Just had to share now - sorry there are no pictures yet....
My wife took me Goodwill hunting yesterday and I'm glad she did - I found a pair of B&W DM601s for $35, and then a Denon AVR-1907 receiver for $35 as well!
The B&Ws are a little beat up - the veneers on one side of one are scratched like from a cat, and it seems that the speaker was dropped at one point as the plastic front baffle is cracked at a corner. But otherwise they look and sound perfect. They don't have their bi-wire leads so I fashioned some myself from 14ga copper strand and plugged them into the Denon.
The imaging is huge and exact. I'm hearing details in the same old songs that I've never heard before! I always put on "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" to test a system - I find that it's a song that is very dependent on media, especially in the guitar solo. Sometimes it sounds like a march with the heavy drumbeat, sometimes the organ overpowers and floats in front of the guitar, sometimes the guitar is way out front. For the first time, the B&Ws put it all together for me cohesively - all instruments complemented and got out of eachother's way. Very impressive. Sound was clean and not overpowering - highs were a little laid back but just right to enjoy the music.
And my wife loves them! She heard the quality of the sound right away. But a check in the WAF box! I'm sure it can't help that these babies are less than half the size of all the other monsters I have in the basement!!
Of course there's not too much bass but nothing a decent subwoofer wouldn't fix. BTW - I have a PSW10 doing HT duty - would that be a good match for the B&Ws, or should I be looking for something new?
The Denon also impressed. I only plugged in in and turned it on in 2-channel for this test so I have no idea otherwise what else it can do, and I'd like to test its SQ against my HT Pioneer VSX-820k.
So the B&Ws are keepers. I like the Denon but don't have a home for it - it doesn't have HDMI switching and I already have a Harman Kardon 3380 upstairs doing 2-channel duty that I really like. I'll have to decide what do to there.
I may sand down the scratches in the wrap on the B&Ws, fill in a few dents and try to wrap new vinyl from Parts Express over the top - then these would be real lookers. Does anyone have experience with re-wrapping vinyl veneers?