Originally Posted by ThumbtackJack
I've read that the CM9s have poor measurements which is funny since I hear that B&W, in general, are very accurate speakers.
In terms of on-axis and horizontal off-axis FR, B&W (even the $25,000 800D2 and $14,000 802D2) don't have the best measurements. For example, the $300/pr Infinity P363 have better on-axis and off-axis than any B&W speakers (including 800D2 & 802D2). Of course, the 800 & 802's spectral decay/ cabinet resonant measurements are as good as it gets.
Their on-axis/ off-axis FR don't measure as "poorly" as Wilson Audio, Acoustic Vienna, Magnepan, MartinLogan, Klipsch, etc, either.
For example, the 802D2 is +/-2.9dB, 800D2 is +/-5dB, but Wilson and Vienna are like +/-8dB to +/-10dB.
But measurements are not everything. Many people love the sound of Seaton, JTR, Tekton, etc, and none of these speakers even have any measurements at all.
So like everyone here is saying, just go audition some B&W speakers and see for yourself. Take all opinions with a grain of salt.