Let them break in before you get start making changes. Once they are broken in then you can try replacing one thing at a time.
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I agree with Kevperro, break them in before you start to make changes. I own a pair of CDM1NTs. When I first put them in my system I was not impressed, I thought the sound was harsh, and bright. After a breakin period of 7 days at 12 hrs. a day the speakers really started to come alive. Nice detailed highend, smooth midrange, and for their size the low end isn't to bad. I am still experimenting with speaker cable,but would highly recommend bi-wiring. I am also running British gear. M/F A300 int. amp., A3CDP.
In my experience, a good friend owned a pair of CDM7se, they are very sensitive to what upstream components are connected. They really benefit from biwiring as well. He got excellent results with a Jolida tube amp and a Rotel CD Player. Mellow interconnect such as Audioquest Lapis can help out quite a bit as well
I agree with all of the above posts. B&W speakers are extremely revealing. They also require substantially more break-in time than other brands. I think you will be fine after they are broken in. This can take more than 100 hours on your CDM7's. I work for a B&W dealer, and every new pair I take out of the box has the exact qualities you mentioned. but after break-in, they take on a very engaging and natural sound. So put in a CD on repeat and let it play for a while. Good luck!
I used to sell them. the problem is that they came from the "P" line.In the p-line the tweeter was a plastic material and the lower driver was close to the floor to give a close couple with the floor. The new cdm line moved the lower driver up and changed to a metal dome. Unless proper slopes and good poly caps are used metal domes do what you hear.In the future seek out a silk dome driver based system or a textile dome based system.Taddeo had a great line a few years ago.I know Tony from the Rochester area.The P-5 or P-6 is more what you might be interested in. Good luck.