Originally Posted by Julio Castrejon
I like to see pictures with and without the grills, and your thoughts on how they sound like. I'm really considering getting these over the Prestige 75F if I can demo them or hear what others say about these speakers.
So Paradigm considers the Premier Series as part of the reference collection.
While I am not the o.p. I just bought/ordered a pair of Premier 800f's today. I drove 150 kms to the closest hi-fi store to actually demo Bowers and Wilkins 683s2's as I had planned to spend about $2000 Canadian on some fronts.
I did have plans to compare all brands that were sold but figured the B&W's would sound the best in my price range. I was wrong.
As soon as I walked in this home audio store I knew it wasen't a joke. Front entrance has a set of $36000 800 series B&W's playing softly.
I had to go down to the basement, past 3 listening rooms to listen to the "low end" stuff lol. This small room pitted the B&W 683s2's against the Paradigm Premier 700F. Keep in mind the 700F isn't the biggest in the series and has smaller drivers than the B&W.
It only a few switch backs to find the B&W's seemed a bit bright to me. I also quickly noticed the smaller Premiers seemed to have more low end and a tiny bit more punch. They sounded smoother to me.
We played one full edm style song and one alternative type song and switched back roughly 15 times per song while it was playing. To my ears the premiers sounded better with more bass and a friendlier sound.
I did also listen to the Premier 800f in yet another basement room but could not directly compare them to the B&W's but I doubt I need to. I bought a set of 800F's after hearing them. They only had the black/wood in stock and that's not what I wanted. Being in Ontario Canada means the speakers will be in the first of the week in all black.
With the all black its matte on the front/top and glossy on the sides. I hope to give a real review when I get them next weekend and can post many pics. I fully intended to come home with B&W speakers but my ears said other.