- For how long have you been using it?
About 8 years.
- What thing do you like most/least about it?
The treble & mids on these are great. Never tiring, fairly detailed, well balanced...B&W have done a great job there: you can listen all day long and never get tired of them.
The bass is not so fantastic simply because the woofers are a bit small. You can't expect miracles from these and on paper they go down to 63 Hz at -3 dB and 53 Hz at -6 dB if i recall correctly. So don't get expecting much at 30 Hz...
If you want that big OOMPPH pass your way and go & get some big JBL floortsanders...
BUT, place these correctly (ie on stands and far from walls or corners) and sit a few feet away and they can be surprisingly bassy.
So that's the hardest thing with these, really: placement. If they don't sound good, you haven't placed them right. Simple as that.
- Did you try many other models before getting this one?
I listened to some cheap but much bigger Infinity units before i got these, and they had more bass but the bass was out of control.
These, placed right, are tight and forget about distortion: these babies have woven kevlar woofers: turn up the volume and these will rattle the walls.
120W RMS. I pushed my 80W RMS Onkyo Integra 9711 to the max on them and they were fine, even on bassy disco. The walls were shaking, though!
- What is your opinion about the value for the price?
Retail price was normally 3500 Francs at the time (£350 back then, more now since the £ is worth bugger all these days), which would be 530 €. I paid 2400 F (360 €), new.
I'd say the value was pretty damn good. If you want cheaper & smaller, go for the DM 601 S3's. They are half as much and quite a bit smaller but still sound good, although of course they have less bottom end.
For the money, it would have been hard to get better without going second hand. A friend of mine got a pair of battered old JBL 4311's from Barclay Studios...for under £200. A good deal. But they're huge and one of the boomers has a hole in it! So...today, i'd look around the second hand market and probably go for something bigger. I'm currently dribbling over the B&W 704's. Expensive floorstanders...maybe one day?
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RickD's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I have these speakers for 6 or 7 years.
What I like most is the fact that they are not strenuous: it is costs all day long with no problem.
The mdiums and treble are Retailer and purposes, Submitted never be aggressive, which is trs rare.
Be careful placement: the feet are trs advice and well away from walls also can become serious if not a little intrusive in the lower mdium.
The woofer is Kevlar braided so it remains rigid, which quickly distortions. They are 120W RMS and to saturate the serious need to really push like a nag. The walls start to vibrate until you hear distortion.
Before buying, I had the old Celestion 30W 70-80, 30w RMS. So day and night. I'm all landed cost a lot of pregnant diffrent sizes. For the price and size, these speakers are definitely not bad at all.
I do not regret my choice at all. The only thing I regret is one of HP for larger bass. I think that below 25 cm it is never terrible, and I think it is 18cm if I remember correctly.
I paid the 2400 Fr era, is about 360. Their normal price of 3500 silent Fr / 530. I have often wanted for failing to take the big JBL 4312MkII with their HP 30 cm, but virtually silent Chres 2 times and 2 times larger.
With proper placement, these speakers are top. No, they may dcevoir you if you are looking for thrills.