I would wait for a new replacement when spending that kind of money. My 702s also have a small mark in the finish (rosenut) that appears to be from the factory. Not noticeable unless you shine a light directly at it and it blends in with the wood grain. I mentioned it to my dealer and they offered to replace it (which I didn’t bother doing). They also spoke of a customer recently that had a blemish in the finish of their new piano black 804. It sounded similar to what you described. They said they ordered a new one for that customer. B&W is apparently pretty easy going with their warranties they had told me. Those speakers are hand polished at the factory and there are bound to be some speakers that leave with imperfections similar to polishing/waxing a car that look like stains under a clear coat.So I opened up my HTM1D3 and the styrofoam casing up top was cracked, immediately freaked out. However, no real damage to the speaker although it did have a small gash near the midrange looks like when it was made. Also there is this “stain?” best I could describe it on the top black gloss finish, I couldn’t remove it with a cloth, looks to be ingrained in the finish. Anyway, dealer told me to either hold on to it and they’ll order a new one or I can take the floor/display model for 400.00 off same warranty etc. He told me it was hardly used and it had no damages to body, I will inspect it today. However, one of the days I did a listen, there was a loud pop that occured when we were switching from one amp to another and the HTM1D3 was in fact connected. Any opinions on this? I guess the only positive here, other than the -400.00, that it’s broken in, perhaps too much though ?
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