Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2

Discussion in 'British Audio' started by Art K., Dec 6, 2014.

  1. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    :lurk: :beer:

    Always like to see where Art goes.
     
  2. Art K.

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    I'm going to call the ProAc distributor here after a while.
     
  3. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    I think this will be a ..... :lurk: :lurk: :lurk: :lurk: :lurk: time in this thread :D
     
  4. Art K.

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    Very little drama here...Harbeth C7ES3's it is. Just struck the deal. I will send a deposit and sell a couple more things to pay them off!
     
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    Very little drama? If I had been trying out the LS50's again here, and come home with those Harbeths, there would be plenty of drama in this household XD
    They look lovely..
     
  6. Art K.

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    LOL!

    Yeah,I just told my wife and she was happy for me because knows that was my dream speaker a couple of years ago. I settled with the Spendors when I got a great deal on them. They were wonderful. Especially the midbass driver, really special. The tweeter is the weak part of the Spendors. Gonna be fun!

    Art
     
  7. SPL db

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    Didn't you have a smaller version of Harbeths before?
     
  8. Vintagear

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    "Heading in a different direction" is an understatement. The C7ES-3's are a radical departure from the LS50's.

    What are you going to run them with?
     
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    Art is only heading back to his true love :smoke:
     
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    Art K.-------Welcome back to the fold!
    What took you so long?
    Unfortunate the Spendors didn't workout for you. I'm not hearing any short commings with mine.
    Some wonderful finishes available. What will yours be?
    Again, congratulations.
    Jimmy
     
  12. Art K.

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    Yes, I had the P3ESR.

    My Sonneteer Campion.

    :yes:

    I'll be buying Skylan stands for them.

    Cherry. These were quite a stretch for me so I had to get the most reasonably priced finish.
     
  13. SPL db

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    Best of luck with them Art, just did some research on them, they look very nice.

    What was the reasoning for selling the P3ESR? Trying something different?

    Looking forward to your review on these. :yes: :thmbsp:
     
  14. Lee Harvey

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    Art, congrats on your Spendor sale I know you have been back and forth for a few months with keeping them or not. Also congrats on your purchase of the Harbeth C7's! I really like those speakers and should work well with the Sonneteer amp. As for the the PM1's in your small office they would probably sound good in there. But I think they would work much better in your living room where there is more room for them to breath. Just going on my experience of owning a set of PM1's for two years now. Are the C7's going to the living room or office?
     
  15. Art K.

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    Thank you!

    I'm spent so there will be no PM1's. I'll be sticking with the 685s2's and moving the Dentons and LS50's on. The C7's will be in the living room and the 685s2's in the office.
     
  16. Vintagear

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    I'm sure you've done your homework and have a good reason for choosing them but FWIW I think I remember reading that A.S. preferred the Sound Anchors stands for the C7. Something about not muddying the midrange.
     
  17. Art K.

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    AS prefers Skylan last I read. If you can find that quote I'll buy the SA's. I want them to be at their best.
     
  18. Art K.

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    http://www.tonepublications.com/review/the-harbeth-compact-7es-3/

    If this is what you are talking about it's total third party. First of all Skylan stands are not wood so we have inaccuracies to start with. AS stated on his own forum (HUG) that he prefers the Skylan stands. I'll keep looking anything else he may have said.
     
  19. davidro

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    Can't wait to see if you're gonna prefer the Harbeth over the LS50!
     
  20. Vintagear

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    Yup, I was already looking. Although I don't know if it's A.S.'s current opinion (or if Jeff is correct in saying A.S. prefers them). As for the "wood" comment maybe Jeff was referring to MDF?

    http://www.tonepublications.com/review/the-harbeth-compact-7es-3/

    I like the part in the article about how the piano sounds on them. A very telling test IMO.

    How they reproduced piano chords was the final clincher that confirmed which one of my best stand mount speakers would take top billing. Individually, they sounded great but in an A/B test one sounded downright real. My wife, who can actually play the piano, confirmed this.

    Enjoy those Harbeth's.
     
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