Monday, 01 October 2001
CM4 ($1,500) is the top-of-the-line speaker in B&W’s new
moderately-priced CM line. The CM line consists of three speakers: the
stand-mounted CM2, the CMC center channel and the floor-standing CM4
reviewed here. The CM4 speaker weighs in at 40 pounds and is fairly
compact at 35.8 inches high, 7.8 inches wide and 11.5 inches deep. The
CM4 has a very compact, clean and modern appearance. The well-executed
cabinet comes with a real wood veneer of either maple or rosenut. The
review samples were a light maple. Upon first glance, it is immediately
evident that the design team paid attention to aesthetics. The speaker
starts out as a tall, narrow, well-finished maple box with a simple
black cloth grille. Once the grille is removed, things get exciting.
Beneath the grille is an aluminum baffle with three drivers. The
tweeter is on top. Directly beneath the tweeter is the telltale yellow
Kevlar midrange with a ...