Originally Posted by Brotus
Just ordered the CMC2 S2 from Best Buy and it will arrive on 9/17/2014. I still have the original CMC2 so I will be comparing them side by side (or, perhaps, over and under).
I have the original CM10s which were an upgrade from CM9s. Over this past year, I have concluded that the original CMC2 does not image well with the CM10s. I have been mixing the center channel into the CM10s for superior sound in movies. For gaming, I've continued to use the CMC2 because the dynamic 7.1 channels blend well enough that its shortcomings don't stand out compared to the CM10s.
After buying, though, I am a little worried that a CMC3 is on the horizon to match the CM10. The reason I think this is because members here expected such a product and on the CMC2 S2 Best Buy product page, it specifically claims that the CMC2 S2 is "ideal for pairing with the CM9 S2" (To find product page, search Google... site:bestbuy.com "Bowers & Wilkins - CM Centre 2 S2").
I wonder if that is BB's own marketing people coming up with that "ideal pairing" or whether that language is from B&W? Either way, I will be testing how it sounds with the CM10s shortly.
Any suggestions or requests will be considered!
I would think if B&W were going to come out with a "tweeter on top" center, they would have done so with the roll out of the S2 line, but who the heck knows. Can you do CM10 in the center?
Companies do some crazy things that really make you scratch your head sometimes. I upgraded my CM9 front and rears to CM10 front and rears barely a year ago, and wham....not even a year after they release the CM10, they release the CM10S2...not too cool in my book. So anyone looking to upgrade any components of a CM10 S1 series, is kind of forced to go S2 all around, as the S2 have different rings around the drivers and aestetically they would not match. I was going to trade in my CM2 Center for another CM10 for the center and have all 5 speakers the same all the way around. I can't now because the CM10S2 look different than the S1 with the new rings around the drivers.
Do you have to buy from Best Buy? Forget the dismal customer service, but they sell at full retail, and unless I am mistaken, they don't take in trades or purchase used equipment. Many people here have mentioned dealers who sell at 10% and sometimes more off list. Some also offer full value on your trade for up to a certain timeframe, or at the very least will buy your old stuff back at a decent price, thus eliminating the trouble of selling your used gear. My local B&W dealer sells for 10% off list on the CM series, plus, he will offer 100% trade in value for 12 months toward full list on any upgrade, and he is flexible with the 12 month limit. I started with 600 series then I upgraded to CM9, now have CM10, and I am upgrading within the next month to something in the 800 series. It's nice being able to upgrade for full value paid and not having to deal with selling used stuff.
And of course, any local B&W dealer is going to trump BB in knowledge, advise and customer service.