In this review, we will be comparing Bronze 1 and Q150, two Passive Bookshelf speakers from Monitor Audio and KEF. Let's have a brief look at the main features of Monitor Audio Bronze 1 and KEF Q150 first before getting into our more detailed comparison.
In the following sections, we will get into details in order to better understand how Monitor Audio Bronze 1 and KEF Q150 compares and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one of these loudspeakers is the better choice for you.
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Both Bronze 1 and Q150 are 2-way speakers. Bronze 1 features a 1" Dome Tweeter and 1 x 5.5" C-CAM Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 2700Hz. On the other hand, Q150 features a 1" vented aluminum Dome Tweeter and 1 x 5.25" Aluminum Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 2500Hz.
Bronze 1 has a frequency range of 55-30k Hz whereas Q150 has a frequency range of 51-28k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 55Hz, the Bronze 1 can go slightly deeper then the Q150's min frequency of 51Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers under Bookshelf class in our database.
Impedance and Sensitivity
Bronze 1 and Q150 has the same Impedance of 8 ohms but where they differ is the sensitivity levels. Bronze 1 sensitivity is rated at 88 dB and Q150's is at 86 dB. This 2 dB difference makes Monitor Audio Bronze 1 a more sensitive speaker compared to KEF Q150, hence will play louder with the same amount of watts.
Bronze 1 has a power range of 20-70 watts RMS whereas Q150 has a power range of 10-100 watts.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
Bronze 1 features Post type posts and Q150 has a Post type posts. None of these speakers feature bi-amping/bi-wiring.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Both Bronze 1 and Q150 have rear firing ports. Rear ported speakers generlly need more room between the backside of the speaker and the wall compared to sealed and front/bottom ported speakers. Placing too close to the walls may cause the bass to sound boomy.
Size of a speaker can sometimes become an important decision factor due to space constraints or in some cases purely for esthetic reasons. In this section, We are going to compare Monitor Audio Bronze 1's and KEF Q150's external dimensions. Monitor Audio Bronze 1 has external dimensions of 260.0 x 165.0 x 205.0mm ( 10.2 x 6.4 x 8.0inch) whereas KEF Q150 has external dimensions of 303.0 x 180.0 x 278.0mm ( 11.9 x 7.0 x 10.9inch) .
KEF Q150 is clearly the larger of the two speakers. Its body is 15mm wider, 43mm taller and 73mm deeper than Monitor Audio Bronze 1.