Originally Posted by BVLDARI
The F206, Venere, B&W CM10 and 804 were run off the same equipment on the same side of the room, two speakers next to each other at one time. In order to play the "other" speaker we unplugged the cables from the first and plugged them into the second. The song(s) were identical, just hit restart on the CD player. We controlled the volume (not the dealer) and I did the best I could to level match with my phone. I would have brought in my real dB meter except we thought we were going there to buy the F208 or F206...
The F208 was in the same room but on an adjacent wall ran off comepltely different equipment.
No room correction was used. We auditioned with and w/o subwoofer and once again we were in control of that. However, the bulk of the comparison was done w/o subwoofers.
I see. Yeah, my B&W dealer is the same way - 3 pairs of speakers on one wall + system and 3 pairs of speakers on the other wall + different system. They had to unplug the cables for each speaker, which takes a few minutes each speaker. And unless you calibrate ahead of time, it would be very difficult to level match (different sensitivity & different voltage gain) all the speakers. Pretty much most dealers are just like this.
At home, we have time to calibrate and level match each speaker ahead of time. And we can do instant switch + level match, instead of 3-min gaps and non-level match. But this is at home, not at the dealers.
So the best we can do at dealers is non-level-match
comparison done by about 3 minute gaps
between each comparison. That's why I am reticent when hearing significant differences, especially between 2 speakers so closely related like the F206 vs. F208 or Studio2 vs. Salon2 or 800D2 vs. 802D2 and especially when subwoofers are used to remove bass from the equation.
But I know you did the best you could, which is the same for any of us at the dealers.Edited by AcuDefTechGuy - 11/18/13 at 7:39am