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#422251 - 01/11/17 10:30 AM Bowers & Wilkins comparison
sridhar_125 Offline
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Hi,
I was with my niece the other day at the Magnolia room inside the Best buy and the sales guy showed her some Bowers and Wilkins bookshelf speakers. Starting from $500/pair to $6K/pair of bookshelves. This was my first time I was listening to those speakers and even the $500/pair book shelf was really really good. I am curious how they compare to the Axiom bookshelf and floor standing speakers ?

I own a pair of M60s as my fronts, VP150 center and QS8 surrounds with a SVS PC2000 sub.

thanks
Sri

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#422264 - 01/11/17 05:49 PM Re: Bowers & Wilkins comparison [Re: sridhar_125]
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Not sure which B&W model(s) you heard but there were some double-blind tests run during one of the GTG's at Axiom (maybe the 30th anniv party ?) between M3 and B&W... CM5 I think. Nope, must have been 805s...

Here is Alan's write-up; there are other comments in the forums but my searching skills came up short.

http://www.ecoustics.com/articles/axiom-m3-bw-nautilus-805/

It's always surprising how good well-made bookshelf speakers can sound.


Edited by bridgman (01/11/17 05:55 PM)
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#422269 - 01/11/17 06:36 PM Re: Bowers & Wilkins comparison [Re: sridhar_125]
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As Bridgeman can attest , the best way to know for sure is to put them in your room and live with them for a while. Read his Write up about his visit to Axiom recently. The room you hear a speaker in has more influence on the way a speaker sounds than any other factor. Also what you hear is not what someone else hears so it is really subjective.
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#422272 - 01/11/17 06:47 PM Re: Bowers & Wilkins comparison [Re: sridhar_125]
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Way back in 2004 I listened to some B&O 703 towers and I ended up with Axiom M60s at the time.
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#424131 - 03/15/17 08:04 PM Re: Bowers & Wilkins comparison [Re: sridhar_125]
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Haven't heard the newer v3 or beyond axioms but I did own a pair in the past, I would say that the BW are superb speakers for the most part and you would be easily happy with a pair. I cannot say for sure which is better but I moved from axioms to many speakers and eventually ended up with BW.

Currently I have the BW802d3, Sonus Faber Olympica 3, and BW PM1.
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#424134 - 03/15/17 09:10 PM Re: Bowers & Wilkins comparison [Re: sridhar_125]
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Wait a few years till your hearing starts going and then any speaker will keep ya happy.
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#424146 - 03/16/17 12:37 PM Re: Bowers & Wilkins comparison [Re: Joey_V]
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Originally Posted By Joey_V
Haven't heard the newer v3 or beyond axioms but I did own a pair in the past, I would say that the BW are superb speakers for the most part and you would be easily happy with a pair. I cannot say for sure which is better but I moved from axioms to many speakers and eventually ended up with BW.

Currently I have the BW802d3, Sonus Faber Olympica 3, and BW PM1.


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#424287 - 03/20/17 11:02 AM Re: Bowers & Wilkins comparison [Re: sridhar_125]
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B&W and Axiom have a similar sound by most accounts. Axioms tend to be a little easier on the wallet by comparison, but you'd likely be happier with either. You might also check out PSB, they have some nice bookshelf speakers at reasonable cost too.
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