B&W CDM 1SE Bookshelf Speakers

4.55/5 (98 Reviews) MSRP : $1100.00


Product Description

2-Way Loudspeaker - 6.5" Woofer and 1" Tweeter


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ArcticFreeze a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Hard to add anything that hasn't been said. Great second-hand small monitors. For around $400 you get a very smooth, rich, and deep sounding speaker that's easy on the eyes. I originally ran with an 85-watt Luxman tube hybrid amp, but switched to a 45-watt Marantz 6004 for a bit more presence.

I selected this over a new pair of KEF Q300's. I lived with both speakers for a long weekend, and while I preferred the KEF's they were a bit more money and have a very cheap appearance. In the end, the 15-year-old B+W's won.


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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 4ormula1 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Purchased these used, in mint condition, from a dealer that was selling them on consignment. First heard them while on a trip in the Bay Area at an Audio Shoppe with a friend 10 years ago, and was impressed by its build and fairly sweet sound. Over the years, have been through a various number of monitor speakers, mostly good, some outstanding (ProAc 1SC, ProAc Tablette's, III's, 50's and Ref8's, Dynaudio Focus 140's, Revel M22's, PMC DB1+'s, Reference3a Dulcet's) and never gave the B&W's a second thought. Although I did have an inexpensive pair (B&W DM100's) back in the late 80's while working and attending school in San Francisco.

After hooking them up, not knowing what to expect, lo and behold, it plays music! And really well! There's a nice balance between the top end and articulate bottom end, but the mid stands out, is very natural and open, really good stuff. Voices have a sense of presence and float separate of the speakers, the sound is quick, detailed and solid, being able to delineate and follow the notes of acoustic bass, bass drums, etc. (even with the bungs out of the ports), top end is airy and mostly sweet, without the hash or brittleness I would expect from a metal dome tweeter. My musical preference is acoustic jazz, some early rock, some classical-mostly with piano, and these B&W's do an excellent job of having the right tonality of instruments. Soundstage and imaging is good, although they don't disappear and have the cutting edge precision of the ProAc Tablette's.

Thought I'd mention, equipment used is modest, Naim Nait 5i, Classe CDP.5, Nordost cabling, and I would assume the CDM1SE's would be revealing of better amplification and source. If you can find a pair of these in good condition, be pleasantly surprised!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robin Smits a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I should start by saying B&W speakers run in my blood ever since my father purchased his first B&W speakers back in the 60's. I recently purchased the CDM1 SE to replace the dm602 s3's and although critical at first I cannot agree more with the positive reviews these things are getting. I have listened to many many speakers mostly the high end stuff and I have never encounterd a speaker that came closer than the CDM1 SE's. I prefer them over the CDM1 NT's mostly because the NT's have the ability to get too bright whereas the CDM1 SE's sound warmer and more balanced. The new 705's tone down on the brightness but still do not reach the same level as the CDM1 SE, although they do look a lot better. Bear in mind the CDM1 SE's are over 10 years old and still they surprise me their smooth sound. I often turned down volume levels on the DM602's when the sound got too bright, but with these speakers that has never been the case. I am a very happy customer with these speakers and if you have the chance to pick up a decent second hand pair then please do not hesitate to giv them a chance to impress you.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by defstathiou a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Sam Tellig from Stereophile back in 1998 said the following about the CDM1se and I couldn't agree more:

These speakers are not just warmly recommended—they're wildly recommended. Bass-extension aside, along with the ability, perhaps, to fill a very large room with loud music, the B&M CDM 1 SE comes damned close to Class A at a price more in keeping with Class C. If you're in the market for speakers you must audition these. You'll then be able then to upgrade your electronics way beyond the price of the speakers!—Sam Tellig

I bought mine second hand and run them with expensive electronics. My YBA Passion Integre 100w and YBA CD 1000 (top of the line) retail in the US$5,000- 8,000 category. I bought the CDM1se for just $390.

The better the electronics you put in front of them the better the sound. Transparency, refinement, soundstage and above all MUSICALITY are first class. Not as good as of course the JM Lab Micro Utopia Be (US$8,000) but amongst the most musically satisfying speakers I have listened over the past few years....and I have heard the lot...maybe thirty different pairs.

The B&W CDM1se are FANTASTIC and are probably the best second hand bargain in the speaker market. I am planning to buy a second pair for a second system.

And if you don't think am a difficult audiophile to please then take a look at the Similar Products Used section.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   second hand



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bobby a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Well, simple..
Bought these used and everything said here and elsewhere about them is true..:)
They sound lovely, vocals are the best, soundstage follows ,looks are damn good,
to be short no flaw at all...GREAT!

1 thing 2 remember B&W gave (unofficial) warranty that this model SE will not change its sound characteristics over 10 years.-good , a?

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   bought used




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