Originally posed this question in the B&W Owners' thread, but then questioned if that was the most appropriate place given the context. Apologies to anybody forced to double-read, and apologies again if that really was the better placement for it.
TL/DR - is the B&W tweeter pod a big enough improvement over non-tweeter-pods to warrant exclusively looking at something like the CM6s2, 705s2, etc?
I've got a set of Emotiva T1 towers. I have raved about them to friends + family, and still hold them in highest regard in their price bracket in terms of pleasing sound output. However, having only had them for a couple of months, I'm starting to feel like I'm missing something, specifically in the midrange. I hate terms like "musicality" and "inviting", but those are kind of the things I'm missing. They remind me quite a bit of the old Boston Acoustics speakers VR1/2/3 towers actually. Very neutral, wonderful highs (the Airmotiv tweeter is damn near perfect in my book), yet lacking something in the middle. And also, to this day, I think they are homely-looking at best. I have the T1 up front, T-Zero in back, and C1 in center. That's a lot of ugly staring back at me.
I've had that nagging sensation in the back of my mind for a few weeks now, and all the while I'm listening to my B&W P9 headphones that my wife got me for our 10th anniversary 2 years ago. Every single time I put them on and start listening, my mind just goes "gahhh these headphones" (in a good way). They don't measure anywhere near flat, yet they are the only music-listening things I've ever had that make me want to just melt into goo (also in a good way). Couple this with just having watched the original Kingsman movie, and Galahad (Colin Firth) has a pair of what appears to be 802d2 (I'm not a B&W expert so I could very well be wrong here, but the aesthetics are what's important in this instance), I got the bug.
So I guess I'm on the hunt for the best B&W speakers I can afford. I know some of you will try to get me to look at other brands, and that's fine to suggest, but I have a very specific notion of the aesthetic and (assumed) sound that I'm going for. This is kind of a nutty comparison, but I imagine this is like somebody who's gotten the bug to buy a Porsche. There are other cars that are quicker, handle as well, and cost less. But there is just something special in this person's mind about the combination of looks, performance, the sound of an inline-6 behind you (unless you get a new one with the turbo-4, sigh).
*Note - I don't actually have any idea what a Porsche sounds or drives like (and at the rate at which I change speakers, probably never will), this is just for the sake of analogy
Now that's out of the way - I'm seriously thinking about picking up a used set of CM6s2 speakers. I like the tweeter-on-top design and I've heard it does good things for imaging, which will be important since I can only afford to go 2.1 if I do this. Given that assumption, and my budget ( $1,500 tops), my options really are limited to the CM6s2. I am 100% fine with bookshelf speakers (svs pb-3000 doing low-end duty), and in my room I almost prefer them because towers can have a tendency to just overwhelm things. Am I needlessly limiting my options here based on a false assumption of how much better the tweeter pod allows them to do image and soundstage? Would I get more benefit by going with one of the tower options with the FST midrange drivers? Is the new 606 w/continuum actually an upgrade, performance-wise, over the CM-s2 line?