B&W CM1 to improve stereo performance of AV Receiver?
I am currently running a Marantz SR7007 receiver with the original B&W M1 speakers and an SVS sub. The sound is great for movies and pretty poor for music. This has been fine up until now, but I am starting to listen to more music at home again so the system will probably be used 25% for music instead of the current 5%.
I’d like to upgrade the front speakers to improve the stereo sound using both turntable and ALAC via Sonos as sources. Unfortunately, I don’t have space for large speakers, so my first thought was for the B&W CM1s which I have been impressed with in the past. My main questions are:
1.As I am just using an AV Receiver, is it worth going for something like the CM1, or am I unlikely to notice much difference compared to the cheaper 686?
2.I’d like to stick with B&W so as to maintain the synergy across the front three speakers. Is this really necessary and if not is there anything else I should be auditioning in the same price/size range?
3.I am assuming that moving to a speaker of this size will represent a big step up for music from the original M1s?
Any advice appreciated!