Originally Posted by polarbare
Kind of torn right now - I have a chance to buy a pair of 803s' s for $4800 (floor demo for about 2 yrs), and the new 804d's are $7000 a pair. As has been brought up - if I get the 803s, I'd better get a matching center (and possibly surrounds) while available, which brings the initial outlay significantly higher. That's not to mention the necessary upgrade to a better amp needed for either pair (right now I'm running an old pair of Kef Q35's off of an older B&K ST140 - I know, big jump).
The thing that irritates me the most is that no one has even heard/been able to review the new diamonds, and they are being released in a month?! It's a gamble, but I might just wait it out, and see what the 804d's are like, and if it isn't night and day, see if I can pick up some 803s (if they can be found).
That is a pretty solid price for the 803S's. As you mentioned, you would then need to pony up for the new Diamond center. As you mentioned, there is no way to even determine how the new series sounds.
So...... I guess you have to consider if paying double the price is worth it. Heck, it could be even more than double if you attempt a 5.1 Diamond set up with 803 Diamonds, the new center, as well as 805 Diamonds for Surrounds. If you go 7.1 - even more.
Personally, that is beyond my budget and I am quite happy with the 803S's I recently picked up for $400 more than you are paying (Mine were new in the box). My 803S's are a true full range high quality speaker and coupled with the HTM3S, I am very happy.
Best of luck to you.