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Thread: New Speakers For Home, PMC BB5 SEs, Uncompromisingly Big and Beautiful!

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    I'm Paul.

    Default New Speakers For Home, PMC BB5 SEs, Uncompromisingly Big and Beautiful!

    Hi All,

    So this all goes back well over a decade ago, long before HFL was even a glint in our eyes, when myself and Wendy attended an PMC Open Day at Unilet where the PMC BB5s where being showcased and I remember it clearly when Wendy looked at me and said Weve got to get a pair of those unfortunately at the time we couldnt fit them in our living room so we settled for the MB2is which as Ive said before inadvertently led to the opening of HFL as I became totally addicted to them and my hifi but that's another story.

    Anyway if I have learnt one thing from this whole Covid-19 thing is that life doesnt stay the same and it can change in a heartbeat as it has done for everyone in one way or another so I thought to myself what am I waiting for, if there is something you want and you have the means to get it then why wait as who knows what is around the corner, so a quick email to PMC to see if they had any BB5 SEs in walnut in stock, to my surprise they did and a couple of days later Wendy went over to pick them up from PMC in Luton, so around 12 years later her wish became a reality, have to say a lot certainly changed in those intervening years.

    Now I love speakers, they are my favourite part of the HiFi chain as they really do make the most difference in presentation and I have always believed that you can put a big speaker in a small room but when I saw the size of the boxes of the BB5s even I thought we maybe had bitten off more than we could chew this time but after a couple of hours of unboxing and manhandling the speaker onto their stands it was time to fire up the Bryston amps and see what we had.

    Needless to say I was extremely relieved when they sounded incredible instantly, extremely open and spacious with a huge soundstage and with tight and punchy bass with no overhang or room issues but for me it was how 'correct' they sounded, from the very bottom to the very top the balance was perfect, not one aspect stood out other than you really feeling you are hearing the presentation as it should be, there is just this big and airy image that hangs in front of you, as they say with car engines, there is no replacement for displacement, and I feel it is the same with speakers, you just cant beat a big cabinet to free up the sound.

    Now obviously they are on the slightly large side and are not really room friendly for your normal domestic situation but luckily I married a crazy woman who thinks they look awesome in the room and we both love the sound so I think at long last my speaker search for home is now finally over, yes I measured for a pair of BB5 XBDs but they really wont fit, now I just want to play with the rest of the system to get the very best from the speakers.

    Cheers,

    Paul.

    https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-cat...ers/se-series/

    Please find some unboxing pics below -







    Wendy get's her dream speaker at last.











    Getting a Rough Idea of the toe in.



    Deep breathe as we now need to lift it onto its stand.













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    Neat thread, love the pics and the speakers.
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    Something odd going on here. Wendy looks virtually indestinguishable both in face and physique to a drama teacher girlfriend I had called Juile.

    Long time ago but the similarity is insane.

    Hope she enjoys those bad boys. They'll blow her ears out at that distance!

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    Not sure the cat was impressed although I am. The only speaker I have seen that dominates the room even more is Pete's over on AA who has a massive Western Electric Horn in his room.
    Paul.

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    Love that picture of Wendy with the speaker box

    Fantastic looking speakers and finish, good on you for going for it. I've been doing the same just of late.

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    Always terrific pictures..... and considering what you do and have built up, you deserve something special
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    I thought the MB2 were fantastic so god only knows how good those are.
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    Thanks guys, even I'm surprised how well they work in the room as once I got them home I really thought I'd bitten off more that the room could handle but luckily we got away with it as they sound brilliant.

    Justin, it sounds like I'd better check my wife is actually who she says she is
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    PMC, Naim, Bryston, Devialet, Rega, Martin Logan, Musical Fidelity, Sonus Faber, Heed, Spendor, Koetsu, Dynavector, Michell Engineering, JVC Projectors, OPPO, REL, Atlas Cables.
    For All The Best Headphones, Amps and DACs All Under One Roof Then Please Visit Highend Headphones.
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