Opinons on B&W

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Matt--LM, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. Matt--LM

    Matt--LM Auditioning

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    I've been looking at their lines of speakers and have compared them. Really nice stuff. I'm not a newbie to audio, but a newbie to the Home Theater or Home listening (I love car audio), so I don't know what all brands are out there. Any opinions on this brand? Thanks.
     
  2. Kenneth Harden

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    All I can say is a lot of people like B&W and I have not heard a lot of bad.
     
  3. Shane Morales

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    You have to listen to them and see for yourself. They're pricey, but they sound really nice, especially when paired with a competent receiver/amp. And they look cool to boot.

    If they are in your price range you owe it to yourself to give them a listen.
     
  4. Dan Halchak

    Dan Halchak Stunt Coordinator

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    Definitely take a listen, I sold my set of Definitive Techs (at the time I thought the powered sub was really cool and sounded great) to get a set of B&W 600 series. My friend got the 600 series, though not the top line of them and I was blown away by how clear and accurate they sounded. Needless to say...you can see what I have in my signature.

    Definitely at least take a listen, I think you'll be pretty surprised by them. You might find better ones, but at least give them a listen, I think you'd be missing out if you didn't at least do that.
     
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    It depends on what kind of sound you like, what electronics you are going to mate with them, and the general characteristics of the room you are going to put them in.

    In general though, I would describe them as a bit foward of neutral on the high end, which I happen to like, especially for cymbals--they are very detailed. I have owned every speaker of theirs in the 600 series except the 601 and now I use 9NTs for the fronts, CDM SE Center, and 602s for the rears, so I think it's safe to say I like their sonic signature.

    Whether you do though, you'll only know by auditioning and considering the things I mentioned above.

    DJ
     
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    Although I have my B&Ws up for sale, I really am impressed with them. Very detailed and a quality speaker imo. If one decides to move up the line in the B&W brand it can get very spendy. But then so can other lines.
     
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    I recently bought 604s for my front. AWESOME is the word. I read a thread here, quite sometime ago, where that person had said it sounds like GOD in his living room. Yes True, very True. I have a open ceiling in my living room which opens to my kitchen - both pretty large size rooms. Inspite of all this, the music fills my room. I only have 2 channel inspite of that the HT exeperience is great!
     
  9. kumar

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    But trust your own EARS!! [​IMG]
    I have HK7200 that runs these wonderful speakers.
     
  10. Matt--LM

    Matt--LM Auditioning

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    Oh, i fully understand the listening for yourself aspect. There have been times when i'm suprised someone from the store hadn't kicked me out for being in there hours on end listening (lol, they're helpful and don't mind). But, while money is an issue to some degree my train of thought is do it right the first time (or at least to a point, where if you want to upgrade, its not a few months after your purchase).

    This is what I'm looking at:
    Two(2) B&K Nautilus 805's

    I haven't really looked at anything to run them, but I've been pointed to (from what the store carries) to either B&K or Krell (though Krell seemed to easily jump out of my price range).

    As far as set up; right now i just want a nice stereo set up, i'm not big on theater persay (surround sound) [that can be later down the road]. However, I am thinking of adding a sub later on, possibly the B&K ASW800.

    With that, any opinons? Are two nice bookshelf speakers and a sub nice; or should i go for towers? Thanks!

    btw: are their subs the same quality?
     
  11. David Judah

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    Their subs are well built and solid performers, but they don't seem to get the respect their speakers do--unfairly, IMO. They compare very well with other mass market brands in their price range, but I think you could do better on a cost per performance basis with some of the non-traditional brands(by that I mean not available at your local electronics store)like SVS and Adire Audio.

    DJ
     
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    Wow nautilusand krell would be very nice!
     
  13. Dan Halchak

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    I would not get any B&W subs...not to say they aren't good, but either HSU or SVS makes a much better sub for less money. I love B&W speakers, however I think their subs are very much lacking.
     
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    In my HT, I have Nautilus 805s for my mains and a Velodyne HGS10 sub. I love using my mains/sub for stereo when I want to listen to killer rock and roll. Kicks some serious butt! For my more refined listening, I have a dedicated two-channel system of Nautilus 804s, Classe integrated amp and Sony 222ES SACD changer. Very smooth. Listen to the speakers. I'm sure you'll love them.
     
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    B&K or Krell (though Krell seemed to easily jump out of my price range.


    Rotel is a good option as well not sure with the 805's but I run a 1075 with my B&W's (9nt's,7nt's CNT) You will most certainly want a sub with the 805's nice choice BTW
     

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