B&W DM 302 Floorstanding Speakers

4.35/5 (119 Reviews) MSRP : $250.00


Product Description

2-Way Bookeshelf Speaker - 5" Woofer and 1" Soft-Dome Tweeter


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Drifter a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2013

Bottom Line:   
I've been a long-time B&W fan, and my large audio system consists of about $22K worth of B&W Nautilus speakers and Rotel separates. I mention this only to offer the reader with some perspective of my level of audio system involvement.

So a few months ago, I wondered into this well stocked pawn shop just to snoop around a bit with no particular wants or needs. As I made my way down the used audio gear isle, I happened upon 4 matching B&W Prism System bookshelf speakers. They appeared to be in good to excellent condition and the shop was asking $125.00 per pair. Having no knowledge about these particular model speakers, I was intrigued by the small size and the back face of the cabinet -- with the oodles of small, square open ports. Long story short, I offered the guy $85.00 per pair for both pairs and he agreed.

Not really knowing what to expect, I was banking that the B&W logo and the "Made in England" imprint would not disappoint. And I was so right!

When I got them home and after I cleaned them up (lots of dust from sitting in the shop), I connected a pair to an older JVC 30 watt Mini system (my bedroom system) which has always produced a solid, clean and robust sound from the included JVC cheapo speakers. Well once connected to the JVC, I popped in a Dianna Krall reference CD and the result was nothing short of a major league improvement over the JVC speakers. I mean it was the stuff that Wow is made from!

As these B&W's were used, they were already nicely run-in and the sound quality was smooth, warm and very detailed. After listening to several of my favorite CD's including some Chris Botti, Doc Severinsen, Dianna Krall and Nora Jones, I realized that I struck gold in that pawn shop. These are fantastic little speakers!. (Just remember these are bookshelf speakers -- not a floor-standers).

I intend to hook the other pair up to my vintage Yamaha DSP A1 with a subwoofer, for some serious 2 channel stereo listening.

If you ever have an opportunity to score a pair of these speakers for under $100.000, do it! You really can't go wrong.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by peter henderson a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I picked up a pair of these on ebay, just for fun, getting them for $145 including shipping. I had heard a pair sound good in a store many years ago. The pair I bought was supposed to be new in box, and they may have been, since the speakers seem to be improving as they 'break in.' Either that or the speakers are breaking me in.

When I first fired them up at lowish volume in my small bedroom, using a Rotel RX855 receiver, I thought they had some raspyness and roughness, slightly washed out vocals, some inaccurate timbres, no deep bass and some upper bass boom. I also noticed that when I cranked the volume a little they started to come alive. I don't know if they have been breaking in or what but I find myself really enjoying these speakers. Give them a little gas and they really surprise you with a wide and deep soundstage, excellent separation of instruments, a nice sense of shimmer on cymbals, quick, clean attack on bass. They really give you both the big picture and the micro picture. They're still a little lacking in refinement compared to my JR 149s, but so is almost everythng else. But they are very lively and sweet, a vivid, detailed sound with no irritating distortions save for a little boom in the upper bass and lack of extension in the low bass. I wish I could put them on heavy stands a few feet from the wall, which would eliminate the upper bass hump, but I don't have the space right now.

These speakers illustrate a couple important principles. First, cheap speakers can be pretty good when the manufacturer knows what they're doing and is going after major market share. Indeed, cheap speakers can even be better than the same manufacturer's more expensive models (shhhh...), if the designers put most of their effort into the cheap models. I used to own B&W CDM2s which are three times the price. On the whole the CDM2s are better, but these strike me as a more ingenious design and maybe even more fun to listen to.

Second point: B&W really knows what they're doing. When they put their mind to it they can do anything. These speakers are a good argument for sticking to the best brands. They're so good in some ways that I wonder if B&W's bigger and more expensive speakers are even as good in these respects. I only wish there was a deluxe version of these because I don't want to change their basic character, but I wouldn't mind a little more bass extension and a little more refinement here and there. But if you are looking for a good but inexpensive speaker on the used market, these are a safe buy. If you don't like them they should be easy to resell - another advantage of a positive brand name.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1997



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

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2008

Bottom Line:   
These are very accurate and very enjoyable speakers. I'm using them for nearfield monitoring. I can hear everything. That's not always a good thing. Here it is. Imaging is solid and midrange is very balanced. I can listen to these for hours without fatigue.

I've used these as a center channel speaker and was happy. I have not used them in a stereo setup in a larger space.

Bass response for small speakers is always an issue. First off, what bass these guys have is very musical and even. The bass response is very responsive to placement. Move them to where they sound good to you.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by alienado a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2002

Bottom Line:   
B&W DM302 are easy, clear and small.
91dB sensitivity / 8 Ohm makes it ideal for matching with almost any Amp - EASY.
No big power needed. Vivaldi's Autumn (from 'Four Season') rain drops are allways there - CLEAR. Low level and high level sounds allways fit in these speakers. Grieg's 'Peer Gynt - The King of the Mountain' allows you to listen it with maxim detail, no matter volume level.
These €150 speakers are enough to tell you that Gold Frapp's record is a very fine electronic music from XXIst century but with too much "hiss".
It allows you to listen the really Best and the really worst of a record (even a CD). No need more than 20W p/ channel for fullfill a room with plenty of volume (did I said NAD-320? No. Rotel-921 is cheaper) - SMALL.
If used with speaker stands gives you a nearby Nirvana state.

Enjoy it!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Lisbon - Portugal



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

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2002

Bottom Line:   
In terms on value for money, the 302s were very balanced, good soundstage (setup 4 metres apart) and fill a 6mx4m room well.
Orginally used as front speakers, now used as surround speakers (DM303 fronts).

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000




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