Originally Posted by MCATUCCI
I went and listened to some speakers today at a local specialty store rather than the typical big box dealer. Until today I always avoided these smaller shops because I assumed they were loaded with overpriced mediocre equipment. Boy was I wrong. I have never heard any of B&W's speakers. I listen to a few today and the CM1 blew me away! I'm really considering going back tomorrow and buying them for 1,000/pair.
I do have a question....I went to a Circuit City afterwards to listen to some Polks (specifically the monitor 40's) and they did not come close to the sound the CM1's put out. I also listened to some 600/pair Klipsch speakers and they did not come close to the CM1's either. Are these B&W CM1's really that good? It seems like since I listened to them nothing else compares.
There is a specific B&W Thread at:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8&highlight=bw
This may give you some ideas. Realize though that B&W speakers range from less than $1,000 to over $20,000 per pair and so if you are after a pair of speakers put a max $$ that you want to spend and audition only those within that figure. There is no point is listening to 800Ds if you only want to spend $1000.
Once you get the bug for this (especially if you are wanting an HT set-up) there is no way of doing it cheaply and staying with the "premier" speaker manufacturers.
B&W speakers are very good (they are and have been for many years my speaker of choice), but there are also other good manufacturers out there that are a cheaper option, Monitor Audio is one of those, are they as good as B&Ws, IMHO no, but very close and for less money.
So find a good dealer that you feel happy with, don't rush the process, keep going back with your taste in music or movies. (I have spent up to a year making decisions on speakers, amplifiers, pre/pros, etc before). Understand what you want it for, Stereo music or a HT set-up. As someone else mentioned earlier if you are thinking of going with $1000 spekers then you may also need to think about the other components especially the receiver (I don't think you will be going with separates based upon the step you are thinking of making).
Use these forums to get ideas, but understand that the responses you get will only be as good as the question you ask, so be as specific as you can.
Good hunting, it is a truly wonderful hobby that everyone in your family can enjoy along with you. Yes it is expensive, but certainly in my house they are the most used purchases apart from those that are on all the time (fridge, etc).