I was about to buy B&W 685(and would complete the 5.1 set of B&W in the future),but in the whathifi.com review http://www.whathifi.com/Review/BandW-683-Theatre/ I read the text below:
"Sure, it's got genuine punch and substance in the low frequencies, and generates an expansive, well-integrated soundstage, but it's also capable of adroit subtlety and can build effective low-volume atmosphere and apprehension."
"In the dread calm before the inevitable storm, the B&W develops tension as effectively as any system.
Loud, yet cautious
It's the arrival of the storm that reveals the 683 Theatre's major shortcoming. Despite having ample dynamic thrust on tap and being more than eager to deliver antisocial volumes, the B&W package is noticeably less engaging and enthusiastic than some of its rivals.
When the going gets rowdy, the B&W goes good and loud, all right, but never throws caution to the wind -- at all times, the sound is refined and restrained.
Those traits are essential at times, of course, but every now and then (about every five minutes in the case of Batman Begins) it's necessary to sacrifice some refinement in the name of excitement."
Mistakes a lack of involvement for refinement"
Are B&W 683 speakers that bad for movies?Has anybody listened any movies with them?
Also while I was reading a review for Focal Chorus S,I found these lines in an expert review
When it came time to break out the popcorn and switch to movie mode, refinement continued to be the buzzword with the Chorus S. If your idea of great home theater is blasting your neighbors away with the depth-charge scene in U-571 or seeing how loudly you can play the opening of Goldeneye, then perhaps this isn't the system for you. If, however, you prefer to watch entire movies and value detail, space, and dialogue clarity, the Chorus S is tough to top at this price. Don't get me wrong, these speakers can handle onscreen dynamics without difficulty, just with a little less
dynamism than something like a Monitor Audio Silver or a Klipsch Reference."
After reading the last sentence,Monitor Audio Silver series attracted my attention,and I've read a few very good reviews about them although I couldn't find a review for their theater capabilities.
Has anybody listened to Monitor Audio Silver Rx series?