Originally Posted by TVMAN1991
Dude, also work at BB man. PROUD PROUD owner of the B and W CM series. Everyone here will say "they suck", "overpriced", etc etc but it seems there is always a re-occuring "hate on the big brand" prowess associated with this forum. Whatever, people will be people lol.
Anyways, the 8060s suck for music. They lack so much midrange and definition, they're just outright in your face. Good HT speaker though.
I've owned Energy Veritas, Infinity Primus, Klipsch Reference, Paradigm Studios, among many many others and the B and Ws are BY FAR the greatest I've heard so far. They're very neutral and natural. Bring em home, don't listen to the crappy demo we have setup.
At our price, they are a steal and sound fantastic. Trust me though, audition them before listening to everyone here. You always see the same options posted here (Cambridge audio, KEF, Emotiva, etc), never anything mainstream because people think theyre ****.
I don't hate B&W, in fact I love the sound of B&W. I sold them for about a year while I worked in high end audio, and all I wanted to own were Nautilus 802's (the precursor to 802D's). That being said, even at half price I couldn't afford $4,000 for a pair (which are now half price at $6,000 right?).
The whole point to my post, is that many of us have seen the light with regard to internet direct. With a retail brand you've got the manufacturer, the distributor, the retailer, and the consumer. That's 4 parties that are involved in an exchange of money. With internet direct brands you've got the manufacturer and the consumer. That's 2 parties that are involved in an exchange of money. Doesn't it stand to reason that in this transaction, the net result is a better speaker for less money?
Now, I wanted 802's and couldn't afford them. I listened to a lot of other speakers and ended up with Salk SongTowers. What I found for under $2,000 for a pair of speakers are speakers that did everything the 802's did (and in some cases better, I like the tweeter section more as to me it's smoother, more airy, and less bright) with the exception of the fact they don't dig as low as 802's. Since I have a capable subwoofer, the low end is actually perfect for my needs. So for 1/6 the price of current market value for 802's, I got speakers that I like as much as the 802's.
Your mileage may vary, but my recommendation for a pair of fronts for $2,000, are Salk SongTowers.