A feat of ergonomic brilliance by our design team has engineered the greater poise and power of a large three-way loudspeaker into the svelte RX8. Its ultra-slim front profile conceals a deeper cabinet, which provides the volume needed for seismic levels of bass from dual 6” bass drivers. A single 6” bass/mid driver delivers naturally vibrant midrange sound, while a newly developed C-CAM® gold dome tweeter smoothly extends high frequency performance to a point way beyond the upper limit of the audible spectrum. Sheer control, open dynamics and wide bandwidth illuminate the sound of the RX8: a very big speaker disguised as a very slender one.
|System Format:||3 Way|
|Frequency Response:||32Hz - 35kHz|
|Nominal Impedance:||4 Ohms|
|Maximum SPL (dBA):||116.2|
|Power Handling (RMS):||175W|
|Recommended Amplifier Requirements (RMS):||50 - 175W|
|Bass Alignment:||Bass reflex.
Twin HiVe®II port System
|Tweeter Crossover Frequency:||LF/MF: 300Hz
MF/HF: 2.2 kHz
|Drive Unit Complement:||2 x 6" RST® Bass drivers.
1 x 6" RST® Bass/Mid driver.
1 x 1" (25mm) C-CAM® gold dome tweeter
|Product External Dimensions:
(H x W x D)
inc. plinth & feet
|960 x 275 x 388 mm
(37 13/16 x 10 13/16 x 15 1/4 inch)
|Individual Weight:||21.76 Kg (47.88 lb)|
The gold dome tweeter is formed from a ceramic-coated aluminium/magnesium alloy, gold anodised to a specific thickness for ideal stiffness and damping characteristics. Its new profile and surround geometry have been developed using advanced modelling tools, to provide the optimum qualities for accurate sound reproduction. The new design moves the first order of breakup to beyond 35kHz, producing a linear response way beyond audibility, which matches the wide frequency bandwidth available from HD music and cinema sound formats.
The gold dome is thinner, lighter, more rigid and therefore more efficient than domes made from other materials which are prone to distortion in the audio band.
A new type of port technology which uses a straight rifled design to accelerate air flow and reduce turbulence. HiVe II technology has the ability to move air in and out much quicker than a conventional port, the result is fast powerful bass coupled with superior transient response.
The Rigid Surface Technology (RST) cone profile is inspired by the Japanese art of Origami, which demonstrates how a very light material (like paper) can be strengthened and made more rigid by making small and precise folds on its surface. Monitor Audio has applied this principle in designing the CAM/RST cones for the GX and RX ranges. Developed and perfected using sophisticated computer modelling (Finite Element Analysis), the GX mid and bass driver cones have been strengthened by a series of radial ribs; the RX driver cones by a pattern of dimples. Our simulations have proved that RST significantly increases cone rigidity, allowing the radiating surfaces to resist mechanical bending forces, which can twist the shape of conventional driver cones to produce distorted sound. The strengthening effect of RST means that we can use thinner, lighter and more responsive C-CAM cones, which provide speed and accuracy while offering greatly reduced distortion. The RST patterns also help to displace standing waves that can propagate on the cone's surface.
RX8 Review in Hi-Fi News
The RX8 has trumped rivals to collect a ‘Highly Commended’ badge in February’s Hi-Fi News. Reviewer Adam Smith says “…not only do they have the biggest driver line-up, but the Monitor Audios also have the biggest sound of all the units on test. The Silver RX8’s are superbly dynamic, punchy and love to play loud…even better this was not all bang and boom, as the bass offered superlative levels of grip, punch and detail…they romp home with the ‘most speaker for your money’ award.”
Read the full review in the February issue of Hi-Fi News.
Silver RX8 Review by What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
"The RX8 is a two-and-a-half-way design and uses twin, 15cm bass drivers together, a 15cm mid/bass unit and gold dome tweeter. Considering the number of drive units being used, they show a remarkable sense of togetherness. Integration is impressive and all the drivers combine to leave a solid, seamless soundstage."
"High frequencies have a good level of detail and they're expertly controlled with no hardness to speak of. The midrange is similarly detailed: vocals are clear and crisp."
Silver RX8 Review - Exceptional Performer by Chris Martens
".. but accurate tonal balance is only part of the story, because the Silver RX8 also offers excellent transient speed and definition, plus astonishingly high levels of resolution and detail. Put these qualities together and you've got a speaker that can dig way down into good recordings to retrieve layer upon layer of musically relevant details."
"In contrast to systems that have a subdued, comfortable, "polite" sound, the Silver RX8 system serves up high levels of refinement and detail with a real spirit of energy and gusto - a complimentary combination of virtues indeed."
Silver RX 5.1 System Review (Silver RX8 floorstanding speaker, RX Centre, RX-FX and RXW-12 subwoofer)
"Now more than ever, Monitor's determination to offer audio products that deliver high-tech engineering at a fair price is especially welcome, and there is no better example of this than the firm's newly released Silver RX."
"Look at this system, in particular, if you like the idea of mid-priced speakers that probe the limits of sonic resolution and detail in ways that will remind you of much higher-end speakers. Expect an accurate, sensible size and overall build quality; the Silver RX speakers are compact enough not to dominate a room, yet they'll treat you to lovely woodwork and drivers too beautiful to hide behind grilles (unless you must, to keep children's fingers from poking at them)."
New Music'Entertaining floorstander that brings light, pace and timing to all forms of music, making listening fun. Superb at the price.'
26 June 2013 Danny C
Superb vocal clarity, wonderful detail on the high frequency notes and tight bass. This speaker performs well whatever kind of music you play. I listen to jazz, folk, country, pop, and classic rock and I enjoy all of them with the RX8.
27 March 2013 Stuart Hill
I wanted a pair of floorstanders to run without a sub in conjunction with my new Onkyo 9000 amp and 7000 CD... sound performance for audio listening was critical. The RX8s are absolutely sublime; shimmering detail in the treble, fibre to voice and featured instruments in mid, stunning bass. From Sarah Brightman to ACDC and all points in between, just a lingering listening experience!!!
15 November 2012 BK Spacelab
The RX8's are awesome speakers! A big, powerful sound, plenty of bass weight and excellent details. Driving the speakers with Electrocompaniet PI 2. 5+ stars.
21 August 2012 Tim Den Herder
The RX8's are Excellent sounding speakers! Have them running in the game room with a Peachtree iNova integrated amp and an REL subwoofer. Great combination! Compliments all the time. Only wish we could have fit these in the theater room as well, limited floor space so we had to wall mount Radius 250's. Many other Monitor Audio speaker products throughout the house indoors and out. Very happy with them all!
25 June 2011 Gary Wong
I was looking for a pair of floor stand speakers for my luxman 505u and d06 sacd player. The listening environment is not large, just around 120 sq feet. The speakers work very well with my equipment and environment. I like the mid and high range of it very much. Even the bass has good performance with my small environment. All and all, a very good speaker at this price range.
Developed for Monitor Audio by Autoglym, the world-renowned expert in high quality car care and valeting products, SheerBrilliance Lacquer Polish is scientifically and specifically formulated to restore the deep rich lustre of all high gloss lacquer speaker finishes with a single easy application. By using SheerBrilliance Lacquer Polish, you'll experience the sumptuous 'as new' brilliance of your beloved speakers all over again!
Custom-developed for Monitor Audio and utilising advanced simulation technology, the new De-Tox CD will help you to run-in your speakers in less time and more comprehensively than is possible with music or other burn-in signals.