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    Re: B&W800D3/ Luxman 900 combo/ MSB S2

    You’re back home now Mike? What are your early impressions of the 800D3s?
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    Re: B&W800D3/ Luxman 900 combo/ MSB S2

    Quote Originally Posted by rrwmd View Post
    Youíre back home now Mike? What are your early impressions of the 800D3s?
    Yes. We got back in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday. Iím still a little jet lagged, but feeling much better today.

    I went and played with the 800D3ís for the first time on Friday. They had set them up where we set every other speaker up in that room. After 30 seconds of listening, I knew it wasnít right.

    I read the manual and then called B&W to confirm what I read. Speakers approximately 0.5m from back wall, no less than 0.5m from side wall, approximately 3m apart and little to no toe in. Check. Moved things around and then it all snapped in place. The bass came alive, the tweeter was smoooooooth. The image was focused dead center. The wide dispersion tweeter is not one I would point at your ears or just outside your ears for example like we do with other speakers. The midrange is absolutely fantastic. Overall the speaker is incredibly engaging and musical when setup right and paired with the right amp.

    I have a hunch a pair of B&W DB1D subs would just put things over the top. When I heard the B&Wís at Axpona, they had the subs and the impact and overall improvement wasnít subtle. The new B&W subs are quite state of the art as well and allow complete control and setup from your iPhone.

    If you get a chance, check out the HiFi News reviews on the 802D3 and 800D3. Both received the highest scores Iíve ever seen them give for a speaker. Maybe a little biased- British mag and British speakers, but still.

    From my standpoint, I needed an entire lineup of floor standing speakers below $30k, not just a speaker or two. I needed a brand where I didnít have to sit there and explain what the brand is and what they are about. Everyone has heard of B&W.

    B&W for me is a little nostalgic. I owned B&W 801Fís with Carver amps about 30 years ago. Just loved that system.

    For those looking for cost no object SOTA, cone and dome, well, that remains Magico IMO. The new M2ís are just incredible. But for those shopping below $30k, I now have many many more options. And damn good ones.

    The 802D3ís and 803D3ís arrive this week. 702S2 at $4500/pair is also on the radar.


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    Re: B&W800D3/ Luxman 900 combo/ MSB S2

    Call me crazy but I heard the 800D3 back-to-back with the Magico M2, same room, same gear and I preferred the 800D3. YMMV.

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    Re: B&W800D3/ Luxman 900 combo/ MSB S2

    Thanks for sharing those videos Mike. I was going to ask you how the 800s compare to your KEF Blades but, then I saw your signature and don’t see KEF listed anymore.

    I assume B&W is filling that void?

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    Re: B&W800D3/ Luxman 900 combo/ MSB S2

    Quote Originally Posted by mdp632 View Post
    Thanks for sharing those videos Mike. I was going to ask you how the 800s compare to your KEF Blades but, then I saw your signature and donít see KEF listed anymore.

    I assume B&W is filling that void?
    Youíre very welcome and you are correct. I dropped KEF yesterday as a matter of fact.
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    Re: B&W800D3/ Luxman 900 combo/ MSB S2

    800D3 wins Golden Ear.




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    Re: B&W800D3/ Luxman 900 combo/ MSB S2

    They do sound nice - much better than I expected. The Luxman and Gryphon amps mate extremely well with 800 D3.
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    Re: B&W800D3/ Luxman 900 combo/ MSB S2

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Riess View Post
    Call me crazy but I heard the 800D3 back-to-back with the Magico M2, same room, same gear and I preferred the 800D3. YMMV.
    A friend of mine, who has an Esoteric front end, ARC Ref 10 and Momentum 400 monos, have switched from the 800D3 to Magico M3 and the improvment in his words was dramatic, across the board.

    Probably much, as always, depends on the room, setup and the rest of the system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elberoth View Post
    A friend of mine, who has an Esoteric front end, ARC Ref 10 and Momentum 400 monos, have switched from the 800D3 to Magico M3 and the improvment in his words was dramatic, across the board.

    Probably much, as always, depends on the room, setup and the rest of the system.
    No doubt. Comparing a $30,000 speaker to a $85,000 speaker is in most cases ďno contestĒ. The M series is a home run.
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