Originally Posted by Jack D
Yeah I am considering just about everything to do with the BW 800 series at this point. The problem with the HTM1D is THE CABINET--mostly! :D The HTM1D is gargantuan at 23 inches high. It would mean a totally different cabinet and also that my plasma would end up being higher up by a few inches. I don't like looking up at the plasma. I'm hoping that the HTM2D is a reasonable compromise.
Two subs? sheesh! ;) Too much to think about at this point. I've got an SVS PB12 Ultra/2 which I think is pretty darn nice and pretty big (don't know where I would find the space for another one). In any case, if the main difference in SQ between the 800D and the 802D is a bit more bass I would doubt for me that the massive increase in price of the 800 is worth it. The 802D is already going to be a big jump in price.
BTW I've seen conflicting info about the MSRP for the 802Ds. I've seen 12000 and 8000. Anyone know for sure?
The driver for the woofers between the 802D and the 800D is different as well.
In any case, if you are placing the speakers and/or the center channel in a cabinet I wouldn't bother buying expensive speakers at all... As putting them in a cabinet will highly effect the sound, defeating the purpose of buying high end speakers whose cost is based on designs that place them out in the room, not in cabinets or right next to walls, which is the case with the B&W speakers you have mentioned thus far. I'm not sure how the custom theatre 800 series by B&W function in cabinets or close-to and/or in walls, but those might be a better choice considering the placement you have in mind for the center channel. That or place the HTM1D on the floor, which is what I will be doing when I am ready (I've just purchased my surround speakers for my 802Ds, and those two subs I bought last month, so it will be awhile until I save up for the center channel - the projection screen and projector have to be purchased before the center as well in my case.) Of course, if you are the only one watching and listening in this room, then you don't have to worry about off axis listening much and could live without the center channel. Some people even like the sound better without one. :eek: