Advantages Excellent mid range sets these speakers apart from its peers
Disadvantages Hard to find anything to grumble about especially at this sort of price
Looking for a way to improve upon and upgrade from my trusty Cambridge Audio S30s I went along to Sevenoaks HiFi shop for an audition. After trying B & W 685s and CM1s we got to the Monitor Audio RX1. Although auditioning in a shop is not really ideal I decided on the last one as it showed promise and bit better integrated woofer and tweeter wise.
I ordered a pair in walnut which arrived 10 days later.
Well, they looked absolutely gorgeous in this sumptuous real wood finish and they looked evenmore expensive than the £425 paid. Great! Now for some serious at home, in room and in system listening.
Lovely. I think it is the beautifully open mid range that strikes you first and it is this quality that leaves you musically satisfied like coming away from a concert by your favourite band..
Put through their paces with my favourite old amp the Pioneer A400 a nice wide and deep soundstage was created digging out scintilating nuances in the mix not heard before. These speakers really are mid range champions. Playing rock and pop its the vocals that shine, instruments express themselves and percussion sounds satisfyingly complete and not like the crash bang wallop heard before.
On classical program they convey the majesty and excitement of an orchestra enough to convert a non classical fan. With jazz - rythm and musical expression are exemplary.
I've also tried Arcam A80, Musical Fidelity Synthesis amplifiers but now use a new old stock Marantz PM40SE from 20 years ago to drive them. The RX1s seem to like the extra grunt from this amp, the bass particularly gains a satisfying kick and the whole audio picture gains more control and authority.
So I would highly recommend this speaker if your looking to take your stereo in the up market direction without breaking the bank. Its qualities are exceptional.
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