Summary: Purchased these from Audio One in Ontario, Canada, I got a really great deal on these as they were on the look out for a nice pair for me for about 4 Months. These Babies are very heavy, had a bit of trouble getting them in to my " Theatre of dreams" , they were hooked up with a Levinson 332 and an Anthem D2 Pre/Pro, for movies this combination and a Rotel RMB 1075 for the surround speakers were great, however for music something was missing, not the sound I wanted.
Summary: With the right gear on ( not classe) i think they are Very Very good In fact the sound was more right on ML no29 then no334.. go figure And i also had good result with Modified Holfi gear I never understood the accuse of sounding harsh untill i had the no334, and the sound was to analytical But if you get the mach right ( system cable ect ) then they are Great allroundspeakers, and they look nice imho
Summary: After more than 5 years I still feel these are the best all around speaker I have ever heard. They are very revealing of both the recording and the electronics. They do need power, lots of power. Don't purchase these speakers if you can't afford the amplification to drive them. I still feel the Bryston 14B SST was made for these speakers, but there are lots of amps that will drive them, but they won't be cheap.
Summary: I have owned the early (1982) b&w 802 Series One and most recently I have lived with a used pair of the B&W 801 of the same vintage. Over the years I have refined all aspects of the electronics and wiring of my system. Each time the vintage 801s registered the changes with improved sound. I was really happy. Then I went to the San Francisco Symphony once again recently and heard an orchestra that has at last arrived at a place I call world-class, IMHO.
Summary: This is the best speaker that I have listen to. I use THETA CASABLANCA III and DREADNAUGHT II and Transparent reference balance cabling. The sound of the N802 is phenomenon. The sound stage is wide, crisp, and the bass is tight. The speaker is state of the art in construction, and very exotic looking. If you mate the N802 with the HTM1 center and DS8S surround, you got your self a killer system period. I highly recommand the N802 to anybody.
Summary: My N802's produce the most palpable mid-range of any speaker I've had in my own listening room. Driven by quality class A system components and good source material the N802's are capable of delivering the dynamic range required by large symphonic orchestras, imaging that places instruments in their proper place in the soundstage, and the resolution to hear every nuance of the performance. In my listening room the N802's produce a wide, deep, holographic soundstage.
Summary: I want to correct a review I made earlier about these speakers after listening to them in a dealer’s showroom. A year ago I bought a pair of these speakers and have no complaints whatsoever about them. Use them with a Musical Fidelity Kw 500 integrated, Nu-Vista 3D CDP, and transparent cabling throughout.
Summary: It’s fascinating to read the cross section of opinions on this product and I can quiet empathies with those who loathe them and wise versa, as I have been on both sides of the fence at various points. My initial hearing of the N 802 was when it was paired with Krell Equipment and Transparent cables. I recollect being completely gutted, for want of another word, at how poor the speakers sounded.
Summary: I have to laugh. When somebody sdays their idea of musical Nirvana is Signature 805s (excellent though they are), i just can't take a critical review of 802 Nautilus seriously. Let's get this straight. The 802s need three things; 1. Great quality source components 2. Amps with sufficient wallop 3. A lot of experimentation in placement They lack bass?? LOL, absolute nonsense. Come and listen to mine - bring body armour with you. They sound boxy?