B & W onwers....please

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  1. Brad Newton

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    voice your opinion on these speakers. I recently listened to the 603 series and really like what I heard, but being a newcomer to home theater, I would appreciate some opinions. I was originally going to purchase the Klipsch RF3 or 5's until I listened to the B & W's. They sounded much more gentle, not as sharp. They will be matched up with a Pioneer 45 receiver in a fairly large room (30'x15').
     
  2. Steve_Ma

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    I have the 603S2s for mains and an ASW1000 Sub. The surrounds are 601s and the center is the CC6. I really enjoy this combo alot and I love the sound. I could not, however, imagine using these without a decent sub (for both movies and music). Alone, none of the 600 series goes low enough, IMHO.

    Unfortunately, I have never owned the Klipsch, so I can't help you there.

    --Steve
     
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    I have 601 Series 3's as L/R and LCR60 Series 3 as my center. Powered by a Marantz SR6200, I LOVE the sound. I've heard a lower-end Klipsch before but the highs on the B&Ws are extremely clear.

    I agree with Steve that you should couple the setup with a good sub. I'm using a Velo CHT-10. My room is small enough that the 601s and the CHT-10 is just sufficient for good sounding music and movies.
     
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  5. Brad Newton

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    Thanks for the replies. What receiver is being used with the B & W's?
     
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    Brad,
    I'm using an older Yamaha receiver. I'm in the market for a new receiver or pre-amp/power amp now. Rotel seems to be leading right now.
    Joe
     
  7. LewB

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    I use a Rotel receiver with my B&W 602 S2's. I also listened to Klipsch and agree that the B&W's sound less 'harsh' or 'brassy'. The dealer that I bought the gear from said that Rotel & B&W were a natural match. I tend to agree.
     
  8. Philip Hamm

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    I have had 602 mains for years and I absolutely love them. I wouldn't replace them with anything up to twice the cost. I plan on keeping them for many years to come. They are wonderful speakers. I'm not as enthusiastic about the more expensive B&Ws, I like other brands in that high price range. However, at the price of the 602s no speaker that I've ever heard can compare. My center is a 602 also, it sounds fantastic as well. My rears are 601S2 and they match up really nice. Now that I got a new preamp I may put something in the center in the back. I'll start by looking at B&W.

    I am using a Sherwood AM-9080 amplifier and an Outlaw Model 950 preamp. I've previously used a Sherwood AV-P9080 preamp. Receivers I've used include an Onkyo 919, 828, Pioneer 606, and an old Philips analog ProLogic model. They have all sounded fantastic with these speakers.
     
  9. Phil Mays

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    Brad,

    I am not a B & W owner. I do however have A complete Klipsch set-up with RF-7's, bla, bla, bla.

    I was considering the B & W's for a long while. However for me they need much more power and are lacking in base.

    I too feel they have far superior highs with a crystal clear reproduction of music. I feel the klipsch do a better job at home theater as they are not (too me) as fatiging in the highs, over time. I feel Klipsch does a great job "rocking". I think B & W does a superior job with Jazz and clasical types of music. If that is the type of listening you like I can not imagine a better speaker.

    Don't get me wrong as I am defanantly not slamming B & W. My dream systm would be centered around B & W Natilus speakers with 200 watt monoblock amps.
     
  10. Brad Newton

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    My main use would be home theater, but I just don't want to purchase something I will regret. I'm trying to do my "homework".
     

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