B&W P5 floor standers; worth it?

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  1. Gtramsey2000

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    Hi all

    So someone is advertising a pair of B and W P5s from around 1994 for £100
    Now, obviously they're old but if they're good then I'm thinking of getting them to expand my home cinema surrounds. But if I'm better saving up and getting some decent, new speakers then I'd rather not pay £100 to find that out.
    Anyone got any experience of them?


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    Not sure about the p5's but the p4's (slightly smaller) were well recommended in their day but at £100 I am sure you can't go wrong so long as you audition and make sure they are all working fine. If you can take along some music with good bass (organ music maybe) and some with good treble (lots of cymbals is useful) to check all drivers are OK.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I thought the same; at the price, I'm guessing I'd pay more for the equivalent sound for new speakers, but I'll definitely try before buying if I do decide to go for them
     
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    Got a feeling these were about £1k when they were new ! the P4's were about £600 so in today's money it is much more.

    I am a big fan of 2nd hand hifi if you are able to audition and know what you are looking for. Just got a pair of B&W CDM1SE's, 2 Rotel power amps and a DAC (all 2nd hand) and very happy with them especially as it is a sub £400 system (over £2k new) for connecting my PC to.
     
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    The guy has said he can't let me audition them yet as he's just moved house so I'll have to wait and see, I'm not keen on just buying them "as seen", even if it is £100 ...
     
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    My brother had a pair and I remember really liking them. If there's nothing wrong with them and you are happy with the cosmetic condition then snap them up. I'm guessing you would be paying 10-20 times more for the equivalent sound if buying new today!
     
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    Obviously a youtube vid isn't any way to demo speakers but if you're not at all familiar with them it may interest you, even if just to give you a better idea of looks. They are very nice speakers indeed!

     

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