Originally Posted by thequietman
A Question for Patrick re 802 Diamonds.
I heard these at my local dealer and was impressed. My listening room is only 13 feet x 16 feet long, is this too small for them or will they be able to breathe in that space ?
Amps are Dvialet 400 , any observation on 802 Diamond with SAM?
As Patrick stated, you should be able to get awesome performance with the 802 Diamonds in that listening space. And as he suggests, depending on your room, you may have to do some treating, but I can tell you from first hand experience, if you liked the sound at the dealer, you will like it even better when you get them set-up properly in your own space.
I was on the fence with the 804 and 802, I heard the 804 in my room, and they were really nice. So I figured that they were the best way to go, just based on their size and the small size of my room.
Then I heard the 802 Diamonds set-up by someone who knew what they were doing, in a great room...and that pretty much eliminated any thoughts I had about the 804. About a week or two after that, I ordered the 802 Diamonds, I have had them for about a month or so and couldn't be happier.
I have them 5' apart and I sit about 9' away, and I can tell you, as I play around and tweak, the sound gets better and better by the day. The imaging is mind-boggling, the detail, clarity...just stunning and I am so glad I went with them over the 804. The 804 are great speakers, but the 802 just take it to a different level.
I have attached a photo to give you an idea of my room. You will notice the CM12 sub from when I had a 5.1 system, which I no longer have. I figured since I had it I might as well use it, but I really don't need it with the 802s and haven't used it much at all since I got them. I will just use it for the LFEs in the rare event I watch a movie or something...I will probably sell it when I upgrade my electronic to put the amps in that space.
I currently have them bi-amped with a Rotel RMB-1585 200x5 with the Rotel RSP-1572 pre-amp.
I used Acoustimac treatments, http://www.acoustimac.com
I ordered the DMD material with the OC 703 insulation and they work great. Great product, reasonably priced and quick service. I probably overdid it with the acoustic panels and probably didn't need the 2 to the right and left of the TV, but I figured what the heck, they are pretty inexpensive. The back wall has 4" panels and the side walls have 2".
If you like the B&W sound, I would without any hesitation recommend the 802s.
I don't know where you reside, but if you PM me and you live anywhere near me, you are more than welcome to come over and hear these babies in a small room. But be forewarned....once you hear them, it's pretty much a done deal...