My vote is for the Revel Ultima Salon 2. They list for $22,000 and there are three on Audigon between $11,000 and $13,600. I own a pair and they are excellent.
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Upgrade your crossover in 802N. I like the 802N more than the Diamond. I like paperpulp woofer better than the rohacell. I like the aluminum tweeter better than the diamond. If you re-do the crossove and use better internal wire better capacitors, inductors, and resistors you will save your self a ton of money and have a better speaker than the 802D or 802Di.
Northcreek used to be the ultimate crossover upgrade when I had my 801 III's but I never liked the idea of extra speaker lead connections. I don't know who offers an upgrade to the 802N's that I also have now but would be interested if a kit upgrade was available. I have been impressed lately by the warmth and involving character of the Harbeth speakers. I don't know why, they remind me of old 70's advents or JBL's but there is some magic there for sure. They also are not a really robust design for reason and therefore hard to justify the cost but they do draw you into the music which I think is the only thing you might possibly gain from the 802N's. I have had my B&W's for 4-5 years to now and can't pull the trigger on replacing them with much else just for the sake of change and they do quite a bit right for sure.
My room is about 25 feet by 20 feet with 8 feet high ceiling. I am using a ayre vlxe amp. Before the b&w 802n ,i was using the b&w 801 series 2. I would not call 802n bass shy, but the old 801 had a deeper more muscular bass. The highs of 802 are not bad but does not seem to be as clean as the 802 diamonds. My cousin is trying to convince me to biamp with active external crossovers. I have no electrical knowledge and this seems to be a fairly expensive upgrade as well (another amp,crossover and cables). I have thought of salons 2 but I read somewhere that they don't work too well with ayre amps.
The N802s rock and will easily produce bass that will cause neighbors to complain. I am using my 802s with a Sunfire theater receiver.
Moving up to another speaker level, well I think you have many options, the Revels as suggested are a good suggestion. Perhaps something like the Magneplanars 3.6 or 20.1 would be interesting for you.
Is there anyone who could elaborate on the active crossover or replacement crossover for the B&Ws. I have 800s and would be interested in doing a crossover upgrade as well.
My cousin has 1 pair of N800 and 1 pair of 800d. On the 800d he is using the pass lab electronic crossover. He is using pass lab x1000 for the bass and x350.5 for mids and highs. He said he was using the cross over points and slopes b&w were using. For the N800 he is using the bryston electronic crossover. He said the pass lab was better but the bryston was still very good. I have not had time to go over to hear his speaker but he raves at how much better it is going active.
I agree 100% with Thesoundhouse.
I also like the 802N more than the Diamond. I like paperpulp woofer better than the rohacell. I like the aluminum tweeter better than the diamond.
I would also go for upgrading the crossover but the speakers are so heavy & awkward and I would not know who to take them to. I most certainly would not ship them to anybody just to have the crossover upgraded.