B&W Nautilus 802 Floorstanding Speakers

4.17/5 (144 Reviews) MSRP : $8000.00


Product Description

Vented Floorstanding Speaker - (2) 8" Woofers, 6" Mid and 1" Tweeter


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

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2014

Bottom Line:   
This was one of the speakers I tried out during my search of my perfect speaker.

From the outside, it's a really impressive and well built piece of gear. Personnally, I regret the few woods available for a product of this price tag. We are speaking of speaker that costs more than 18'000$ in Switzerland. For this prices, wood options should be available.

For the sound, I heard him through my own accuphase C-2110 preamp and different power amps in AB and A class.

Globally, it was a good reproduction. I founded the bass, sometimes, too exagerated in the reproduction. He was able to reproduce it well, but you needed great rooms and a good room preparation for that. Something that I liked was the fact that he hasn't the mushyness of the other, more basical B&W's. On this one, the sound is really clear and you could enjoy more freely the details. Highs was ok. Some speakers are repdroducing full high details. This one seemed to not be that analytical and showed you a great part of this frequency. It sounded true, but less fatiguing this way. It's a compromise. Some will ike it, other will despise it.

Generally, the B&W sounded better in greater rooms, and with greater volume. Not so much the "intimist" loudspeakers. But, at the other side, he was able to really blast impressive levels during long time periods. Nearly a PA speaker. Another thing that is, for me, a bad habitude, is the way it demand great power amplification for beeing well controlled and clear. It's just at the limit of insane. 150w could be considered to a minimum.

My conclusion is that I will not buy it. Because I listen to my stuff to less higher volume, and some cheaper contestants like ATC SCM50, Xavian XN360 and PMC Fact8 are able to bring more details, stage, deepness and emotions in the reproduction. But they are, although, more difficult to find in normal stores.

But globally, the 802D is not a bad speaker. He's just a tad too over the top for me.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2008



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

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Purchased these from Audio One in Ontario, Canada, I got a really great deal on these as they were on the look out for a nice pair for me for about 4 Months.

These Babies are very heavy, had a bit of trouble getting them in to my " Theatre of dreams" , they were hooked up with a Levinson 332 and an Anthem D2 Pre/Pro, for movies this combination and a Rotel RMB 1075 for the surround speakers were great, however for music something was missing, not the sound I wanted.

I changed the Anthem Pre/pro and replaced it with a VAC Standard LE Pre with Phono, now these Babies sing all night long with very little effort, the music comes alive and fills the "Theatre of Dreams" with life like concert sound,now I am only 2 Channel.

I know this is a review for the B&W 802 N, but I just have to mention the VAC and the beauty of this piece, hands down a great Preamplifier.

I love these Speakers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by uriah50 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2012

Bottom Line:   
These are the absolute best speakers I ever owned and heard. I just love them and would never sell them for another brand.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

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Product model year:   2005



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sbul2020 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Love reading some of the reviews trashing these speakers. They must be listening with mis-matched components or in a poor room, or both. And they definitely can't spell.
I've had my N802s for a couple of months now and originally had them connected to a mid-fi Denon receiver just to test, and was shocked at how good the combination sounded- in the RIGHT room. They've since been paired with a McIntosh amp and pre, MC352 and MX132 respectively. Using Oppo BDP-83SE for source. I'd say the 802s are a little bright and revealing, which I prefer, and I can see how pairing them with similar components would leave you turning the volume down on certain recordings. All's good with the Mac components though. Very dynamic speakers that make horns sound right. Mids and highs are very detailed, vocals are superb. Though bass extension is good and tight, they're not the last word in deep bass, which is my only critique.
Given what these can be had for on the used market, there aren't many options- new or used- that can better them. I've listened to 802 and 803 Diamonds, and to 803Ds, and personally can't justify the difference in price. I've owned 805Ns, 805Ss and 804Ns and they're all great speakers. I think the Nautilus line is a great value.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steven Bullock a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Love reading some of the reviews trashing these speakers. They must be listening with mis-matched components or in a poor room, or both. And they definitely can't spell.
I've had my N802s for a couple of months now and originally had them connected to a mid-fi Denon receiver just to test, and was shocked at how good the combination sounded- in the RIGHT room. They've since been paired with a McIntosh amp and pre, MC352 and MX132 respectively. Using Oppo BDP-83SE for source. I'd say the 802s are a little bright and revealing, which I prefer, and I can see how pairing them with similar components would leave you turning the volume down on certain recordings. All's good with the Mac components though. Very dynamic speakers that make horns sound right. Mids and highs are very detailed, vocals are superb. Though bass extension is good and tight, they're not the last word in deep bass, which is my only critique.
Given what these can be had for on the used market, there aren't many options- new or used- that can better them. I've listened to 802 and 803 Diamonds, and to 803Ds, and personally can't justify the difference in price. I've owned 805Ns, 805Ss and 804Ns and they're all great speakers. I think the Nautilus line is a great value.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001




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