I am selling my beloved pair of B&W 801N speakers, we moved into a new house and the room setup does not work well with the 801N's, more the seating position than anything else. Mostly, these have been run with Krell FPB750MCX amps but I have heard them with some Tube Wavac amps and they were simply stunning on those amps, incredibly transparent. It's funny the specs rate them to 32 hz but in my room they went flatly to 22 and gently rolled off from there, they didn't feel down at 20hz at all. I have two velodyne 15" subs but never needed them with these speakers. You do not need a sub with these at all.
I do not have the covers for the tweeters and mid-ranges as they were lost in the move, probably sitting safely in a box somewhere? I added the spiked ceramic pointed feet which improved the bass dramatically and they are included. I also have the wiring diagram and complete parts list from BMW that I can include, it has the complete (and optional) crossover specs too. They are used but in very good shape and I rated them conservatively. Because of their size I would like to have them picked up or I could deliver them on the west coast. I don't want to see them damaged at all; they are over 230 lbs each.
These speakers are probably not a good fit for a small room or weak amplifiers. With the Krell's they really sound great, I have had them with my Krell KAV 2250 and honestly they sounded almost as good as the big amps. Pass amps sound very good with them too. They have tremendous bass power when called for, they image very well and are one of the most dynamically capable speakers I have ever heard. I often fantasized about have a full surround system of these...
Description: Three-way, reflex-loaded dynamic loudspeaker. Drive-units: 1" (25mm) metal-dome tweeter, 6" (150mm) woven-Kevlar-cone midrange unit, 15" (380mm) paper/Kevlar-cone woofer. Crossover frequencies: 350Hz, 4kHz. Crossover type: third-order. Frequency response: 32Hz-22kHz, ±3dB. Sensitivity: 91dB/2.83V/1m. Nominal impedance: 8 ohms (3 ohms minimum). Recommended amplifier power: 50-1000W. Maximum recommended cable impedance: 0.2 ohms.
Dimensions: 43.7" (1110mm) H by 20.6" (522mm) W by 27.2" (690mm) D. Net weight: 229 lbs (104kg).
By Wes Phillips
"So, is the B&W Nautilus 801 the speaker for you? It could be---I've never wanted to keep a review pair more. The Nautilus 801 is incredibly dynamic, images and soundstages like crazy, and has that special magic that marks it as one of the great loudspeakers.
How great? Well, let's just say that if you're fortunate enough to live with it, you just might forget all about old girlfriends when you remember the best times you've ever had."