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Monitor Audio Bronze 5

Floor-standing speaker (Walnut Vinyl)

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Overview

Our take on the Monitor Audio Bronze 5

Monitor Audio's Bronze 5 checks off several key boxes that I look for in a floor-standing speaker. Its tall, slender design creates rich sound without commanding a ton of floor space. Two sets of input terminals let you bi-amp or bi-wire the speaker for maximum performance. And this tower checks in at an attractive price point, especially for its accurate, detailed performance..

Excellent value from a slender tower speaker

Monitor Audio's Bronze 5 checks off several key boxes that I look for in a floor-standing speaker. Its tall, slender design creates rich sound without commanding a ton of floor space. Two sets of input terminals let you bi-amp or bi-wire the speaker for maximum performance. And this tower checks in at an attractive price point, especially for its accurate, detailed performance..

"Trickle-down" speaker technology

The Bronze 5 borrows design features from Monitor's higher-end Silver and Gold speaker lines, so it delivers great performance for the money. It has a 1" gold dome tweeter for clear, detailed highs and realistic reproduction of instruments and vocals. It also uses the same bolt-through driver attachment mechanism as the Silver and Gold lines. The result is smooth midrange and punchy bass response from its pair of 5-1/2" C-CAM woofers.

Monitor Audio Bronze 5 tower speakers

The Bronze 5 features two sets of high-quality speaker terminals that let you bi-amp or bi-wire your speakers.

Build a complete Bronze system

Want amazing surround sound from a voice-matched system? Mix and match these speakers for immersive home theater.

Bookshelf speakers: Bronze 1 or Bronze 2
Center channel: Bronze Center
Floor-standing speakers: Bronze 6
Surround speakers: Bronze FX

Round out the low end with the powerful Bronze W10 powered subwoofer.

Got wire?

Most speakers (including the Bronze 5s) don't include any wire. Check out our speaker wire guide to find the best wire for your system. 

Shop our selection of speaker wire here.

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 37-30,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • recommended amplifier power: 30-120 watts
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • ultra-rigid, lightweight C-CAM® (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) cone material delivers high efficiency and low distortion
  • bass reflex (ported) design with HiVe® technology for reduced turbulence and higher velocity airflow
  • 1" gold dome C-CAM tweeter for detailed sound and extended high-frequency response
  • two 5-1/2" C-CAM woofers for smooth midrange and punchy bass
    • each woofer driver has its own ported acoustic chamber to provide unique tuning
  • single bolt-through driver attachment provides mechanical decoupling and increased cabinet rigidity for greater clarity and resolution
  • high-quality crossovers with polypropylene film capacitors for greater accuracy
  • magnetic grille attaches seamlessly
  • included speaker base provides stability and reduces vibration
  • floor-level terminal panel offers easy wire termination and access
  • dual five-way binding post speaker terminals with bi-amp/bi-wire capability
  • walnut vinyl finish
  • 6-9/16"W x 33-1/2"H x 9-13/16"D (including base)
  • weight: 24.4 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Floorstanding loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • Plinth
  • Foam port plug
  • 4 Rubber feet
  • 4 Spike-feet (w/ hex-nuts attached)
  • 4 Hex-screws
  • 2 Hex-keys
  • Owner's Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions

This is my first high quality pair of speakers and I am very satisfied. I have them connected to a NAD 328 and they can get loud. The sound quality really good. To me they sound a lot more expensive than what I bought them for. The speakers look a lot better with the mesh grill off.

Anonymous, Sterling, VA

Reviews

Monitor Audio Bronze 5 Reviews

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(4 Reviews)

Monitor Audio Bronze 5

Anonymous from Sterling, VA on 1/21/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is my first high quality pair of speakers and I am very satisfied. I have them connected to a NAD 328 and they can get loud. The sound quality really good. To me they sound a lot more expensive than what I bought them for. The speakers look a lot better with the mesh grill off.

Pros: Looks and sounds great

Cons: None so far

Monitor Audio Bronze 5

Rich from Horseheads, NY on 3/8/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

What can I say, detail, and clarity, these speakers are amazing.... It pulls you right into the music.....Pure music bliss....

Pros: Well built, amazing sound, they look amazing....

Cons: None...

Small Size; Big Sound

PacNW from Oregon on 3/5/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers sound fantastic. Music of many types is highly enjoyable through these. They have a small footprint and are not very tall. Visually, they don't make a big impact upon a room but they sure have a big audio impact. I'm very happy with them. They're a major sonic upgrade from my old high-quality bookshelf speakers. They make me want to listen to music more and more.

Pros: Sound great. Small and good looking. Not imposing visually on the room.

Cons: None.

Exellent Speaker

Everett from Saint Agath, ME on 1/18/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After listening to these speakers for 2 weeks the single best word to describe their performance has to be detail. I switched to ofc copper speaker wire and that made a huge difference. The fact that different sounds seem to come from different locations is a wonderful experience. I listened to Paul Simon's Negotiations And Love Songs I realized just how superior these speakers are. I have rediscovered many cd's that come alive on a new level .Depth is also a good word that describes these bronze 5 speakers. I have listened to ac-dc back in black, pushed them hard, then pushed them a second time and they came back for more. Even Cinderella heartbreak station is a whole different experience [no kidding] with this quality product .Quite sections with nuances never before heard makes me glad I bought them. I found that songs with hard hitting bass responed well , no distortion ,and I have yet to overdrive them .songs with little or no bass made me ad a subwoofer, These speakers also look incredible. overall, I am glad I bought these speakers, I have never before heard the detail that they produce.

Pros: Detail and depth. For their size they really put out.

Cons: nothing worth mentioning

Details

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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood-grain vinyl
Color Walnut
Tweeter Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1.0
Midrange Size (inches) 5.5
Woofer Size (inches) 5.5
Woofer Composition C-CAM
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Specifications
Power Range 30-120
Frequency Response 37-30k Hz
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Amplifier Power ---
Height (inches) 34-5/16
Width (inches) 8-1/2
Depth (inches) 11-1/8
Weight 24.375 lbs

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Features

1" C-CAM Gold Dome Tweeter: The newly designed 1" C-CAM Gold Dome Tweeter extends the Bronze 5 floorstanding speaker's frequency response to an ultra-sonic 30kHz, allowing the full reproduction of harmonic frequencies vital to the accurate reproduction of, say, the decay of a piano string or the crash of a hi-hat. Within the New Bronze tweeter, an innovative venting system allows air to flow outside the tweeter's magnet assembly into a rear loading chamber, preventing air from being compressed at the back of the dome for lower distortion, reduced mechanical resonance, and improved damping. Structural improvements in dome geometry and drive mechanism have boosted accuracy and extension at the top end of the tweeter's range as well, generating the extraordinary high frequency quality that helps to define the sound of Bronze 5 floorstanding loudspeaker.

Dual 5.5" 'Dished' C-CAM  Woofers: The Monitor Audio Bronze 5 employs a  5.5" C-CAM mid/bass woofer and a 5.5" C-CAM bass woofer. The newly designed 5.5" 'dished' C-CAM cone employs the entire cone surface to radiate more sound. Unbroken by the centre pole-piece aperture of conventional driver designs, the cone is inherently more rigid and efficient while being less prone to break-up under high drive conditions, resulting in exceptional detail resolution and life-like tonality. Ingeniously, the driver's voice coil is thermally coupled to the back of the cone, which draws heat away from the coil for better power handling and optimal operation at all volume levels.

C-CAM Technology: C-CAM driver technology is used throughout the Bronze series 5 floorstanding loudspeaker, providing coherent tonal balance and sonic signature across the entering audio frequency spectrum. Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium is a material originally developed by the aerospace industry for jet engine components. Its properties are ideal for loudspeaker cones being extremely rigid, yet light enough to yield high overall efficiency. In manufacture, aluminum/magnesium alloy undergoes a three-stage stress-relieving process to remove surface deformation and molecular weakness. Once formed, the alloy driver is subjected to a high temperature anodic coating process in which a layer of pure ceramic alumina is depleted onto its surfaces to a depth of 50 microns, producing a completely rigid sandwich of alloy and heat-dissipating ceramic material. Conventional drivers are liable to flex or twist in operation, producing a significant level of audible distortion. C-CAM drivers have a much higher resistance to bending stress and therefore exhibit much greater fidelity over their entire operating range.

Single Through-Bolt Mount: The tweeter, mid/bass woofer, and bass woofer are individually mounted on a through-bolt which fixes at the back of the cabinet and tensions the driver at the front. Cleverly this triple-action feature braces the cabinet structure for lower box coloration while removing the need for conventional front fixings, reducing unwanted driver/cabinet resonance and simultaneously boosting aesthetics

High Quality Crossover: The Monitor Audio Bronze 5 uses a high quality crossover network (LF/MF=600Hz, MF/HF=2.8kHz) with premium grade polypropylene film capacitors,  air core, and laminated steel core inductors for signal integrity.

HiVe Port Technology: Its 5.5" C-CAM mid/bass driver and a 5.5" C-CAM bass driver are arranged in a two-and-half way system configuration, operating in separate acoustic chambers with front- and rear-firing HiVe ports to provide differential tuning for higher efficiency and greater low frequency extension. The HiVe bass ports are shaped to have the same effect on airflow as a gun-barrel on a bullet. Rifled grooves inside the ports help to accelerate the flow and reduce turbulence, so air moves in and out of the ports more efficiently, for a faster more dynamic bass response.

Note: If the bass is too boomy, you can insert the included foam port plug into the speaker's front-firing port to tighten and lessen the bass.

MDF Enclosure w/ Magnetic Grille: The Bronze 5 employs a MDF enclosure for accurate, uncolored sound. Rigid 18mm MDF construction is used throughout the enclosure with radial and cross-bracing techniques for high rigidity and low cabinet coloration. In addition, the floorstanding speaker comes with an acoustically transparent cloth grille.

Dual Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The floorstanding loudspeaker has two sets of gold-plated binding posts connected by wire-jumpers. The gold-plated binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, & banana plugs (single only). Using the dual posts, you can bi-wire or bi-amp the speaker. Bi-wiring or bi-amping the speaker provides improved bass & treble performance. If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp, you must remove the jumpers between the terminal posts (failure to do this could result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).

  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
  • Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.
Note: Pre-installed plastic inserts must be removed to utilize banana plugs (single only).

Base with Rubber or Spiked Feet: The Bronze series 5 floorstanding speaker includes a plinth (base) which will need to be installed or you can choose to use the speaker without the base (when used without the plinth the stability of the cabinet will be reduced). In addition, the Bronze comes with four rubber feet and four spike-feet. The spike feet are great for carpeted floors, while the rubber feet are recommended for hardwood, tile, and laminate floors. The spike-feet are adjustable to level out the speaker with your floor. Dimensions will vary based on plinth and foot configuration.

  • with Base:
    • Spike-Feet: 8.5" (w) x 35.0625" (h) x 11.125" (d)
    • Rubber-Feet: 8.5" (w) x 34.5" (h) x 11.125" (d)
    • No-Feet: 8.5" (w) 34.3125" (h) x 11.125" (d)
  • without Base:
    • Spike-Feet: 6.5" (w) x 34.25" (h) x 10.875" (d)
    • Rubber-Feet: 6.5" (w) x 33.6875" (h) x 10.875" (d)
    • No-Feet: 6.5" (w) x 33.5" (h) x 10.875" (d)
Note: The plinth (base) will need to be screwed into the bottom of the speaker. The spike-feet then thread into the bottom of the plinth (base), or the rubber feet push into the bottom of the plinth (base). If the plinth (base) is not used, then the spike-feet or rubber feet get installed directly to the bottom of the speaker.

Placement: When used in a stereo system or as front speakers in a home theater application, the listening position and the floorstanding loudspeakers should form an equilateral triangle. The speakers should be positioned approximately 6' to 10' apart. They ideally need to be between 8' to 18" away from the rear wall and 3' from the side walls.

Bronze Series: Monitor Audio's Bronze series of loudspeakers consists of two floorstanding speakers (893BZ5B/893BZ6B), two bookshelf speakers (893BZ1B/893BZ2B), a center channel speaker (803BZCB), surround speaker (893BZFXB), and powered subwoofer (893BZW10B) - all sold separately.

 

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I was looking to replace my Bose 901 speakers because they were no longer compatible with my new system. As always the Crutchfield rep was knowledgeable and very friendly. Im looking forward to hearing these new speakers. [ Ben  Feb 08, 2018 ]
The specs on this tower match the AVR closely so they should be a good match. This is for a mid-level system I'm putting in a smallish house and will put a smile on their faces. [ Gary  Jan 05, 2018 ]
Great reviews and they fit perfectly in my cabinet. Payton was wonderful and answered my MANY questions on these so that I would get the proper speakers for my lifestyle. [ J  Jun 18, 2017 ]

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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny  May 05, 2017 ]  Staff
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