B&W CDMC NT Floorstanding Speakers

4.75/5 (20 Reviews) MSRP : $600.00


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center channel


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

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This center is paired with 7NT's, an ASWCDM sub and 601 s3's for the rear. The front three speakers are bi-wired using Audioquest cables. B&W's have been a favorite of mine for a long time, and when they discontinued this line, it became affordable. This center is more than I originally planned for and am amazed at its performance capability. The voices are clear, clean, accurate and natural sounding. I've noticed a difference when moving to separates, but was very content when the system was managed by a Yamaha RXV-2400. During busy soundtracks, such as the Matrix, the detail was never sacrificed for volume. At loud levels, it remained clean. Even though this center is matched with 7NT's from the same lineage, the CDMCNT requires more adjustment as it is louder. The speaker did soften after break-in and I think that that is why they recommend periodical re-calibrations. The center is the most important speaker during movie playback, so I based my initial theater speaker setup on this speaker first before I picked the remaining speakers. So good luck with your research, and I hope this review is helpful.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $425.00

Purchased At:   Ken Crane's



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve O a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This is a beautiful and excellent sounding center channel. The sound is extremely detailed, open, crisp and clear. Voices sound accurate and it seems to have a real overall sweetness in the sound. It looks very elegant with nice wood finish and good style, even better with the grill is off to reveal the kevlar driver. Compared favorably to the nautilus center.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by charles a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2003

Bottom Line:   
well, i used b&w dm601, dm604, and cdm1 in the past, now i'm using b&w matrix805 for the front and cdm2 for rear,cdm cnt do not match my 805 and cdm2 sound,805 and cdm2 have the same tonal balance,sensitivity,etc though,only differ in quality,but this cdm cnt really ruin my system,i already know it's very sensitif(91db) from the spec,so i thought i only need to turn my center volume down a little,but i didn't expect this speaker would be so bright in upper midrange,after i tweak the equalizer in my yamaha dsp amp (-2db 1kHz - 6kHz)and have an excellent tonal matching with 805,805 and cdm cnt sounds exactly the same loud,my question : did b&w sacrifice cdm cnt frequency response for sensitivity(to keep up with cdm nt tower) or my matrix 805 freq. resp. is not flat enough for today standard?please listen carefully with your cdm nt main speakers, 600 series and nautilus have 2 center speaker choices to really match their main speaker,but cdm nt and 700 series dont,doesn't it too loud and bright for your cdm1nt?doesn't it too bright but not enough bass for your cdm9nt?it's surely too loud,too bright,and too big for my cdm2 speaker

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   audio store



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

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is a big center speaker, and heavy. However, it sits on top of a 48" widescreen televion so it's not a problem in my set-up. My room is 24' X 24' with 8' ceilings. It is flanked with two NT9s and a SVS sub, driven with a 200watt/channel amp. I use an 80db crossover for this center channel and trimmed it using a RS meter. With vocals, the males and females sound natural. This speaker has an airy sound to it. Has an extremely wide dispersion patter, you can be off axis 40degrees and it still sounds the same. Music sounds very accurate. Pans never have that left-center-right sound, just a smooth transition from left to right. Hard to determine if the center is even on, quite an engineering compliment. Would highly recommend this to anyone with the space and weight requirement.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Clark Music



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by audioheaven a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2003

Bottom Line:   
The CDMCNT compliments my CDM9NTs in my hometheater / audio setup. Before purchasing the B&Ws I listened to a multitude of speaker manufacturers. The CDMCNT center speaker is dynamic, sweet sounding, has a sweet aire to it, and never sounds strained or overly bright. Just very accurate. The speakers is on the larger side of center channels, but the cabinet size lends itself well to the performance it achieves. The performance is sweet, so I don't mind the size. Bargain even at 600 bucks. You won't find a better center channel at any price.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $600.00




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