Brand new pair of Silverline Audio Minuet Grand monitors in sealed box
Already have a pair and ordered another to build an office system because these are my absolute favorite standmount speakers (and I have tried many from Harbeth, Alta, Trenner & Friedl, Dynaudio, Spendor, Penaudio, and others). The Silverlines are amazingly natural, full-bodied, musical, coherent, and expressive.
Unfortunately, my significant other noticed and won’t permit me to keep two pairs of speakers (as stunning as she knows these to be) due to financial sanity, hence selling immediately before opening.
Imaging, very natural timbre, speed, gobs and gobs of resolution, non-fatiguing tonal balance, and air are all in perfect harmony; soundstage and dynamics are huge, and they are surprisingly forgiving of placement (which I did not expect of a rear-ported design) and recordings (which I did not expect given their extraordinary detail). Huge sweet spot while deep, ballsy, low-reaching bass remains tight even with slightly nearer than perfect wall proximity.
Easily driven with SETs ensuring a very flexible system in the long-term
Beautiful rosewood finish
I have an established 100% Audiogon score, so you can buy with confidence.
COUNTLESS IMPRESSIVE REVIEWS
"Audio Summa exhibited designer Alan Yun’s new Silverline Minuet Grand ($1999). The reflex design sports a 1” titanium tweeter and long-throw 5.25” mid/bass and is 89dB sensitive. Robustly built, with oversized magnets, a rigid enclosure, big voice coils, and a brawny sound, the Minuet Grand was driven by the legendary BEL 1001 MkV amps, seated on Symposium Acoustic racks, and wired with Furutech cables. I listened to a classic Sheffield Labs recording, Jim Keltner’s Drum Record (a CD transfer), which sent the acoustic curtain behind the rear-ported speakers billowing like a mainsail. The Silverline exhibited shut-my-mouth dynamics, timbre, and texture; Keltner’s kickdrum figures were tight and the cymbals airy. During an organ transcription of Pictures at an Exhibition, I thought I’d need a crash helmet, given the demo’s Evel Knievel output levels. But the Minuet Grand also has a more contemplative, intimate side, and was equally expressive at low levels and on female vocals.” – Absolute Sound (Most Significant at the LA Audio Show)
“In the Audio SUMMA room, I was supremely impressed by the new Silverline Audio Minuet Grand Monitors ($1999/pair), which were premiering at the show. They sat atop adjustable speaker stands by Core Audio Designs ($1275), and driven by an upgraded 50Wpc, class-A Brown Electronic Labs BEL 1001 Mk.V ($7995—not available till 2018), using a Denon DN951A CD player (not for sale) as a source and a Silverline C-1 stereo preamplifier (not for sale). Also included: a Sound Application powerline conditioner ($18,000), isolation components by Symposium Acoustics, interconnects and speaker cables by BEL, and power cords by Furutech Cables.
Silverline's energetic Alan Yun played us a wide variety of tracks off of CDs that demonstrated the range and capability of the Minuet Grands. The sound was orderly with a nice bite—surprising for their size. At one point, he exclaimed, "I'm playing Mahler! No one plays Mahler at these shows!" emphasizing the difficulty of reproducing Mahler painlessly. For $1999, the Minuet Grands are an excellent deal.” – Stereophile (LA Audio Show coverage)
“Another incredibly affordable speaker is the comparatively tiny Silverline Minuet Grand at two thousand. I had to ask if there was a hidden woofer. And the amp was of great interest to me: the resurrected BEL 1001. I thought when Richard Brown died, the amps would go with him, but someone has brought them back, and judging from the performance with these little speakers, whoever Sal Zambrano is, he’s nailed the design. [If memory serves, Sal is the dealer—Audio Summa. Silverline is a 20-year-old brand, with speakers designed by Alan Yun.—Ed.] I don’t recall the music, and it was a bit loud, but really impressive.” – PS Audio
"They remind me in many ways of another two-way I reviewed recently, the ATC SCM19AT active towers ($8999) with their precise imaging, great dynamics, and ability to disappear [...] These speakers are a screaming bargain and you should not pass up a chance to hear them. They can be used in big rooms and small, seem easy to drive, and will bring out the best in your recordings." – Positive Feedback
"Silverline has created a masterpiece, one that captures much of the joy of high-end music reproduction at a very reasonable price. $2k is a substantial amount of money for most people, but in a world where some designers seem to make excuses for their $10k “budget” models, Alan Yun delivers an incredible amount of performance, musicality and coherence for the money. If you cherish the beauty of acoustic instruments and vocals, I can’t think of a better speaker near the price - and yet it’s also more than capable of rocking out, with great bass slam, midrange dynamics and overall extension in a compact package. Add ease of placement and system matching and you have the perfect speaker for the apartment dweller or music lover who wants maximum satisfaction with minimal fuss. I immensely enjoyed my time with the Minuet Grands and give it my highest recommendation." – The Audiophile Weekend Warrior (5 Hearts Winner)
For over a decade, Minuet speakers have set up a new level of performance for compact sized monitors regardless of price. This year, Silverline Audio has successfully bettered the already close to perfect Minuet speakers. The result is the Minuet Grand. This new speaker is equipped with our latest drivers and an enhanced crossover network. The new mid-woofer has an amazing long excursion as well as high power handling capability. It comes with a 5.25-inch treated paper cone housed in a rigid die cast aluminum basket, delivering incredible dynamics and high definition. The over-sized magnet motor and the humongous voice coil allow it to handle high current effortlessly and precisely. The new ultralight weight titanium diaphragm tweeter provides superb transparency and is more airy. The imaging is awesome thanks to the special magnetic fluid and over-sized heat sink for effective heat dispersion. The tweeter enhances it sensitivity and amazing power handling.
No matter what system you are currently using, you will need to try a pair of Minuet Grand and let your wild imagination guide you.
Design: 2-Way, Bass reflex, rear ported
Drivers: 1” Titanium Tweeter; 5.25” Mid/Woofer
Frequency response: 40 – 25,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 89 dB (1w/1meter +/- 3 dB)
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Crossover Frequency: 3,000 Hz
Recommended Power: 7 - 300 watts
Dimension (H x W x D): 11.875” (300 mm) x 7.875” (200 mm) x 14.125” (352 mm)