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post #31 of 33 Old 04-03-2013, 11:49 AM
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Whoa! That's one hell of a B&W setup you parted with. Why did you decide to go a differnt route especially since you seem to still like the speakers or you wouldn't be thinking of potentially getting a pair of the new 800's? I'll be adding a pair of 800Di's next month smile.gif As good as you say the HTM1D was, was it just that you wanted 3 identical speakers up front? If so why didn't you just add a 3rd 800D, the price was only like 1 or 2 thousand more than the HTM1D.

Unfortunately no way to try them out, that would only be possible in someone's home and my dealer never sold any when they were available. Buying used isn't really my thing because I'm so fussy. If there was even a hint of a scratch, fading etc. even if it was on the bottom or back I couldn't live with that, no way, it would eat at me just knowing it's there even knowing there is absolutely no impact on performance. A 2nd hand speaker would literally have to be as new. Even then like I mentioned above things lke the difference in cosmetics between the new and old design swould bother me.

Rod, as everything in this life, it run it's circle and decided to explore further. It was good, great, everyone was getting impressed but something was itching me. What was that? I wanted higher output and stronger dynamics since I was driving the system to its limits and it was really audible (52 square meter room). Yet, I wanted more performance above 80Hz especially in the are from 80Hz to 200-300Hz. Good as the 800Ds were compared to the Danley's they don't really compare for home cinema and the jury is still out even for two channel although that is not the intended purpose of the system I am building. It is a completely different philosophy system and the way I am going around it is not going to be cheaper either than the B&W system. When I got the B&W system I was staying in another house and the system was placed in a large living room but still it was part of the main house. Aesthetically only (performance too) going B&W was a great choice. For my dedicated "dark" home cinema room though there is no going back and the only other system that could make me consider changing (I don't even know if it is needed) would be the top models from the JBL Synthesis line and that would take a lot of convincing for movie use only.

Now for the living room and two channel use, I would certainly consider a pair of 800 Diamonds again and call it a day with two channel music. Above that price point there are more and better options of course but none matches for me the appearance and performance of the 800s at the same time and at their price. Unfortunately, it all comes down to price though and how far you can go. Right now I can only finance my dedicated HT room otherwise I would also have a pair of 800 Diamonds as well elsewhere in the house.
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Rod, as everything in this life, it run it's circle and decided to explore further. It was good, great, everyone was getting impressed but something was itching me. What was that? I wanted higher output and stronger dynamics since I was driving the system to its limits and it was really audible (52 square meter room). Yet, I wanted more performance above 80Hz especially in the are from 80Hz to 200-300Hz. Good as the 800Ds were compared to the Danley's they don't really compare for home cinema and the jury is still out even for two channel although that is not the intended purpose of the system I am building. It is a completely different philosophy system and the way I am going around it is not going to be cheaper either than the B&W system. When I got the B&W system I was staying in another house and the system was placed in a large living room but still it was part of the main house. Aesthetically only (performance too) going B&W was a great choice. For my dedicated "dark" home cinema room though there is no going back and the only other system that could make me consider changing (I don't even know if it is needed) would be the top models from the JBL Synthesis line and that would take a lot of convincing for movie use only.

Now for the living room and two channel use, I would certainly consider a pair of 800 Diamonds again and call it a day with two channel music. Above that price point there are more and better options of course but none matches for me the appearance and performance of the 800s at the same time and at their price. Unfortunately, it all comes down to price though and how far you can go. Right now I can only finance my dedicated HT room otherwise I would also have a pair of 800 Diamonds as well elsewhere in the house.

Thanks for sharing why you parted with the system.

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Oh BTW, the reason for going with HTM1D instead of a 3rd 800D was because it would require a perforated screen and mine was not (a 2.40 curved Stewart 130" wide). A perforated screen is the best option regarding HT speaker positioning however there are other compromises yo have to make plus a totally different build and enough space behind the screen as well. I had the HTM1D raised and inclined so I managed to bring it as close as possible to the 800Ds and it honestly worked beautifully no complains there.

You are aware though that B&W offers the CT800s which are much better suited for dedicated home cinema (stronger tweeters I guess as well) and much more customizable with active crossovers. Lot's of money though and was once quoted for a full system more than $240K:eek:!
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