I have a pair of 802D1 that I just sold as I never really liked them in my small room due to the bass being a bit tubby. Mind you I also have a pair of B&O BeoLab 5s in right now and with their *fantastic* auto-equalization they exhibit nary a HINT of this bass problem placed in the same spot even with their massive 15 inch bass lumps. The MC601 amps I added later solved a lot of this, but not completely. But I wasn't completely disappointed with the B&W sound and was convinced that the perfect solution would be the 803D2, in addition to being much lighter (I hate anything that exerts its presence by being absurdly heavy as I tend to move on occasion and it's a pain). I considered Cremona SEs, McIntosh XR100s, Dynaudio Confidence C2s, Wilson Sophia 3 and was even recommended Salk Soundscape 8s. But when it came to the overall mix of KNOWN sound, resale value, build quality and beauty, not to mention how hard it is to find some of those others to even audition, the 803 just won out.
Just as Murphy's law would dictate, I tracked down a pair of 803D2 but would have had to go pick them up and the seller has a deposit on them. I say Murphy's law because then of course I came across *802D2s* just a couple of days ago at a price I just couldn't pass up from a closing audio dealer in Louisiana, only a little more than what I sold the 802D1s for in my favorite gloss finish and complete with all their original 1 owner materials with delivery. From everything I've read, the major improvement to the D2 vs D1 was in-fact the amount of attention given to the bass performance and all new bass drivers. Indeed, never have I had a listening session with D2s at a retail environment that has given me any impression of bass issues, but those rooms are much larger than mine as well.
Ok, great. My only concern now is that looking at the timeline of 802N to 802D1, and then 802D1 to 802D2, it would seem we are close to a product update for this speaker. If not an entirely new design (remember the Matrix went from S1 to S3 before the Ns were introduced). So I don't want to be stuck with a boat anchor. Does anyone know of any planned updates for the 802 line coming soon that should cause me to reconsider my D2 purchase or move them on to another enthusiast? I prefer being closer to the front of a new product to have time to enjoy it before upgrade-itis sets in rather than the guy with the "old" thing that I then have to try and sell at a drastically reduced cost. I don't think an 802D3 would be much of a deterrent, but an all new design is something else.
EDIT: I guess my timing is a little off now that I think about it. D1s were announced in 2004 and D2s were announced in 2010, which is actually a span of 6 years and following that logic the next "announcement" would occur in 2016. Still, B&W rumors are kind of thin on the ground and it would be interesting to know what, if anything has surfaced.
Last edited by Playdrv4me; 08-05-2014 at 07:47 AM.