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Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers don't satisfy me for electronic music
Old 16th May 2017
Gear Head
🎧 5 years
Monitor Audio Bronze 2 speakers don't satisfy me for electronic music

It is my first hi-fi system: Monitor Audio Bronze 2 standmounters and the Onkyo A-9010 amp.

I don't like listening to electronic music with these. I think the "problem" is more the speakers, not the amp. They have 6 inch subwoofers, probably not enough. The bass simply lacks definition, it all sounds like a generic bubble of resonance.

I greatly prefer listening to electronic music with Yamaha HS80M monitors, probably due to the larger woofer. I also prefer listening with some cans hooked to the amp. But the speakers are disappointing for electronic music. They perform satisfyingly for music and game sound, and acoustic music. The dynamics and contrast, and detail in middle to high frequencies, are good. The problem is mainly the bass.

Option one would be to add a subwoofer. I wanted to avoid that, as I'm afraid to annoy the neighbours. Also, the Onkyo amp does not have a sub amp but I understand I could somehow add an ACTIVE sub.

the other idea was to substitute the Bronzes with tower speakers, and I'm looking at the Q Acoustics 3050s.

Would this improve the situation as for listening electronic music is concerned? I don't have a big budget and I don't want to spend for disappointment again. I can consider a sub, but it's not clear to me how I would connect it to the Onkyo amp which I'm not going to replace anytime soon.

Suggestions? I need better punchy sound for my electronic music listening. The setup I have right now is truly disappointing in that concern, I'd rather listen with some cheap multimedia speakers. They give me more of a sense of punchiness considering they're much smaller.

The Bronzes do sound beautiful in acoustic and orchestral music though, although one can probably find better at higher prices.

What sub and how would I connect it to the Onkyo? And/or, would those towers improve the situation?

Last edited by purpleduck; 16th May 2017 at 05:04 AM..
Old 21st May 2017
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Hey Duck,
Funny, I'm currently looking for infos on my first HiFi system. Quite surprised there's so few discussions about HiFi on this forum ; a very slutty music-related passion it is...

Anyway, from what I gathered along the way here's what I can tell you :

First, I've heard the Bronze 2 among other speakers yesterday in a shop, and I can tell you that despite the very good things I heard about them, I immediately found the lower range to be a bit of a mess. On 70s soul, it was doing OK ; but once I tried some more recent and electronic stuff (Todd Terje, The Weeknd, some stuff from Daft Punk's Homework), I immediately took them off the list.

But it doesn't mean you can't do better with your current gear. I'm sure they can be able to have enough bass, all you have to do is check a few tings : how big is your room ? Are the speakers close to the rear wall ? What cables are you using ? Depending on the answers to these, you might be able to lift things up by trying a few different tweaks.

From what I read, adding a sub can be a very tricky thing to do/setup, and you'll see that it's often really not advised for music listening (rather for home cinema). It's usually an option for speakers that don't go very low, so they can effectively take over from their lowest frequency ; they're not really supposed to "add" bass.

Finally, you considered switching to tower speakers ; it might indeed be a good solution, considering that low-mid response is considerably better handled on them. Maybe you should try some ? If you have the opportunity, maybe take your amp with you to try some different things.

Hope it'll help !
Old 22nd May 2017
Lives for gear
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Try putting some porous foam in the port and see if that helps but the amount of bass may be reduced slightly. The bass in this speaker is one of it's weaknesses. PSB and KEF are better overall especially in the bass. Don't expect a lot of low end from small drivers, may need a subwoofer. Closer to the back wall can help but other reflection problems start to creep in.

PS...if you add a sub use speaker B with ordinary speaker wire, of course the sub must have a "speaker in" terminals for this arrangement then set sub volume and where it's to be added. You can't use tape out because the volume is fixed at max volume. The other option is to first connect your amp to the sub in and connect speakers to speaker out and use the xover in the sub to set the xover point eliminating most of the deep bass from the speakers resulting in a cleaner bass. Talk to your local dealer or do a little research.

Last edited by sd270; 22nd May 2017 at 07:25 PM.. Reason: to add info
Old 29th September 2017
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Drinking straws end on.fill the port. Same as above maybe a reduction.
Old 23rd February 2019
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Want to chime in here. I've just heard some monitor audio silver 500s in richer sounds in an untreated room.
I was listening to amongst other things this :

Bwoy De Bhajan - Chill Out Gardens 13 - Boom Festival 2016 by Boom Festival | Free Listening on SoundCloud

No what got me is that I was hearing lots of details that I was not hearing on my genelec 8330 and 7350 sub which costs significantly more. Now it's not like the hifi speakers were just making it sound nicer - no were talked my about being able to hear a huge cubist sound stage.like a window into another universe whereas other tracks that sounded fine on the gennies were nowhere near as holographic on the monitor audio speakers. So it has me ki d of worried and wondering if studio monitors are just.a marketing ploy ......
These hifi speakers weren't just nice sounding they were revealing of an amazing mix and a bad mix isn't that um ... What you want in a studio monitor ..... Don't know what they've like to work on but if you can't even hear stuff happening how you supposed to work on it.

Last edited by Deleted 10089a2; 23rd February 2019 at 06:08 PM..
Old 24th February 2019
Lives for gear
🎧 5 years
The Monitor Audio 500 is a hi-fi speaker and sounds like it, not neutral and accurate like a pro monitor. The sound of the 500 is generally bright, a bit thin and somewhat forward. It can't even reproduce the human voice properly. The bottom end is also not that tight either. Most hi end audiophile speakers err on the bright side, audiophiles like that sound and hear it as detail. Generally, properly designed pro studio monitors are far superior to consumer speakers because they use electronic x-overs with multi channel amplification and don't have the softening affect caused by passive x-over parts. For me the tonal balance accuracy is foremost and the most important quality in a speaker, then we can start talking about detail etc, etc.
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