Originally Posted by gekko23
I am thinking of getting B&W 703 but haven't heard them so I wonder if someone could compare them to the cm7 or maybe cm9.
I've only compared the 703 to the CM7 (the CM9 wasn't released when I did my shopping). I swapped back and forth quite a few times using the same source and electronics.
I'd say that you really do need to compare these speakers yourself because they are quite different.
The 703 throws a much bigger soundstage than the CM7 and images better (maybe due to the tweeter on top?). I also thought the midrange on the 703 was a bit cleaner, and the 703s are much more dynamic. However, the 703 is also more forward: in a reflective room, it might be too much and something like the CM9 might be a bit more laid back (if it's anything like the CM7).
I bought 703s and I love them and have no regrets, but there are a couple of things to consider:
- The 700 series is at an end (if that sort of thing matters to you).
- if you want to do multi-channel, I'd suggest that you are better off with the CMs because they offer better center channel options.
If you want an excellent 2 channel setup, the 703s are a gem (my opinion, of course). But, as alluded to above, they can be a bit aggressive in a reflective room. You really have to listen for yourself to see if it's what you like.