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Monitor Audio Silver RS1 Speakers Upgrade

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Why do we upgrade equipment?

Almost any Hi-Fi component can be upgraded to higher performance using our techniques and components. The two things go together – the know-how and the right component. Over the last 30 years, we have developed our knowledge of where the biggest problems lie and how to overcome them to unleash better performance from a given piece of equipment.

Monitor Audio Silver RS1 Speaker Upgrade

A staple of the Monitor Audio range between 2005 and 2009, the RS1 series was a seriously versatile bookshelf speaker that could be at home used as a stereo pair for hifi or as part of a dynamic home cinema system.

Out of the box the speakers are rich, open with excellent midrange and top end. We thought the bass, while it wasn’t lacking depth did lack control and definition so this was one of the elements we set out to improve with the upgrade.
The Crossover

Many years ago, Russ identified that the main problem with speaker design is the rather complex crossover network. The efforts to deliver consistency and response ‘accuracy’ make it low on efficiency and limits dynamic range, softening bass and making the treble rather ‘hard’ in character.

This is the original crossover removed from the RS1's. His answer? An unconventional solution..

Remove the crossover completely, wire the mid/bass direct to the input, then feed the treble with either one or two Kimber Kaps to achieve the required crossover point.

The new, upgraded crossover unit.

The result of this is revelatory. You usefully increase sensitivity and gain a sweeter, clearer treble and a tight, clean and deep bass. The music becomes truly involving, detailed and dynamic, yet still smooth and ‘tidy’.

Russ has applied this solution to dozens of speakers now and had very consistent results. Interestingly, much of the ‘characteristic’ distortion I associate with dome tweeters turned out to be an artefact of the crossover networks used; specifically the use of inductors.
The WBT connection

While acceptable, we thought the original brass terminals were doing the loudspeakers a disservice.

Having heard the benefit of WBT terminals for many years, the excellent WBT-0708 Cu terminals were chosen as a direct replacement.

The customer wanted to keep the speakers bi-wired as he'd already invested in good speaker cable. When upgrading speakers, we offer the option of converting to single wire.

Different Model?

If you don't have the exact model, but a similar variant, then we can also offer an upgrade for those players too! a very similar unit, then it's highly likely that the same or similar upgrades will apply. But we can't guarantee that until we have the unit here for inspection. Get in touch and let us know what you have.

How the service works

Equipment upgrades are proving hugely popular. During peak times there may be a wait of several weeks before we can carry out the upgrade. So before we get your equipment here, it must be booked in so we can ensure a speedy turnaround of the upgrade. Once you have placed your order, we will contact you to arrange a suitable week and getting the equipment here.

In Person
For those of you who are local enough or if you fancy a trip to the lakes, you can drop off your equipment personally and then collect it when it’s complete or we can ship it back to you.

By Courier
We can arrange a courier collection of your equipment for an additional cost. We currently use UPS.
To make things easier, we can offer several collection options.

1. We can arrange a specific day for the courier to call and collect your equipment. Someone will need to be available all day at the collection address as we’re unable to arrange a time slot for collections.

2. Dropping off at a UPS Access Point. UPS use a network of local shops to deliver and collect parcels from and to. We can either post you a collection label or email you the label (you will need to print the label at home/work). Securely box up your equipment, affix the collection label to the outside of the box and take it to your preferred Access Point where you will be issued a receipt. UPS Access Points can be found here (link opens in a new window), simply enter your postcode to find your nearest one.

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It’s important to note that this service is specifically aimed at upgrading equipment in good working condition rather than repairing or servicing. Why? Well, these are two very different processes. Our upgrades look at improving existing parts – like capacitors, for example – and we have an awful lot of knowledge and experience of doing this. As many of these parts do wear over time, replacing them can have the added benefit of actually making the equipment more reliable and longer-lasting, but that is an added bonus rather than the central aim, which is to improve performance.
When it comes to servicing and repair, however, the specific knowledge of individual pieces of equipment that is required, along with access to the original electronic schematics, makes it unwise for anyone other than the manufacturer or authorised service agent to carry out this type of work.
The upgrade comes with a 2 year warranty, including all parts that we've used. This excludes failure of components beyond the work we have carried out. We therefore ask that the equipment you send for upgrade is in good working order.

Please note this is an upgrade modification, it does not include the Monitor Audio Silver RS1 Speakers.
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