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Monitor Audio Introduces the Bronze Series

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Monitor-Bronze.jpgMonitor Audio has introduced the Bronze Series, an affordably priced speaker line that draws from the company's higher-end offerings. The Bronze Series includes two floorstanders ($829 to $1,099 per pair), two bookshelf speakers ($399 to $499 per pair), a center channel ($299), a surround speaker ($499 per pair), and a subwoofer ($729). 

From Monitor Audio
PURITY AND PRECISION FOR THE PRICE OF AN ORDINARY SPEAKER
Monitor Audio's story is intertwined with the evolution of our world-famous speaker lines. Driven by top-down innovation and ever more accurate acoustic analysis, each generation has grown in capability, achieving award-winning levels of quality, performance and value with every introduction. Our restless desire for the most blissful combination of great sound and design at all price points demands that where possible we share the tech across ranges so that driver designs and analytic tools developed upstream serve to enhance ranges further down. For example, this allows the new Gold series to benefit from a version of Platinum's extraordinary C-CAM ribbon tweeter, for Silver to inherit Gold's 'dished' C-CAM driver designs, and similarly for the new Bronze to absorb the latest refinements in tweeter and driver engineering from the Silver project. In many ways the new Bronze has everything to gain from Monitor Audio's dynamic forty-year design heritage. Enriched as it is with elements of Platinum, Gold and Silver, the brilliant new Bronze series will transcend the expectations of its price class and eclipse even its venerated multi-award winning predecessor Bronze BX.

NEW GENERATION, DIFFERENT CLASS
Our latest champion moves up a gear from BX and rival budget speakers because Bronze is simply in a class of its own. The features speak for themselves. For the first time we're using spectacular steel-grey C-CAM driver cones for a seamless blend with finishes, available in a choice of Black Oak and Walnut. Invisible driver fixings and floating magnetic grilles add to the impression of streamlined sophistication, lending the Bronze series the look and feel of a premium range.

It sounds like one as well. Drawing on our flagship technologies we've over-engineered the acoustic design to deliver lower distortion and a wider response from seven beautifully matched, deceptively slender models. Combined for natural full-range music and home cinema sound, the Bronze series will transform the quality of your home entertainment at a price that won't break the bank.

NEW BRONZE DRIVERS
All new C-CAM driver configurations give Bronze the tonal accuracy and consistency of a class leader. Harnessing driver technology developed for our acclaimed mid-market Silver models, Bronze explodes the myth that high power handling with low distortion belongs exclusively to the expensive world of audiophile design.

The proprietary bass and mid drivers responsible for Bronze's open, expressive and naturally rhythmic quality utilize a new type of 'dished' C-CAM cone, which employs the entire cone surface to radiate sound. Unbroken by the centre pole-piece aperture of conventional driver designs, the cone is inherently more rigid and efficient while being less prone to break-up under high drive conditions, resulting in exceptional detail resolution and life-like tonality. Ingeniously, the driver's voice coil is thermally coupled to the back of the cone, which draws heat away from the coil for better power handling and optimal operation at all volume levels.

Above the drivers, a new 1-inch C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter extends each system's frequency response to an ultra-sonic 30kHz, allowing the full reproduction of harmonic frequencies vital to the accurate reproduction of, say, the decay of a piano string or the crash of a hi-hat. Within the Bronze tweeter, an innovative venting system allows air to flow outside the tweeter's magnet assembly into a rear loading chamber, preventing air from being compressed at the back of the dome for lower distortion, reduced mechanical resonance, and improved damping. Structural improvements in dome geometry and drive mechanism have boosted accuracy and extension at the top end of the tweeter's range as well, generating the extraordinary high frequency quality that helps to define the sound of the Bronze series.

THE NEW BRONZE RANGE
BRONZE 1
MSRP: $399/pair
We've optimised and tuned the diminutive Bronze 1 to be the most accurate of any Bronze generation mini, imbuing the design with true 'monitor' status. The 5½" C-CAM bass driver has been created to out-perform a larger conventional driver and results in a cleaner, more dynamic delivery, even at high power levels. The Bronze 1s are able to play much louder and deeper than their compact size would suggest from close-to-wall positions in smaller room environments. Perfect for stand or shelf, or wall-mounted using our Monitor Audio Speaker Mount (MASM), the Bronze 1s will deliver great sound where space is at a premium.

* New C-CAM gold dome tweeter.
* New 5½" bass driver with 'dished' C-CAM cone profile.
* HiVe II port technology.
* Single bolt-through driver systems for increased cabinet rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling.
* High quality crossovers with premium grade Polypropylene film capacitors used throughout.
* Rigid 18mm MDF cabinet construction employing radial and cross-bracing techniques for high rigidity and low cabinet coloration.
* Invisible magnetic grille fixing.
* Premium quality vinyl veneer finishes in Black Oak and Walnut.
* ¼"x20 TPI thread for wall mount bracket options (optional Universal wall mount bracket - UWB).

BRONZE 2
MSRP: $499/pair
The Bronze 2 builds on the strength of its predecessor's audiophile credibility with a neutral tonal balance and high detail resolution combined with high overall efficiency and power handling. These are the perfect ingredients for compelling listening. Armed with a larger 6.5" C-CAM bass driver and front-firing HiVe II port, the turbo-charged Bronze 2 is capable of effortless dynamic scale and presence, revealing all the dramatic contrast in music and cinema sound. For a speaker of its size, the Bronze 2 will deliver breath-taking results.

* New C-CAM gold dome tweeter.
* New 6½" bass driver with concave 'dished' C-CAM cone profile.
* Front-firing HiVe II port technology.
* Single bolt-through driver systems for increased overall bracing, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling.
* High quality crossovers with premium grade Polypropylene film capacitors used throughout.
* Rigid 18mm MDF construction throughout, employing radial and cross-bracing techniques for high rigidity resulting in low cabinet coloration.
* Invisible magnetic grille fixing.
* Bi-wire/ Bi-amp terminal configuration.
* Premium quality vinyl veneer finishes in Black Oak and Walnut.

BRONZE 5
MSRP: $829/pair
The slender Bronze 5 delivers powerful, responsive bass lines that belie its stealthy appearance and surpass those of many much larger towers. Its 5½" C-CAM bass driver and 5½" C-CAM bass/mid driver are arranged in a two and half way system configuration, operating in separate acoustic chambers with front and rear firing HiVe II ports to provide differential tuning for higher efficiency and greater low frequency extension. The Bronze 5's low-distortion architecture expertly combines clean, expressive mid and high frequencies with punchy room-filling bass lines delivering a naturally rhythmic and addictive blend of large-scale dynamics and detail from a surprisingly unobtrusive tower.

* New C-CAM gold dome tweeter.
* 5½" bass driver and 5½" bass/mid-range with concave 'dished' C-CAM cone profiles.
* Two-and-a-half way configuration with differentially-tuned acoustic system for higher efficiency and improved low frequency extension.
* HiVe II port technology.
* Single bolt-through driver systems for increased overall bracing, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling.
* High quality crossovers with premium grade Polypropylene film capacitors used throughout.
* Rigid 18mm MDF construction throughout, employing radial and cross-bracing techniques for high rigidity resulting in low cabinet coloration.
* Invisible magnetic grille fixing.
* Floor-level terminal panel for easy termination and neat cable access. Bi-wire/ Bi-amp terminal
configuration.
* Premium quality vinyl veneer finishes in Black Oak and Walnut.

BRONZE 6
MSRP: $1,099/pair 
From the towering Bronze 6, the most complete new Bronze speaker, music and home theater lovers can appreciate the full-range flavor of our forty year design heritage. Its deceptively compact cabinet supports two 6½" C-CAM bass drivers operating in tandem with a further 6 ½" C-CAM mid-range unit housed in a dedicated chamber. In this way matching drivers tuned for different roles are able to develop a wonderfully uniform, tonally consistent sound-field. Their seismic low bass and richly coherent mid-range detail rises in frequency to meet the illuminating resolution of our fabulous Bronze C-CAM tweeter. Here is new Bronze in tooth and claw, alive to its ambitious audiophile design precedents and equipped with a compelling mix of accuracy, scale and dynamics for the highest value music and home theater audio.

* New C-CAM gold dome tweeter.
* Optimised 6½" mid-range driver featuring concave 'dished' C-CAM cone profile.
* Dual 6½" bass drivers featuring concave 'dished' C-CAM cone profile.
* Two and a half way configuration with differentially tuned acoustic system - higher efficiency and improved low frequency extension.
* HiVe II port technology.
* All drivers feature single bolt-through driver systems, for increased overall bracing, rigidity and
driver/baffle de-coupling.
* High quality crossovers with premium grade Polypropylene film capacitors used throughout.
* Rigid 18mm MDF construction throughout, employing radial and cross-bracing techniques for high rigidity resulting in low cabinet coloration.
* Invisible magnetic grille fixing.
* Floor-level terminal panel for easy termination and neat cable access. Bi-wire/ Bi-amp terminal
configuration.
* Premium quality vinyl veneer finishes in Black Oak and Walnut.

BRONZE CENTER
MSRP: $299 each
By sharing the Bronze acoustic and aesthetic design ethos, the compact Bronze Center is the natural partner for Bronze left/right speakers in a home theater LCR array. It features twin 5½" C-CAM bass/mid-range drivers straddling a Bronze C-CAM tweeter for pin-point synergy with its satellite partners producing seamless front soundstage action and articulate dialogue.

* New C-CAM gold dome tweeter.
* Dual 5½" bass/midrange drivers with concave 'dished' C-CAM cone profile.
* Two-way M-T-M (D'Appolito) configuration in a sealed cabinet for accurate performance close to a wall or in restricted voids.
* Single bolt-through driver systems, for increased overall bracing, rigidity and driver/baffle de-coupling.
* High quality crossovers with premium grade Polypropylene film capacitors used throughout.
* Rigid 18mm MDF construction throughout, employing radial and cross-bracing techniques for high rigidity resulting in low cabinet coloration.
* Invisible magnetic grille fixing.
* Acoustically matched to Bronze speaker systems for excellent imaging and consistency of timbre in surround applications.
* Premium quality vinyl veneer finishes in Black Oak and Walnut.

BRONZE FX
MSRP: $499/pair
Developing the perfect mix of reverberate or direct surround sound in a Bronze home cinema system, the wall-hugging Bronze FX surround speaker will combine seamlessly with front channels to establish the immersive audio experience essential to successful home theater design.

Matched acoustically and aesthetically with its LCR counterparts, its angled-baffle cabinet can be flush-mounted on side or rear walls, and its dispersion characteristics changed at the flick of a switch to accommodate the precise requirements for di-pole (diffuse) or bi-pole (direct) operation. Flanking a single 5½" C-CAM bass/mid driver, dual C-CAM gold dome tweeters are mounted on angled side-panels, helping to create a wider, more enveloping and convincing surround sound-field.

* Angled baffles to create a wider spread of sound for improved surround effects.
* Optimised for di-pole or bi-pole operation by the simple flick of a switch located on the rear terminal panel.
* New C-CAM gold dome tweeter design.
* 5½" bass/mid-range driver with concave 'dished' C-CAM cone profile.
* Single bolt-through driver system, for increased overall bracing and rigidity.
* High quality crossovers with premium grade Polypropylene film capacitors used throughout.
* Acoustically matched with all other Bronze speakers for excellent imaging and timbre consistency in surround applications.

BRONZE W10
MSRP: $729 each
All the audiophile-like transparency of Bronze's low-distortion design regimen concentrated in the bass domain. This is the new Bronze bass, deeply provisioned, authentically proportioned and dynamically fleet of foot, re-tooled from the ground up to punctuate the sound of every Bronze system with stunningly natural bass transients, timed to perfection. The sophisticated W10 subwoofer is a Bronze original, featuring an exclusive trinity of upgraded amplifier technology, powerful DSP processing and new long-throw driver design. Advanced switch-mode power conversion techniques, custom DSP tuning and a massive power reservoir combine to generate enormous dynamic headroom from the Class D power-pack, allowing the driver to drop low and punch hard without distortion for a truly sensational deep bass experience. A down-firing 10" ABR (Auxiliary Bass Radiator) ensures that with the same compact footprint as its predecessor, the W10 delivers an incredible 6dB greater SPL at 40Hz. Choose how you enjoy the W10's prodigious bass energy with pre-set EQ settings for music, movie or impact.

* Ultra long throw 10" driver featuring concave 'dished' C-CAM cone. Increased magnet motor size to deliver higher output and improved control.
* 10" flat panel ABR(auxiliary bass driver) mounted on the bottom to augment low frequency extension and power handling.
* Powerful Class-D Amplifier delivering over 200W with low distortion.
* Switch Mode power supply, designed to deliver high continuous rating, provides the instantaneous delivery of high current when required.
* DSP processing with all control features and crossover performed in the digital domain.
* Three pre-set EQ mode settings (Music, Movie, Impact).
* 12volt trigger - provides switching control from AV amp, processor or home automation control system.
* 18mm thick MDF construction.
* Heavy cabinet bracing applied to provide stiff, low resonance cabinet.
* Premium quality vinyl veneer finishes in Black Oak and Walnut.

Additional Resources
Monitor Audio Introduces the SB Series of Passive Soundbars at HomeTheaterReview.com.
Monitor Audio Introduces Updated Gold Series at HomeTheaterReview.com.

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