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Hello, I just purchased a Rotel 1520 integrated amp, I am setting it up to my iMac and have ALAC files for music (still searching for a DAC under $500). My system will be in the living room of an apartment (about 12x13). Which speakers do you recommend, B&W CM1 vs CM5, I have listened to both at a local shop but cannot decide if $500 extra is worth it. Thank you.
 

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you should be ok with the CM1 in terms of volume levels and ability to play cleanly but the CM5 will be more satisfying if you aren't running a sub. If you decide to run a sub, then the CM1 is fine. The CM5 has less of a droop in the mids and seems to have a better linearity in the upper bass.
 

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Thank you so much! I decided for the CM5 since I wont be using a sub, it sounds great. For some reason to me it sounded like the cm1 had more clear and detail sound than cm5 but I liked the bass on the cm5.
 
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