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The BX2 develops the considerable talents of its award-winning BR2 forerunner to a new intensity. Improved crossover and driver designs combine to re-calibrate the capabilities of an acknowledged class champion, bringing greater dynamic expression, mid-range clarity and lower distortion to lovers of music and film sound. Loaded with a 165mm (6 1/2") C-CAM® bass mid range driver and 25mm (1") C-CAM® tweeter, the BX2's high quality cabinet mirrors the unobtrusive dimensions of the celebrated BR2, and so is easy to position, even in smaller rooms. Compact in size, but equipped to reproduce sound of immense stature and detail, the BX2 is our new definitive budget blockbuster.

  • New C-CAM® tweeter has greater sensitivity and a wider bandwidth beyond 30kHz.
  • New C-CAM® bass and mid-range drivers refined by FEA analysis.
  • Single bolt-through drivers.  A design feature which means the driver is not fixed to the front baffle and cannot transmit vibrations and therefore colouration to the cabinet.
  • Improved cabinet rigidity and stability.
  • HiVe®II port technology to speed the transit of air from the cabinet, resulting in more dynamic bass.
  • High-quality terminal panels blend easy access with high-end functionality.
  • Choice of two high quality vinyl wood finishes.

 

Specification

ItemValue
Frequency Response +/- 3dB: 42Hz - 30kHz
Sensitivity (1W@1m): 90 dB
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Power Handling (RMS): 100 W
Recommended Amplifier Requirements (RMS): 30 - 100 W
Cabinet Design: Front ported bass reflex. HiVe®II port technology
Crossover Frequency: 3.2kHz
Drive Unit Complement: 1 x 165mm (6 1/2") C-CAM® bass mid-range driver
1 x 25mm (1") gold dome C-CAM® tweeter
External Dimensions:
(H x W x D)

350 x 185 x 255 mm
13 3/4 x 7 5/6 x 10 1/16 inches

Weight (Individual): 5.84 Kg (12.8 lb)

Finishes

  • Black Oak VinylBlack Oak Vinyl
  • Walnut Pearlescent VinylWalnut Pearlescent Vinyl

Technology

C-CAM® Drivers

C-CAM® Drivers

Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium is a material originally developed by the aerospace industry for jet engine components. Its properties are ideal for loudspeaker cones being extremely rigid, yet light enough to yield high overall efficiency. In manufacture, aluminium/magnesium alloy undergoes a three-stage stress-relieving process to remove surface deformation and molecular weakness. Once formed, the alloy cone is subjected to a high temperature anodic coating process in which a layer of pure ceramic alumina is depleted onto its surfaces to a depth of 50 microns, producing a completely rigid sandwich of alloy and heat-dissipating ceramic material.

Conventional cones are liable to flex or twist in operation, producing a significant level of audible distortion. C-CAM cones have a much higher resistance to bending stress and therefore exhibit much greater fidelity over their entire operating range. C-CAM tweeters and woofers share an audible consistency producing a smooth transition of frequencies and a sense of realism and cohesion in the soundstage.

Gold Dome C-CAM®

Gold Dome C-CAM®

The gold dome tweeter is formed from a ceramic-coated aluminium/magnesium alloy, gold anodised to a specific thickness for ideal stiffness and damping characteristics. Its new profile and surround geometry have been developed using advanced modelling tools, to provide the optimum qualities for accurate sound reproduction. The new design moves the first order of breakup to beyond 35kHz, producing a linear response way beyond audibility, which matches the wide frequency bandwidth available from HD music and cinema sound formats.

The gold dome is thinner, lighter, more rigid and therefore more efficient than domes made from other materials which are prone to distortion in the audio band.

HiVe II Port Technology

HiVe II Port Technology

A new type of port technology which uses a straight rifled design to accelerate air flow and reduce turbulence. HiVe II technology has the ability to move air in and out much quicker than a conventional port, the result is fast powerful bass coupled with superior transient response.

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision logo

September 2013

Bronze BX2 - Best Stereo Speaker!

"We've long been fans of Monitor Audio's BX2s. They've always been such well-rounded products, as though the people behind them have spent months ironing out any weaknesses, and then months more honing things further."

"No rival we've reviewed feels so solid or is finished to such a high standard."
 
"These Monitor Audios sound terrific. They have the kind of mature sonic balance that favours long-term satisfaction over the short-term ability to impress at a dealer demo."
 
"Give them a good long listen and you'll find they deliver an impressive amount of detail. We've yet to come across a rival that can replay Debussy's Clair De Lune with such Finesse. The speaker's dynamic subtlety is pleasing, as is the bass authority."

"Move onto the music of REM and these speakers excel, delivering 'Losing My Religion' with impact and drive."
 
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision logo

February 2011

Bronze range shows its mettle

'Excellent detail, resolution and transparency for the money; impressive finish.'
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision logo

February 2011

First Tests - BX2 AV System

'Good looks, good finish, good spec; wide-open, controlled and dynamic sound...Thrillingly fit for purpose, the Bronze BX 5.1 is money very well spent.'

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February 2011

Super Sonic Value: "Monitor Audio's Affordable, Awesome Speaker Package"

“...the longer I listened, the more impressed I became by their unforced musicality and easy, natural dynamics.”

“The Monitor Audio aced it, with whistling that was even and bright without ever leaning toward the shrill on any one note (an excellent indication of smoothness in the top octaves of tweeter response), and with intact baritone breathiness that never tilted over the rasp of fizz.”

“In terms of vocal honesty and of midrange texture and detail, the Bronze BX2s sounded far, far more expensive than $500-ish per pair.”

“And the treble demands were met effortlessly: Horn attacks and drum transients sounded uniformly excellent.”

“The Monitor Audio supporting cast, comprising the BX Center and BXFX surrounds, provided solidly, unspectacularly competent reproduction - with the latter characterization meant in the best way.”

“The center-channel unit made an unusually close match with the BX2s and, when auditioned on-axis (from the center seating location), created a truly seamless “front stage.”

“The Monitor Audio array turned out to have plenty of reserves for louder fare like Godzilla - and the little BXW10 proved itself a gamer, willingly laying down a surprisingly solid basis for footballs, crashing buildings, and other assorted mayhem.”

“(Monitor Audio) should be proud to have produced a very well-balanced, highly musical, and attractive layout that delivers honest value and then some."

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December 2010

PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

'Rarely has choosing the product of the year been so easy.'

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October 2010

Group Tests

'The fact of the matter is that the Bronze BX2s are just a tremendous all-round proposition with no major weaknesses. The benchmark at this price has been well and truly raised.'

User Reviews

Average user rating: 4.3 (from 32 reviews)

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    29 June 2014 chris Puppel

    I have owned 20 or 30 different speakers in this size/price range and beyond question these are by far the best speaker in its price class and well above. The bass response is beyond any speaker of its kind and the highs are crisp and clear with all of the 4 power amps I have used these with. We listen to mostly Classical and Jazz and these cabinets excel in these modes, yet we do listen to some rock and the speakers are superb. I made my living in the music business for years and I know what music sounds like,and these speakers come pretty close !

  • Review Rating: 5

    12 May 2014 Mark Owen

    Some will tell you, 'Don't hook them up to bright, detailed kit from Marantz!' Some will say, 'Don't use QED Silver Anniversary XT cable - it'll over-accentuate the top end!' I'll tell you I've done both, and that as a result, I've heard detail in music I thought I knew like I've never heard it before. These speakers should cost almost twice as much as they do for the sound they give you. Bass notes land with purpose, confidence. The mid-range gives you air and space and a real sense of everything that's going on. And the treble? It sings - female vocals especially benefiting from a staggering level of clarity that doesn't fatigue the ear. If you've tired of 'smooth', 'relaxed', 'laidback' (read, 'lazy') speaker presentation and want to bring music back to life without remortgaging your home to pay for the pleasure, here's where you spend your money.

  • Review Rating: 5

    02 April 2014 Mark Tetlow

    Picked up these speakers for my second system. Using them to play vinyl through and the sound is clear and defined. My main system has KEF Q500 andI think these are better for a clean crisp sound. Well pleased

  • Review Rating: 5

    16 September 2013 Fabián Charpentier

    I bought the BX2 to change my old speakers although the frequency range of my old speakers arrived at 33 hz vs the 42 of the BX2, the sound quality is amazing, tight sound, crisp and transparency abysmal ...And are so small! IMHO, I would say they are ideal for classical and acoustic music, but electronic music is not far behind, I present my five stars from the southern hemisphere.

  • Review Rating: 5

    12 June 2013 mohammed babu

    i like monitor audio speakers ...real value for the money i used br2 then upgraded gs2

  • Review Rating: 5

    06 June 2013 Donizeti Silvio dos Santos

    The best speakers that I've ever had.
    I think that they are the most qualificated speaker in the price range.

  • Review Rating: 5

    06 June 2013 Wen Haagen

    The BX2's are impressive; I have bought them back in 2010 and they match perfect with my Yamaha AS700 amp and REL Zero sub. For the third time in a row (2010/2011/2012) speaker of the in "What Hifi?" magazine!! In every way an incredibly great speaker.

  • Review Rating: 4

    17 May 2013 Jake Talbot

    Very impressed with these speakers, bought them to replace my floor standing speakers, as moving to a house with a smaller living room.

    The treble is most impressive, it's not at all fatiguing, and they make music an absolute pleasure to listen to, the soundstage is good, but given they are relatively small speakers you lose a bit of bass. However being front firing they work well almost anywhere in the room.

    They look great, I've placed them on soundstyle Z2 stands, they fit well and look the part!

    I particularly like the way Monitor Audio put a mini grille over the tweeters, I think that's a great idea, seen as they are delicate!

    Magnetic grilles are always welcome on speakers, and they make the visual appearance look superb when grilles are removed.

    All in all a very happy owner!

  • Review Rating: 5

    06 April 2013 Stephen Asbury

    Bought new BX2s to replace my B&W DM601s, which I have loved since 1997.

    The BX2s are truly awesome, and I'm told they will improve further when run in. Great sounds from treble, through mid, to bass when reference CD 'Out of Time' by REM was played.

    Thanks MA for producing such a great product at reasonable price. And the product registration website just 'works' too!

  • Review Rating: 5

    11 March 2013 Elias Anag

    Great choice for the money! Extremely rigid build, fantastic looks that bring the best from both vintage and modern worlds. Do not be mistaken that this is MA's cheapest line. They sound much more expensive.

  • Review Rating: 5

    08 February 2013 francisco G

    Incredible bookshelfs, sounds and looks so nice, manage the vocals like the ones that contain the song The highwayman of Loreena mckennit sounds impressively natural, the details of other soundtracks great, plenty of trebles and bass management is very nice althought is the bungs fitted which i find that gives to the bass more detail and less boom effect.

    The materials of the loudspeaker is very solid, very rigid enclosure which is incredible for those type of speakers.

    Great job done for the bronze series.

  • Review Rating: 5

    20 November 2012 Sharad Chagan

    A toss between Boston Accoustics & Monitor Audio and I selected the latter. The BX2s are truely impressive and probably the best performers through all genres in this price category.

  • Review Rating: 5

    30 October 2012 stephen tree

    got the bx2 they are very very good al round rock classical soft rock all sound great

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    24 September 2012 Ray Ganderton

    Bought 4 today for my 4x8m lounge. Driven by a Rega Brio/Apollo combo.
    Staggering in every way.

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    24 September 2012 Ray Ganderton

    Bought 4 today from Ortons of Hitchin. One in each corner of an 8x4 M lounge. Driven by a Rega Brio/Apollo combo. Spectacular sound and beautifully engineered. Still to experiment with bungs, and positioning but so far, tremendous. Thank you MA.

  • Review Rating: 5

    13 September 2012 David steele

    I've had my bx2's for a month and am happy I made the right decision to buy them as they are beautiful in sound and build. Listening to 'sly and family stones' if yoiu want me to stay' my bx2's reproduced the bass and horns to a quality I would'nt have expected for speakers under 300 pounds. My only reservation is that on more complicated tracks they can lose a little detail in the midrange, I'm hoping to improve this with different speaker cable from the cambridge audio I'm using at present. I love these speakers,a big improvement on my bw 600i's.

  • Review Rating: 5

    04 August 2012 Mark Tierney

    I'm sitting in my lounge with Belle & Sebastian. At least it feels like I am. These speakers are giving me my own personal concert, I cannot put into words how accurate they are. Simply the best loudspeakers I've ever owned.

  • Review Rating: 5

    11 June 2012 Lee Kitchener

    The bass seems less prominent now, I presume the speakers have taken longer than I expected to be 'run in' (see review below). I think that they are outstanding and am re-discovering so many 70's & 80's vinyl LPs as well as enjoying newer CDs. Now there is NO WAY I would swap them for my old R652's.

  • Review Rating: 4

    23 March 2012 Lee Kitchener

    These were bought to replace some tired Monitor Audio R652's ( 25 years old, but unable to replace drive units). There were so many excellent reviews across the internet, and being so pleased with the sound of my R652's, I auditioned them at Sevenoaks (Exeter). They sounded very bassy in the shop, but as I was on such a tight budget, I bought them. At home with Arcam Delta 60 and Systemdek TT with Linn K9 cartridge, they sounded better. Certainly a brighter tweeter, but still far too much bass. Incredible for their size, but too much. I am using the old wooden R652 stands with spikes and have the bungs out. Personally I would prefer to have my R652's reconditioned!

  • Review Rating: 5

    22 March 2012 Garry Etchells

    Mmmmmm ..... These speakers are simply music to my ears. Incredible crisp and clear sound. Superb quality, and for the money they simply ooze the word..... BARGAIN. 10/10

  • Review Rating: 5

    10 March 2012 John Penney

    I have had few Hi-Fi systems but listened to many, I liked the bright sound of my old B&W Dm2s and Celestion Ditton 66s both running on a Aiwa 7500 receiver. Also owned a Aiwa NSX V70 mini system good in it’s day but not real Hi-Fi. Monitor Audio BX2 are brilliant for their price and size running on a Denon RCD M38 DAB receiver. Buy them! Brilliant for the outlay!

  • Review Rating: 4

    29 February 2012 Michiel Dost

    After reading lots of reviews and tests on the internet I decided to buy the bronze BX2 speakers. The smaller BX2's had to replace some larger speakers: Magnat Vector 3. (You know, marriage is making compromises :-)).

    I am really blown away by the sound of the BX2 speakers. The sound is more crisp and has more depth then the vector 3. While listening to Johnny Cash his version of "Hurt", I felt as if he was really in the room, I was really touched by the song.

    Also electronic/dance music was handled very well, with a good spectrum of all the high, mid and low tones. Bass is not as deep as the old larger speakers but the bass is more clear and separated from the sound which makes listening to the music interesting and it hits you with more emotion.

    TV sound is handled fine, but because the speakers deliver the TV sound so accurately it is sometimes annoying that you can hear all the details during, for instance, talk shows. This is not a flaw of the speakers though, it only shows the natural sound qualities these speakers deliver.

    As critical as ever I only find it a bit more difficult to get the same stereo effect as my old speakers, but I am sure that wil be solved after some experimenting with the location of the speakers.

    Great job Monitor Audio, thanks.

  • Review Rating: 5

    18 February 2012 Julian Little

    Brilliant BX2's! I had BR2's a couple of years ago and loved them. Then for some reason (senior moment) changed them for the flavour of the day. Now I'm back with BX2's and I'm really glad. The sound from my Denon 1910 AV receiver / Marantz 6003 cd set up makes me want to keep on playing music.

  • Review Rating: 5

    15 February 2012 David McDougall

    I originally wrote in when I bought these speakers at the end of December last year. I have been listening to them daily since then and I am sure that they are more or less run in. Ok, to begin with they are excellent speakers. I have read elsewhere some people find them bright sounding, not to me they aren't. It will be to do with whatever amplification one is using and I am using Marantz. I still like what I hear only more so. Lovely bass (without using the bungs) and a treble that is detailed but not bright. Mid range is great too. I have made a good choice here and will live happily with them for a long time to come. Oh, and build quality is good too. Glad that I chose the Monitor Audio Bronze BX2.

  • Review Rating: 5

    03 February 2012 Aleksandar M

    It's been a year since i purchased this gem, hooked it up with Exposure 2010s2 and NAD CD using Chord wiring, matched such good synergy that I did not ever wish for any change in my system, still amazed with the capabilities of these speakers all that is left for me is to sit down and enjoy music ...

  • Review Rating: 5

    11 January 2012 Hartley Anderson

    I've had my BX2s for a month and a half now, finally decided I liked the bass with bungs in -- more accurate I believe -- and can't imagine being happier with the sound unless I were to spend significantly more money. Good job Monitor Audio.

  • Review Rating: 5

    29 December 2011 David McDougall

    I have only just got these speakers today and already I'm hooked. I know that a running in period is required but straight from the box they are good. I like what I hear. They are replacing a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 and what a difference, cleaner bass, more treble and just what I imagined. After I have run these in in a month or so I will give my verdict again. if they sound even better then .......well I can't wait.

  • Review Rating: 5

    23 October 2011 Awan Apianto

    I bought these speakers from online store in Indonesia, after I've read many positive reviews, and praises on the net, for me it's relatively expensive to buy these amazing speakers. It took long time for me to save money to buy these, but I never regret with my decision although I don't have any AV receiver I just replace my logitech z5500 front speakers (satellites) with these ones, but the result is astonishing. I'm amazed with the detail sound that is produced by these speakers. All songs that I've heard become more interesting after I've bought these. I still manage to buy monitor BX5. I hope someday I could buy BX5 too. Thanks Monitor Audio :)

  • Review Rating: 5

    14 September 2011 Jason Glover

    I purchased these speakers after trawling the Internet reading many reviews on many speakers. They are connected to a Denon m38 and are mounted on Nexus stands and the result is stunning !! Every aspect of the produced sound is clear and concise. I was after a set of speakers to give me the same listening pleasure as my Grado headphones and these easily achieve that and more. What a first class product.

  • Review Rating: 5

    05 September 2011 Anggoro Pradipto

    Sophisticated speakers with beautifully vocal reproduction

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    30 August 2011 Paul Taylor

    I first saw the review on what hi fi for the bx2. My hi fi supplier hi fi sound on stockton on tees borrowed me a pair to try. I am stunned into submission! I really do not think i have heard s speaker that can transmit the base with so much ease and accuracy. The test track for me is heart of lothian by marillion. It is the first time i have heard this track played through speakers with such poise. Suffice to say i have placed my order with Simon today. I am also bearing in mind these are pretty much brand new speakers and will probably improve further as they are allowed to break in.

  • Review Rating: 5

    30 July 2011 Mike Stewart

    The most amazing speakers I have ever bought and listened to, hands down impeccable quality build and sound. I look forward to movie night like an expectant kid awaits Christmas. Thank you Monitor Audio for taking the time to release such a beautiful product and not charging an arm and a leg for it.

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