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post #21031 of 21036 Old 07-24-2015, 03:32 PM
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I highly suspect the same though could be said for many amplifiers as well.

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Hey everyone,

I have had my N802's since 2004. Over the last 6 or 7 months, I have found myself getting the upgrade bug. I was hoping someone who used to own them and either moved to another B&W speaker or a different brand could chime in. I am not upgrading for the sake of upgrading, I would like to move to a speaker that has smoother highs but still keeps great resolution and accuracy. One thought I had was selling the N802's and moving to the 805 Diamonds paired with one or two subs. My main concern is for two channel music. I would love the board's thoughts. Some details:

Room: 19 x 28. Hardwood floors. Soft furniture in the room along with an area rug. It's an open floor plan though with a large opening to the foyer
Music: 70% Rock (Led Zep, Talking Heads, Cracker, Oasis, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Muse, etc).
10% Blues (Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Gary Clark Jr, B.B. King, Clapton, Taj Mahal)....
10% Red Dirt Country (Robert Earl Keen, Charlie Robison, Reckless Kelly, Stoney Larue, Old Crow Medicine Show)...
5% Mix (Motown, Funk, 80's and 90's pop, and Classic Holiday
5% Rap, The Dead, Phish, Moe
Preamp: McIntosh C2500 for 2 channel music
Processor: McIntosh MX121 for TV, Movies, and multi-channel music
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Hey everyone,

I have had my N802's since 2004. Over the last 6 or 7 months, I have found myself getting the upgrade bug. I was hoping someone who used to own them and either moved to another B&W speaker or a different brand could chime in. I am not upgrading for the sake of upgrading, I would like to move to a speaker that has smoother highs but still keeps great resolution and accuracy. One thought I had was selling the N802's and moving to the 805 Diamonds paired with one or two subs. My main concern is for two channel music. I would love the board's thoughts. Some details:

Room: 19 x 28. Hardwood floors. Soft furniture in the room along with an area rug. It's an open floor plan though with a large opening to the foyer
Music: 70% Rock (Led Zep, Talking Heads, Cracker, Oasis, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Muse, etc).
10% Blues (Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Gary Clark Jr, B.B. King, Clapton, Taj Mahal)....
10% Red Dirt Country (Robert Earl Keen, Charlie Robison, Reckless Kelly, Stoney Larue, Old Crow Medicine Show)...
5% Mix (Motown, Funk, 80's and 90's pop, and Classic Holiday
5% Rap, The Dead, Phish, Moe
Preamp: McIntosh C2500 for 2 channel music
Processor: McIntosh MX121 for TV, Movies, and multi-channel music
Amps: 2 x McIntosh MC352's. One 352 in bridge mode per front speaker
Other speakers: HTM1 for Center and SCMS for rears

A couple of months ago, I was out of town and dropped by a B&W dealers shop to listen to Classe amps on 800 Diamonds. This was before I purchased my Mac stuff.

We were just chewing the fat and FWIW, the owner stated he thought a pair of 805 Diamonds with 2 killer subs and Ayre Acoustics electronics would be a kick ass set-up. Would probably sound great with your Mac stuff.
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B&W CM5's and Marantz

Anyone use Marantz to push B&W CM5's? Thinking about trying an older Marantz SR-7002. Any thoughts? I would be open to other suggestions too but would like to know if anyone else has ever paired these together and thoughts.

Thx!!
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Anyone use Marantz to push B&W CM5's? Thinking about trying an older Marantz SR-7002. Any thoughts? I would be open to other suggestions too but would like to know if anyone else has ever paired these together and thoughts.

Thx!!
Most likely it would be a great combination. I've used a few different Marantz receiver/B&W combos and they sounded great.
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Most likely it would be a great combination. I've used a few different Marantz receiver/B&W combos and they sounded great.

Thx the one I was going to buy is now sold. Thinking of the Yamaha 2700, 3800 or 3900 to push these CM5's. UNless another Marantz comes up in the next few days.
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