Addicted to Fun and Learning
- May 11, 2019
I wonder if people who claim the 800-series B&W's are overly bright are listening with them completely toed in and aimed directly at the listener (I.e. What Revel, Genelec, and Kef tells you to do).
Also people here have a tendency to freak out when they see the treble emphasis from the stereophile FR graph, perhaps not realizing that it represents a narrow on-axis window. The HF response of these B&W's can be easily adjusted by varying the amount of toe-in.
I understand what you're saying. I honestly don't remember exactly how all the 800D/802Ds I've heard over the years were toed-in. The 802D2s I heard most recently were in a friend's home theater, flanking a projection screen, and I remember them being pointed straight ahead. I also think the very first time I heard the 800Ds at a dealer in a dedicated room they were pointed about straight ahead, but that was a long time ago. At the time I do remember thinking that it was the best tweeter I had ever heard, based on my own recording of cymbals.
FWIW, I experiment with toe-in on every speaker I own in every different room. To me the Salon2s sound better in my current room with about half the toe-in Revel recommends.