Originally Posted by Are-Jay
So I did get to hear the RB 61 II the other day too. Both the SM55 and B&W 685 were IMO much better sounding. I still have yet to hear the RB 81- II and the DefTech SM65 and both of those were on the top of my list. Both would give me options to match my CC with at least the same brand. That being said those B&W 685 are the best thing I have got a chance to hear so far but they do not have a CC that will fit my depth. When I asked the sales guy about this he said that its not a big deal that the CC would be another brand but then I keep reading on AVS/f that they should be the same brand.
If you liked Def Tec and B&W better, I think that’s where you need to focus more. I don’t think RB-81 and SM65 are much different than their smaller brothers.
B&W 685: Sensitivity is low. I’m wondering if your AV receiver has enough (real) power to make them sing. Many of the audio shops I saw ran B&W speakers with dedicated AMP. If you want to go to this route, go to B&W owners forum and get help to find the center. They might be able to suggest you non B&W brand but closely matched center with 6” depth.
Def Tec SM65: One reviewer @Neweggs.com said he got it with 45% off. I don’t know if that’s true. When you are ready to purchase, you might as well ask Def Tec owners.where to find the best deal.
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