Originally Posted by Mr_Superstar
You may have already mentioned this, and if you did, I apologize. What made you decide on the B&W's over the Dynaudio C1's? I remember, quite a while ago, you mentioned in some thread that if you hadn't found the WB's you would have purchased the C1's.
Also, those B&W speakers are absolutely beautiful! I LOVE
gloss black finishes. IMHO, that's the only color speakers should be (even though mine are Satin black.. I couldn't justify the cost increase of true gloss back) :-).
When I was searching for speakers during my journey, I had the pleasure to listen to the B&W 800D's (which were out of my price range, but the dealer still let me listen). Their imaging was spectacular. If the 805Di's are similar, they are truly a bargain.
Good luck with the B&W's, I hope they work out for ya.
Hey Scott -
Great question. I've always been torn between the smoothness / sweetness of soft dome tweets vs. the detail / precision of hard domes. I tried a few Beryllium tweets, thinking that they would be better behaved than the aluminum domes I had heard prior, while also providing better resolution, but that gamble didn't work out to well for me with the Focal Be's. The Revels were much better behaved but frankly, nothing special up top, and the overall character of that speaker was too dry and analytical.
Jump forward a bit to my time with the Dynaudio Sapphire. I really liked the treble in that speaker, much better than the Revels, but the soundstage was a bit narrow. It was at this point that I decided I really didn't need or want large tower speakers. So my next logical choice was Dynaudio C1. Then by chance I stumbled across a set of speakers on Agon that I had always been curious about--the WB Discoverys. They didn't have quite the sparkly treble I was after, but the midrange was just so organic and the soundstage so broad, that I decided to go with those.
Jump ahead another year and I listen to the B&W Signature Diamonds at a special presentation at a local dealer. Wow! These speakers had everything I was after. The sparkly, super detailed presentation, no harshness, and a sense of scale / soundstage that greatly outclassed its modest size and single 7" mid/bass driver. But damn, they are $18K a pair and there is no matching center or surrounds.
Another year later, I get the wild hair up my arse to "scale back" my system to something more modest, and during the process B&W announces the release of the new 800 Diamond line. My thoughts of buying budget speakers goes out the window, replaced by the thought of capturing some of that Diamond Signature sound for a quarter of the cost.