Bowers & Wilkins CM10 Loudspeaker Test Bench

Test Bench

Sensitivity: 88.5 dB from 500 Hz to 2 kHz


This graph shows the quasi-anechoic (employing close-miking of all woofers) frequency response of the B&W CM10 (purple trace). The passive loudspeaker was measured with the grille at a distance of 1 meter with a 2.83-volt input.

The CM10’s listening-window response (a five-point average of axial and ±15º horizontal and vertical responses) measures +2.40/–2.78 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. An average of axial and ±15º horizontal responses measures +2.67/–5.97 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. The –3-dB point is at 49 Hz, and the –6-dB point is at 37 Hz. Impedance reaches a minimum of 3.72 ohms at 115 Hz and a phase angle of –69.15º at 69 Hz. —MJP

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Bijou's picture

Cm9 is on sale for $2500/pair. Just using the speakers for home theatre. Do you think the extras $1500 is worth the upgrade?

mtnbiker326's picture

If you haven't listened to both sets of speakers (a/b) close to each other, I urge you to do so. I personally did and can say that the "open/airy" projection from the CM10 vs CM9 is definately worth the $1500 upgrade. This goes for medium to larger rooms. If you are putting these in smaller rooms, I would recommend picking up the new CM6s and the CM sub for around the same price. It all goes back to which sounds better to you. I was going to purchase the CM9s last year but decided to hold off when the 10s were announced. When I heard them A/B'ed there was no doubt on which ones I liked more.

CyberAthlete's picture

I am torn between the two and can't decide. Any suggestions as to which one you prefer (comments from folks who have heard both please).

Purpose: Strictly 2 channel
I have a Martin Logan Depth i sub i can use in the setup

I can get the Revel F208 for $4000 out the door
B&W CM10 currently $4000

I listen to all types of music. Rock, Jazz, Trance, Electronic, Lounge, Metal, Pop...

Thoughts? Thanks!

CyberAthlete's picture

Forgot to add Paradigm Prestige 85F or 95F. Hair pulling decisions :)