Saturday, April 18, 2009
There are some speakers that grow on you - take weeks, maybe months to rise in rank among your collection, then there are those that immediately impress, surprise, astonish. . . you get the picture. These B&W DM640 speakers fall into that second, rare category. They are some of the smoothest, full-bodied speakers I've listened to. If it sounds like I'm describing a cup of coffee, I apologize - just poured myself a cup - ahhh. That "ahh" was for the speakers - the coffee isn't all that great this morning for some reason, but I digress.
Let's talk about quality construction for a moment. Something often overlooked while gushing about the quality of speaker sound. These were on a flatbed cart being moved from a warehouse to my storage facility and I hit a crack in the pavement. I didn't stack them horizontally like my intuition told me, rather vertically. They toppled off the cart and slid down the ramp about six feet. I thought for sure the drivers would have come dislodged or the crossover would have snapped from its mount (this was a hard hit on cement). I was shocked and very relieved when I brought them home and found them to sound perfect. No rattling of any kind inside the cabinet and the drivers didn't budge a bit. Nice.
Nice artcle (.pdf) written about altering the crossovers on these to less the bass. Not sure why you'd want to do this, but the article also sites how similar these are to the higher-end B&W speakers.
If you have any photos or stories about your B&W DM640 speakers, please leave a comment or email me.
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