Proud new owner of the B&W 686 standmounts. Paired with Atacama Nexus SE6 stands, Cambridge Audio AZUR 340A SE and QUD Silver Anniversary XT Bi-Wire. Using MacBook Pro as input as well as PS3 for CD playback.
Very much impressed with the 686's having stepped down from the KEF Q5 floorstanders as a result of much reduced space from moving into a new apartment. The bass is well rounded and has a quick response. The tonal quality of these speakers are warming as the hours of use increase. While the initially bright and in your face high-frequencies are are mellowing and much relaxing. Truly amazing resolution and imaging - although something is missing, that something I experienced when I demoed the B&W in Sevenoaks? Could it be my existing amp? Using Bi-Wire as detailed above and have also Bi-Amped from using both available outputs. Could it be Bowers prefer ROTEL? After all, they are the same group and they stress that is is the ROTEL amps which are used for their extensive listening tests.
So for an extra £250 will the RA-04 give me better matched sonic performance, or am I imagining that Bowers & Wilkins do not pair happy with Cambridge Audio?