B&W Matrix 804 Floorstanding Speakers

4.43/5 (40 Reviews) MSRP : $2200.00


Product Description

3-Way Vented Speakers - 6.5" Woofer, 6.5" Mid-Range, 1" Tweeter


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

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Really good for the money!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1996



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jeb a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I got them from local dealer that convinced me that is best value for the buck. I tried to connect to My holographic Carver and the result wasnt outstanding. Then I tried Bryston 4B and it sound even worst. Basses are lack depth; mid/high are real harsher from that I expected from Kevlar speaker. I didn't like it. The idea behind getting B&W was to achieve clear and emphasized midranage with advantage of clear highs. Previously I used Klipsch Heresy II and was tired of too high tones from these speakers.
Previous experienced with:
ProAc Studio 150 (I probably going back to this one!)
Klipsch Heresy II
B&W DM600



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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996



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

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2009

Bottom Line:   

THIS IS MY FIRST BREAK IN WITH B&W SPEAKERS AND THEY DO LOOK NICE,PICKED THESE UP BY LUCK AND PUT THEM ON SOME 20W VALVE MONOBLOCKS I HAVE, AND WOW WHAT A FANTASTIC SPEAKER ELECTRO STATIC LIKE WITH TIGHT DEEP BASS SORRY BUT TO ME THEY DO HAVE A SOUND LIKE QUAD 57S SPEAKERS BUT BIGGER I WILL STILL KEEP MY TANNOY LOCKWOOD RECONED BERKLEYS BUT HEY KEEPING THESE TOO!!!! WELL DONE B&W

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997



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

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Finally found a mint used pair for the deal.
Mechanically/electrically and cabinetry.
What a musical treat!!!
You don't seem many for sale and you don't have to wonder why!!
Great for the fronts.
Using DM 2000's on the surrounds
600series on the rears.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Purchased At:   private



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

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2004

Bottom Line:   
What a musical& engaging sound emates from these boxes.Having owned a few B&W speakers in the past from the 300 series,600, CDM1, P6, none of them get close to the sound of the 800 matrix range,and the prices you can them for now are a steal.

The speakers,on the downside are looking thier age,they do look quite dated,along side the latest B&W ranges,and other brands latest offerings,but the 804 are very solid,of course have the internal matrix bracing,but hit the cabinet with your knuckles to see just how solid they are made.Mine are teak finish and look good.

I'd been using some P6 before,but was having problems with the tweeter being too bright for my liking,so I thought i'd try some 804 expecting a bit more of the same.How wrong could one be,the two just don't compare,though using the same kevlar main driver,and cobex bass unit,the 804 is far more listenable than the P6,no contest.

I use the 804,with a Conrad Johnson pre,Bel Canto Evo200.2 power amp,source is a Micromega transport,feeding a California Audiolab Alpha DAC,through AES/EBU connection.Plus a Rega P25,Dynavector DV20X,Sonneteer Sedly phono stage,cables were Audioquest Midnights/diamond,plus Shunyata Power snakes.

I can only describe the sound as emensly natural,engaging,it leaves you to just enjoy the music,forget everything else,it just sound so right,the sound isn't forced upon you,vocals are well centerd,,unforced and natural sounding,all types of music sound good through these speakers,instruments are natural,laidback through the midrange,reminds me of the Spendor SP100,unforced just lets you enjoy the listenig experience.Treble is well detailed,not over bright like the P6 and hard like the new 700 series,more sweeter,less tiring,a far less chance of fatigue creeping in,after the initial mistake of think your hearing more detail,when in fact its more brighter,and hence more tireing in the longrun.

The speakers image also wonderfully,even they they are relaxed in the midrange,voices flow forth the cabinets,as they dissapear as a beautiful sonic image is presented before you that just draws you in,makes you close your eyes,as you enjoy the sound that is presented before you.
Bass has a nice kick to,is well controlled,not flabby,it's not the deepest around,but then it's driver is not that big,but for a average room size,it will fill the room with nice lower registers.

As you see I love these speakers,the best of B&W bar none,it amazes me people think the P series, CDMNT, etc are similar to the 800,I can't help to think what they are listening to them with,use a exellent amp and source and you'll see clearly the 800 series are soooo much better,you'll be listening to the speakers for hours on end,they are engaging to the extreme,so musical,can play all types of music with aplomb.

If you see them second hand get them give them a go,I'm sure you wont be dissapointed!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996




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