Originally Posted by hifisponge
I've not heard either the 804S or 805S, only the 803D and 802D.
The 802Ds are amazing, the 803Ds are well behaved but not remarkable. No excess sibilance or etch on either of these.
B&W has a good reputation for a reason. They are certainly something that should be on your short list if you are considering a change. And personally, if you are looking for a change, I would swap the speakers before the amp. Amps changes are subtle compared to speaker changes. That's why I'm a speaker guy
thanks for your comments Tim.
While I really love my GS-Series in general I'm a little irritated with the sibilance, or harshness in the mid-high range on certain material (mostly when listening to music- CD's especially). Sometimes it's downright ugly, but other times things seem to resolve pretty good or rather sweet. These speakers have incredible bass and are beautifully transparent. I have pretty good players as well.
I'm beginning to wonder if there is a "thermal" factor involved (related to the material ringing more than normal)? I've been around home much more than usual for the last few months recovering from shoulder surgery, so I've been running my system, quite often, from like 10:00am until 07:00pm. I mostly play music sources (I rotate players). Seems like the first few consecutive hours are pretty nice sounding, later I begin to notice more sibilance. I'm thinking this is due to materials heating up maybe? Just a thought.........
Now I'm really burning to try B&W 800 Series.