I have a while ago changed my room layout and since then I'm not too happy about how my system sounds anymore (even with room correction)
My setup is as follows:
B&W N804 fronts ("old" nautilus)
B&W N805 rears
B&W HTM2 center
B&W ASW825 (new series)
The 804's always sounded a big brighter, more forward but sound was imaging beautifully as they stood before (short wall of a room)
Now with moving things around, my room has become a lot brighter, a ceramic floor doesn't help things, and a little table in front of my TV is also a reflective area. Speakers are now on the long wall.
No matter what I do, moving them towards the wall, toe-in, I just can't have the same imaging anymore, and it's "tiring" to listen to them, on anything other than really intimate sounding music (like simple piano+voice)
I also have N805 backs, and those image better (smaller/simpler crossover?) and putting them in front, not even on dedicated stands, but just on high chairs, as a test, sound better in this regard - much easier to listen to, faster, snappier, just slightly different color to them (not the midrange that the FST delivers, but the 804's simply don't as they are put down now) - but all in all it's more pleasing to me - 805's really seem more laid-back/relaxed.
So all this got me thinking... would I be insane to do any of the following:
1) Get rid of the 804 floorstanders, get the 805's on stands in front, and have a matching 3 speaker pair there - mind you, music is more important than surround to me - they simply seem to perform better there. Of course I would need to have rears, and I heard good things about the CM1's, which according to a soundstage! review, are pretty close (and a tonal match) to the "old" 805
2) This is really the question... get rid of the 804's and get 805S. I know the 805S is a bloody good speaker, but is it still the same tonality as the N804 were? Or a big improvement on the N805? If they are better than both, they would work perfectly in my room as it is, since the 805's seem to shine there, and are more or less the same "box" - I would in this case consider the N805 or CM1 to remain in the back. Would the HTM2 be a "mismatch" between the 805S? They kinda are now as well, but room correction does a lot of good work on that right now (Audissey) - I'm really just looking to have better, uncorrected stereo sound here.
My last problem is selling the N804 - they are still great value but one has damaged wood on top, which is a problem for many people...
Would love to hear your feedback..