Well, I may not be a multi-million-dollar audiophile, but I do consider myself, still, an audiophile. I've had this speaker for about 5 days now, and I must say, this thing is the full package.
The separation, clarity, punch, and imaging of this speaker are all just so crisp and impressive to the air. I am coming from the Definitive Technology C/L/R 2000 - which, although impressive - I was ready to move to the living room and, therefore, I was looking for an upgrade for my media room. With that said - I can give a quick comparison between the two. This BnW wins in EVERY respect, even matched with Definitive Technology speakers as the Left and Right channels. The bass from the CLR can obviously be much deeper and boomier considering that it is powered... But when tuned properly - to match your other speakers - you find that sweet spot for its bass output, and, once found, you'll realize it's almost never near max settings. With that said - the BnW has much more impact and presence at most volumes. It's likely due to its 6 1/2 inch drivers - but it doesn't stop there. The bass' roll off and crispness just seems so much more upscale and "correct."
The three way design gives such amazing separation. The crossovers are done perfectly. As a center, this product brings everything together so magically that I was quite shocked at first considering I'd thought I was using an amazing center, already. I can't stress it, enough. Everything seems sharpened and refined after this purchase.
I will say, though, that yes, it is very bulky. I am currently using an entertainment center that allows me to mount my 55" to the vertical brace attached to it - with a sheld roughly 8-9 inches underneath the bottom of the TV. The center channel doesn't fit! I have to put the speaker in front of the TV rather than having it niched inbetween the two. But, only an inconvenience. They are 6 1/2 inch drivers coupled to a midrange driver, after all.
With all that has been said - in summary, I can't wait for the break in period to be over and to be able to finally fully appreciate the abilities of this product. I will soon be matching a pair of BnW ceiling speakers as my second pair of fronts. May sound awkward, but I'll have 2 floor standing speakers from DefTech matched to the center, and ceiling speakers - with rears, as well. But let me tell you - I know BnW is my choice for the ceiling. Should sound stellar in stereo for music and give an amazing opened, realistic setting for games/movies. Can't Wait!!
Thanks for the read!