B&W CM5 S2 Speakers - RRP £949 now £599 @nintronics
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B&W CM5 S2 Speakers - RRP £949 now £599 @nintronics

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Found 22nd Jun
I do love their shop and with them moving to a new showroom there’s tons of good deals. This one stuck out for me as it’s rare to find clearance on B&W speakers. Heard them before, great speaker, punchy for its size and nice warmth to them. Did take a little power to get them going but they can handle it!!
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Robert_Paulson22nd Jun

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How can you say they aren't that good ???
Robert_Paulson22nd Jun

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I had some massive floor standing B&W speakers that dated to late 1970's and they were warm with stonking oomph yet only rated a mere 30watts RMS.... my more recent DM602 S2 B&W's from early 2000's were not a patch, still good but a bit too bassey for my tastes.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 22nd Jun
Robert_Paulson22nd Jun

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The fact that stock is still available suggests they aren't that good, This says different to me and you would have said it in the post if you had, are you sure you are not telling porkies
Edited by: "waterloo" 22nd Jun
Robert_Paulson22nd Jun

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harsher than the competition? please tell me which brand speaker you speak of. my guess is youve never heard sound from b&w speakers before. the only time they will sound harsh is if you play low bitrate mp3 or junk like that. but then if you got money to buy a set of B&W speakers then i really doubt youll be one playing knock off music on them
Robert_Paulson23rd Jun

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All fine until the second paragraph. Are you 12?
The snobbery in this thread knows no bounds, En guarde peasant!
My dads bigger than your dad.....
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Robert_Paulson23rd Jun

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Thanks, mine have silver tweeters but I think you're right that they might be more AV than true audio, I didn't do much research when I bought them
Edited by: "spannerzone" 23rd Jun
For some I agree.My friend has the older 802 and they are a little bright but as I mentioned I did not feel this was the case when I heard the cm5. I think off the end of an Arcam amp.

“Higher in frequency, there is a slight lack of energy just below the crossover point; all things being equal, this would lend the B&W a rather laid-back quality.”

from the stereophile review which was positive overall... measurements backed up the more laid-back signature I heard it seems. Everyone’s ears are different otherwise there would just be one brand so don’t go knocking things just because they are not to your tastes. What speakers do you have out of interest
Robert_Paulson23rd Jun

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Lighten up young man and listen to some calming music it was a joke, oh and I guarantee i would call you a liar in person and that's no lie!
Robert_Paulson22nd Jun

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The CM series has a warmer sound than the rest of them (hence why I don't like the CMs).

A lot of it is what you're used to and what you pair them with.
sul22nd Jun

harsher than the competition? please tell me which brand speaker you speak …harsher than the competition? please tell me which brand speaker you speak of. my guess is youve never heard sound from b&w speakers before. the only time they will sound harsh is if you play low bitrate mp3 or junk like that. but then if you got money to buy a set of B&W speakers then i really doubt youll be one playing knock off music on them


They can sound harsh with the wrong music. I know, I have B&Ws (I have had 10 pairs actually) but would buy another pair. It's nothing to do with MP3s (a decent quality MP3 does still sound good), it's to do with bad recordings/mastering/mixing. With nice sounding stuff (not subjective music taste, as in stuff that's not rubbish with respect to its sound quality) they are great. It's a compliment to the speakers if they show a recording for what it really is, unfortunately that sometimes makes good songs difficult to listen to if you like non-audiophile stuff. They do tend to measure bright though too, which doesn't help with the wrong room/gear/not set up right.
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