Bowers & Wilkins CM9 S2 NOW £1,199 from SevenOaks, down from £1,999! @ Seven Oaks
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Bowers & Wilkins CM9 S2 NOW £1,199 from SevenOaks, down from £1,999! @ Seven Oaks

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Found 30th Nov
Unbelievable deal on an amazing set of speakers! I would have a pair of these in a heartbeat to replace my CM1s but other things are taking priority at the moment. They might be out of budget for a lot of people but believe me these speakers are phenomenal!

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If you don't mind spending £100 on shipping, then you can get them from Hificorner.nl for €971 (£854) plus the postage, and they have other colours available too.

morocco140 m ago

it was here before you and will be here long after you're gone, my friend



Ha. Up yours everyone who said I'd never have a friend!

daalphamale9 m ago

Amazing the are only looking for just over a 1079 euro normally...I've …Amazing the are only looking for just over a 1079 euro normally...I've mission 753's from the 90's.. I know they are good but I wonder how they would fare up against these?


Need a big room and a high power amp to get the most from this bargain.

jamgin1 h, 18 m ago

These would cause an Onkyo amp to catch fire




never heard of Onkyo, but can recommend Sony.
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I love my b&w - hot deal

If you don't mind spending £100 on shipping, then you can get them from Hificorner.nl for €971 (£854) plus the postage, and they have other colours available too.

Oh no. I want I want.

Very nice!

Uncommon.Sense7 m ago

If you don't mind spending £100 on shipping, then you can get them from …If you don't mind spending £100 on shipping, then you can get them from Hificorner.nl for €971 (£854) plus the postage, and they have other colours available too.


Amazing the are only looking for just over a 1079 euro normally...I've mission 753's from the 90's.. I know they are good but I wonder how they would fare up against these?

daalphamale9 m ago

Amazing the are only looking for just over a 1079 euro normally...I've …Amazing the are only looking for just over a 1079 euro normally...I've mission 753's from the 90's.. I know they are good but I wonder how they would fare up against these?


Need a big room and a high power amp to get the most from this bargain.

Uncommon.Sense26 m ago

If you don't mind spending £100 on shipping, then you can get them from …If you don't mind spending £100 on shipping, then you can get them from Hificorner.nl for €971 (£854) plus the postage, and they have other colours available too.


How? Also is that not each?
Edited by: "allginger" 30th Nov

can these be used with your TV, as an audio output?

grinnaslee2 m ago

can these be used with your TV, as an audio output?


I dont see any reason not to:)

grinnaslee2 m ago

can these be used with your TV, as an audio output?


Yes but you'll need to run them through an amp

It would need a beast amp something like a high power amp most ones you see in the shops will not be the best it will work but not go full vol. even though they put 150 watts channel its not really that high.
Edited by: "eastangliauk" 30th Nov

eastangliauk42 m ago

It would need a beast amp something like a high power amp most ones you …It would need a beast amp something like a high power amp most ones you see in the shops will not be the best it will work but not go full vol. even though they put 150 watts channel its not really that high.


How about a Denon AVR-X4300H?

Shaftydude11 m ago

How about a Denon AVR-X4300H?



It'll be fine.

very very nice.

Will these be good with a Marantz SR7011? Thanks.

These would cause an Onkyo amp to catch fire

Does anyone know How an old school audio lab 800 A amp would handle these ?i would love these speakers

The sensitivity is 89db so a half decent amp would drive them quite well. Obviously depending on if they need matched to get the best sound.

5Rivers796 h, 0 m ago

Will these be good with a Marantz SR7011? Thanks.

Yes

Scorchio - I auditioned some of these awhile back but at the then £1800 I preferred my Tannoy's. Had I been successful this year in finding a matching preamp to my spare pair of power amps, for the lounge, though these would be on route to me now.

jamgin1 h, 18 m ago

These would cause an Onkyo amp to catch fire




never heard of Onkyo, but can recommend Sony.

These are a good price but they have also been superseded by the 700 series so it is worth listening to both to make your mind up if you can. I doubt the 700 series will be that much better than the CMs but then again the diamond D3s are a lot better than the D2s so they might be since some of the tech has washed down.

Those talking about amps, they will work with almost any amp but you need a decent amp with a genuine ability to shove a lot of power at them (a lot of AV receivers ratings are with high THD levels so aren't ideal) to get the most from them. Either a power amp or stereo integrated will generally perform better unless you have a top end AVR. So if you haven't got an amp worthy of the speakers fear not as you will still most likely get an improvement going to better speakers but it might be worth putting an amp on the shopping list.
Edited by: "TomScrut" 1st Dec

I just bought some Canton reference speakers and tried these first on my 3k Yamaha AVR. However as Tom said AV receivers aren’t ideal and bad at producing Stereo. I had to spend almost the same amount again to get a matching integrated Amp (bought Naim) and I can say what a difference to the sound quality it has made. Looking at the speakers itself you would need a pretty large living room to get the sound stage right. Most likely 30SQM or more and at least 2,5 meters apart and 2m away to get the stereo imagery you want. My 2 chassis speakers are perfect for my 20SQM room. These would have been impossible to place. Most likely the space between rear wall and speaker is rather large as well. Once you go into Hi-Fi don’t try and save a few bucks here and there as you are most likely having this kit for a long time.
Edited by: "Holgmaster" 1st Dec

Lovely looking speakers, best looking in there price range. I audition these & a load of others. I found they were very sharp at high frequencies.
Bought some tannoy precision 6.2 in gloss black @£799, they were much better tonally & amp matching was easier with the tannoy. I'd recommend listening before you buy.
Edited by: "Andi-C" 1st Dec

Wonder if I sell a kidney or something I could get these ..

Yeah BW speakers are on the brighter side and need a precise matching amp otherwise you get sick of listening to clinical and bright sound (at least not my taste, I prefer warm sounding sound stages).

Does anyone know do these compare to the Monitor Audio S200's?

I had a pair of these before I got my diamonds, they are fantastic however unless your room is fairly large, you won't get the best of them, I had these with CM5s rears and actually preferred the tighter sound of the 5s up front, however that's personal. Goes without saying that you need a good amp though, most high street amps won't be up to the job or at least won't sound great.

If you want a good stereo amp, look at Rotel who are part of the same company and match well with these, or of course if you want something future proof and can see upgrading to diamonds them look at Classe.

AVR wise you'd be best with something like Anthem or a high end "normal" brand like Denon or Marantz. Would avoid Arcam as they come up a little warm on B&W. Anthem will have a nice transparent sound. Or Rotel for stereo.

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I'm so tempted to pair these with my 4300H but the wife isn't having any of it! Damn it

Ruffuz3 h, 44 m ago

never heard of Onkyo, but can recommend Sony.


Really never heard of Onkyo. They make some of the most powerful and entertaining AV receivers around.

GH811 h, 14 m ago

Really never heard of Onkyo. They make some of the most powerful and …Really never heard of Onkyo. They make some of the most powerful and entertaining AV receivers around.


its a long standing HUKD joke from years ago. onkyo deals would pop up every week and every second reply was "i've never heard of onkyo but sony/jvc stuff i got from argos is good" lol.

I want to spend around £1000 on a pair of speakers to use with a Korg Kronos keyboard but I am always overwhelmed when it comes to audio hardware. It is SO technical and there are SO many options.

Is this for music / home theatre or will they shine with my Korg Kronos Keyboard?

Ruffuz5 h, 35 m ago

never heard of Onkyo, but can recommend Sony.


They make excellent yoghurt.

Schmutz21 m ago

I want to spend around £1000 on a pair of speakers to use with a Korg …I want to spend around £1000 on a pair of speakers to use with a Korg Kronos keyboard but I am always overwhelmed when it comes to audio hardware. It is SO technical and there are SO many options. Is this for music / home theatre or will they shine with my Korg Kronos Keyboard?


I wouldn't spend £1000 on any hifi component without listening to it - other people's opinions and technical specs are of very limited value. Go to a branch of Sevenoaks, tell them what it's for and get them to set up a dem. You should either be able to take along your own equipment and music or sometimes they'll lend you items to try at home. Either way it's important to hear them connected to the equipment you plan to use them with.

Been through so many speakers, and best bang for my buck has been Royd Audio Speakers .

GH812 h, 11 m ago

Really never heard of Onkyo. They make some of the most powerful and …Really never heard of Onkyo. They make some of the most powerful and entertaining AV receivers around.



Around where mate?

Stick with Sony/Matsui etc etc
Edited by: "Ruffuz" 1st Dec

Ruffuz6 h, 52 m ago

never heard of Onkyo, but can recommend Sony.



This can't still be a thing surely?

ArthurDent11 h, 20 m ago

I wouldn't spend £1000 on any hifi component without listening to it - …I wouldn't spend £1000 on any hifi component without listening to it - other people's opinions and technical specs are of very limited value. Go to a branch of Sevenoaks, tell them what it's for and get them to set up a dem. You should either be able to take along your own equipment and music or sometimes they'll lend you items to try at home. Either way it's important to hear them connected to the equipment you plan to use them with.


You’re right but actually I have spent thousands and thousands on equipment based on reviews. The issue is that the opportunity to demo things hasn’t always been there for me. That said I have recently relocated to another city which actually has stores with this stuff, so perhaps I’ll take on your advice from now! Another issue I have with store demos is, the experience is never the same. It can deceive, I used to buy televisions by going to the store and choosing the one I liked the most, after testing it loads. Then I started buying TVs based on online reviews. The latter was actually the superior method, by far. I ended up getting TVs which surprised me in unexpected ways, compared to taking an uneducated punt on the best looking TV in store.

In my periphery right now: a sonos play 1 speaker, a pair of Yamaha hs50m monitors, audio ath50 headphones, Yamaha hs10w subwoofer, a korg Kronos 88 key synthesizer, a Dell up3216Q 4K monitor, a Dell XPS 13 laptop, sennheiser momentum 2.0 wireless headphones. It’s all worth thousands and I purchased it all 100% on reading reviews and opinions of others. The thing I rely on is the ability to send stuff back! I probably return one in ten expensive items I purchase which does go to show the majority of items which receive glowing feedback online are worth it. Maybe my standards are lower than others?

How often do you set your eyes on a product and demo it only to go with something else? I would estimate you’re happy with it 8/10 times.

SmokeBomb6 m ago

This can't still be a thing surely?


it was here before you and will be here long after you're gone, my friend

morocco140 m ago

it was here before you and will be here long after you're gone, my friend



Ha. Up yours everyone who said I'd never have a friend!
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