Floor-standing Speakers

B&W 805 Diamond Bookshelf and HTM4 Center Channel Speakers


Setup of the B&W 805 Diamond and HTM4 Speakers

The first thing that I had to do was build the FS-805 matching stand for the 805D bookshelves. Components of the stand were solid, and construction is relatively straight forward. The speaker column is hollow, allowing you to fill with sand or lead shot if you desire; for practicality purposes for this review I left the columns empty.

There are several methods for pairing the 805D's with the stands, including rubber pads, hard metal cones, and finally screws that couple the 805D directly to the base. I opted for the latter, knowing that with a large dog in the house more secure was likely the best option. The final package is solid, but besides appropriately positioned holes, doesn't seem to represent anything that differentiated; if you have a pair of competent stands, I'd probably try them first before investing in the B&W's.

My only specific quibble is that the stands that I was sent only included option for the bottom of the base is carpet spikes. As we have hard wood floors, those wouldn't work, so I grabbed some small metal floor protectors that I have around for just this purpose. B&W tells me that the stands should include rubber options, but I can't comment as to there effectiveness if you have hard floors.

I placed the 805D's on either side of my stand, just beyond the width of my Screen Innovations Reference Motorized drop-down screen. The resulting distance between L/R was ~ 12 feet.

The HTM4 was placed on top of my BDI Mirage twin stand, directly below my Panasonic VT30 plasma. There are 4 adhesive silicon pads included with the HTM4 to help protect both the speaker and stand. B&W manufactures a specific stand for the HTM4 (FS-HTM).

The HTM4 is basically an 805D in a wider cabinet and shares essentially all of the 805D's characteristics. Interestingly, B&W elected to include only one driver, different than many center channels which often include dual drivers side by side. By including only one driver, B&W feels it can avoid noise cancelling effects that can arise when placing two drivers adjacent to each other. The HTM4 is, in essence, an 805D with a slightly bigger base, making a perfect pairing for the 805D's in a theater setting.

After a B&W recommended 48 hr break-in period, I ran Audyssey Professional XT32 and was ready to dig in and do some listening. Go to Page 4: In Use