Originally Posted by KaliKid2013
I have CM10 S1 and I find them very versatile. Like you, I am mostly music, I would say 90-95% music and the occasional movie. I listen to anything and everything, mostly fusion jazz, easy listening 70s and rock and roll, I am not into heavy metal or thrash. The 3 bass drivers have no problem with the bass, and the kevlar FST mid-range seems to handle guitar/vocals without issue and are clear and very detailed.
As far as your second question, there are so many variables and options to "getting the best sound out of these". I would suggest an in-home trial of the CM10. There is no substitute for listing to your speakers choices in your room with your equipment. If there is a B&W dealer near you, inquire about borrowing a set of CM10 for a couple of days. Many dealers will also loan you an amp and pre-amp, so this way you would be able to do a side by side comparison with your Pioneer and some separates your dealer may offer. Then you will be able to answer the question yourself as to weather you think an upgrade is worth wild and reduce the chance you will "make a wrong decision". I think all B&W dealers also carry Rotel, which are very good quality, mid-priced separates that go well with B&W products. I believe list on the pre-amp RSP-1572 is $2,000 and the RMB-1585 amp, 200X5, is $3,000. I use them with my CM10s and am very happy with them. Room acoustics are also very important in getting a good sound. So if you don't like the sound you get, a few acoustic panels strategically placed is a pretty inexpensive way to improve sound.
One thing that I think would make a big difference and a noticeable quality improvement, would be not listening to compressed audio like MP3 files. There is a huge difference when listening to a CD, FLAC, or ALAC files versus an MP3. So you can rip your music to your computer as ALAC or FLAC and run a USB from your computer to a DAC and the difference would be night and day. If you have iPad/iPhone, use ALAC so the files will play on your portable devises. ALAC and FLAC are "lossless", MP3 is "lossy", so there is a big difference in quality. Streaming from your computer via bluetooth like with an AppleTV is ok, but hard wire for best results. You mention Spotify...I will frequently listen to Pandora, which streams at 128kbps, and sounds pretty good. I am not sure about Spotify as I never used it.
Remember, ever person you ask to answer your questions will have a different opinion and answer, as there are so many great ways and choices to get good sound. No one is right or wrong, it is just personal preference. The best thing to do is listen for yourself and develop your own opinion as to what you like and don't like and take it from there, just have some fun with it.
Thank you for taking the time to write that up! Well, I have no patience, a little more money than brains, and made a purchase. I just can't shop for months on end like some do, drives me nuts! haha Here's what just happened:
Rotel RMB-1585 amp (which will be bi-amped)
Marantz AV7702 PreAmp
SVS Ultra Subwoofer
RBlink DAC (Not sold on this yet)
Expensive cables that totally wasted my money
I will be adding surround later, but right now I just want music. Will 400 amps per CM10 be perfect power or will they crave more?
As for my source, I just don't have cd's any longer but I guess I could find some of my favorites for cheap. I just wish streaming could get it right with their quality, it's soooo convenient. I have a lot to learn about FLAC and where I can get those files. However, I already own a full iTunes library of garbage quality music and I really don't want to buy it again! Thanks for all the help!