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Home Cinema Choice|February 2022
In a nutshell, if Monitor Audio keeps making loudspeakers as good as this, Mark Craven will keep raving about them
Mark Craven

1. The Silver 500 floorstander has 8in C-CAM woofers and a 3in mid-range

AV INFO

PRODUCT: Mid-range floorstanding 5.0 system

POSITION: 500 7G are the top dogs in MA's Silver Series; Gold and Platinum lines are ranged above

PEERS: B&W 700 Series; KEF R Series

Auditioned here is a multichannel system assembled from the seventh generation of Monitor Audio's midrange Silver Series. There are, naturally, changes aplenty, but these speakers have a vibe about them of being made by a brand that knows exactly what it's doing, and has done so for a while...

By this I mean there's nothing overtly flash about the Silver 7Gs; no obvious attempt to reinvent the wheel. Tried and trusted technologies rub shoulders with new ideas in cabinets that manage to look both thoroughly modern but also understated. Monitor Audio even has all bases covered when it comes to finishes: Satin White and High Gloss Black for those with minimalist tastes, plus Black Oak, Ash and Natural Walnut veneers for those of the older school.

Build quality and styling (no curves, but a striking clean aesthetic) is as impressive as the sound quality ...but I'm getting ahead of myself.

Climbing the ladder

Launched last August, the Silver 7G series replaces the 2017-era Silver 6G models. As before, the range is designed as a performance step-up from the Bronze Series [reviewed HCC #319], and a more affordable alternative to MA's premium Gold and Platinum sets.

Speaker names remain the same. This can cause a few headscratches on Google while old stock lines are being cleared as new models arrive, so look out for the 7G suffix. Our system features the largest model, the floorstanding Silver 500 7G (£1,725), the Silver 50 7G bookshelf/ standmount (£575), and the Silver C250 7G centre (£600).

Also in the 7G series are two more affordable, and more slender, floorstanders (Silver 300 and Silver 200); a bigger standmount model (Silver 100); wall-mountable di-/bipole surrounds (Silver FX); and a Dolby Atmos upfiring module (Silver AMS). There's no new Silver subwoofer, however, with MA opting to retain the W-12 6G model (500W amplifier, 12in driver). This would be an obvious partner for any Silver 7G system, and is a feature of two preset bundles – one a 7.1.2 option using the Silver 300 floorstanders, the other a 5.1 option using the Silver 200. However, we opted for a bespoke array, because we really wanted to hear the biggest floorstanders in action.

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