers is grab the fabric speaker grilles and pitch them into the nearest bin. Monitor builds classy towers and exposing the beautiful ports and cones is requisite part of the experience. Those grilles aren’t hiding anything that needs to be hidden.
Given the craftsmanship of the cabinetry, the foot on the tower looks out of place and clunky. My guess is that it’s designed to be universal to all towers of the same stature as the Silver 6. Its shape is likely driven by purpose over aesthetic. It it is by far the most stable speaker on our showroom floor. However, I wish they could have managed this and made it as handsome as the rest of the tower.
The Silver 6 listening experience is reminiscent of high quality paper cone speakers. The sound stage is warm and confident with soft characteristics. These towers are ideally suited to Country, Classic Rock and Soft Rock. The soundstage is broad but obviously tuned towards a nuanced middle. I would not recommend these speakers for people who listen to Jazz with a lot brass and high-hat cymbal. Equally, don’t try to pump crunchy Heavy Metal or pounding Club music through these towers.
There is no question in my mind that the tuning is intentional. Someone at Monitor Audio was clearly building speakers for their collection of Eric Clapton, and Tom Petty LP’s.
With a capacity to handle up to 150W volume is not an issue. There’s nothing like a new set of towers to make your neighbors livid. Higher peak wattage numbers also require greater minimum wattage so make sure your hardware is up to the task. If you have an amplifier that produces less than 60W these towers won’t be able to put on much of a show.
Should you own Monitor Audio Silver 6 towers? That’s going to depend entirely on your listening preferences. Choosing a tower is a highly subjective experience. I recommend including Monitor Audio in your “to audition” list. These towers will make the right person very happy.