B&W HTM4S Center Channels

HTM4S

The HTM4S is the smallest of the centre speakers in the range and is effectively an 805S with a different aspect and the added feature of magnetic shielding. It is therefore the ideal centre speaker when assembling a high quality, yet compact home theatre system with the 805S looking after the left and right channels.

User Reviews (3)

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starguygwb   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 21, 2009]
Strength:

Very musical, looks, solid

Weakness:

needs more power to match 805s in a theater set up. To0 tall to fit in most cabnets or racks.

I bought this center when I bought the 805s bookshelf speakers, so they would burn in at the same time. Where as I really love the 805s for everything the center lacks punch when it comes to movies. In my set up I have to turn the center channel setting up 4db higher than the other speakers(this could be because of room,furniture aspects also). I upgraded to the 800 series after using 600 series speakers for a few years. During which I had the top center channel which , spoiled me I think. So my expectation was high buying new 800 series main & center channel's, but after listening for over 2 years I think I might sell the center and buy the top 600 series center.

Similar Products Used: B&W LCR600s3
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
tito   AudioPhile [Nov 28, 2008]

It´s a fantastic speaker.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
hein88@sbcglobal.net   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 02, 2005]
Strength:

Very good detail, good bass, great with movie dialogue. Must for SACD/DTS surround sound listening when matched with other B&W (800) speakers.

Weakness:

stand is very expensive

This center channel matches great with the signature 805 speakers. Like the 805's the HTM4S needs a good but not necessarily great (expensive) amp. I bridged the Rotel 981 with great results. SACD listening benefits with this speaker. This speaker also has great bass for a center channel. Rated down to 49hz, I think that it goes lower. Movie dialogue is very clean and intelligible. I do not use the stand. I mounted the speaker on top of the tv. The HTM4S (like most B&W speakers) is very revealing. Poor recorded DVD's/SACD's will stand out. This is also true with great soundtracks like Elvis Costello's North SACD,John Mayer's Heavier Things SACD,Sting's Brand New Day SACD and James Taylor's Hourglass SACD. Even if you have the great 803's or the 801's, I recommend that you audition this speaker.

Similar Products Used: infinity cc4
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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