About a month ago I heard the B&W CM7's at a dealer in Phillipsburg, NJ (A/V Synergy) with a Rotel Power amp, preamp, and their older CD player. It was my first time hearing these speakers. It was so much fun listening for the several hours that I was allowed; let alone uninterrupted by other customers or the staff other than very limited checking in on me to see how happy I was. While they did not have their spikes installed for the carpeted room they were in due to the owner wanting to keep their carpet nice and their feet without injury, they still sounded superb. Yes, they sounded muffled in comparison to esoteric, huge, expensive ones ... but for an MSRP of $2K per pair, and at a 10% discount down to $1,800 per pair, they would be great for me.
They reminded me of the smooth, extended, airy, open, intimate, makes you want to listen and listen and listen sound of the Usher Be-718's ... a speaker that my wife and I have auditioned many times and thoroughly enjoy ... but without that level of refinement. Still ... very nice and highly engaging. The midrange was a good amount warm and the bass/midbass hit low, solid, and impressively. They had a great pace and didn't slow down the music. The treble had such a wonderful long and soft decay of notes that it was just fabulous. I was honestly shocked for such a small speaker and one with just one modest size woofer for a three way. It was so easy to listen to. I may be wrong o nthis, but I think that the tweeter is made of aluminum. it was not the slightest bit harsh or shrill or chalky like so many of the Energy speakers that I have heard.
I switched between the bigger CM9's and A-B'd them from time to time, song to song. I liked the CM7's so much more. I would like to hear these little guys with some decent KT88 tubes powering them.
Bravo to B&W for these little gems. Well done !