Bowers and Wilkins CM2
Floorstanding Loudspeaker System
Type: 4 driver loudspeaker system
Frequency Response: 48Hz to 20kHz
Recommended Amplifier: 50 to 200W
Bass: 2 x 130mm
Midbass: 1 x 126mm kevlar cone
Tweeter: 1 x 26mm metal dome
Finish: white/black gloss, grey nextel
Dimensions: 955 x 162 x 211mm
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Reviewed Jan 25th, 2016 by tim_ring
I've owned a pair of these from new (purchased in 1987). They were astounding then and still remain very creditable performers. What has surprised me is that over the years I have auditioned a number of potential replacements and at their price range have not yet met their match. They are particularily good in smaller rooms and have a full sound with particularilly good imaging (caveat, must be well spiked and plastic base plate should be replaced with something more substatal/heavier). Work well for a wide range of music. I have mine matched with a Quad 606 / Quad 44 setup which drives them well and keeps the bass deep and taut (other amps I have tried have not had enough damping for the CM2s). These are not quite as refined as my other setup (Quad 405 into Quad ESL63s) but the CM2s produce a 'bigger', more rock'n'roll sound and are very easy on the ear. AT the time I compared them against quite a few setups (from Quad, Canton, other B&W etc) and while not the best speakers I've ever heard they were unbeatable at the price and still sound great after nearly 30 years. I also have a much newer Monitor Audio Bronze floor standers based gold system (bought for a cheaper A/V setup) and expected speakers to have advanced enough in 25 years that these modest floor-standers would at least compete with the CM2s but not even close!