I spent about (3) hours at a local B&W dealer yesterday doing some comparative listening to the 804S and 805S speakers. My goal was to determine which pair I preferred as the mains for my new 5.1 system. I new beforehand that I'd get some "dynamic benefit" from the towers because my listening space is pretty large: 24' (width) X 16' (depth) and has 12' vaulted ceilings.
But, I wasn't expecting the 805S speakers to sound sooooo good! My current 5.1 system is about (10) years old and consists of (5) M&K S90 monitors. I simply could not believe how much bass was being generated by the 805S monitors compared to my S90 monitors. Apples and oranges, I know...
After going back and forth between the 804S and 805S comparing audio tracks, I ended up liking the added base and smoother midrange of the 804S speakers. No big surprise...
Before I left the store, I placed an order for the following (all in the cherry finish):
My center selection was based on the space constraints (max 22" CC width) of the custom cabinet I built last year. I may end up building a new cabinet in the future that would allow me to upgrade to the HTM3S.
Lastly, I ordered a new Rotel RMB1095 amp to drive my new toys. Order should be arriving either the end of this week or early next week. I'm looking forward to spending the holidays listening to all my old CDs and re-watching all my DVDs again!