More dash than cash.
All about the New Monitor Audio Bronze BX series
It's really not that hard to make a loudspeaker. But it's a lot more difficult to make the really good sounding speaker. And if you want to make your life far harder than it needs to be, then you could try and make the best sounding low cost loudspeaker. Cheap and good are seldom synonymous and it takes a very special discipline to come up with what might be termed a 'best buy' at a low target price.
Archived page January 2016
– Read about the new Bronze range of speakers from Monitor Audio
All of which makes the new Monitor Audio BX range a very hard act to follow. Having cleaned up with the UK press - What HiFi's Product or the Year award with the BX2 being a good start - Monitor Audio have now delivered a complete range of models almost too affordable for its own good allowing you to have sound quality you never expected from around $550 a pair.
How Monitor Audio have managed this is a story in itself - we'd tried the earlier BR series ourselves and had to admit to being underwhelmed by them. If the BR models were ordinary you'd have to ask what is it that makes the BX range extraordinary?
The answer is simple - technology. From what we can see, Monitor Audio have thrown every possible good idea they have at this range and are gambling on a payback in terms of sales. Check out their own high quality C-CAM metal coned drivers drivers - attached via high tensile bolts that pull the driver into the cabinet from the back and enhance rigidity, the same porting design as their far more costly Gold series brothers, the magnetically attached covers and a host of small but significant improvements.
The proof is in the pudding as they say - a promising collection of parts is one thing but pulling it all together is the real art and given the UK magazines are prepared to say "For the money, though, the BX2s are stupendously good and give their price rivals much to worry about." What HiFi - you can safely assume that Monitor Audio have got a few things right.
Although the BX2 is hogging the limelight, the smaller BX1 is no less of a winner - in fact given that it shares all of the BX2s technologies and features and only differs in physical size, you'd be missing out if you opted for another speaker before listening to these. When you combine these with new generation amplifiers like NuForce or classic best-buy electronics from the likes of Rotel you'll be thrilled by how music literally jumps out of the speakers. We were immediately impressed by the BX1 with its vivid and lively presentation - they are fun!
While you can opt for the bigger floor standing BX models, we're going to go out on a limb and suggest that you should first consider the next range up - while it will mean a smaller speaker, it's our position that quality will always win out over quantity - the Silver series Ones are exactly the same price as the BX5 floor-stander. And for a few hundred more than the BX6, you could be enjoying the Silver series RX6. But don't just take our word for this - listen yourself.
Regardless of which model suits you best, we can help you make the most of your choice. With the optimal speaker cable, stand and electronics options, we can put together the best sounding package. Don't forget that when you deal with us you'll also be helping the little Hectors Dolphin survive with our WWF sponsorship.
Bronze BX1 - $500 the pair. Dark walnut or black finish.
Bronze BX2 - $650 the pair. Walnut, black finish options.
Read more about the entire Bronze range on Monitor Audio's home site here.
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