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Monitor Audio Unveils its New Bronze Range

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Redefined Bronze sets the standard for speaker quality and value with seven new models…

Monitor Audio is delighted to announce the availability of their latest Bronze speaker range. It moves up a gear from its award-winning BX predecessor by integrating a new generation of C-CAM® drivers with high quality cabinets in four vinyl finishes:  Black Oak, Walnut, Rosemah and a new White Ash. Invisible driver fixings and floating magnetic grilles add to the impression of streamlined sophistication, lending New Bronze the look and feel of a premium range.

New Generation, Different Class

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 designs: two bookshelf speakers Bronze One and Two; two floorstanders Bronze Five and Six, and dedicated centre, surround and subwoofer models: Bronze Centre, Bronze FX and Bronze W10.

New Bronze Drivers

Engineered in a spectacular steel-grey, the proprietary bass and mid drivers utilise a new type of ‘dished’ C-CAM cone, which employs the entire cone surface to radiate sound. Unbroken by the centre pole-piece aperture, the cone is inherently more rigid and efficient while being less prone to break-up under high drive conditions. 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.

A new 25mm C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter extends each system’s frequency response to an ultra-sonic 30kHz. Structural improvements in dome geometry and drive mechanism have boosted accuracy and extension at the top end of the tweeter’s range, while an innovative venting system allows air to flow outside the tweeter’s magnet assembly into a rear loading chamber, avoiding air compression for lower distortion and improved damping.

The New Bronze drivers are individually mounted on a through-bolt which fixes at the back of the cabinet and tensions the driver at the front. This triple-action feature braces the cabinet structure for lower box colouration while removing the need for conventional front fixings, reducing unwanted driver/cabinet resonance and simultaneously boosting aesthetics.

Other System Features

Reflex loading is of the HiVe®II variety, borrowed from the Gold range, which uses rifled port grooves to speed the air in and out of the cabinet for cleaner, more powerful bass and a superior transient response.

Best possible signal integrity through the crossover is supplied by polypropylene film capacitors, air core and laminated steel core inductors. With slightly higher overall impedance than their BX predecessors, the New Bronze line-up offers superior system-building flexibility with a wider choice of partnering equipment.

 

The New Bronze Range

New Bronze One

The Bronze One’s 5.5” 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 Ones 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 Ones will deliver great sound where space is at a premium.

New Bronze Two

The Bronze Two 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. Armed with a larger 6.5” C-CAM bass driver and front-firing HiVe II port, the Bronze Two is capable of effortless dynamic scale and presence.

New Bronze Five

The slender Bronze Five delivers powerful, responsive bass lines that belie its appearance. Its 5.5” C-CAM bass driver and 5.5” C-CAM bass/mid driver are arranged in a 2.5 way 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.

New Bronze Six

The towering Bronze Six supports two 6.5” C-CAM bass drivers operating in tandem with a further 6.5” C-CAM mid-range unit housed in a dedicated chamber. Matching drivers tuned for different roles are equipped to develop a uniform, tonally consistent sound-field incorporating improved accuracy and large-scale dynamics for the highest value music and home theatre audio.

New Bronze Centre

By sharing the New Bronze acoustic and aesthetic design ethos, the compact Bronze Centre is the natural partner for Bronze left/right speakers in a home theatre LCR array. It features twin 5.5” C-CAM bass/mid-range drivers straddling a Bronze C-CAM tweeter for seamless front soundstage action and articulate dialogue.

New Bronze FX

Developing the perfect mix of reverberant or direct surround sound in a Bronze home cinema system, the wall-hugging New Bronze FX surround speaker will combine seamlessly with front channels to establish the immersive audio experience essential to successful home theatre 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 5.5” 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.

New Bronze ‘W10’ Subwoofer

The sophisticated W10 subwoofer is a New Bronze original, featuring an exclusive trinity of uprated amplifier topology, 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-

 

Approx. retail price (inc VAT):

Bronze One £230 pair / Bronze Two £280 pair / Bronze Five £560 pair/ Bronze Six £700 pair / Bronze Centre £160 single / Bronze FX £280 single / Bronze W10 £500 single

 

Availability: June 2015

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