Originally Posted by luv the tunes
Peter I see you have a set of the CM-7s. I listened to a set today and I was very impressed.
I would like to hear/read your opinon on them if you have time.
Sure. I've only had them for less than a week so consider these initial impressions.
As you probably know, they have both a Nautilus tweeter and an FST midrange which typically are found in their "big brothers". Because of that, I find that the midrange and high end are exceptionally clear. Also, for a three way system that sports "only" a 7 1/2 woofer, it produces a surprizingly solid low end.
However, I tend to like to hear very deep bass when it is in certain recordings (such as an organ pedal), so I am using the second set of output jacks on the Rotel RC-1070 preamp to feed an SVS 20-39 PC+ sub. I have the crossover on the sub set for 60 hz and it blends in very well with the output from the CM 7.
Sizewise, they are very compact compared, for instance to my Klipsch RF 5s which I use for HT. The CM 7s are for music listening only.
So far I have tested them with a fairly wide variety of music from Alison Krauss
. Vocals are extremely clear with a sense of "space" around them.
Massed orchestral music has good placement of instruments across the soundstage and a nice sense of depth.
Although I have them 2 feet from the back wall, I found that in my situation, I need to use the included port plug.
Not that you can tell too well from the photo, but the finish I picked is maple. It is a very light one. The cabinet is very well braced. I have them on the included spikes for stability and to ensure there are no microvibrations to distort the sound.
The combination of the CM 7s with the SVS sub produces a very "big" sound. I would say they are a serious contender.
Just as an aside, I read in another forum a posting suggesting that B&W speakers are somewhat mellow in sound. I'm not sure which models to which that may refer, but the CM 7s are far from mellow. In fact, they are closer to the sound of my Klipsch RF 5s in terms of high end detail.
I have these sitting in a room with wall-to-wall carpeting, drapes, bookcases and lots of furniture, so the high end is never out of control, or harsh. I could see, however, that in a room with bare floors, reflective surfaces and minimal furniture that they might tend to sound a bit on the "bright" side. I don't see that as a flaw in the speaker. I recommend room sound treatment for any system.