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Good question. I did forget to include that.
Would my current speakers do ok with being front channel speakers? If not that is where I will begin to look. If I would need new, I could use my current speakers as a surround sound.
I will also need a center and subwoofer too. This will be a process, if I can not purchase everything now, I can in the future. I hold on to my equipment for a long time - so an investment is ok. I am just wanting some suggestions to begin with.
From the sounds of it 2ch is a priority. In the B&W lineup the CM8 S2 would be closest to your price range new for a L/R speaker. Used you can probably step up to the CM9 S2, which IMO is a better speaker. Of course the CM10 S2 would be even better. You could also look for the CM S1 speakers (they won't be referred to as S1, they just won't have the S2 designation). The only downside is that they are out of production, so if you plan to make up a matched set over the next few years it may be hard to find the model and finish you want.

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From the sounds of it 2ch is a priority. In the B&W lineup the CM8 S2 would be closest to your price range new for a L/R speaker. Used you can probably step up to the CM9 S2, which IMO is a better speaker. Of course the CM10 S2 would be even better. You could also look for the CM S1 speakers (they won't be referred to as S1, they just won't have the S2 designation). The only downside is that they are out of production, so if you plan to make up a matched set over the next few years it may be hard to find the model and finish you want.
I definitely want to use something that I can match either now or in the future. So to redefine my search, (and after talking with my wife) I want to work more towards the 5.1 system. Let's say I have a $2000 budget for speakers, is there a solution or suggestion that I can use my CDM 1 with in the B&W speaker line that is worth the money, or should I search others speaker companies? (If so what do you recommend)
Thanks for all of the help, I have been out of the game for nearly 20 years.
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I definitely want to use something that I can match either now or in the future. So to redefine my search, (and after talking with my wife) I want to work more towards the 5.1 system. Let's say I have a $2000 budget for speakers, is there a solution or suggestion that I can use my CDM 1 with in the B&W speaker line that is worth the money, or should I search others speaker companies? (If so what do you recommend)
Thanks for all of the help, I have been out of the game for nearly 20 years.
You have a fairly large room.
Fronts- B&W 683 S2- $1650- Will be great for 2 channel music
Center- B&W htm61 S2- $750
Move your CDM 1 set to surround duty

Request 10% off.
Buy a couple subs when you are ready.
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I listened a bit to the new 802S3s and CM10S2s today. Both were nice, the new curved front on the 802s doesn't look as bad in person as I feared. I didn't hear anything that would make me want to swap out my 800D2s. I wouldn't mind a pair of CM10S2s for the master bedroom to replace my old Boston Acoustic T1000s.
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You have a fairly large room.
Fronts- B&W 683 S2- $1650- Will be great for 2 channel music
Center- B&W htm61 S2- $750
Move your CDM 1 set to surround duty

Request 10% off.
Buy a couple subs when you are ready.
+1 Not a bad plan. I would also recommend the CM6 book shelf speakers and a good subwoofer.

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+1 Not a bad plan. I would also recommend the CM6 book shelf speakers and a good subwoofer.
Thanks for the advice! I will have to find a Magnolia store (or something else) to listen to the options.
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You have a fairly large room.
Fronts- B&W 683 S2- $1650- Will be great for 2 channel music
Center- B&W htm61 S2- $750
Move your CDM 1 set to surround duty

Request 10% off.
Buy a couple subs when you are ready.
I went with the 683 S2 fronts, htm61 S2 center, and 686 S2 rears, along with a Martin Logan Dynamo 700w for the sub about a month ago and I'm really happy with the setup in a large room. I originally had a CM Center S2 (the smaller sized CM center) but felt that it wasn't balanced with the 683 S2's. I auditioned the CM 2 Center S2 as a larger sized 3-way replacement, but went with the htm61 S2 as I felt like the timbre difference was a bit off putting and felt like I wasn't hearing enough of a benefit to go for the higher priced CM center, especially with the other speakers being 600's.
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I know this is somewhat risky, but....i have 684 S2's and do not biwire or biamp, however today i hooked up my old 70's silver face Kenwood integrated amp to the B&W's and am enjoying the sound, it's so much louder than my new Marantz AVR for some reason. Anyhow, for ease of switching between the two systems, can i utilize both sets of speaker terminals? So 1 for the Kenwood and 1 for the Marantz and as long as one of the systems is off it should be fine right? thanks
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I know this is somewhat risky, but....i have 684 S2's and do not biwire or biamp, however today i hooked up my old 70's silver face Kenwood integrated amp to the B&W's and am enjoying the sound, it's so much louder than my new Marantz AVR for some reason. Anyhow, for ease of switching between the two systems, can i utilize both sets of speaker terminals? So 1 for the Kenwood and 1 for the Marantz and as long as one of the systems is off it should be fine right? thanks
NO! Don't do it. Get a switch or do the change manually.

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NO! Don't do it. Get a switch or do the change manually.
That's what i thought.... but it's so tempting
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Hey guys,

I'm selling my CM9 S2/CMC2 S2 setup, along with a Parasound Halo A21 and SVS SB-2000. If interested, head over to the classifieds section.

B&W CM9 S2, B&W CMC2 S2, DefTech XTR-20BP, Dual SVS SB-2000, Parasound Halo A21, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Samsung UN55F8000, Apple Mac Mini, Iomega NAS
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Hey guys,

I'm selling my CM9 S2/CMC2 S2 setup, along with a Parasound Halo A21 and SVS SB-2000. If interested, head over to the classifieds section.
Moving on or downsizing?

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Moving on or downsizing?

Bigger house, but less room for speakers. Go figure.

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Bigger house, but less room for speakers. Go figure.
Bummer. Congrats on the new house though.

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Bummer. Congrats on the new house though.
Thanks! We actually bought my wife's parents' house from them. It's my wife's childhood home, and is much larger than our last house, which is good because our growing family was getting a little tight in that place.


We found the in-laws a smaller, single level house right down the same street. It's pretty awesome that my kids can get to grandma's with just a 2 min walk.


Alas, the layout of the family room calls for either on-walls or in-walls. There's just no room for towers to breathe. Yuck.

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Hi to everyone!!I'm new here and i need your help! I want to upgrade my centre speaker and i'm between the CMC S2 and the CMC2 S2.. Now, i can see that the cmc2 s2 is a much better speaker, but i don't know if my room's size is good enough or too small! Also i don't know if my receiver is powerful enough for it! I have the Harman Kardon AVR255 which i think "gives" about 90 watt per channel.. And my room size is 12 x 11.5 ft so it's quite small... I mostly watch movies and less music and i know how important is the centre speaker for movies... Should i go with the bigger speaker or the cmc s2 is a better solution for my room/receiver???
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That ain't right.
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