Do you have a budget or is money no object?
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i newly converted audio physic fsn ( i just pu a pair of libras')
the typical audio physic house sound is a "little" laid back /warm depending how they are set up(imo).
the bass is deep and detailed but it does not have that visceral bass punch of speakers in the same $$$ catergory.
they are very, very room dependent in this regards- they are designed to load the room using the exsisting boundries and prefer a near field listening position. with that said, i would try before you buy looking at your room. the avantis may be a better fit.
another consideration is the dali's. if i didnt go the ap libra route this was my next speaker of choice. other consideratons are the vandersteen 5 and the joesph audio.
btw, the marantz sa-8260 is a pretty good redbook cd player. the reviews are true on this one.
the cd is very close to sacd and both formats have a relaxing analog sounding presentation.
however, would suggest to buy new with a warranty, there have been some toc/transport issues with earlier models ( i had major problems with my frist one)
Thanks for the responses so far. On the question of my listening and sonic preferences ... I listen almost exclusively to jazz, large and small combo and blues. I like a system which is quite detailed and dynamic wth lots of soundstage. I found, for example that the Theil 3.2's were too laid back. This is one of the things I like about the B&W's. They are very dynamic.
I have never heard the Ceturions mentioned above but I will look into them. I have heard and love the Vandersteen 5's but they don't meet the WAF - too imposing.
I know what you mean, believe me I went round & round
with my wife during the entire waiting process, enough
to cause several arguements, but when they showed up
and were put on the floor, she said hmmm I got to admit
they are not as bad as I thought they would be. The
pics Roy are using does not do justice to them. They
look totally different in person. In the pics, somehow
they look a little hokey, but the are not in person.
I thought the older Matrix was supposed to be more laid back that the newer Nautilus line. Makes me wonder if you've got some kind of distortion problem that B&W corrected on their newer model.
If you can spend $8,000, definitely try the Natilus 802's. The bowling ball midrange makes a big improvement in sound quality.
I suspect since the system sounds good with analog...your probably best served to change your digital to something like a Jolida 100 with level 1 mod.(Big bang for the buck player) It supposed to sound very analog like and smooth. Your system with the B&W 804's is quite a nice match otherwise and knowing the B&W sound is anything but harsh..and having previously owned a CAL Icon MkII I know its tends to be a bit forward(although not bad sounding) your best off upgrading the digital first IMO
Happy Listening :)--Ken