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post #31 of 66
Great speakers, terrible display. You did the equivalent of putting Nexen tires on a Ferrari.
post #32 of 66
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Display? The tv?
post #33 of 66
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Originally Posted by TVMAN1991 View Post


Tight corners how far do you sit! I have 800 Diamonds as well I love them smile.gif I am thinking about a third one for the center channel .

I sit about 7 feet from mine
Edited by wse - 9/20/12 at 7:57pm
post #34 of 66
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About 6 feet!!
post #35 of 66
Great gear, horrible setup. You are absolutely wasting your time having this setup in such a confined sound space. Sorry man.
post #36 of 66
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It sounds incredible. Much better than my old paradigm studio setup in a much larger room. I have a Dayton omni Mic I've been using tonight for room correction and things are going great.
post #37 of 66
I'm a former Paradigm guy myself, well technically still a Paradigm guy as I still use Paradigm subs and have Studio 100 v2's for my surrounds but the 100's will be replaced with either a 2nd pair of 802 Diamonds or my current 802 Diamonds will replace the 100's while a pair of 800 Diamonds replaces the 802's up front. What Paradigms did you used to have?
post #38 of 66
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I had the newest studio models. 100s, cc 690, and 10s as surrounds. Don't hold s candle to the 800s though.
post #39 of 66
I am really surprised at the amount of criticism being so handily dished out.
That is a killer system and I figure it sounds fantastic.
post #40 of 66
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I am really surprised at the amount of criticism being so handily dished out.
That is a killer system and I figure it sounds fantastic.


Well thank you. I understand it isn't ideal but after room correction it sounds great!!
post #41 of 66
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Originally Posted by TVMAN1991 View Post

I had the newest studio models. 100s, cc 690, and 10s as surrounds. Don't hold s candle to the 800s though.

Cool. When I was running all Paradigm v2's I also was using the Studio CC, Studio ADP's and Studio 60's for a 7.1 setup. My subs are 2 older Servo 15a's (great subs) and the just recently discontinued Signature Sub 25 which I use for my LFE. The Servo's perform stereo bass duties. I was hoping to one day get 4 Sub 25's but alas, Paradigm had other plans for me mad.gif

Agreed, the Paradigm's although great speakers and I still highly reccommend the company are no match for the Diamonds.
post #42 of 66
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The sub 25s are great!!! Paradigm makes very nice speakers.
post #43 of 66
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Great gear, horrible setup. You are absolutely wasting your time having this setup in such a confined sound space. Sorry man.

Well, he can always buy a bigger house down the road. I'm sure people buying $25,000/ pr of speakers have some money.

But he can make the best with what he has now.

It is quite possible that they still sound great in his room. Only the OP will know for sure.

So yes, he needs a bigger room. But also yes, for the time being, he can still enjoy his speakers immensely.
Edited by AcuDefTechGuy - 9/21/12 at 9:15am
post #44 of 66
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Originally Posted by TVMAN1991 View Post

Anyone wanna help me with the Dayton Omni Mic V2 I ordered? Like what is the most important thing? Reading the room reflections? Any tips on how to "know" what I'm looking at/trying to fix? Thanks!cool.gif

Hi tvman1991 what you found with the calibration kit? any room problem? how about with bass issues? I want buy some kit too but I wondering if is a huge help.
post #45 of 66
800 series speakers sound good in mid-field (6-8 feet). But they need space AROUND them. In the room like they are in now there is no way to make them sound right unless one is ready to cover each square inch of walls with thick acoustic foam. For the price difference between 800Di and slightly smaller 802Di OP could rent bigger apartment for many years.
post #46 of 66
I'm glad to read that the Emo is working well for you. I have a set of 801s that I just don't have the right amp for; and I have been going back and forth (was talking with Emo yesterday at a convention) on whether to try them (given the 2ohm load).
post #47 of 66
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Actually, its worked out quite well. I added a lot of auralex foam and GIK acoustic diffusers using the Dayton omni Mic system. Anthem room correction has helped very nicely as well.
post #48 of 66
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Originally Posted by TVMAN1991 View Post

Actually, its worked out quite well. I added a lot of auralex foam and GIK acoustic diffusers using the Dayton omni Mic system. Anthem room correction has helped very nicely as well.

The only thing you should have done is to take a less realistic picture. If you would have posted a 'real estate picture' where the room would look 3x the size nobody would have complained (i found out you can use a iPhone/panarama too smile.gif ).

What i don't get really is more important issues as why would anyone order speakers in the 800 line that are not piano black smile.gif.

Daniel.

PS: have fun with your setup.
post #49 of 66
I am guessing this is you then?

http://app.audiogon.com/listings/full-range-bowers-and-wilkins-b-w-800-diamond-d-2-trade-only-2012-10-25-speakers-13850-vestal-ny

Can you not work something out with your dealer, as they are so new? They are amazing and beautiful speakers. I am seriously contemplating replacing my entire Paradigm Signature S8, C5, ADP setup with the B&Ws.

Good luck!
post #50 of 66
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What i don't get really is more important issues as why would anyone order speakers in the 800 line that are not piano black smile.gif.

Exactly my thinking. Most people, especially all ID companies would charge an extra $2,000 for piano high gloss, especially for the 10 layers of lacquer and 4 days of hand polishing, which requires a lot of labor. biggrin.gif

So when my dealer asked me which color I wanted, it took me one second to give him my answer - piano high gloss black, of course. biggrin.gif
post #51 of 66
Did the tweeter shatter in transit, or was it a manufacturer erro? Was B&W pretty easy to work with?
post #52 of 66
I'm not surprised at all. The size of that room against the size of those speakers is like wearing headphones. tongue.gif Beautiful speakers none the less. I would have gone gloss black also. But,people have different tastes and its what makes the world go around.
post #53 of 66
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Originally Posted by TVMAN1991 View Post


Haven't been around here in a while because I've been to busy compiling a nice setup tongue.gif WARNING: Horror story involved. Not for the feint of heart......

B & W 800 Diamond Fronts & Emotiva XPA 2

Will give my thorough review/thoughts later this week after I get some good listening time in. Stay tuned for then!!!

Outstanding, welcome Bro, I share the 800 Diamonds with you. biggrin.gif

I am getting a third 800 Diamond next week, and am wondering if I should replace may amps with Emotiva XPR-1 1000W monoblocks? How do the emotiva sound with the 800Diamonds. By the way forget all the criticism it is called Envy wink.gif
post #54 of 66
XPR-1, XPR-2, XPR-5 or XPA-1. I would think nothing less for 800 Diamonds?! I must admit the XPR line intrigues me.
post #55 of 66
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Outstanding, welcome Bro, I share the 800 Diamonds with you. biggrin.gif

I am getting a third 800 Diamond next week, and am wondering if I should replace may amps with Emotiva XPR-1 1000W monoblocks? How do the emotiva sound with the 800Diamonds. By the way forget all the criticism it is called Envy wink.gif

In case TVMAN doesn't post I can say he has moved on from the 800 Diamonds. He moved to Paradigm last I heard over in the Paradigm forum and not long after in the Focal forum had asked opinions of some of those lines including the Utopia series in which the Diablo's and Viva's were discussed/recommended to him. I don't know if he made the move or not but it would be cool to find out.

Congrats on going for the center 800 by the way.
Edited by Rod#S - 1/12/13 at 7:59am
post #56 of 66
great gear terrible setup. who cares what people say, enjoy the speakers! smile.gif
post #57 of 66
That setup w/the 800's was doomed from the start. I don't care how much he invested in room correction that room was too small for that setup. The 805D's would have been the smart choice. I can't wait for the pictures when he tries to fit a pair of Grand Utopias in that room. He'll never be satisfied until he gets realistic about the type of speaker that is right for a room that size.smile.gif
post #58 of 66
Nice gear. I take that the 800D were bought used. How much did they cost you? B&W warranty is only valid for the original owner bought from an authorized dealer. So, did B&W charge you a lot for the tweeter replacement for out of warranty service?

Now the TV looks small for the setup. Maybe upgrading to a bigger 80" TV or a projector next? tongue.gif
post #59 of 66
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Originally Posted by wse View Post


I am getting a third 800 Diamond next week, and am wondering if I should replace may amps with Emotiva XPR-1 1000W monoblocks? How do the emotiva sound with the 800Diamonds. By the way forget all the criticism it is called Envy wink.gif

Hopefully TVMAN will respond to your Emotiva question and how they performed with the 800's but you have the Classe M600's don't you? If so I don't think going from a 600 watt amp to a 1000 watt amp would really be noticeable. Doubling the power gets you only an extra 3db and you wouldn't even be doing that. Obviously selling your two M600's would more than pay for 3 XPR-1's so that's one positive but I can't imagine them being an improvement, just more of a lateral move.
post #60 of 66
I know nothing if this speaker series, but that center sure looks weak compared to the towers!
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