Monitor Audio Bronze BX2 5.1 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value speakers I bought these two years ago paired with a Yamaha A-S500 and the sound is amazing. The author of this review was right when they said the BX2s capture all the drama of Metallica's S&M concert. I particularly enjoy the powerful into to "Wherever I May Roam". These speakers were great value too (at less than £200 when I purchased them). Design wise these look excellent too. I really like the protective tweeter covers. The vinyl covering is a tad too shiny for my tastes though.
Date published: 2014-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Monitor Audio Bronze BX2: Perfect for music, TV stereo 2.0 or the full 5.1 surround sound I have owned & used these speakers for a year now and they have had a lot of use in that time. The Monitor Audio Bronze BX2's were among those I shortlisted to test with the option to upgrade to a full surround sound setup further down the road. They easily outclassed the other tested speakers in their price range by providing a fuller, richer sound and were better able to musically envelope the ears compared to it's competetors. These being models such as the Dali 1's & Wharfedale 121's (prices as of early 2014). In testing, tracks that highlighted detail and clarity were especially immpressive on the BX2's, with strings and lo-fi sounds recieving the same sparkling treatment as deeper, fuller tracks that other speakers stuggled to replicate. When using the BX2's as 2.0 stereo TV speakers they ran from a Yamaha RXV-475 and performed excellently in tests with the train crash on the Blu-ray of Super 8. The 2.0 speakers managed to replicate the shudders of the oncoming train and performed with aplong the deep creaking of tearing metal, making the entire sequence come alive, the BX2's are an excellent option for a 2.0 setup. Having since acquired a 5.0 setup of surround sound speakers, the BX2 Centre and the previous series MA BRFX Bi/Dipole surrounds, I can attest to the extremely capable bass when using the BX2's as a 5.0 setup without a subwoofer. With the correct setting and configurations on the A/V reciever the system demonstrated its rumbling intensity on Blu-ray titles such as "the Pacific" & "Game of Thrones" by firing out clear, loud & rumbling explosions in the battle scenes, making the need for a subwoofer redundant. Overall the BX2 function excellently as a purely musical purchase and are superbly intimate in a 5.0 surround music setup. They are a huge step towards full surround sound in a 2.0 configuration but come into their own when put in a full surround sound system, its no wonder they recieved 5 stars from What Hi-Fi.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genuine admiration for what MA has done with these fantastic speakers! Monitor Audio have a range of bookshelf and floorstanding speakers and for my surround sound set up I have the BX-2’s as front left and right, doubling up as stand-alone stereo for music. A slightly larger version of the BX-1’s, the 2’s have a slightly larger main driver with the same 1” gold dome tweeter. Owning both these speakers, I cannot stress enough the improvements in bass and mid range, helped partly by the front facing bass port. Very well balanced extension of the bass through the mids to the higher frequencies, an absolute pleasure to listen to and can certainly handle music or movies at the higher volumes. I’ve not had a single problem or complaint about these speakers. Monitor Audio’s customer service team were very helpful and quick to reply to a question regarding cleaning of the cones. I did pay careful attention to the running in process and didn’t turn the volume up too much before the drivers and cones had been ‘run in’ as per monitor audio’s guidelines. The sound does change slightly having run in properly and so frequency adjustments may need to be done to project the sound and tailor to individual listening tastes. Running these from a pioneer AVR I simply put it through the MCACC (pioneer’s auto room calibration) and tweaked the curves and volumes ever so slightly to my personal taste. Musically very detailed without being too bright on the treble and good sound stage, not to forget the impressive bass for a speaker and cabinet of its size. Bought for £250, I have got my money’s worth many times over and thoroughly recommend the BX-2’s to anyone interested in getting a pair of bookshelf speakers in this price range.
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great in its niche This set worked nicely with a Cambridge Audio Topaz SR10 and with a Marantz 8004. As long as you do not put it in a big room, it is great and gets good basses too. It has a very good price-quality compromise.
Date published: 2015-04-13
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