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VIDEO: First look at Monitor Audio's fifth generation Bronze 2 speakers

Regular readers will be familiar with the looks of this iconic speaker from Monitor Audio. Now entering its fifth generation, the Bronze 2 has been a winning formula for many years.

As before, the speakers are neat, solid and well made for their price. The MDF cabinet has a vinyl wrap finish available in black oak, walnut, rosemah and white ash and there's a metal grille to cover the drivers.

Improvements to the latest model include updated ceramic coated drivers, with the mid/bass driver now being a disc-shaped cone without a dustcap and a hole through the middle as on previous versions. Monitor Audio says this increases rigidity and helps reduce distortion.

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There is also a venting chamber behind the gold dome tweeter to improve dynamics and detail. Flexible positioning is aided by the front-facing port, and there are biwire speaker terminals around the back.

The Monitor Audio Bronze 2s are available now for £280/pair, and we are currently in the process of testing them. Look out for the full review in the September issue of What Hi-Fi?, on sale 5th August, and on whathifi.com.

Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.