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Monitor Audio Bronze 100

eoc69

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Sounds like these speakers haven't been burnt in yet, new speakers need a minimum of 100 hours burn in. I be surprised if a company such as monitor auto would release such poor sounding speakers to market.
 

Dampyrino

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I don't understand this review, the first hands on February was completely different, now reading this review sounds like this pair of speaker are really a mess. Is it really possible that monitor audio missed this generation of speakers?
 

manicm

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Sounds like these speakers haven't been burnt in yet, new speakers need a minimum of 100 hours burn in. I be surprised if a company such as monitor auto would release such poor sounding speakers to market.
Usually speaker burn in mostly tames the tweeter(s).
 

Dampyrino

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Is it possible that this review has been done without going over the 100 hours of speakers utilisation?
 

JR_

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It´s possible that Monitor Audio decided not to advertise as much cause of the virus and we see the stars will drop cause these reviews are all about who keeps paying the site. There is many great products which has been given 3stars in the past. I feel sorry for people who pick products reading these. Go listen and compare speakers yourself lettin your ears be the final judge.

Hifi News had very different tone for Bronze 100 including measurements which shows fairly flat response nearfield.
 
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Dampyrino

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It´s possible that Monitor Audio decided not to advertise as much cause of the virus and we see the stars will drop cause these reviews are all about who keeps paying the site. There is many great products which has been given 3stars in the past. I feel sorry for people who pick products reading these. Go listen and compare speakers yourself lettin your ears be the final judge.

Hifi News had very different tone for Bronze 100 including measurements which shows fairly flat response nearfield.
Well, the truth is that I've already bought the monitor audio bronze 500 😀
 
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Djdaveyj

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I too have bought the Bronze 500 and it is fabulous. The whole speaker, not just the tweeter, took 3 days to run in. Before which yes, they lacked bass and had coarse treble. But now they have real energy and presence without being harsh at all and the bass is super tight and tuneful. I registered here to make this point, as has been said before, it's a shame that people miss out on a great speaker because of a misleading review. I would go to the HiFi News review for a more accurate picture. WHF's review is about the 100 but it shares the same tweeter and midrange/bass unit so I believe my comments are relevant. I use a vintage Krell amp and Michell TT with Meridian CD player. This is my first MA speaker for 15 years, previously using older speakers - such as Magneplanar, Martin Logan and Acoustic Energy - just to give some context. Go have a listen !
 

Dampyrino

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I too have bought the Bronze 500 and it is fabulous. The whole speaker, not just the tweeter, took 3 days to run in. Before which yes, they lacked bass and had coarse treble. But now they have real energy and presence without being harsh at all and the bass is super tight and tuneful. I registered here to make this point, as has been said before, it's a shame that people miss out on a great speaker because of a misleading review. I would go to the HiFi News review for a more accurate picture. WHF's review is about the 100 but it shares the same tweeter and midrange/bass unit so I believe my comments are relevant. I use a vintage Krell amp and Michell TT with Meridian CD player. This is my first MA speaker for 15 years, previously using older speakers - such as Magneplanar, Martin Logan and Acoustic Energy - just to give some context. Go have a listen !
Well, I like it too. I love the sound, it's airy and I like also the look of this speaker.
 

Audiot

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It´s possible that Monitor Audio decided not to advertise as much cause of the virus and we see the stars will drop cause these reviews are all about who keeps paying the site. There is many great products which has been given 3stars in the past. I feel sorry for people who pick products reading these. Go listen and compare speakers yourself lettin your ears be the final judge.

Hifi News had very different tone for Bronze 100 including measurements which shows fairly flat response nearfield.
Absolutely correct. These kind of reviews are empty subjective impressions. There's also ample possibility for conflict of interest to occur ;) It's easy to give any speakers any score nowadays when it is based on subjective experience, because all hi-fi speakers sound more or less good enough.

This is why places like audiosciencereview are eating outlets like whathifi for breakfast when it comes to the value placed on their reviews. Sure WhatHi-Fi comes up first in google more often and will hit MA wallet hard, but if MA believes it has a good product, it should just send it to Audiosciencereview and should it do well on objective tests, the audio community will spread the truth and that review will trump this one.

WhatHiFi Go objective, with measurements or fade into obscurity.
 
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Audiot

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I too have bought the Bronze 500 and it is fabulous. The whole speaker, not just the tweeter, took 3 days to run in. Before which yes, they lacked bass and had coarse treble. But now they have real energy and presence without being harsh at all and the bass is super tight and tuneful. I registered here to make this point, as has been said before, it's a shame that people miss out on a great speaker because of a misleading review. I would go to the HiFi News review for a more accurate picture. WHF's review is about the 100 but it shares the same tweeter and midrange/bass unit so I believe my comments are relevant. I use a vintage Krell amp and Michell TT with Meridian CD player. This is my first MA speaker for 15 years, previously using older speakers - such as Magneplanar, Martin Logan and Acoustic Energy - just to give some context. Go have a listen !
Have you ever considered that your ears/brain simply grew accustomed to the sound? The only way to confirm this is with objective measurements when new and after 100 hours as you say.
 

Joe Cox

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There's never any conflict of interest, nor any effect on editorial from anything going on in the sales department. A cursory 'investigation' into finding any correlation would prove that.

I'm curious why you would say that, Audiot? Such a completely unfounded comment seems very unfair on a team of people who are just doing their jobs, and obviously it's potentially libellous.
 

tango69

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No it wasn't a burn in problem. That's the same what i feel abot M.A. Monitor Audio= Big marketing, with big margin, and in reality the used drivers are cheap chinese drivers with PLASTIC basket! And if 1 driver go bad, the new driver sold so much (in our country) you'd do better if you buy a new one. Don't misunderstood me i was a big M.A. fan, it was a good brand till the 2000's, I have an old R352 that was a good speaker, with big soul, but now it's not that... Nowtime the big margin (profit) which remains with the merchant/traders allows many test writers/reviewers to encourage them to form a good opinion of the product and thus encourage them to buy, but in the reality this profit, what's land by the traders they are saved on the quality of the product, (just take a look on the new gold series ribbon tweeter, fully plastic, the woofer basket also.) and thats not good for the buyers. Trendy outfit, big profit, from this profit they can "buy" good reviews, and cheap cinese plastic product. This is the new directive by the Monitor Audio. I personally newer buy again from this brand. If you buy one
the plastic will be sold to you at a gold price. And it should be realized that plastic has nothing to gain in the audio industry, for maximum design purposes, but not for the drivers/engine, what delivers to you the music. All of the drivers what's used after 2005 it look's like aluminium, but if you look it closer, you will se it's plastic. So its a big scam. Congrats for Whats HIFI
he had the courage to finally describe the reality about M.A.


B.R. ex M.A. fan.
 

tango69

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And to prove myself, here’s a fact about an mr2 speaker, which is the same as what’s on br2s, only without magnetic shielding. Specifically, this specimen broke the plastic basket from the small 300g weight of the magnet, and they wanted to give the replacement speaker as much as a new complete speaker could buy. I don't know if they did it in china when designing a carton drop test, or heat ageing tests, before the start of the production. I don’t think so because it also takes time and money, what is better to spend on the marketing. And if some fails are reported, the M.A. only disclaims responsibility.


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stranger556

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

first, of all, I would like to express my gratitude to the "What HiFi?" community and the editorial team for years and years of their passionate work in helping consumers and enthusiasts to make educated decisions! I have been reading numerous reviews here - including the one above. I just could not remain silent and would like to contribute ...

Anyway, the moderate review did not stop me from aquiring Bronze 50, especially bearing in mind the initial review of Bronze 100. By the way, Bronze 100 recently got an award as the EISA best value bookshelf speaker for 2020-2021. It is what it is - very good value for the price - for example, in my opinion, Bronze 50 is one of the smallest speakers allowing bi-amping for this size and for this price. By the way, bi-amping works excellent on these and the cross-over seems to be very generous. The amount of details is amazing - again, there may be better speakers, but hardly for that price.

Two comments:
1) about the highs - once you remove the speaker grills away, the high frequency sound becomes substantially better. The grills dampen the highs, especially, sounds from instruments like traingles in the classical music. For me exactly this instrument is a good indicator of how the highs sound.

2) the 2nd generation of Bronze speakers has completely different chassis and mounts - perhaps plastic is involved there as well (hard to avoid plastic these days), but it is a completely different design, than the one (br2s) showed in the previous post. There is a German review of the speaker with more details on the construction - it is actually quite innovative: https://www.lowbeats.de/test-kompaktbox-monitor-audio-bronze-100/

Cheers!
 

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