Monitor Audio Bronze BR1 - a 3 day review
OK not the latest model but a clearance bargain because of that. I bought these as rears for a bronze br5.1 setup but not having that complete yet I have been running these in, in stereo... (Cyrus 6vs2 and CC Silverscreen with various sources), here is a quick review and comparison with BR2s
Initial thoughts from the box are positive, every bit as well made as my walnut BR2s, though this time I got the cherry wood finish which is nice for rooms that you want to keep light. After a only a few songs I am struck by how much better they sound "out of the box", which contrasts with the BR2's which took some running in to overcome the coarse top end. Bass extension is impressive for the cabinet size, and they seem to avoid the occasional "boxiness" of the front-firing BR2s in bass terms. A little suprised to be hearing significantly more detail too. I don't want to demean the BR'2, which I was happy with for the £162 I paid.
After a few days listening I am impressed and suprised, to my ears this is a better balanced speaker than the BR2, integration is better and they seem to have an extra degree of agility which improves musicality, it's as clear as day with Portico Quartet's 1st album, which is a challenging recording. OK they don't have the scale or bass weight of the 2's but you know all that before you even listen from the size. In other areas they seem to have an extra edge.
Overall I'm very very impressed with the sound and indeed looks [H] of the BR1's, especially given that they aren't fully run in yet.
Saving the best bit for last, you can get these online at the moment for as little as £89! - I honestly almost feel guilty paying so little for such a great sounding well made product... now enough! I am sounding like a virgin QVC salesman [8-|]