Monitor Audio's Silver RX range has already left its mark thanks to the superb RX6 floorstanders. Now we're using the same speakers as the basis for a brand new Silver RX speaker package.
This means a first outing for new models from the range, including the RX-C centre (£300). The exquisitely finished cabinet features Monitor Audio's trademark C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) mid-bass and bass driver either side of a gold dome tweeter.
The new RXW-12 subwoofer handles bass frequencies and boasts a 12in driver, 500W of amplification and top-mounted controls. But the key components of this system have to be the RX-FX surround speakers (£400).
They may look odd to some, but this design serves an important purpose. You can set them up in bi-pole or di-pole configuration, depending on positioning.
If they're going behind your seating position, it's best to use the bi-pole setting so they're encouraged to fill the space behind you. Flick the switch to di-pole if they're to either side of your sofa.
A system with great synergy
Wherever they're placed, the RX-FXs do a great job of dispersing effects and keeping the surround field as engaging as possible.
Indeed, the whole system works really well. The centre allows for expressive, crystal clear dialogue, and blends in effortlessly with the front RX6 speakers. The RXW-12 subwoofer adds greater bass weight and depth but remains taut and agile.
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In the opening scenes of The Incredible Hulk, the set-up sounds dynamic, dramatic and exciting with no trace of hardness or brightness.
During calmer moments, it does a great job setting the mood, picking out fine detail and maintaining the dynamics of the rain, lashing down in the background.
Monitor Audio has a winner on its hands. The RX6 AV12 is a fantastic all-rounder and serious contender for class-leading status.