803D or 802D

Looking for some opinions. I currently have...

B&W CDM9NT Fronts
B&W CDM1NT Rears
Sunfire Signature EQ sub
Adcom GTP-870HD Receiver
Adcom GFA-7805 300x5 amplifier

This amp seems to have too much power for these smaller speakers. Primary use is Home Theater and Music. I was thinking of getting the 802D or 803D's with the HTM2D center, and also changing the sunfire sub to a JL Audio Fathom 113. I sit about 8- away from my speakers. Since it's a great room setup with 11 foot ceilings the room is fairly large. I no longer like having the rear speakers this close to me. I'm thinking about going with wall or ceiling mount rears now for my 5.1 setup. I'd like to hear some opinions and get some good advice on this. Thanks to all.


Showing 3 responses by pkubica

Well, turns out I was correct, 802D's did not come in Dark Cherry. I got the serial numbers from the 803D's and called B&W. The tech checked the numbers, and they were 802D's, in Rosenut finish. They can also tell when they were sold to the dealer, and the dealer name. Good way to get the correct facts.
I just auditioned the 803D's and really liked them. I'm wanting to get back to more music and less theater. Today a used set of 802D's became available and I need to go and hear them as well. Seems like most in this thread like the 803D's but think the 802D's are considerably better. The seller of the 802D's told me they were 2-3 years old and in the Dark Cherry finish... I don't remember that they were ever offered in that finish... just the Rosenut. Any thoughts on that??? Just want to make sure they are really 802D's.
Hi Chris,
I was trying to make the same decision. A local dealer had a demo pair of 803D's and I went and listened to them and they sounded great. Then another dealer came up with a demo pair of 802D's. It was a 300 mile drive, but I'm really glad I went. There was a significant difference in the quality of sound. Each range of speaker is in its own optimized enclosure and the additional cabinet size for the bass is exactly what it needs. I went with the 802D's hands down.

Getting them home... now that's another story!