I was a sceptic myself.
I'd read all those comments saying that Rega amps weren't particularly suited for B&W speakers...
But I've owned a Rega Apollo cd player for years and recently purchased a Rega Brio-R amp.
I tried to get the pair to work with some Energy C-5 speakers, with older Celestion speakers, with older Rega speakers, with BLABLABLA...
I was never satisfied.
Short story: a local ad selling a pair of B&W 685 standmount speakers.
Tried it out at the guy's house, sounded fantastic through his Rotel amp and Audiolab cd player; I had doubts it would work as well with my system, but I figured I had nothing to lose; if things didn't work out, I'd probably get my money back somehow...
Now, I haven't been too satisfied since I got them.
The imaging has been poor, the bass has been either non-existant or overbearing, the mids have been muddied... - how the hell can people say these damn speakers are good? Even for the price? Damn....
Well, so I changed from cheapo 24" stands today to strong and heavyweight 21" ones - and the difference was night and day!
Yes, for some, the pairing of B&W and Rega might seem "bright" or "fatiguing", but the pairing seems to me very balanced, if only a little forceful and energetic.Try adjusting the speakers. Makes a world of a difference!
I am not saying this is a match made in heaven, but it is definitely better than some have let on.
Would I buy another speaker to make my setup better? Who would say no?
Is it the be-all, end-all system? Definitely not.
Is it better than I expected? You're damn right it is...
I have always loved Rega gear, and I'm sure I'll get to hearing their speakers, but these B&W speakers are reminding me that sometimes one just has to listen and enjoy...
How about you?
A lot of people think B&W speakers are a bit over-hyped and not suited for Rega gear.
What are your thoughts?Of course, I should specify I've only listened to this combo in my room, which is approximately 9X12'.
Edited by Saturnine Clown - 10/20/13 at 10:06am