- Page 1Monitor Audio Bronze BX2 AV
- Page 2 Front, Centre and Rear Speakers
- Page 3 Performance and Verdict
The BX2s come with removable magnetic grilles but look more eye-catching without them. Their exposed drivers look like they mean business, particularly the 166mm bass driver with its off-white colour and surrounding black trim. This new bass driver is fashioned from a C-CAM (Ceramic Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) alloy to provide the required rigidity for fast, responsive detail reproduction, and because the material is light it boasts high efficiency too. Sitting above the bass driver is a new 26mm C-CAM tweeter, which sits in its own chamber with graduated damping to reduce unwanted resonances.
As with the Apex and RX systems, these drivers are fixed to the back of the cabinet using a single rigid bolt, which means they effectively float free of the baffle and don’t transmit vibrations to the cabinet itself, all of which has huge benefits for sound quality. Another technology imported from Monitor Audio’s more expensive speakers include the HiVE II Reflex ports, which use rifled grooves to speed up the flow of air from the cabinet for batter bass response. It’s also worth noting that the BX2s can be bi-wired thanks to their twin sets of gold-plated binding posts.
As for the BX Centre, it shares the BX2’s elegance and heavyweight build quality but this time with twin 140mm C-CAM drivers that flank the 25mm tweeter.
For the rear channels, Monitor Audio has opted for dual-mode speakers with a switch that allows you to select bipole or dipole dispersion, depending on whether they’re placed on the side or rear wall or whether you want a direct or diffuse sound. Each speaker is equipped with a front-facing 140mm C-CAM mid/bass driver, flanked by two 25mm C-CAM tweeters on angled baffles. The grilles are attached using plugs, but in every other respect the construction is on a par with the rest of the system.
Next, we come to Bronze BX’s big daddy, the BXW-10 active subwoofer. It’s equipped with a new 10in C-CAM long-throw driver and a 200W Class-D power amplifier, while on the outside the sturdy build quality, living-room friendly looks and surprisingly diminutive sealed cabinet ooze style and quality without making huge demands on your space.
All of the controls and sockets are confined to the back of the box, and they include an LFE input, left and right RCA line level inputs, a volume dial, a crossover dial (which is bypassed when the LFE input is connected to an AV receiver) and two switches governing phase and power mode (Auto, On, Off).