Bowers & WilkinsNautilus 805Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus 805Beautiful B&W Nautilus 805 Speakers in beautiful Cherry Wood Finish with B&W Nautilus 805 stands  These speakers have been meticulously maintained and are in near perfect condition, no...1100.00

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Beautiful B&W Nautilus 805 Speakers in beautiful Cherry Wood Finish with B&W Nautilus 805 stands 

These speakers have been meticulously maintained and are in near perfect condition, no scratches or marks anywhere. One of the plastic frames inside the speaker grill is cracked, but not noticeable if the grills are on.  Only rated a "6" because of the speaker grill.  Speakers are otherwise near perfect condition.  Humidity controlled and smoke-free environment its entire life. I do not have the original packaging and box, but they will be professionally packed for shipping. These were part of my dedicated HT system (when I had the luxury of a music system and an HT system) but alas, condo living has forced me to combine my music system and HT system.  (see my other ad for matching center channel) and these must go. 

From Stereophile's review of these great speakers (http://www.stereophile.com/standloudspeakers/168/index.html#1mZGhGjvQ0eg2PZA.97):

 

I listened to classical, country-western, jazz, vocal, pipe-organ, and soundtrack CDs. The Nautilus 805s quickly swept me into the music, and I found myself listening with my eyes closed. It was as if a special light had been switched on in my mind: "This is a terrific loudspeaker, and an example of what I really love about high-end audio."

Right off the bat, I was impressed with the Nautilus 805's taut, punchy midbass response. That, coupled with the rest of the speaker's sonic profile—transparent highs, dynamic midrange, and powerful, solid upper- and midbass response—made for a first-rate listening experience. . . . n level-matched comparisons, the Nautilus 805's bass slam more closely resembled that of the floorstanding Dynaudio Contour 3.0, and bettered that of the smaller (7.2 cubic feet) Totem Signature One, a minimonitor with considerable low-frequency punch. . . The Nautilus 805's upper register was extended and stunningly transparent. . . . The Nautilus 805s did a superb job of generating a palpable soundstage, often "disappearing" when I listened with my eyes open. If I closed my eyes, the 805 tricked me into believing— as John Atkinson reported of the B&W Silver Signature two-ways—that it was a much bigger speaker than it is. . . . I came to love this bookshelf speaker's timbral accuracy, three-dimensional imaging, transparent upper register, large soundstage, and, above all, its ability to involve me in the music. Its $2000/pair price—even with another $600 having to be added for B&W's stunningly attractive FS-N805 stands—makes the Nautilus 805 one of the real values in today's high-end market.

 

I found the speaker to be a real chip off the Nautilus 801's block, and a contender for the category of "Class A—Restricted Low Frequency" in Stereophile's "Recommended Components."

 

Description:

 

Two-way, stand-mounted, reflex-loaded dynamic loudspeaker.

Drive-units: one 1" (25mm) metal-dome cooled tweeter, one 6.5" (165mm) woven-Kevlar bass/midrange cone with 1.24" (32mm) voice-coil. Crossover frequency: 3kHz. Crossover slopes: third-order Butterworth alignment with 49Hz cutoff.

Frequency response: 49Hz-22kHz, ±3dB. Sensitivity: 88dB/W/m (2.83V). Nominal impedance: 8 ohms (minimum: 4.6 ohms).

Dimensions: 16.3" (415mm) H by 9.4" (238mm) W by 13.5" (344mm) D. Weight: 20 lbs/speaker.
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