Mon­i­tor Au­dio Bronze 2

FOR Bal­anced sound; classlead­ing build and fin­ish AGAINST Need a lit­tle space to breathe

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

The model’s ap­pear­ance has hardly changed from the last gen­er­a­tion, but pretty much ev­ery­thing else has. The 16.5cm mid/bass driver now has a dished cone, to help rigid­ity and give bet­ter con­trol at the top end of the fre­quency range. The sur­round has been re­designed to make the most of this change.

Mon­i­tor Au­dio is known for its classy boxes and with the Bronze 2s, it has ex­celled again. Avail­able in four vinyl wrap fin­ishes (Black Oak, Rosemah, Wal­nut or White Ash), there’s a qual­ity of fin­ish that few ri­vals can match.

Once up and run­ning, these Mon­i­tor Au­dios are hugely tal­ented per­form­ers, but it takes a lit­tle while to ap­pre­ci­ate just how good they are. They have del­i­cacy when re­quired and han­dle dy­nam­ics deftly. There’s plenty of in­sight here, from the way the trail­ing edges of piano notes fade grace­fully into si­lence

“These are hugely tal­ented per­form­ers”

to the abil­ity to track sub­tle pace changes. It’s a spell­bind­ing per­for­mance.

For their size, these speak­ers dig deep in the bass; they’re ton­ally bal­anced and im­pres­sively de­tailed too. Add 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.

The 2s could be the most com­plete standmounters in the Bronze range

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