My experiences with the B&W 685s
If any of you are common to this forum, you'll know I have never got on with the B&W 685s. They didn't ever seem cohesive enough for me - music wasn't music. Today, I felt the same was going to happen. Yes, I had a beefy Naim NAP250 driving them today, but I wasn't expecting much. How wrong I was.
You see, something else I always knew was that the B&W need tonnes of power. I mean tonnes. If your lights aren't dimming in your house, they 'aint gonna sound good; but would this NAP250 drive them hard enough?
First reaction? No. Not at all. Same old, same old; they sounded good, right up until they played music. Home cinema, yes - hi-fi, forget about it. However, what would the bland bowers sound like if they blasted out a bit of Pink Floyd? Volume 9 o'clock - bland. Volume 10 o'clock - bland. 10 and a half - bland and loud...
Something awakened. The silver tweeter opened its eye. The yellow kevlar driver clicked into overdrive and I've never heard a speaker perform so well at high volumes. It was utterly sublime. Practically perfect in every way! I loved it! It was music again! Van Halen and Pink Floyd were being replayed at rock concert levels in high fidelity like nothing else! You could feel the pressure of the room changing with the speakers!
Oh, and now it's the best £350 I've ever spent...