Monitor Audio Bronze 2 Bookshelf Speaker
Monitor Audio Bronze 2 Bookshelf Speaker
Monitor Audio Bronze 2 Bookshelf Speaker
Monitor Audio Bronze 2 Bookshelf Speaker
Monitor Audio Bronze 2 Bookshelf Speaker
Monitor Audio Bronze 2 Bookshelf Speaker
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Monitor Audio Bronze 2 Bookshelf Speaker

SKU: Monitor Audio Bronze 2
RM 2,159.00
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New C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter
New 61/2" bass driver with concave ‘dished’ C-CAM cone profile
HiVe port technology

18 Months Warranty

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Bronze 2

The Bronze 2 builds on the strength of its predecessor’s audiophile cred with a neutral tonal balance and high detail resolution combined with high overall efficiency and power handling.

AWARDS

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These are the perfect ingredients for compelling listening. Armed with a larger 6.5" C-CAM bass driver and front-firing HiVe port, the turbo-charged Two is capable of effortless dynamic scale and presence, revealing all the dramatic contrast in music and cinema sound.

For a speaker of its size, the Two will deliver breath-taking results mounted on a stand and placed up to 8” (20cm) from a wall.

This product is now available to use with home theatre design software, The Cinema Designer. Read more.


Technology

  • New C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter
  • New 61/2" bass driver with concave ‘dished’ C-CAM cone profile
  • HiVe port technology
  • Single bolt-through driver systems for increased overall bracing, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling
  • High quality crossovers with premium grade Polypropylene film capacitors used throughout
  • Rigid 18 mm MDF construction throughout, employing radial and cross-bracing techniques for high rigidity resulting in low cabinet coloration
  • Invisible magnetic grille fixing
  • Bi-wire/Bi-amp terminal configuration
  • Premium quality vinyl veneer finishes

System Format

2-Way

Frequency Response

42 Hz — 30 kHz

Sensitivity (1W@1M)

90 dB

Nominal Impedance

8 ohms

Maximum SPL

113 dBA (pair)

Power Handling (RMS)

100 W

Recommended Amplifier Requirements

30 — 100 W

Bass Alignment

Bass reflex - HiVe II Port technology

Crossover Frequency

3.1 kHz

Drive Unit Complement

1 x 61/2" C-CAM bass/mid-range driver
1 x 25 mm C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter

Cabinet Dimensions (H x W x D)

350 x 185 x 255 mm
133/4 x 75/16 x 101/16"

Dimensions (Including Grille & Terminals (H x W x D))

350 x 185 x 281 mm
133/4 x 75/16 x 111/16"

Weight (each)

5.3 kg (11 lb 10 oz)

 

 

REVIEW By What Hi Fi 

Monitor Audio Bronze 2 review

Monitor Audio's Bronze range is back with a bang - the new Bronze 2s are stunning standmounters... 

 

Our Verdict 

This latest generation of Bronze 2 is arguably the best yet. This is a truly complete speaker for the money

For 

Balanced sound

Impressive insight and well-developed dynamics

Pleasing bass weight and scale

Class-leading build and finish

Against 

Need a little space to breathe

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Reviewed on 21st July 2015

If these new Bronze 2s give you a strong sense of déjà vu; that’s exactly what Monitor Audio intended. Seeing no reason to mess with a successful formula, instead it has chosen the door marked ‘evolution’ and introduced a whole raft of engineering changes, making these arguably the most complete Bronze standmounters yet.

Introduced back in 2000, the original Bronze series was the entry point into Monitor Audio’s range. Five generations on, it remains at the core of the company’s product output, with the ‘2’ standmounter in particular a cornerstone of the brand.

Build and design

While the model’s appearance has hardly changed from the last generation, pretty much everything else has. The big news is that both drive units are new.

They still use Monitor Audio’s trademark C-CAM (ceramic-coated aluminium magnesium) diaphragms, but beyond that much has been revised.

The 16.5cm mid/bass now has a dished cone, without the traditional dustcap-covered hole in the centre, which not only helps rigidity but also gives a greater radiating area and better control at the top end of the driver’s frequency range. The surround has been redesigned to make the most of this change.

The traditional gold dome tweeter looks unchanged, but a lot of work has gone on behind the diaphragm. There’s a new venting system that leaks air into a rear chamber.

This prevents air being compressed behind the dome, reducing distortion, improving dynamics and lowering unwanted mechanical resonances.

Monitor Audio has long been known for turning out classy boxes with neat edges and smart cosmetics and with the Bronze 2s, the company has excelled again. There’s a quality of finish that few rivals can match, apart from Q Acoustics, maybe.

Available in four neat, vinyl wrap finishes: Black Oak, Walnut, Rosemah and White Ash, the Bronze 2s have a relatively large enclosure, standing 35cm high, and made of 18mm MDF all round.

This structure is then braced for extra rigidity and further reinforced by a clever clamping arrangement for the mid/bass unit – the driver is held in the enclosure by a single bolt that enters through the rear panel.

This, along with the hidden magnetic grille fixings, helps give the Bronze 2’s front baffle a clutter-free appearance.

More after the break

 

These speakers are rated at 90dB/W/m sensitivity and have an 8ohm impedance. This makes for decent volume levels with any amplifier capable of around 30W per channel power output. Integrateds such as Marantz’s PM6005, or even NAD’s D 3020, will make good partners.

These Bronzes are front ported, which should make them less sensitive to placement. We found them a little lumpy when placed right up against a wall and achieved the best sonic balance around 30cm out into the room.

It’s worth playing around with the toe-in angle to firm up the stereo imaging, but even so, these speakers aren’t especially demanding – something that points to well-designed drive units and a carefully calibrated crossover.

It’s worth budgeting for some decent speakers stands, such as Atacama’s Moseco 6 (£120). Biwiring is also beneficial, improving openness and delivering a little more in the way of finesse.

 

Performance

Once up and running these Monitor Audios are hugely talented performers, but it takes a little while to appreciate just how good they are.

Their delivery isn’t showy, but give the Bronzes a little time and you’ll realise there’s real depth of talent here.

We can’t seem to get enough of Debussy’s Clair De Lune at the moment, so that’s where we start. These Monitor Audios sail through the test.  They have delicacy when required and handle dynamics deftly.

There’s plenty of insight here, from the way the trailing edges of the piano notes fade gracefully into silence to the Bronze 2s’ ability to track subtle pace changes. It’s a spellbinding performance, out of keeping from what we normally hear at this level.

A move to Hans Zimmer’s Inception OST allows these standmounters to show off their assured bass. Low frequencies are articulate and delivered with plenty of control. This confident low-end performance gives tracks such as Mombasa a firm foundation and real authority.

We’re impressed by the Bronze 2’s ability to stay composed, even at high volumes, and by the scale of their presentation. For the most part there are no rough edges here. This is a carefully-honed pair of speakers that brim with refinement.

This doesn’t mean that they won’t react adversely to aggressive recordings or forward-sounding partnering equipment. There’s enough transparency here to show exactly what’s going on further up the system chain, so it pays not to cut corners with the rest of your set-up.

We give Of Monsters and Men’s King And Lionheart a listen and are swept along by the energy of the music. There’s plenty of attack here and a fine sense of drive. Rhythmically, these speakers have a good amount of precision and communicate the momentum of the piece well.

The Bronze 2s’ open and explicit midrange makes the most of vocals, delivering them in an expressive way, while there’s plenty in the way of attack to keep us interested.

Verdict

For their size, these speakers dig deep in the bass; they’re tonally balanced and impressively detailed too. Add fine build and Monitor Audio’s usual high standard of finish and there’s much to applaud here.

Previous generations of Bronze 2s were class leaders. As it turns out, this one is too.

 

 

HI-FIREVIEW

MONITOR AUDIO BRONZE 2 – 超值,難能可貴

11/10/2017 • ARCHIMEDES

以前曾經說過,「超值」一詞愈來愈難寫得出,有時候不是產品配不起這個形容,而是……要數最易被讀者誤認你是「吹水」、「收咗錢」的評語之中,「超值」一定是頭幾位。

只是,作為發燒友兼傳媒從業員,有責任直話直說,有義務推荐成本效益高的產品,故此,這個可能兩年都用不到一次的形容詞,面對 Monitor Audio Bronze 2,還真的要出場了。數千元消費,它在聲音上給予你的,比預期還要多。

 

傳統套路新進化

英國 Monitor Audio 近年動作頻頻,去年為旗艦 Platinum 產品線轉款,變成型號更多的 Platinum II 系列,及後又收購了 Roksan,實行橫向發展,一下子擁有數碼訊源、黑膠系統和擴音機。

不過,這次焦點並非他們的新旗艦,也不是探討兩個品牌成為姊妹之後,可以有甚麼化學反應,而是集中測試 Monitor Audio Bronze 2 書架揚聲器。

現時品牌產品線之中,Platinum II 是大阿哥,接下來是金、銀、銅,即是 Gold、Sliver、Bronze。Bronze 有兩款書架型號,Bronze 2 是較大那一款。到底穿着青銅聖衣真的可以打敗黃金聖鬥士?好吧,這是冷笑話……

 

C-CAM 正在持續發展

Bronze 2 是非常典型的二路書架仔,一隻一吋 C-CAM 金高音,再加一隻 6.5 吋 C-CAM 中低音,分頻點是 3.1kHz。C-CAM 金高音,是品牌最知名的設計特徵,在 Platinum 系列那款鋁帶高音登場前,一直是 Monitor Audio 的代名詞。

C-CAM,即是 Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium,把鋁鎂合金進行陽極氧化之後,出現了陶瓷化現象。事實上,市場上幾乎所有陶瓷高音,都是高度氧化的鋁合金,剛性非常出色,能量積存問題亦輕微,不過,只有剛性不是出色的振膜,因為還要解決盤分裂問題。

以往不少陶瓷單元都需要加入阻尼物,以抑制共震,後來發展成三文治結構。C-CAM 單元以往都有可聞的物料特性,廠方及後一直加以改良,希望解決這個問題。Bronze 2 那枚金高音是最新設計,廠方指它兼具優秀剛性與阻尼表現,而且輕巧,同時把第一個盤分裂點推高至 35kHz。35kHz 有甚麼意義?Bronze 2 的頻率響應是 42Hz 至 30kHz,35kHz,即是超出了頻響範圍之外,理論上對這款揚聲器的聲音沒有影響。

 

單元以外

一對 C-CAM 單元的工作平台,是一個由 18mm 厚 MDF 組成的低音後射式聲箱,內有支架,以控制震動。前障板兩邊修成圓角,用作減少不良繞射。低音反射孔設計用上品牌另一招牌技術 HiVe II,可以增加氣流交換速度,同時減少風噪。

Bronze 2 靈敏度是 90dB(1W@1M),標示阻抗 8Ω,無論是數據還是實際表現,都不難推得好,廠方指它可承受高功率,而音壓輸出可高達 113dBA(SPL, dBA @1M)。

它設有雙線分音,使用時更加靈活,有時候調聲到最後,距離目標不遠了,所需要的變化比換一條線更少,可能把喇叭線從正高、負低,改成全部接低就剛剛好,這次試音就出現如此情況。雙線分音,就擁有這種靈活性。

出了些意外

Monitor Audio Bronze 2 是小型書架揚聲器,試音地點當然選擇在我們細試音室啦。配套方面包括 Unison Research Unico CD UNO CD 機、Unico 90 合併機,線材選用了一對 Analysis Plus Power Oval 2 電源線、Dignity Audio RCA 訊號線、Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 喇叭線。

先來一張 Clara Haskil 的《Schumann: Piano Concerto Op. 54 & Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. 37 (Live Recordings)》,這是一張 1959、1960 年的現場音樂會錄音,只有單聲道,充滿歲月痕跡。以此作開場,是有點立心不良(笑),只因以往的 Monitor Audio 揚聲器清爽之中,帶一點金屬與陶瓷味道,速度、分析力、動態都不缺,就是質感不強。

理論上,這種取向的揚聲器對軟件十分苛刻,錄音質素不佳的話,箇中瑕疵就會比「一清二楚」更顯眼。這個理論沒有錯,真正意料之外是 Bronze 2 不是這種聲底!

 

一聽就明的進步

Bronze 2 聲音厚度良好,同時保留 Monitor Audio 以往那種爽快,中、高音也比以往更為平直,不會凸顯某一頻段,就算是沙石較多的錄音,也沒有令人感到煩躁,弦樂未有強烈金屬感,鋼琴也不覺特別搶耳和硬朗,聽感自然。更意外的是,揚聲器與它的背牆距離不遠,看看現場照片就明白,這個距離在一般家居也不難擺得到。如此擺位下,不但平衡度理想,而且音場縱深有驚喜,輕鬆展現洋蔥式前後層次,對於環境鬥士來說,這是不可多得的優點。

換上立體式錄音,一連聽過 Jason Mraz 於 2004 年發行的一張演唱會專輯《Tonight, Not Again》、Beth Ditto 新碟《Fake Sugar》,還有一連串流行、電音專輯,播放這類樂種是 Bronze 2 的強項。中低音量感豐富,輕微承托起人聲,令人聲在弱音豐富、細節明顯的情況下,亦有足夠水分,不會喉乾,也不會爆發大量齒音,反而有少許圓滑與年輕化。聲音活潑有朝氣,足夠中低音墊底,令音像立體感不俗,形像也比不少差不多體積的書架揚聲器為大。

 

分析力繼承 Monitor Audio 傳統

試音時刻意拉大揚聲器之間的距離,就算彼此相距六呎左右,音像仍然實在,密度沒有下降,音像也沒有走樣,這些個性令 Bronze 2 十分適合香港普遍家居環境。

中低保持從容,鼓聲有衝擊力,但不是死實,彈跳感以及鼓板細節、鼓腔回響才是重點。中低音有理想分析力,高音亦然,錄音中偶然出現的結他擴音機 feedback,現在都很清楚聽得到。

零售價不足五千元,卻有如此聲音表現,很老實,已沒有可挑剔之處。在設計上,已經考慮到小空間應用需要,再加上易推、易夾機、容易出現合理音場等特性,好吧,它不是「超值」,還有甚麼更簡單直接的形容詞?

 

零售價:HK$4,980

 

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