The Monitor Audio Bronze 2 is some of the best bookshelf speakers ever made, it has garnered plenty of awards over the years and is highly rated by discerning critics. The sonic performance you are getting at this price point is well worth every penny, and in order for Monitor Audio Bronze 2 to really shine, you’ll require a matching amplifier to drive them.
To get the right amplifier will require a further understanding of the Bronze 2 bookshelf speakers, for instance, we need to know their strengths. And by finding out their sonic characteristics we will know how they sound. With these details gathered, we will be able to select the best amps that we can get and partner them with the Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers. These amplifiers will be listed out later on but let’s find out more about the Bronze 2 standmounter.
Sound Characteristics and Strengths of Monitor Audio Bronze 2
When you look at the Monitor Audio Bronze 2, you will immediately notice the three distinctive features. Firstly will be the 1 inch (25mm) C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter and followed by the 6.5 inch (165mm) C-CAM bass/mid-range driver unit. Right below both driver units will be a front-firing bass port, which is slightly better for speaker placement as you can put them nearer to a rear wall. The color contrast of these drivers is quite different and we can’t help but feel that the Bronze 2 looks better with the speaker grille on. There are 4 cabinet finishes you can choose from which does make it easier to match the aesthetic design of most amplifiers and placing them in your listening room without standing out.
Even though the Monitor Audio Bronze 2 are bookshelf speakers, they can reach very loud volumes with their maximum SPL at 113 dBA (pair). The frequency response is another impressive and notable spec, it is between 42Hz-30kHz, which is a very deep bass reproduction for a standmounter. They seem to be quite easy to drive with a nominal impedance of 8 Ohms and a speaker sensitivity of 90dB. The recommended amplifier power is between 30-100 Watts. With this information, we are able to filter down to a more refined selection of matching amplifiers.
The amount of details that the Monitor Audio Bronze 2 can reveal is simply astounding, every nuance of the music can be heard with clarity and has a clean sound quality to it. There’s plenty of insight and transparency, without any overemphasis, it just reproduces and presents the music as it should be but without sounding clinical. The Bronze 2 are in control of how they deliver the music and at high volumes, they are still able to maintain their composure. The Monitor Audio Bronze 2 is a well-balanced bookshelf speaker and is really amazing for a speaker at this price range.
The low-end reproduction is also calm and collective, it doesn’t go over the top and steal the limelight. The bass has the scale and weight to it, placing the Bronze 2 speakers nearer to the walls does further improve the bass performance but may affect the rest of the frequency. It is best to trial and error the speaker placement until you find the best balance. If you want stronger bass performance, getting a subwoofer into the mix will help and could be a better alternative than simply placing them nearer to the walls. The Monitor Audio Bronze 2 follows the pacing of the music really well and is very faithful in terms of presentation.
The Monitor Audio Bronze 2 is really good at digging out details, but at times, we do prefer that they sound a tad warmer at high volumes. They can get bright sounding and we need to be careful when choosing amplifiers to partner with them. Overall, they are talented all-rounders that will work well for both music and movie listening. You will definitely need to pair a subwoofer with the Bronze 2 speakers in a home theater setup. This pair of bookshelf speakers can handle most music genres, except for those bass-heavy soundtracks. As now we have all the necessary details, we can start sharing with you the best amps you can go for and match them with your Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers.
Monitor Audio Bronze 2 Specifications
- Speaker Type: 2-way bass-reflex
- Drive Units: 1 inch (25mm) C-CAM Gold Dome tweeter, 6.5 inch (165mm) C-CAM bass/mid-range driver
- Frequency Response: 42Hz-30kHz
- Amplifier Requirements: 30-100 Watts
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 90dB
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 350mm x 185mm x 281mm (Including Grille and Terminals) | 13.8″ x 7.3″ x 11.1″
- Weight: 5.3kg (11lbs)
Best Amps to match with Monitor Audio Bronze 2
The Marantz PM6007 will be one of the best amps you can match with your Monitor Audio Bronze 2. It is an award-winning integrated amplifier with its smooth and natural sound quality, that provides a tad of warmth which makes listening to the Bronze 2 at high volumes a little bit easier on the ears. The Marantz PM6007 has more punch and is capable of delivering an entertaining music presentation which the Monitor Audio Bronze 2 also complements by providing insight and clarity into the overall sound reproduction. The PM6007 at this price point is definitely worth your while to audition them.
The NAD D 3045 is another amazing quality integrated amplifier with a plethora of features such as a premium DAC, a subwoofer output, MM phono input, etc. The compact size of this amp is great to be used on a desktop sound system as well. The continuous power output is enough to drive your Monitor Audio Bronze 2 and with its IHF dynamic power, it enables your speaker to handle most music transients with ease. The NAD D 3045 sound characteristics also fit well with the Bronze 2 speakers and don’t make them sound overly bright when driven at loud volumes. The D 3045 is a terrific all-rounder amp for an equally talented Monitor Audio Bronze 2 loudspeaker.
The Cambridge Audio CXA61 is one of the top amplifiers that you can go for and match them with your Monitor Audio Bronze 2 standmounters. It uses Class AB amplification to drive your Bronze 2 speakers at 60 Watts per channel and a dedicated subwoofer output to connect to an active sub. Furthermore, the CXA61 is also packed with other features like high-quality DAC, USB audio input, Bluetooth aptX HD, and more. The sonic characteristics of the Cambridge Audio CXA61 such as the prominent midrange reproduction complement the Monitor Audio Bronze 2 as we find the latter does lack a little in the mids. Overall, the CXA61 can breathe more excitement into your music presentation.
If your budget is tight and has space constraints, then the NAD D 3020 V2 will be an ideal amplifier choice to partner with your Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers. The D 3020 V2 is very compact in size and allows you to place them vertically up which makes them so convenient to be placed in small spaces. The neutral with a tad of warmth sounding characteristic works well with your Bronze 2 speakers and the power output is enough to drive them. We will suggest connecting an active subwoofer via the sub-out, as it will help ease the load off the amplifier and enabling you to playback your sources at high volumes.
The Yamaha A-S501 sonic characteristics are very similar to your Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers, these are amplifiers that are transparent and revealing. If you do not wish to alter the sonic nature of your Bronze 2 speakers, the Yamaha A-S501 is an ideal amp choice. The sound quality is clean and with clarity, the music presentation is faithful as well. The power output of the A-S501 is more than enough to drive your Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers with ease. We highly recommend that you audition them first before deciding. For those who prefer warm/dark-sounding audio systems, you might want to check out other amps.
For home theater setups, the AV receivers from Marantz and Denon will be the best choices. Integrating a subwoofer into the mix is essential for an amazing home cinema experience, and both brands have one of the best room correction technology on the market which is Audyssey. It is able to calibrate your speakers to work seamlessly together and sound their best in most listening rooms. The Marantz and Denon AV receivers are typically warm sounding. Sony AV receivers will be a good alternative such as the Sony STR-DN1080. Even though Sony amps usually tend to be bright sounding but the STR-DN1080 sounds a little less harsh.
To Sum It Up
These amplifiers are some of the best on the market, and well suited to be partnered with your Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers. It is recommended to audition them before deciding to get one. Your ears will be the best judge in terms of sound quality, hear them out and see if you like how they sound. You can also use this list as references when searching for other amps. You might also want to use them as a side-by-side comparison during the audition as immediately you can notice the difference.