Is the B&W N804 boomy when placed close to the wall?

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  1. Arnel Enero

    Arnel Enero Stunt Coordinator

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    This is my main candidate for my next purchase of front speakers. However, upgrading from a standmount speaker (CDM 1NT) I'm especially cautious about boominess of floorstanders when placed only 1 foot away from the wall behind them. As I use a long-wall placement (short-wall placement is NOT possible in my living room), distance from side wall is not an issue (up to 5 feet is possible).

    The other speakers in my short list are:

    Sonus Faber Grand Piano Home - well, my Concertino Home was boomy when placed close to the wall, so I assume the GPH will be much more trouble! I think Sonus Fabers have slightly lifted midbass, and that's the enemy of my room. Otherwise, I love these speakers, too.

    Dynaudio Contour 1.3 SE - well, this is a perfect speaker for music. But I need a floorstander for my HT+music system.

    Dynaudio Contour 1.8 mk2 - being back-ported, I also suspect this one will boom big-time. I've heard a lot of people complaining about boominess when placed less than 3 feet from the wall behind it.
     
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    yes, but I think that all/most speakers are, I place my CDM7NTs about 2 feet on each side (but I need more)
     
  3. Arnel Enero

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    Weird thing is, I got a big room (long but narrow), but I'm unable to place the speakers well away from the back wall. [​IMG]
    If I setup along the short wall, I will need to mess up my furniture big time, to the extent that is simply unacceptable.
     
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    All rooms are different, but in the store, when I auditioned the 804's, they had them within a foot of the rear wall. They used the same placement for the CDM 9NT (did I get that right?). I found that this placement was awful for both these speakers. The bass was bloated and over-powering.

    Why are you set against a stand-mount? I have room constraints too, but I'm extremely pleased with the Revel M20 and B15 combo in my combined music/HT system.
     
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    There aren't many speakers that can be placed within a foot of the rear wall, and not sound boomy. Placement constraints really suck.
     
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  7. Larry Hilliard

    Larry Hilliard Auditioning

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    I have a pair of B&W Nautilus 803's and they sound better about 2' out from the wall. These are great sounding speaks. and I think you will like your new B&W's.
     

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