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I was reading a review lately of a B&W speaker, I believe it was the CM9 speaker. The reviewer stated that the speakers were a good sounding speaker, and a great value. He also stated that they were really good if you liked the "B&W sound". Just what exactly, was he referring to ?
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Folks usually refer to B&W as having a laid back or warm sound compared to say Klipsch or Dahlquist which have a brighter or more forward sound. I've never thought of B&W as being a great value. Depends on what your budget is I guess.


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Folks usually refer to B&W as having a laid back or warm sound

I've heard that too. I think in part that the B&W has a metal tweeter as opposed to a fabric or silk tweeter.

I got a chance to listen to a pair of CM9 as well as the CMC2. Also listened to a pair of 683's with the HTM61.

The latter demoed some scenes from IM2, while the CM9's demoed an acoustic guitar solo..............gotta tell you, the CM9's were imaging perfectly and the reproduction of sound was as if the guy was right there playing.

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I've heard the CM series had more of a... commercialized sound-design.

In a home audition I was able to put a pair of PSB Imagine T2 right next to my friends set of B&W CM10, hooked up to a Rotel 1570.

Personally I found the Imagines to be a lot more natural and the CM10 putting too much emphasis on the heights. Also, here in Switzerland the Imagines were 300$ cheaper per piece.

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I was reading a review lately of a B&W speaker, I believe it was the CM9 speaker. The reviewer stated that the speakers were a good sounding speaker, and a great value. He also stated that they were really good if you liked the "B&W sound". Just what exactly, was he referring to ?

I think in general B&W Speakers tend to have recessed response in the vocal range and high frequencies.  This tends to give it what people refer to as a "warmer" sound.  

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I think in general B&W Speakers tend to have recessed response in the vocal range and high frequencies.  This tends to give it what people refer to as a "warmer" sound.  

I thought warmer sound tend to roll off the high while emphasis more on mid?

Given the sound, i felt Revel tends to be more neutral than b&w in general. Just my 2 cents smile.gif
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Yep, we are in agreement.  Rolled of highs, but the harshness vocals tends to be in the 1-3khz range so a dip of just a couple db takes some of that away.

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I was reading a review lately of a B&W speaker, I believe it was the CM9 speaker. The reviewer stated that the speakers were a good sounding speaker, and a great value. He also stated that they were really good if you liked the "B&W sound". Just what exactly, was he referring to ?

He is referring to the fact that he is BS'ing the readers. biggrin.gif

Yet another reason to give audiophiles a bad name. biggrin.gif

There are only 2 types of sound - one that you prefer and one that other people prefer.

If the speakers sound good to you, then they are good speakers. Period.

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If the speakers sound good to you, then they are good speakers. Period.

Don't worry about all the audio voodoo and religion.

It couldn't be any simpler than that. I'll just add that choosing speakers based on someone else's preference is not way to go. I'm trying to think of something more useless than an audio equipment review and I'm not coming up with much.
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I'm trying to think of something more useless than an audio equipment review and I'm not coming up with much.

LOL. biggrin.gif

I agree. biggrin.gif

Yet, we still see millions of souls seeking for pure subjective opinions and internet hearsay on speakers.

Some of them spend $10K-$20K blindly on speakers based on fanboy hype and hearsay. Then end up regretting. I wonder why. biggrin.gif

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