I have the CDM1SEs and love their sound. I've also heard the 805s, 804s, 802s and 801s. My impression as you move up the ladder is that the B&W "sound" remains, but there is just more of everything! Wish I was in your position to consider an upgrade, but for now I'm very satisfied. As far as amplification, I found that running the speakers with more than rec'd power is an improvement(as long as you don't damage them--I don't mean to lead someone into a disaster). The CDM1SEs rate at up to 120watts, i believe, but I use McCormack's DNA-1 (150watts @8ohms) and it really makes them lively. Of course, this is 2channel, and I don't know much about amps to rec for HT. best of luck.