Monitor Audio Bronze BX1 (Walnut or Black) - £99.95 - Richer Sounds (6 Year Guarantee)
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Monitor Audio Bronze BX1 (Walnut or Black) - £99.95 - Richer Sounds (6 Year Guarantee)

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Found 17th Jun 2015
Perfect as either a home cinema or compact hi-fi speaker, the Monitor Audio Bronze BX1 is where Monitor Audio quality begins.

It may be small, but the BX1 still has many of the engineering qualities that make Monitor Audio speakers sought after. The new C-CAM (Ceramic Coated Aluminium Magnesium) tweeter has an extended frequency response that now stretches to beyond 30 kHz. Whilst this may be well above our audible spectrum it does have a positive effect on the sound; lower notes that we can hear aren't compressed downwards or harmonically compromised. In short, the treble response is smooth, sweet and detailed. Matching this refined tweeter unit is a similarly impressive woofer. The highly developed C-CAM bass and mid-range integrates smoothly with the treble to give life-like vocals and a powerful, rhythmic bass response.

Another technically impressive feature is the woofer fixing. Another technically impressive feature is the woofer fixing. Rather than being bolted to the front baffle, through-bolt construction ensures isolation from the main cabinet and therefore a less coloured sound. The cabinet itself is highly rigid and features HiVe II port technology. This exhausts the air from the cabinet as quickly as possible to give a faster and more dynamic bass response.

With its walnut pearlescent finish, the BX1 blends well with both traditional and contemporary furniture. The Bronze range is also finished to the standards of much more expensive speakers. For example, the grille is magnetically attached and there are no exposed driver bolts once the grille is removed.

For a quality, compact speaker, the Bronze BX1 is up there with the best.

Also available in a Natural Oak finish by special order. Please ask your nearest store or our mail order department for details.

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rd3d2

Matching these guys from last week … Matching these guys from last week ...http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/get-monitor-audio-bx1-walnut-speakers-for-99-using-code-3fwp-audio-visual-online-2225197



Possibly, Although I have just noticed on the image I posted in comment one that it's a weekly deal that ends tomorrow. So it looks like it has been running since last Thursday.

BuzzDuraband

Possibly, Although I have just noticed on the image I posted in comment … Possibly, Although I have just noticed on the image I posted in comment one that it's a weekly deal that ends tomorrow. So it looks like it has been running since last Thursday.



Yep, it's mentioned in the comments to that post - not wishing to detract from these speakers or the deal - which are both great!

How would these compare to Wharfedale 9.1s?

Tannoy Mercury V1 £79.95 at richer sounds with 6 year guarantee also very good reviews

It is end of line sale as new line is available. The problem with RS is that their stock might be(don't have to be) either ex-display or new and stock is very limited at the moment as was informed nothing left in their warehouse. Make sure to ask for brand new if you going to buy it.

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great company

Fantastic speakers for an amazing speaker manufacturer! I've owned many pairs of Monitor Audio speakers over the years including my current pair.

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How would these compare to Wharfedale 9.1s?


I've had both and the wharfedale 9.1 are better esp in mid range and bass. depends on your amp

Pay the extra for the BX2's (or buy a used pair).

I listened to them both in Richer Sounds. Listened to the BX1's first and thought they sounded pretty good. Much better than anything else I've heard (this was my introduction into decent speakers!). He then switched for the BX2's and the difference was night and day. The BX1's made me feel claustrophobic almost whereas the BX2's offered such an open sound! They are a bigger speaker and that really comes across in the listening experience, they sounded much more open.

I ended up buying Dali Zensor 1's in the end and not regretted it one bit! Great speakers! I'm looking for some Zensor 7's now to upgrade!

Pay the extra for the BX2's!

wrcallar

Pay the extra for the BX2's (or buy a used pair).I listened to them both … Pay the extra for the BX2's (or buy a used pair).I listened to them both in Richer Sounds. Listened to the BX1's first and thought they sounded pretty good. Much better than anything else I've heard (this was my introduction into decent speakers!). He then switched for the BX2's and the difference was night and day. The BX1's made me feel claustrophobic almost whereas the BX2's offered such an open sound! They are a bigger speaker and that really comes across in the listening experience, they sounded much more open.I ended up buying Dali Zensor 1's in the end and not regretted it one bit! Great speakers! I'm looking for some Zensor 7's now to upgrade!Pay the extra for the BX2's!



The Zensor 7's are phenomenal for the price.

wrcallar

He then switched for the BX2's and the difference was night and day.


Did you have any evidence the two demos were volume matched? You may know now it's the oldest trick in the book but you did indicate you were a newbie at the time?...

Would richer sounds let me take my old technics PG4 CD player and Nad 3020e amp in store to listen to the speakers ?

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LOUGHBORO GUY

Would richer sounds let me take my old technics PG4 CD player and Nad … Would richer sounds let me take my old technics PG4 CD player and Nad 3020e amp in store to listen to the speakers ?



I'm sure they would. They've always been very helpful with me.

Why don't you give them a call and ask?

parabola117

CommentI'm sure they would. They've always been very helpful with me. Why … CommentI'm sure they would. They've always been very helpful with me. Why don't you give them a call and ask?



Yeah just don't mention where you're from or Onkyo.

wrcallar

Pay the extra for the BX2's (or buy a used pair).I listened to them both … Pay the extra for the BX2's (or buy a used pair).I listened to them both in Richer Sounds. Listened to the BX1's first and thought they sounded pretty good. Much better than anything else I've heard (this was my introduction into decent speakers!). He then switched for the BX2's and the difference was night and day. The BX1's made me feel claustrophobic almost whereas the BX2's offered such an open sound! They are a bigger speaker and that really comes across in the listening experience, they sounded much more open.I ended up buying Dali Zensor 1's in the end and not regretted it one bit! Great speakers! I'm looking for some Zensor 7's now to upgrade!Pay the extra for the BX2's!



Zensor 1 are a fantastic speaker for the price.....I would certainly buy them over the BX1 even at twice the price

JohnnyUtah

Yeah just don't mention where you're from or Onkyo.

I won't by the way do they give the speaker cable free with their speakers ?

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LOUGHBORO GUY

I won't by the way do they give the speaker cable free with their … I won't by the way do they give the speaker cable free with their speakers ?


No, and they sell rip off cables and banana plugs, speaking from bitter experience. As soon as the guy told me they were directional , I knew I was in trouble

chrisjackson

Did you have any evidence the two demos were volume matched? You may know … Did you have any evidence the two demos were volume matched? You may know now it's the oldest trick in the book but you did indicate you were a newbie at the time?...



Yea, we listened to them at a variety of volumes. It was clear to me and my girlfriend at the time that the BX2's were a massive step forward from the BX1's; it certainly wasn't a volume based decision. The BX2's were just more open, 'airy' and wide. I could relax listening to them but the BX1's were almost draining. We then listened to the BX5 and it sounded exactly the same as the BX2. We struggled to tell the difference. Clearly the step up in cone size made more of a difference vs adding a second one.

She was a speaker cynic untill we heard the BX2's... then she changed her mind!
Edited by: "wrcallar" 25th Jun 2015

wrcallar

Yea, we listened to them at a variety of volumes. It was clear to me and … Yea, we listened to them at a variety of volumes. It was clear to me and my girlfriend at the time that the BX2's were a massive step forward from the BX1's; it certainly wasn't a volume based decision. The BX2's were just more open, 'airy' and wide. I could relax listening to them but the BX1's were almost draining. We then listened to the BX5 and it sounded exactly the same as the BX2. We struggled to tell the difference. Clearly the step up in cone size made more of a difference vs adding a second one.She was a speaker cynic untill we heard the BX2's... then she changed her mind!



I don't doubt that the BX2 should sound have the potential to sound better than the BX1 in a lot of situations and for all sorts of reasons (twice the cabinet volume and front porting is certainly going to help the designer produce a "bigger" sound). It's just that I suspect just about everything (listeners' distance to speaker, volume, choice of music, size of room etc etc) was probably weighted in favour of the bigger model in that "listening test".
On the other hand maybe my reponse was simply an objection to the description of the difference as "night and day" which I perceive as being on of those horribly lazy Americanisms (I'm old, you see ;)).

Not sure I've ever heard of a speaker (or perhaps more generally "transducer") cynic. And I've never seen a blind listening test intended to prove that a budget speaker can be indistinguishable from a super expensive audiophile model (all other components in the chain yes). Speaker cynic eh? Are you sure this wasn't a more straightforward scenario : your girlfriend simply questioning whether certain funds wouldn't be better directed elsewhere? X)



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