B&W a great value
I have 7 total B&W speakers. Five for a theater. No sub. Had a sub, but overall sounds better without a sub. Got rid of both subs after testing the B&W's. To me, they are very natural, very realistic. Great for any kind of music. Good with digital amps, but SCREAM with TUBE amps. Any one here use tube amps? When I shopped for a great speaker, I went to high-end stores and listened to various speakers ALL on tube amps. Why would you spend over 500$ per speaker if you do not have a tube amp? There is no comparison to a digital amp. Still, my theater has a digital surround sound, and the B&W's are efficient so they sound very good. BUT - the CM5's on the stereo tube amp are a mind blower! Incredible. I have heard much more expensive speakers that do not come close to the CM5 (B&W). Yes you must pay for the custom stands- and they are heavy. Shop carefully folks. BTW- HH Scott 1960 Integrated Tube Amp refurbished, 35 watts / channel. Kicks the CM5's ass and it is not for sale, ever. My digital amp has 500 watts total power on 5 channels - and can not TOUCH the volume, sound, and response of my tube amp. 5 to 35,000 htz with no hiss, no hum, and virtually NO distortion - shakes the walls no joke. (the theater system shakes the couch, but still can not get nearly as loud as the tube amp with only 2 CM5's).
Happy hunting ya'll.