B&W question to the experts

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by lunarwolf, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. lunarwolf

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    hi all

    am replacing my outdated AV system which has served me well for 10 years.

    decided on a Pioneer LX5090

    70% movies, 30% music - room is 15x20 feet

    still debating Amp/speaker combo - would love your expert input.:clap:

    Speakers:
    Anyway I am considering
    - B&W 685 av pack (685, 686, HTM62, ASW608)
    - KEF 3005SE (small and like the black gloss)

    Amp:
    Debating between
    - Denon 1909
    - Pioneer VSX 1018AH
    - Pioneer VSX-LX51
    (ruled out Onkyo or Yamaha, do not doubt they are quality, but they just so ugly I can't get passed it, yes I am a heretic :devil:)

    on a side note I have seen The B&W CM5 AV pack :smashin: (CM5, CM1, CM center and ASW10LM) a bit over what i had planned to spend, but that black gloss finish is messing with my mind - would the above amps be good if I chose to go down this unwise path :suicide:?

    cheers
     
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  2. Nomad

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    Im not an expert.
    I have however owned a pair of B&W 602's for a few years.
    I love them. I recently upgraded my amp and they sound better now than they ever did.
    I use them for cinema and music and Im pleased with the results on all levels.
    I spent 3 hrs parked in front of them today with my eyes closed absorbing crisp clean instrumental sounds with a clarity that at times blows me away.

    (ruled out Onkyo or Yamaha, do not doubt they are quality, but they just so ugly I can't get passed it, yes I am a heretic )

    Ugly ?
    If you want Denon get Denon but Ive never thought my Yamaha looked ugly.
    Motorcycle or receiver.
     
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  3. lunarwolf

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    thx for reply,

    it's not the yamaha box is ugly, it's not, but that display in orange :eek:.

    kind of leaning towards the pio amps tbh, do you think they have enough juice to power that 685 av package? (also can't spot a dif between the vsx 1018 vs vsx lx51, except the extra hdmi) -or do I need a beefier sc-LX71?

    also the amp are 6ohms and speakers are 8ohms - is that an issue?

    anyone else have thoughts on the KEF av pack vs 685 av pack?

    sry for noob questions, but i am ;)
     
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  4. deckingman

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    IMO there is no substitute for cubic inches or as someone else said "no replacement for displacement".

    As for black gloss - you'll be having to dust it twice a day, every day.

    With the B&Ws, I'd go for the SC LX71 or equivalent at least. Shame you don't like the Yamaha's - but if looks are more important than sound.........
     
  5. lunarwolf

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    are you suggesting that the pioneer amps are a compromise in sound? ie vs a Yam RV 1900

    didnt think i was compromising on sound over looks but rather getting both :confused:
     

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