Is there a group called audio addicts anonymous?
If so I should join! :D
I was lurking on audiogon and came across a listing for a pair of B&W CDM-1NTs.
I made a fair cash counter offer for local pickup – was accepted – and now I own them.
They are setup and installed, calibrated and integrated into my HT setup.
They are replacing the RTiA3s I had as mains.
Why? Good question. Was I unhappy with the RTiA3s? No – not really. I guess I was curious about the ‘next level’ – if it existed – if it was noticeable – if it was worth it.
Kinda like eating costco steak vs a prime New York. Is it worth it? You will never know unless you try it!
The B&Ws I picked up are several years old – well taken care of in a nice system, lots of hours – well broken in – great shape except maybe for some scratches on the bottoms and a couple on the sides.
The B&Ws are similar in some ways to the RTiA3s – detailed and spacious.
They differ in the soundstage and imaging. The B&Ws are more focused and ‘dense’ in the sound they present in the center – kinda like a LSi7 – but they retain that spacious 'sparkle' and detail that I like in the RTi series.
The B&Ws also have a warmer midrange compared to the RTiA3 which in a cursory comparison sounds just a tad ‘chilly’ (clinical?).
After re-calibration of my AVR I was able to integrate the B&Ws with the rest of my system quick well. Because the CDM-1NTs have a reputation for detail – they seem, so far, to integrate nicely with my CSi3 center and RTi4 surrounds.
I’ve got my AVR recalibrated with several settings for movies and music (2-channel, Pure Direct - analog only), w/ music the B&Ws seem to be a step up in imaging, soundstage, warmth of presentation and more ‘musical’.
Time will tell – I’m going to spend more time getting acquainted then swap the RTiA3s back in.