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B&W Nautilus 805 : What other speakers do you use?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by thestorm, Jul 8, 2002.

  1. thestorm

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    Hi all

    I'm considering these speakers for a future upgrade.
    I'd like to use them for home cinema and stereo sound..

    I just wanted to know from other people that own these
    speakers or are considering to buy them, what they think of
    them? My room is about 6x5 metres and I like my music to have
    well controlled BASS.

    Also what would be the best combination of other speakers,
    i don't think i can afford another pair of 805's for the rear.
    At present I'm using B&W 602s2.

    And what would be the best "compatible" alternative centre speaker?
    The centre speaker from these same range as
    this is sooo expensive!

    cheers,
    Shaz
     
  2. Molly

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    I used to have 805's.Just upgraded.
    The 805's sound lovely.You wont be dissapointed.
    I have the equivalent centre(HTM2),but I used to have the CDM-cnt.
    The cdm variant (of the centre)is very good,I'm not sure I could tell the difference,but in the flesh the Nautilus looks much nicer and smaller(not good reasons,I know)
    Regards
     
  4. thestorm

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    Hi Johnson

    What speaker do you have now?
    What did you upgrade to?

    Cya,
    Shaz
     
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    I also think the CDM range would present a good affordable compliment to the 805 nautilus speakers.
    But another alternative ( just to keep your options open ) is the old matrix range, which was replaced by the nautilus range, and should present a similar high quality standard.

    Just in case it is of interest there is a pair of Matrix 805's on ebay at the moment:
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1365043403

    Paul.
     
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    I upgraded to the 804's.I would've liked the 803's,but the 804's were more wife friendly(price and size wise)
    Regards
     
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    I have a pair of 805s. I'm using the HTM2 for the centre and a very old pair of B&W DM610s as rears. I'm saving for a pair of the wall-mounted Nautilus surrounds.

    To be honest I wouldn't recommend anything other than the HTM2. If you really want a seamless 5.1 system using 805s at the front then you need an HTM2. It might be worth auditioning a CDM NT-based system instead if you feel that you can't justify an all Nautilus system.

    The 805s are gorgeous but you may well find that the real cost of buying them goes way beyond the initial purchase cost because you end up buying matching speakers, grunty amps and a decent processor.

    It's a very slippery slope!

    Regards,

    Jules.
     
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    If you are planning on running the N805's on their own as front speakers without a very good sub (around £2k+ range) then you will be disappointed with the bass in a room the size of yours. We have run them many times in our 4x7m demo room at work and the bass is good, but poorly controlled. It's by no means bad, much better than any other stand mounted speaker you can get near in the price range.

    The N804's (£2.5k)would be a worthy upgrade (like johnson has) so that you could move the N805's to the surrounds.

    Which sub are you going to use?

    Provided you are running it with a decent sub then it will not be a problem. You should definately get the matching HTM2 centre channel, failing that if you really can't reach it then the CDM CNT is the next best match. Also make sure you get the matching B&W N805 stands (£400) and have them shot filled, they make a huge difference being bolted on properly.

    Despite the bass issue in large-ish rooms I definately still highly recommend them, they look gorgeous too.

    Enjoy them!:)
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys, at the moment I'm just considering
    an upgrade for the future. At present I have Proac s125 for the front, Proac center speaker and bw 602s2 for surround.

    I have copied and pasted this thread and will refer to it more
    closer to the time I intend to buy.

    Sounds like its going to be a big investment!

    cheers,
    Shaz
     

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