Originally Posted by ssabripo
I understand your frustration, as I assume you meant replies like the ones over at the pre/pro thread. Please read my reply:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9985577
as I mentioned, many people generalize name brands because of their experience with one or two models, when in fact pretty much EVERY brand has a couple of VERY good models, and some other models that could use improvement.............B&W is no exception.
I am a die hard DIY guy, and actually dont like B&W much in 'general', but the 800 series (particularly the 800 and 802) is a whole different ball of beezwax!
So much so, that I didn't hesitate to buy a pair of 802's instead of building the Avalon Eidolon clones.
When dealing with people who just generalize, you have to just take things with a grain of salt.
You are absolutely correct, ssabripo
The 800 series B&W speakers have long been used as reference for mastering classical recordings, and are generally perceived to be relatively accurate, and somewhat unforgiving of source material that might be considered compromised.
While it is true that we could nitpick about the tweeter in the earlier model 802's, the new D series has fixed the one vexing problem associated with the 801/802/803. While the diamond dome tweeter is certainly more relaxed, it is also greatly extended, and gives the D series a completely different character. While I did not personally own the N802's, I lusted after them for some time, always enjoying the balance, and the incomparable soundstaging, and stage depth.
When the D series was introduced, I decided that the improvements were sufficient to go the extra $4-5 k required versus finding a used pair of N802's. I considered the 801D, but that beast is hard to tame in most rooms, so I went 802, adding 2 Velo DD subs to gain access to the lowest octave, even though little source material requires it.
If the host of that other thread had done his homework, he'd realize that he either made up his knee jerk reply that the 802 is compromised in the mids, or he has been listening to planars & electrostatics for way too long, not that there's anything wrong with that.
In the end, I say read the reviews, and listen for yourself. Most of the reviews accurately portray the 800 series, even their minor shortcomings.