|Bowers & Wilkins 802D Loudpeakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Floorstanding Loudspeakers|
|Written by Bryan Southard|
|Friday, 01 July 2005|
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I searched high and low for a sonic downside and frankly there were none of any major significance. There are specific characteristics of the speakers that may fall to preference, but aurally they are rock solid. I was however disappointed with the terminal binding posts. Compared to binding posts on other speakers in this price class, the plastic-shrouded terminals were not as robust as I would like. It made connection using good cables with spade connectors an issue. I also found the jumpers provided to terminate the bi-wire posts to be somewhat sub-par and opted for a pair of Transparent Cable jumpers.
Visually, this is the best-looking speaker on the market. It has a look of modern elegance, yet looks timeless in the same way. B&W made no compromises in the structure of the speaker, yet their cosmetic beauty is much more than skin deep. Every aspect of the speakers’ construction enhances the sound of the speaker. From the curved lower enclosure to the teardrop top section, B&W has spared no expense in creating a visual and performance masterpiece.
The B&W 802D is a very revealing speaker that will not add to your music, nor for that matter subtract from it. Mr. Bowers, had he been with us for this release, would truly be proud of this speaker. I believe it embodies the true essence of what the B&W name was founded around. The 802Ds are energetic and somewhat forward in presentation, yet not the least bit fatiguing. There is always a big difference between concept and implementation and the B&W has nailed it with its diamond tweeter. The highs are delicious and will lure you into your music. Although the bass is not frighteningly low, it is very solid and controlled. In fact, the bass is a fantastic attribute of this speaker. If you want to go really low, you will want to use a subwoofer to reach the subsonic depths.
I can easily recommend this speaker to anyone who enjoys their music live and wants to hear it the way it was recorded. There are many other speakers in this price class to consider, but I don’t think you will find one that is better.