Originally Posted by blakhouse
So after owning the CM10 S2 for around 1 year I quickly jumped at the chance to upgrade to 702s2. Unfortunately I'm starting to feel like I made a mistake. The highs notes feel really harsh to my ears and can't seem to get the same imaging. The bass is better but I think it drowns out the mids. Can someone please tell if there some secret to getting these babies to sing!
Hi, you may be doing something wrong with your setup. I own the B&W 705 s2 since 2 months, which is the bookshelf equivalent of the 702 s2 and I also auditioned the 702 s2 extensively before settling on the 705 s2. 705 s2 is just a less bassier version of the 702 but same mids and treble. 702 and 705 s2 are great sounding speakers for music with the mids and treble, i find the piano notes especially impressive. And im not even using a dedicated power amp, im powering them through an onkyo 818 avr, though im not running any other speakers off that avr (use another avr for home theater audio). Your amp and DAC both matter to how good the speakers will sound and of course the settings. The onkyo 818 im powering them with has a Burr Brown Dac that sounds warm with music.
You should stop using a oppo blu ray player as a pre pro if you're doing that, also if you're using any kind of room correction software, you should disable it and calibrate the speakers manually. I found that when i ran audyssey on the 705 s2, the music became a little thin, when i reset the avr, did some manual calibration, the music opened up very well.
And don't go off people who say B&W 700 s2 are overpriced speakers or that you're paying for the bowers brand name or that these speakers don't sound better (or sound worse) than the discontinued CM series, people who tell you that are not owners. I'm an owner, the 700 s2 speakers easily beat the defunct CM series- new carbon dome tweeter, new continuum midrange driver. And 702 and 705 s2 (with the tweeter on top designs) also give you like 70% of the performance of the 800 series for less than half the money, so in that respect they are better value. The 705 s2 is like 70% of the 805 d3 performance, the 702 s2 is the same performance compared to 803 d3. I also auditioned the mentioned 800 series models when buying the 705 s2, so Im telling you from experience.
I would suggest you to keep the 702 s2 and tune it and you'll come to appreciate their musicality. Change your pre pro/amp, music source, settings and experiment with placement (in the 702 s2 tweeter on top design, your ear level should either be where the top tweeter is or between the midrange cone and the top tweeter).