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RE: B&W 685 S2

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ErwinC wrote:

MUSICRAFT wrote:

nima wrote:

If technology moved on, they should also be better than original Nautilus 805.

Hi nima

I don't think so.

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

 

You think or you know? Wink

Hi Erwinc

I know.

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

what speaker stands did you use to test the speakers ?

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RE: B&W 685 S2

Ketan Bharadia wrote:

The S2s retain the original's sound staging qualities

what speaker stand was used in the test ?

if you only used one type, how did you select this stand ?

(how did you know you were using the correct stand ?)

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Ketan Bharadia wrote:

I think they're more enjoyable to listen to than the CM5s. You don't get the same quality of cabinet finish though.

how are they more enjoyable to listen to ?

fuller sounding ? more 3d sound stage ? less fussy with what amp is used?

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RE: B&W 685 S2

mikefarrow wrote:

Ketan Bharadia wrote:

The S2s retain the original's sound staging qualities

what speaker stand was used in the test ?

if you only used one type, how did you select this stand ?

(how did you know you were using the correct stand ?)

There are many good stands to choose from, why is this such a big issue? If it will help you, I used the 685 S1 with B&W's own stands to great effect.

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RE: B&W 685 S2

mikefarrow wrote:

Ketan Bharadia wrote:

I think they're more enjoyable to listen to than the CM5s. You don't get the same quality of cabinet finish though.

how are they more enjoyable to listen to ?

fuller sounding ? more 3d sound stage ? less fussy with what amp is used?

While I used the 685 S1 with my 25w Solo Mini which sounded great, both the S1 and S2 will appreciate 40w+ of good amplification e.g. Rotel's RA10.  The 685 S1 or S2 do not represent a very easy load for an amplifier if B&W's own specs are to go by - the S1 dips to 3.8ohms, the S2 to a slightly improved 4ohms.

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RE: B&W 685 S2

We have quite a large number of stands on site. We got the best results with Custom Design's FS104 Signature and the Q Acoustics Concept 20 stands.

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RE: B&W 685 S2

The 685s sound more agile and rhythmic to me. We didn't notice any great issue with amplifier matching.

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When I had the original 685 speakers my Marantz PM6003 amp had no trouble driving them. 

I'm curious about these new speakers but there's no need for me to try them because I'm still more than satisfied with my q acoustics 2020i speakers  Wink

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Interesting, so since we're picking your brain Ketan Wink , it seems the S2 may be a bit more picky when it comes to stands? Would that be down to the new tweeter?

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RE: B&W 685 S2

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Freddy58 wrote:

I think an interesting point has been raised here. Do modern speakers actually sound better? I'm guessing they are more accurate, but sounding better?

 

Hello? HELLO?? :tapsonscreen:

Start another thread, this one's exclusively about the 685 S2.

 

Yes, quite right. I don't think I'll bother starting a thread, as it's apparent to me that folks don't like responding to my posts. I guess I'm a frightful bore...

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RE: B&W 685 S2

Ketan Bharadia wrote:

We have quite a large number of stands on site. We got the best results with Custom Design's FS104 Signature and the Q Acoustics Concept 20 stands.

thanks for info/reply.

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Ketan Bharadia wrote:

The 685s sound more agile and rhythmic to me. We didn't notice any great issue with amplifier matching.

once again, thanks for info/reply.

 

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RE: B&W 685 S2

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mikefarrow wrote:

Ketan Bharadia wrote:

The S2s retain the original's sound staging qualities

what speaker stand was used in the test ?

if you only used one type, how did you select this stand ?

(how did you know you were using the correct stand ?)

There are many good stands to choose from, why is this such a big issue? If it will help you, I used the 685 S1 with B&W's own stands to great effect.

my current speakers (due for an upgrade) are b&w 601 s2. they sound quite different when set up on a heavy mass loaded stand with blutach between speaker and stand when compared to a lighter stand with a hard (oak) cone between stand and speaker. (which is how i use them). if i am to audition new speakers (b&w cm5 had been suggested as a true upgrade model before the 685 s2 came out) i would like to have at least some starting "reference"to base my speaker stand choice on as the speakers stand and mounting arrangement in my experience does affect the sound a speaker produces.

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RE: B&W 685 S2

mikefarrow wrote:

MUSICRAFT wrote:

ErwinC wrote:

MUSICRAFT wrote:

nima wrote:

If technology moved on, they should also be better than original Nautilus 805.

Hi nima

I don't think so.

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

 

You think or you know? Wink

Hi Erwinc

I know.

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

what speaker stands did you use to test the speakers ?

Hi mikefarrow

I heard 685 S2's with their stands.

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

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RE: B&W 685 S2

Or as bad as the 805 Smile

 

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