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post #166 of 288
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Originally Posted by nelamvr6 View Post
Ah, my speakers!

I love my speakers even more than I love my headphones!

I have a pair of B&W 804s that are my pride and joy!

I'm on the road right now, so I can't post a pic of the actual speakers, but I can post a pic from B&W's web site:



My speaker cables are Synergistic Research B&WSpec6.
Hi I was going to give these a listen today. I found a set at a store, open box $2000.00 is that a good deal and are they easy to drive? good bass but tight?

Any help would
post #167 of 288
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Originally Posted by markmaxx View Post
Hi I was going to give these a listen today. I found a set at a store, open box $2000.00 is that a good deal and are they easy to drive? good bass but tight?

Any help would
$2000? If they are in good shape, you should run, don't walk, run to that store and buy them!

That is about half what I paid!

Their bass is one of their best features, it is powerful and tight, but nimble and quick. I wouldn't call it especially extended, the specs say it reaches to 38Hz, I'd say that seems about right. But it is especially well controlled. The sense of timing and rhythm is wonderful!

They're not really difficult to drive, but they will really shine if you have a good amp. They seem to especially like good SS amps. I was driving them with a NAD C352 (80WPC), and they sounded good, but when I upgraded to a Rotel RB-1070 (130WPC) the bass really improved.

EDIT:

I just found your previous post, you were looking at a pair of 703's is that right?

I'm afraid I don't know about that model. These are model 804s. I don't really know if $2000 is a good price for that model.
post #168 of 288
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Originally Posted by nelamvr6 View Post
$2000? If they are in good shape, you should run, don't walk, run to that store and buy them!

That is about half what I paid!

Their bass is one of their best features, it is powerful and tight, but nimble and quick. I wouldn't call it especially extended, the specs say it reaches to 38Hz, I'd say that seems about right. But it is especially well controlled. The sense of timing and rhythm is wonderful!

They're not really difficult to drive, but they will really shine if you have a good amp. They seem to especially like good SS amps. I was driving them with a NAD C352 (80WPC), and they sounded good, but when I upgraded to a Rotel RB-1070 (130WPC) the bass really improved.

EDIT:

I just found your previous post, you were looking at a pair of 703's is that right?

I'm afraid I don't know about that model. These are model 804s. I don't really know if $2000 is a good price for that model.
http://www.bwspeakers.com/index.cfm/...el/MODEL%20703
Check out how much they look alike (804/703) at 6:30 in the morning with only one coffee sorry.
post #169 of 288
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Originally Posted by markmaxx View Post
http://www.bwspeakers.com/index.cfm/...el/MODEL%20703
Check out how much they look alike (804/703) at 6:30 in the morning with only one coffee sorry.
No doubt!

I'm just glad I found your post in time, I'd hate to be giving you bad info.

I haven't heard those speakers, they might be great, I just don't know.
post #170 of 288
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Originally Posted by markmaxx View Post
I looked at best buy they were $2300 I loved the mid range, the bass was tight and up front, but the DVD we were listening too was the eagles Hotel california and the voices sounded like they were comming from speakers? May be I will go back with some of my CDs.
That price is for the Bach Grand...an upgraded version. The original Bach's were $1500 (I got them for $1100 open box [I saw the guy walk out with them in the a.m and return them in the p.m. with only one box open because he took them home and his wife said "Take those back"]...could you imagine if he brought home the Wilson Alexandrias? )

Anyway Harveys has the new version online for $1995:

http://www.harveyonline.com/products....model,a.title

...but I would wait for a pair to pop up on Audiogon, because everyone who gets them loves so much they sell them and get the next in line (Beethoven Baby Grands). I sold mine in 3 hours.
They have an imaginary midfield that when setup properly and playground sand is add to fill the cabinets, is beyond explanation. Everyone had to walk up to my center channel to prove it was not playing.
post #171 of 288
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Originally Posted by markmaxx View Post
$1995.00http://www.av123.com/products_produc...s&product=78.1

http://www.av123.com/products_produc...s&product=50.1You ever heard these?


They look sweet. How about selling those?
The upgraded finish is actually the one that I have and adds another $300 to the price tag. Not planning on selling them b/c they were a gift. I would definitely check them out. They are music oriented speakers that offer more value than anything I've ever heard in the price range. Here is an excellent review that describes the speakers in more detail and shows some measurements. http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...06-part-1.html

I purchased a Rocket 850 based HT system for my best friend. They are great HT speakers, but he also has Onix Ref. 3s, which I much prefer for music.
post #172 of 288

Proud of my little tykes

I picked up a pair of these as 2 channel mains for my HDTV.

I never thought much of B&W speakers until I heard these.

post #173 of 288
Here are some more B&Ws......

803 fronts


HTM1 Center


And CDM 1NT Rears




With the high ceiling and having to put the system along the long wall
I had to experiment with acoustic treatments for the room.



For the wall behind the front speakers I used Auralex acoustic foam
framed with wood molding to give it the W.A.F (wife acceptance factor)



Then I still needed more because the room was way too lively so I hung wool rugs with nufoam polyester backing behind them.


These pictures are a few years old and I've since got the wool rugs positioned
just right and there are no more echoes in the room.

I've got a sweetspot right in the center of my couch....
post #174 of 288
Cain & Cain IM Ben.

post #175 of 288
Do they sound as good as they look? (Don't answer that...if you have them, then I already know the answer ).

Blackie P. would be proud of that pic!
post #176 of 288
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Originally Posted by ALBPM View Post
Here are some more B&Ws......

803 fronts


Ooooooh!
post #177 of 288
OK, while we're on the subject of B&W's, here's a shot of my right speaker, a B&W 804s:



Can you spot the RSA HR-2?
post #178 of 288
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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post
Do they sound as good as they look? (Don't answer that...if you have them, then I already know the answer ).

Blackie P. would be proud of that pic!
Hey Aaron,

I just Pmed you. You are welcome to come check out the system anytime! Yes, the speakers sound pretty good. I don't have much reference anymore because I am used to them at this point. But when I listen I really listen and forget about all other things. They have an articulate, integrated sound with really fantastic imaging. They also have a very big sound. They've broken in really nicely (it took months!) and they behave quite well in my relatively small room (one day they just sounded "right"). Obviously bass is not the deepest and there are some drawbacks to rear-horn loading. But the benefits are not insignificant. Everything is entirely coherent and "there." I think it's easy to describe the faults of single driver, rear horn loading speakers, but the good things are harder to describe. They just have to be experienced.

Like I said, the invitation is open to any locals who would like to hear them.

John.
post #179 of 288
2x JBL S38II (Bookshelf)
JBL Studio Center (cant remember model number)
JBL Northridge Sub (cant remember model)

pink
post #180 of 288
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Originally Posted by tjkurita View Post
Cain & Cain IM Ben.

Oh man, I am going to rape those speakers!
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