Monitor Audio Bronze 5
Floor-standing speaker (Black Oak Vinyl)
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Our take on the Monitor Audio Bronze 5 by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
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.
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.
Round out the low end with the powerful Bronze W10 powered subwoofer.
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.
- 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 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
- black oak vinyl finish
- 8-1/2"W x 34-5/16"H x 11-1/8"D (including base)
- weight: 24.4 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Floorstanding loudspeaker
- 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
these speakers are a revelation. absolutely awesome. the clarity and presence right there.
Robert, florence NJ
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Features and Specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1.0|
|Midrange Size (inches)||5.5|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.5|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||37-30k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
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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Why did you buy this?
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 ]
2 questions already asked
Thanks for your question. Anything we sell from Open Box stock should be in like new condition. Fully tested, the box has just been opened. There should be no blemishes like there would be in Scratch n Dent stock items. Fully manufacturer's warranty and Crutchfield's 60 day satisfaction guarantee still apply. Hope that helps. [ Kenny Nov 09, 2018 ] Staff
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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