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Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Walnut/ Black/ White) £169 Delivered + 6 Year Guarantee @ Richer Sounds
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Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Walnut/ Black/ White) £169 Delivered + 6 Year Guarantee @ Richer Sounds

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Posted 5th May
Hard to beat them at these prices, especially with the 6 year guarantee from Richer Sounds - well worth it in my view.

Also in Black and White

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The best Bronze so far
It's fair to say that the previous, multi-award-winning, ranges of Monitor Audio Bronze speakers have usually topped their class. Thanks to new drive units and the same attention to cabinet and crossover design, the latest Bronze range is the best yet. Take a listen and we're sure you'll agree.

Sound quality
The latest Bronze range comes with new C-CAM gold dome tweeters. These give the ideal balance between detail and smoothness. Upper frequencies stay clear and uncongested - even at high volume levels where inferior designs begin to distort. Despite being a stand-mount speaker, the Bronze 2 packs a dynamic punch. The new C-CAM woofer is larger than the one fitted to the Bronze 1 and it's a difference you can hear - especially with bass-rich music. Match it up to a good quality amp and you can expect an effortless sound with the talent to make all types of music sound 'real'.

The ideal speaker for
The Bronze 2 is very much the all-rounder of the Bronze range and perfect for use in stereo systems in small to medium sized rooms. Use them with a subwoofer and they also make very impressive speakers for home cinema in larger rooms. These are the first speakers in the Bronze range to offer bi-wiring, making them the perfect match for higher-end hi-fi systems and AV receivers that offer the option of bi-amping.

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jasee06/05/2020 02:10

Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually …Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually manufacture their speakers in the UK to British tastes? Most of them seem to have been bought by the Chinese or get their speakers made by the Chinese. I know and have known quite a few Chinese. They just don't seem to hear things in the same way, or something. So speakers manufactured there just don't seem to suit Western tastes, IMO.


Lol what’s is the British taste when it comes to sound? Didn’t realise there’s was one; mine is completely different to the wife’s so better send her to China.:o
Who are Monitor Audio, never heard of them. Would prefer a bigger brand like Bush or Alba.
jasee06/05/2020 02:10

Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually …Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually manufacture their speakers in the UK to British tastes? Most of them seem to have been bought by the Chinese or get their speakers made by the Chinese. I know and have known quite a few Chinese. They just don't seem to hear things in the same way, or something. So speakers manufactured there just don't seem to suit Western tastes, IMO.


BK Electronics still make their subwoofers in Essex.
Edited by: "Cremoso99" 6th May
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Bought these and the matching centre speaker to update my 15 year old Chinese made Kef Codas and to be honest didn’t understand what all the raves are for. Really disappointed
cabstar06/05/2020 00:14

Bought these and the matching centre speaker to update my 15 year old …Bought these and the matching centre speaker to update my 15 year old Chinese made Kef Codas and to be honest didn’t understand what all the raves are for. Really disappointed


What are you using them for - hifi or cinema?
I've got the B1's, musically they're not to my taste but as part of a surround sound setup they're brilliantly honest speakers.
tenohfive06/05/2020 00:42

What are you using them for - hifi or cinema?I've got the B1's, musically …What are you using them for - hifi or cinema?I've got the B1's, musically they're not to my taste but as part of a surround sound setup they're brilliantly honest speakers.


Music and cinema, musically I find them difficult and for cinema I found the centre speaking overbearing
Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually manufacture their speakers in the UK to British tastes? Most of them seem to have been bought by the Chinese or get their speakers made by the Chinese. I know and have known quite a few Chinese. They just don't seem to hear things in the same way, or something. So speakers manufactured there just don't seem to suit Western tastes, IMO.
cabstar06/05/2020 00:14

Bought these and the matching centre speaker to update my 15 year old …Bought these and the matching centre speaker to update my 15 year old Chinese made Kef Codas and to be honest didn’t understand what all the raves are for. Really disappointed


What amp You use?
I have pair of Monitor Audio Bronze BX2 with Cambridge Audio Azur 651A and sounds awesome in this price range.
jasee06/05/2020 02:10

Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually …Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually manufacture their speakers in the UK to British tastes? Most of them seem to have been bought by the Chinese or get their speakers made by the Chinese. I know and have known quite a few Chinese. They just don't seem to hear things in the same way, or something. So speakers manufactured there just don't seem to suit Western tastes, IMO.


Lol what’s is the British taste when it comes to sound? Didn’t realise there’s was one; mine is completely different to the wife’s so better send her to China.:o
I use these with a PM6006, and while they're not as good as my Dali Zensor 3s, they won't be beaten at this price point.
I auditioned these, Q Acoustic 3020 and Dali Zensor 1s and found the Dalis gave the nicest sound for me. But we're all different.
jasee06/05/2020 02:10

Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually …Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually manufacture their speakers in the UK to British tastes? Most of them seem to have been bought by the Chinese or get their speakers made by the Chinese. I know and have known quite a few Chinese. They just don't seem to hear things in the same way, or something. So speakers manufactured there just don't seem to suit Western tastes, IMO.


For classic British speakers, try some BBC design based Harbeths, the new Xd range starts around £2.5k
Edited by: "m1ntsauce" 6th May
Wow! Heat
gavinbullstag06/05/2020 07:00

I auditioned these, Q Acoustic 3020 and Dali Zensor 1s and found the Dalis …I auditioned these, Q Acoustic 3020 and Dali Zensor 1s and found the Dalis gave the nicest sound for me. But we're all different.


Won't that depend on which amplifier they are paired with anyway?
gavinbullstag06/05/2020 07:00

I auditioned these, Q Acoustic 3020 and Dali Zensor 1s and found the Dalis …I auditioned these, Q Acoustic 3020 and Dali Zensor 1s and found the Dalis gave the nicest sound for me. But we're all different.


Yeah, agree on the Dali comparison. I have these Monitor Audio's and they're decent but not exceptional. Also fair to say they need much running in to start to really deliver. They're a tight sound but they lack a bit of clarity for me. Even so, for the money hard to find better as the £100-200 price point isn't flooded with tip top options. They all have their strengths and weaknesses.
Ordered, thanks OP
I have some Dali Zensor Pico's that I use as surround speakers for my AV system... they are excellent.... really pack a punch considering their small size.

I have however been looking for some new speakers to go with my 40 year old Technics C-01 system and 1510mk2 Turntable. The system currently has SB-F2 Linear Phase speakers but they are not very powerful and the sound through the amp cuts out if the speakers are pushed.

So I was tempted by the Dali Spektor 2 speakers but I felt these Monitor Audio's would look nicest and should sound more than adequate for my needs. I hope I won't be disappointed though.

I decided to buy via Amazon using Sevenoaks Audio though as delivery was quicker (Saturday)

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Edited by: "busterdan" 6th May
They just refreshed the whole Bronze range so expect a few deals like this.

I got these a few weeks ago and they're incredible for the price.

Pairing with a relatively cheap Denon rcd41 and they probably need a separate sub if you want that extra kick, but they're remarkably honest and clean sounding speakers
I compared these to Dali Zensors a few years ago. Preferred the Dalis. Then listedened to the Monitor Audio BX5s. Bought them on the spot. Twice the price but more than twice the speaker for hifi, even powering them with an Onkyo.
A friend just got these with a Denon DM41 and they sound great.
Spendor/Harbeth
jasee06/05/2020 02:10

Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually …Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually manufacture their speakers in the UK to British tastes?


Acoustic Energy manufacture in England though I don't know which models other than the priciest ones.

Spendor, Harbeth, Rega, Linn and I am sure plenty of others that don't come to mind right now.

Plenty of hifi is made in the UK if you have the cash.
hisqwertyness06/05/2020 06:25

Lol what’s is the British taste when it comes to sound? Didn’t realise the …Lol what’s is the British taste when it comes to sound? Didn’t realise there’s was one; mine is completely different to the wife’s so better send her to China.:o


Sony used to have a bunch of products badged as 'UK tuned'
cabstar06/05/2020 00:14

Bought these and the matching centre speaker to update my 15 year old …Bought these and the matching centre speaker to update my 15 year old Chinese made Kef Codas and to be honest didn’t understand what all the raves are for. Really disappointed



I got some of the older ones last year from a carboot, £8 for the pair with a NAD amp, sounded great at that price :-p
Since been replaced with a lovely £40 pair of Celestion Ditton 44's :-)
This confusion always happens with speaker deals! Most mainstream speaker manufacturers design their own speakers, then have them made in China, because it’s cheaper for them and of course us. Likewise, most people are happy with budget speakers. I’m not, but that’s because I’m a hi fi nut- we’re in the minority. My speakers are designed by a Danish company- but made in China!
hisqwertyness06/05/2020 06:25

Lol what’s is the British taste when it comes to sound? Didn’t realise the …Lol what’s is the British taste when it comes to sound? Didn’t realise there’s was one; mine is completely different to the wife’s so better send her to China.:o


Some of the major hifi brands including Denon and Marantz actually make the sound different for the European market. The eastern market prefer a brighter sound apparently. They should know as they want to sell the stuff. denon.eu/cat…pdf
jasee06/05/2020 02:10

Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually …Do any of these once famous British speaker manufacturers actually manufacture their speakers in the UK to British tastes? Most of them seem to have been bought by the Chinese or get their speakers made by the Chinese. I know and have known quite a few Chinese. They just don't seem to hear things in the same way, or something. So speakers manufactured there just don't seem to suit Western tastes, IMO.


BK Electronics still make their subwoofers in Essex.
Edited by: "Cremoso99" 6th May
dan197906/05/2020 18:31

Acoustic Energy manufacture in England though I don't know which models …Acoustic Energy manufacture in England though I don't know which models other than the priciest ones. Spendor, Harbeth, Rega, Linn and I am sure plenty of others that don't come to mind right now. Plenty of hifi is made in the UK if you have the cash.


You don’t need a great deal of cash for a great set of british technology. Two small kit style drivers from amazon and a couple of tubes of pringles: instructables.com/id/…er/. Got to be as good as the old Kef eggs!
Who are Monitor Audio, never heard of them. Would prefer a bigger brand like Bush or Alba.
dan197906/05/2020 18:31

Acoustic Energy manufacture in England though I don't know which models …Acoustic Energy manufacture in England though I don't know which models other than the priciest ones. Spendor, Harbeth, Rega, Linn and I am sure plenty of others that don't come to mind right now. Plenty of hifi is made in the UK if you have the cash.


High end Tannoys are still made in Scotland I think, I had Legacy Arden’s on test for a few weeks last year, but they whacked the price right up and they set you back about £8.5k now.
Edited by: "m1ntsauce" 6th May
m1ntsauce06/05/2020 19:37

High end Tannoys are still made in Scotland I think, I had Legacy Arden’s o …High end Tannoys are still made in Scotland I think, I had Legacy Arden’s on test for a few weeks last year, but they whacked the price right up and they set you back about £8.5k now.


For £8.5k I assume it has 5 seats and an engine!
Are these better than the wharfedale 220s?
Pondlife06/05/2020 13:05

Won't that depend on which amplifier they are paired with anyway?


Yes, very true.
david4906/05/2020 19:45

For £8.5k I assume it has 5 seats and an engine!


Audiophilia is a slippery slope, mainly of exponentially diminishing returns. I myself saw this lovely pair in a dream last night.
Edited by: "hcc27" 6th May
hcc2706/05/2020 20:45

Audiophilia is a slippery slope, mainly of exponentially diminishing …Audiophilia is a slippery slope, mainly of exponentially diminishing returns. I myself saw this lovely pair in a dream last night.


Haha. It’s when the hand made aluminium boxes with those little glowing valves come out that I start to worry!
Cremoso9906/05/2020 19:17

BK Electronics still make their subwoofers in Essex.


BK are awesome. I have a Gemini II and it is fantastic
cabstar06/05/2020 00:14

Bought these and the matching centre speaker to update my 15 year old …Bought these and the matching centre speaker to update my 15 year old Chinese made Kef Codas and to be honest didn’t understand what all the raves are for. Really disappointed


They're not Silvers
hcc2706/05/2020 20:45

Audiophilia is a slippery slope, mainly of exponentially diminishing …Audiophilia is a slippery slope, mainly of exponentially diminishing returns. I myself saw this lovely pair in a dream last night.


That's obscene. You can buy a nice island for that.
wilson-benesch are made in Sheffield. A little pricey though 😬
bazwinder06/05/2020 21:35

That's obscene. You can buy a nice island for that.


The problem is capitalism, in a nutshell. At the high end, there'd be a waiting list to buy a pair of 350K speakers. Same as for designer 100m yachts, Patek Philippe watches, Damien Hirst works etc. etc. But what's the alternative, socialism? History says otherwise.
Edited by: "hcc27" 8th May
Michaeluk106/05/2020 04:07

What amp You use? I have pair of Monitor Audio Bronze BX2 with Cambridge …What amp You use? I have pair of Monitor Audio Bronze BX2 with Cambridge Audio Azur 651A and sounds awesome in this price range.


Yamaha AV amp sounded great with my Kefs but the bronze I’m not impressed with.
hcc2706/05/2020 22:37

The problem is capitalism, in a nutshell. At the high end, there'd be a …The problem is capitalism, in a nutshell. At the high end, there'd be a waiting list to buy a pair of 350K speakers. Same as for designer 100m yachts, Patel Philippe watches, Damien Hirst works etc. etc. But what's the alternative, socialism? History says otherwise.


Rich people spending their money is much less of an issue than them not spending it. The more frivilous things for them to spend a fortune on the better then the money filters down.
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