The Monitor Audio Silver 300 is an extremely accomplished product that offers a level of sound quality unexpected at this price. I was especially impressed by the fact that the overall design is so well balanced and complete. The speaker doesn’t excel in just one or two areas, but performs admirably across the board. Some similarly priced mini-monitors may have a lusher midband or silkier treble, but they won’t begin to match the Silver 300 in bass articulation, low-frequency extension, and dynamic contrasts. Moreover, the Silver 300 plays far bigger than its cabinet size, driver complement, and price would suggest, with robust dynamic authority. It’s also very easy to drive; the Esoteric F-03A’s 30Wpc was more than enough power.
Even after coming off a mega-system in my previous house I always found the Silver 300 musically communicative, expressive, and satisfying. With many inexpensive speakers there’s always that nagging feeling of having to listen past some flaw that detracts from the music. Not so with the Silver 300.
I must reiterate my comments about the build and finish quality. You can spend five times more for a pair of speakers and not get book-matched wood veneers—and with six finish options to boot.
I once read in a car magazine about how the seats in a prosaic Ford were better engineered than those in an exotic luxury car. Ford could simply spend more time and money on the design because the seats would be manufactured in vastly greater quantities. There’s a parallel with the Silver 300 (and presumably Monitor Audio’s other speakers); great design doesn’t add much to the per-unit cost with economy-of-scale manufacturing. The catch, however, is that the design must be driven by an audiophile ethos that values musical expression rather than sonic fireworks.
That audiophile ethos was on full display in the Silver 300. And when combined with skilled technical design and efficient manufacturing, you end up with a speaker that makes true high-end sound eminently affordable.
Specs & Pricing
Type: Three-way, four-driver floorstanding loudspeaker
Driver complement: Two 6" woofers, one 4" midrange, one 1" tweeter
Loading: Dual-port reflex
Frequency response: 32Hz–35kHz
Sensitivity: 90dB (1W/1m)
Impedance: 8 ohms (3.5 ohms minimum)
Maximum SPL: 116dBA (pair)
Power handling: 200W (RMS)
Dimensions: 7.5" x 39.5" x 11.8" (not including grille, outrigger feet, or binding posts)
Weight: 44 lbs.
KEVRO (North American Distributor)
902 McKay Road, Unit #4
Amplification: Esoteric F-03A integrated amplifier; AVM CS2.2 all-in-one system
Sources: AVM CS2.2; Berkeley Alpha Reference Series 2 MQA DAC; Berkeley Alpha USB; Aurender W20 music server; Pro-Ject 6PerspeX SB turntable with Sumiko Blue Point No.2 cartridge
Speaker cables: Kimber 4TC, Wireworld Mini Eclipse 7
Interconnects: Wireworld Eclipse 7
Digital interconnects: Audience Au24 USB, AudioQuest Wild
AC Power: Shunyata Denali, Shunyata Sigma AC cords
Room: ASC 16" Full-Round Tube Traps, Stillpoints Aperture Panels