very very good hi-end with clear and enjoyable highs, extremely open midrange which can get offensive and a tight, deep but somewhat confusing bass. all in all very open with a tiny little bit of warmth. very delicate on partnering with amps, sources and cables. price is clearly to high even for this quality, as you have capable competitors for much less in the market.
I just read a rather negative opinion about these speakers. I do not find much in this comment. already quoted price I bought these speakers used, which give the softer prices (€ 3500 still). for the finish (rosewood) I find it perfect for me. I have to install a large room, which allows me to install a 1metre from any wall, the sound is clear, deep, spacialisation perfectly identifiable. These speakers are powered by a bi-amplification Hafler P4000 (yes I know it's a ilparait amp sound ... not stereo smiles) even drive him by a former dpl ... I also know of anything that is said of old ... but even at very low volume I end and detailed sound with powerful bass without being invasive. the volubility of the past is well contained by the rigor of the Hafler, and know the speakers sound with ca.
after having wandered with cabasse, and other proactive (it's not crap either) I am satisfied with this set. and for doing testing by specialists (the little smile at the old Hafler and disappears quickly enough to first notes ...) have done for many tapping, I think my system fairly advanced, and 804 are for much.
like any hi-fisting dissatisfied I think do better next time, but this set will remain fixed.
for fun I have two other systems. lynn a preamp and two blocks with 311 AM100 cabasse good time. a little short in serious, but fine and detailed,
and as a whole rather incoyable sansui317, + triphonic jbl212. a little temperamental but very nice even when ...
Clearly, we can not say that the 804D is an enclosure of the people. I read in a major magazine whose name I will not say that the B & W 804D had a "very good price / performance ratio." For me, today's test will contribute more actively to depart magazines. Because this forum is clearly not of that breed.
Ok, 7000 euros for a pair of speaker ... if we are treated to a few customization options ... how? "We can not have it in 3 colors and you close your g ... the" ah ... okay. So there's no options, it costs 7000 euros and you can have it in three colors ... I add that the veneer had to see the halls sorting Fukushima because wood is not good enough and ribbed and black piano lacquer finish of less ugly in the end was obviously made without any love in a bleak Soviet automaton, this piece of wood.
Do not misunderstand me, there's no serious stuff in the finish, but nothing remarkable either except that it is assembled. And that can, for people like me, already be considered as the antechamber of the mouth of foutage given the price.
Yes, I'm too good seller and one day I will work with TV purchase. But do not be discouraged by my early test a bit harsh, I do not like throwing roses, and the 804D has a good big flaw on which I can just laugh. But she still saved my day.
I had gone on a test integrated Roksan + source that had begun badly. But the addition of the 804D was "the little something that makes you see the amp in a different light."
Compared to the Monitor Audio 200GX, which is by far not a dung. The 804D has donated more natural, more body, more authoritative sound, all with a nicer balance. So, my test that started badly ended well. But beware! Because, in comparison with another cadore range 5000-7000 euros (fact8 PMC), the Bower & Wilkins was a tad below, whether for energy, the width of the stage, sending details of micro-or for staging / authenticity of the instruments, the pmc had a nose hair in front (and I mean a bit, I do in diplomacy). However, the 804D may suit someone looking for a more balanced speaker, who types a little less violently, that puts a little less finger on the small detail that TE VA STROKE piss CAR IT WILL MAKE LISTENING STREEEESSSSSAAAAANTEEEEEEE ... with her, listening is more informal. But I who love tapping large, deep (please post salacious gags on my expression on a mailbox other than mine) and committed, I expected a little more than one speaker at this level.
Too bad also that listening to low-level I had not been satisfied. I found that lost its definition in low-volume, away from the blow for some uses. However, it collects very high levels ... and long. So if you frequently receive punk lovers of Bach and they love a good shred the cello at 95db, enjoy yourself.
Similarly, you bumble for the establishment. 15 cm from the back wall, if possible not housed in a corner if you do not want to end up with an unbalanced listening in the bass (all tastes are in nature, but try before). But, and this is important, a gap between her and the listener at least 3 meters. 1 to 2 meters, it was clearly too short and crippled the effect of space in the sound. Also leave a space behind you to avoid an unwelcome reverb.
I forgot to mention that the vent was at the front, allowing the placement of 15 cm, there was a double row of terminals allowing bi-amping, the cabinet of the speaker will vibrate to any way whatsoever, and that the front grille is attached via magnets. Ok, that's a lot of omissions, but better to remember the end.
6: This is clearly good, but at this price level is not enough