I've owned these speakers for over a year and I love them though I must emphasise the importance of placement and giving them room to breathe.
They are bigger than most standmount speakers I've come across and put out some serious low-end which can sound muddy and spoil the mids if the room is too small or they are placed too close to a wall. IMO they really should be placed as you would a large floorstander and on some heavy solid stands (I've got them on sand filled Atacama SL500s).
With room to breathe and some strong amplification they sound beautiful and oh so satisfyingly full (and not 'loose' at all in my setup - paired with a Harmon Kardon HK990). These are also great speakers for full-range low-volume listening.
Were these Silver RX2's tested on an analog source, specifically vinyl LP? I've decided on an Arcam FMJ A19 for my amplification & it's a coin flip between MA RX2's & JBL Studio 570's for strictly vinyl playback. I was wondering if the A19 might take better control of the RX 2's loose bass? I expect the smoother nature of vinyl audio will take care of the problematic treble.
The RX2s weren't tested with vinyl. We don't use records for testing due to the lack of availability of the music we want to test with, practicality and consistency. Our main audio sources are Naim's NDS/555ps streamer or the CDS3/555ps CD player. With a product of this price we would also have a listen to Audiolab's 8200CD. The Arcam A19 would work well with the Monitor Audios, but the speaker's characteristics would remain. The quality of bass reproduction is massively affected by the room and speaker support, though.
Thank you very much.
I been using RX2 for a while. I found out that if you place the foam plugs on the port and place the speakers near the wall, the lower bass can be tight.
In your review of the RX2 you noted the occasional edge to voices and the little loose bass. Is the RX1 free of those faults? I am asking because I have an opportunity to buy the RX2 for £380, while the RX1 would cost me £300. You gave the RX1 five stars, while the RX2 has four stars. Which is the superior speaker? Given the small price difference, should I go for the RX2 or get the RX1.
If you have a larger room go for the RX2s. Their greater bass reach and overall authority will give you a better sound. The sonic characters of the two speakers are similar.
Ketan, thank you. My livingroom is about 30m2. Would that be enough to accommodate the RX2? Also, I plan on using a sub with the speakers. Judging by your expertise, would you say that I can benefit from the RX2 over the RX1, given the circumstances?
Keep up the good work, whathifi?!
Yep, go for the RX2s. I think they'd work better in that size of room.
Sorry, keyboard slip – should be £630. Now being corrected.
i wish these were £360! i'd buy in an instant. still £600 everywhere. i'm hoping this review is a hint at a crazy price drop
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