Originally Posted by skidawgz
I thought I heard a rumor that more speakers will be soon released in the CM line featuring the "Tweeter on top" design. Has anyone heard/seen the same?
I have not heard that. B&W did that with the old 700 series, but then discontinued the series after sales of the 700 series started to cannibalize sales of the 800 series. The problem really for B&W is that are struggling in sales in their home country, (both KEF and Monitor Audio) outsell them in the UK. Part of this is the large chasm in pricing from each line. B&W really only has three lines of what most consider hi-fi stereo loudspeakers, the 600 series, CM and 800 series. Most other companies have wider ranges with more aggressive pricing as you go up the line. KEF has the C, Q, R and Reference lines. The new R series gets you closer to the Reference line, in terms of performance. That makes it easy for somebody who is trying to build up to the flagship range, They can purchase the R series and then in a year or two they can trade up to the flagship line for a lot less money. With B&W series you have the CM series that ranges in price from anywhere from &1500 to $3000. Then the next series up starts out at $7500 for the cheapest floor stander. That is huge jump. Don't get me wrong I think that all the B&W lines sound good and obviously I own B&W speakers and consider them some of the best sounding speakers at any price. But to the more value oriented consumer it's tough to make the jump in the B&W lines.
I would like to see B&W get more aggressive with the pricing. You have the 600 and CM series that are fairly aggressively priced. The jump from the 600 series to the CM series is in line with most other manufactures, but the jump from the CM to the 800 is drastic. I think that either another line, positioned between the CM and 800, or a complete retooling of all line would be in order. The problem really started when B&W added the Diamond tweeter to al models in the 800 series, rather than just the top two models. When that happened the lower three models 805, 804 and 803 nearly doubled in price, and there was nothing introduced to fill that gap.
If history is any indication it could be next year and then 2015 before we see revisions to the CM and 800 lines.