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.
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.
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!
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
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