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I am somewhat of a "newbie" so my apologies in advance if I haven't provided enough info below or if this has been addressed in another post. Thank you for any assistance/guidance that can be provided.

I am about to upgrade my home theater and am leaning toward the following two options:

Canton Reference 3.2 DC (left and right)
Canton Reference 50.2 (center)
Canton Sub 850 R


Bowers and Wilkins 803 Diamond (left and right)
Bowers and Wilkins HTM2 Diamond (center)
Bowers and Wilkins DB1 subwoofer

I have a Parasound Halo A 31 three channel power amplifier for the left, right, and center.

My receiver is the Denon 4520CI.

My budget is enough for either option but I have not found anywhere in the DFW metroplex where I can listen to the Canton speakers although I have read great reviews on them. I have listened to the B&Ws and they sound great. This is a rather large investment that I will have for at least five years or more and I am somewhat hesitant about the Cantons because I cannot listen to them. Of course my wife wants them in white so they will be custom built and drop shipped to my home and don't think I will have an option of returning them if I am not satisfied for some reason.

These will be in our game room and will be used mostly for movies and TV.

They will go into an existing 7.1 system with the following:

Klipsch KL-7800-THX In-Wall Speaker
Klipsch KS-7800-THX In-Wall Speaker

I don't recall which of the Klipsch speakers are side left & right and rear left & right.

I would appreciate any input on this and recommendations.

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My studies on Canton lead me to believe German manufactures should have stopped at vehicles.

There are certainly several other compelling options but if these were your only two in contention, I'd go with B&W.
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Originally Posted by klausflouride7 View Post

I would appreciate any input on this and recommendations.
Look at bookshelf mains. Towers are as large and expensive as they are for low frequency response, and when you're running subs you don't need low frequency response from the mains. Note that I said 'subs' in the plural. You should have at least two, for room mode smoothing.
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I will be able to provide a better advice tomorrow. I was in the same boat and finally settle on the B&W 803 diamonds and the HTM2 diamond center channel. I will be using a parasound a21 to power the 803s and a parasound a51 to power the htm2 and surrounds..I plan to upgrade my sub to the DB1 as well... Before purchasing these speakers I tested them with different power amps and processors, ranging from marantz up to Classe.....Compared to the MK they were more transparent, with more and better bass, and a bigger soundstage....

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JVC DLA-X750R (calibrated with calman 5 and c6 hdr meter), ST 130 (144") cinemascope screen, Carada Masquerade CIH masking system,B&W 803D2s mains, B&W HTM2D2 center channel, B&W 805D2 surrounds, B&W CCMM682s in-ceiling speakers (4), B&W DB1 subwoofer, Anthem AVM 60 processor, Parasound Halo A51+(2xA21)+(2xA23) amps, Oppo UDP 203 player, Roku Ultra and Harmony Elite remote.
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