Monitor Audio Bronze 2
Bookshelf speakers (Black Oak Vinyl)
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Classic Monitor Audio performance
Looking for terrific sound from a pair of bookshelf-sized speakers? Then consider Monitor Audio's Bronze 2s. They convey the pure listening experience that Monitor is known for — clear, rich sound that delights the ears. Pair them with a powered subwoofer for room-filling music. Or use them as the front left and right channels of a high-quality Bronze home theater system.
"Trickle-down" speaker technology
The Bronze 2s borrow design features from Monitor's higher-end Silver and Gold speaker lines, so they deliver great performance for the money. Each cabinet houses a 1" gold dome tweeter for clear, detailed highs and realistic reproduction of instruments and vocals. They also use the same bolt-through driver attachment mechanism as the Silver and Gold lines. The result is smooth midrange and bass response from each speaker's 6-1/2" C-CAM woofer.
Monitor's gold dome tweeters deliver exceptional detail with music and movies.
Build a complete Bronze system
Want amazing surround sound? Mix and match these speakers for immersive home theater.
Round out the low end with the powerful Bronze W10 powered subwoofer.
Most speakers (including the Bronze 2s) don't include any wire. Check out our speaker wire guide to find the best wire for your system.
- frequency response: 42-30,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 90 dB
- recommended amplifier power: 30-100 watts
- impedance: 8 ohms
- ultra-rigid, lightweight C-CAM® (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) cone material delivers high efficiency and low distortion
- 1" gold dome C-CAM tweeter for detailed sound and extended high-frequency response
- 6-1/2" C-CAM woofer for smooth midrange and punchy bass
- single bolt-through driver attachment provides mechanical decoupling and increased cabinet rigidity for greater clarity and resolution
- bass reflex (ported) design with HiVe® technology for reduced turbulence and higher velocity airflow
- high-quality crossovers with polypropylene film capacitors for greater accuracy
- magnetic grille attaches seamlessly
- dual five-way binding post speaker terminals with bi-amp/bi-wire capability
- black oak vinyl finish
- 7-5/16"W x 13-3/4"H x 10-1/16"D
- weight: 11.6 lbs. (each)
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
- 2 Grilles
- 2 Foam port plugs
- Owner's Manual
- Important Safety Instructions
I am very happy with the sound of these speakers. Incredible musicality is the best way to descibe them.
Rich, Dagsboro, DE
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Features and Specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6.5|
|Frequency Response||42-30k Hz|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||30-31|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
1" C-CAM Gold Dome Tweeter: The newly designed 1" C-CAM Gold Dome Tweeter extends the Bronze 2 bookshelf 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 2 bookshelf loudspeaker.
6.5" 'Dished' C-CAM Woofer: The newly designed 6.5" '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 2 bookshelf 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 drivers 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 2 uses a high quality crossover (3,100Hz) with premium grade polypropylene film capacitors, air core, and laminated steel core inductors for signal integrity.
HiVe Port Technology: The Bronze 2 features a bass reflex cabinet with a front-firing port that utilizes Monitor Audio's HiVe port technology for greater efficiency and bigger bass response from a compact bookshelf speaker. The HiVe bass reflex port is shaped to have the same effect on airflow as a gun-barrel on a bullet. Rifled grooves inside the port help to accelerate the flow and reduce turbulence, so air moves in and out of the port 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 2 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 bookshelf speaker comes with an acoustically transparent cloth grille that attaches magnetically.
Dual Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The bookshelf 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).
Mounting Options: The Bronze series 2 bookshelf loudspeaker can simply be mounted on top of a stand (sold separately; see accessory list), shelf, or table. The optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (121AM41B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speaker.
Placement: When used in a stereo system or as front speakers in a home theater application, the listening position and the bookshelf 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. When used as surround speakers in a home theater application, the bookshelf speakers should be placed directly to the side or behind the main listening position, equidistant to the main listening position, and at ear level.
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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Why did you buy this?
Great price , quality product. [ John Dec 08, 2017 ]
I have some other MA speakers that I really like [ Carole Nov 27, 2017 ]
I exhaustively searched reviews from consumers and pros on bookshelf speakers, and this was one pair that kept coming up as very highly rated and seemed to match what I was looking for. I have a very high-quality but relatively low powered integrated amp (Quad Vena 45 wpc) so I wanted a pair that had a pretty substantial sensitivity rating (90 dB). I also liked the size footprint and from what I could gain from most of the pictures I was able to see, the look of this speaker. [ J Nov 25, 2017 ]
Product of the year at What hi-fi [ David Nov 25, 2017 ]
good online reviews. Price and size. [ Ed May 01, 2017 ]
Had displaced set of Focal 706 (wonderful speakers!!!) made in France, but could not afford them at this time. Monitor Audio's reviews were very high. The UK press and North American press always to positive reports. [ Jeffrey Jan 07, 2017 ]
Positive reviews and price. [ DAVID W Nov 30, 2016 ]
1 question already asked
Not bright at all and fits in nicely with the dark Samsung TV that I have situated net to the speakers Happy with the look....good viewing. . [ Patrick W. Aug 16, 2018 ]
I can't help you here. I returned the bronze 2's. [ Ed Aug 15, 2018 ]
I have my Bronze 2's connected to a Yamaha A-S501 integrated amp, and I don't find them to be overly bright at all. They are well balanced, with good bass response and I can listen to them all day with out it getting fatiguing. Using a MacMini connected to the Yamaha via Toslink as my music server with music files ripped with Apple's Lossless ALAC format. Not sure how well the A-S501 amp matches up with Yamaha's Network receiver though. [ David Aug 15, 2018 ]
Didnt have enough depth for me sent thim back! [ ALONZO Aug 15, 2018 ]
I am running these as fronts on theater system with a Yamaha RX-A1070. Not harsh in the highs by any means. Full sound for their size in a 13x15 room with carpet. My wife wanted the front speakers off the floor so these replaced a pair of Paradigm Monitor 3 series on 36" stands. I am sold on Paradigm....well I was until I heard these at a local dealer who also carries Paradigm. I am equally impressed. Lows down to 60hz no problem. Highs are pleasant like the Paradigms without being harsh and tinny. Very happy with them. [ CHARLES Aug 15, 2018 ]
I didn't notice but you should test it by yourself. [ Viorel Aug 15, 2018 ]
You will love these speakers no matter what you match them up with. You just can't beat these speakers in this price range! [ JIM Aug 15, 2018 ]
I paired the RN-602 with the monitor audio bronze 2 and the sound awesome together. Not too bright at all. I upgraded to Elac floorstander recently however. I highly recommend the pairing however. [ Derin Aug 15, 2018 ]
The Bronze 2's have a great midrange and a solid low end. They sound better and better everyday. You would be missing out on a super hi-fi bargain if you didn't give them a try!!! [ John Aug 15, 2018 ]
Hey Roy, I'm sorry but i have Walmut Vinyl. I believe I initially ordered Black ones but changed my decision before the shipment. As far as the sound they are awesome. And you can't beat the customer service of CRUTCHFIELD. [ Jigar Aug 15, 2018 ]
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