I've heard both speakers but not at the same time or place. My vote goes for the C4's especially for jazz and classical.
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IMO, 2 totally different speakers so the choise should be easier than if they were similar.Ive listened to the 802D numerous times at different dealers over the past few years.To me they are slow and bloated in the bass with a very unnatural tweeter,maybe better for 70s rock and roll but certainly not in the same league as the C4s.Lots of 802Ds appear on this site used so an easy buy if thats where you are looking.
The C4s are totally different,very neutral,great mid range and those tweeters are about the best in their price range of the under 20 grand speakers.My musical taste are basically the same as yours,although a tough find used(should tell ya something)I bought the C4s!
Your amp, Musical Fidelity 550k - Monoblock, is a poor match for B&W 802D - sound will be bright and you will experience something that Missioncoonery described.
I am exptemely happy with my B&W802D but it took me literally years to find right amplifier (Spectron) for me.
I don;t know C4,sorry - according to the posts above should work fine for you.
Oh, so now cables...Ive tried alot and IMO Cardas is a good choice but you need to go up as high as you can on the line.Runs a little on the colored side .Im running MIT and like it alot. Stay away from cables that are lean like Nordost.I would suggest maybe trying another amp,to me Plinius is not a good match but thats just my opinion.I think Pdreher was running that with his C4s until he gave up and sold them.
I have auditioned audience au24e IC & speaker wire and it sound good to me. Very neutral , fast & smooth but i still want to wait for Cardas Golden Ref , Transparent ultra MM2 IC & speaker wire to compare.
Has anyone have tried this cables and share the difference between them and which one will have synergy with my Dynaudio C4 , plinius sa - 103 amp & ear 868 pre amp w phono.
Thanks. Comments & suggestions are highly appreciated.