Old Monitor Audio Bronze vs new Pioneer Andrew Jones
I've had a full set of the first-generation Monitor Audio Bronze series for something like 14 years now. They were incredible back then and an incredible value, but do they still hold up against today's budget bests?
I started off having the L/R floorstanding speakers, the center channel, two of the FX speakers for the sides, and two of the bookshelf BR1's for the rears, and finally the matching sub for the whole system.
Over the years through wear and tear, water damage, and cross-country moves I only have the BR1 bookshelves, the FX surrounds, and the subwoofer. I've been getting along with this setup because apartment life hasn't been ideal for a theater anyway (I actually use the bookshelves in my office and the FX+subwoofer as the living room stereo!).
Anyways, I bought a house and am ready to put together a reasonable system again. I should be able to just buy a Bronze center speaker and be back to a decent 5.1 system. However, do I really want to continue investing in this old set? How would it compare to even the extremely inexpensive new Pioneer Andrew Jones speakers? Maybe its time I retired them (or just used the bookshelves in my office) and get a full new set.
Receiver is a Marantz SR7001.