Originally Posted by akhter
If you look at b&w 800 diamond series parts catalog, the crossover for the 802D2 mid/high costs about 400 per speaker but the crossover for the 800D2 costs about 1000 per speaker so at the minimum the crossovers in the 800D are much better. that would make them more efficient/sensitive probably.
I haven't compared the 800D2 when I bought my 802D2 but I did compare with the 803D2 and with the same amp+pre, the 802D were 4db more efficient. just because of the crossover differences as the FST and tweeter are the same, and I don't think the marlan head makes them more efficient.
Is it worth the 10k or so it costs? up to you
Agreeing with you when I post, quality being an experience one has to personally experience.
When I listen to music through a pair of Audio Technica, ATH-AD700's, I think pure clean, now that's-what-I'm-talking-about, sound quality. I think, now this is good stuff. And then I plug in a pair of well broken in Sennheiser, HD650's and immediately, it becomes a whole new listening experience as the sound quality of the HD-650's leaves the Audio Technica listening experience, total in the dirt. When I listen to compressed. lossy music, it sounds good. When listening to lossless music, it sounds great. When I listen to lossless music, decoded with a high end DAC, through middle-of-the-road headphones, like I would characterize the HD-650's, the music sounds fabulous. And no, I don't want to start listening with the next level Sennheiser headphones, the HD-800's. It's a conspiracy to get my money from me I tells ya.
The point, in my sonic ignorance, I'm blissful with the Klipsch, Epic, CF-3 listening experience and the last thing my home theater budget needs, is more education.
Personally, my experience, the dividing point being, the critical listening experience vs real world listening experience; home theater soundtracks vs dedicated music soundtracks with a side order of aged hearing to muddy the listening experience. Or if you will, is the critical listening experience a young person's game? Sorry, no old man ears allowed.
-Edited by BeeMan458 - 9/5/12 at 8:33am