Taken in isolation, there’s next-to nothing to take serious issue with here. But, of course, nothing is ever heard in isolation – and by the standards of seriously affordable floorstanding loudspeakers, the Bronze 200 are just a little hazy and indecisive where the details are concerned. Oh, it’s not as if they’re giving a huge amount of information away – but listen to Roots Manuva’s Sinny Sin Sins [Big Dada] and some of the intricacies and tiny harmonic details go astray. There’s virtually no impact on the musicality of the Monitor Audio presentation, and consequently virtually no impact and how enjoyably listenable these speakers are – but if you audition price-comparable rivals from other entry-level heroes like Q Acoustics or DALI you may find the Bronze 200 lack a little insight.
They make up for it in other areas, though. Those alternative designs have to acknowledge Monitor Audio supremacy where control is concerned, and no rival describes a more coherent or better organised soundstage. But if the devil (or, more accurately in this instance, the last soupçon of sonic enjoyment) is in the details, it’s possible to be left a little frustrated by the Bronze 200 delivery.
But – at the risk of labouring the point – context is everything. Given that a floorstander at this sort of money is, by definition, compromised, Monitor Audio has minimised and disguised the compromises it’s made to an almost laughable degree. If your system justifies this sort of outlay, you need to hear the Bronze 200.
Type: 2.5-way; 2 × bass reflex port
Driver complement: 1 × 25mm C-CAM gold dome tweeter; 2 × 140mm C-CAM mid/bass driver
Frequency response: 35Hz–30kHz
Crossover frequency: 700Hz; 2.4kHz
Impedance: 8 Ohms nominal; 4.4 Ohms minimum
909 × 229 × 304mm
Finishes: White; Black; Walnut; Urban Grey
Price: £570 per pair
Manufacturer: Monitor Audio Ltd
Distributor: Monitor Audio Ltd
Tel: +44(0)1268 740580