Summary: Disappointed. It was indeed somewhat of a disappointment today when i found myself auditioning a pair of Nautilus 802's at a local music shop. I have to say i was was not going there with the intention of buying, you see i have realised musical nirvana in a pair of signature 805's, but in speaking to my dealer about them he had offered me the 802 demo - who could turn that down?
Summary: I auditioned those speakers at a local dealer. I do not own them. They were hooked up to a $4k McIntosh preamp and a $4k McIntosh amp. I had the opportunity to audition the 803s in that and some other stores as well. I was quite disappointed. I went to the store with the intention to buy B&W, I just was not sure which model. After what I heard, I still cannot believe the hype about those speakers. First, there is something wrong with the bass.
Summary: I purchased these speakers over 3 years ago and ever since then, I’ve been upgrading the rest of my system trying to make these things sound descent. My wallet has been severely abused and I’m still not happy. I regret to say that I was happier with my old Definitive Technology speakers, and a fat wallet. The biggest issue is the Nautilus tweeter. It really hurts my ears when I play very loud rock music. The midrange seems sucked out and the bass is very week.
Summary: I have similar issues with my 802s that have been reported here. It seem like the music has a hard time making it out of the speaker cabinet, as if there’s a very thick blanket covering the drivers. I’ve tried all sorts of things, like moving the speakers, adjusting the bass/treble knob on my system, and removing the grills. No real improvement.
Summary: These speakers are about as depressing as the stock market. I’ve had the 802s for a year and a half. It kills me when I listen to other speakers now that my ears are more aware. Almost everything sounds better in this price range. The major problem I have with my 802s is the clarity and harmonics. The 802s just don’t sound alive. It seems like the music is buried somewhere deep inside the cabinet and it can’t escape. The soundstage and bass is on the weak side.
Summary: After 2 grueling years with these things, I’ve finally saved up enough money to replace them. They sounded great in the store where I bought them. However, the audio store used a $20,000 amp and the room had extensive acoustic treatment. This is not the same environment that most of us have at home. I wrote the first 3 months off as break in time. The speakers got better, but not good. The soundstage was very week. There was no real tight bass.
Summary: I had them for two long years. In a first time i was surprised by clarity and detailed sound. BUT, BUT... Day afetr day the sunds became annoying and using old or no perfect recordings too mach harsh. I try to change CD, cables, amplification, but the only things wrong in my house was Nautilus 802. I haven't borne their scream-sound. After this incidentally period of time Now with my new system i'm very happy to listen everythings for many houres without disappoint.
Summary: Well despite what everybody says I am not impressed with these speakers. I had them in my house for one week and I did not like them. For classical music however they were very good because of the good soundstaging. But for R&B, pop music they were just not dynamic. The speaker did not realy do things wrong but I just missed the bass and the dynamics.