Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater 5.1 Review

Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater 5.1 Review

  Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater 5.1 Review

The first Bowers and Wilkins 600 Series speakers were presented a quarter century prior and they have been the organization's smash hit speaker line throughout the long term, so an update to the line is absolutely important. The 600 Series Anniversary Edition line commends six ages of designing upgrades and the offer of more than 1,000,000 units.

Arbors and Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition System

The new 600 Series Anniversary Edition is the seventh era of the 600 Series and is contained four speaker models,: the 603 S2 floor standing speaker ($2,000 per pair); the 606 S2 stand-mounted speaker ($800 per pair); the 607 S2 reduced stand-mounted speaker ($700 per pair);, and; the HTM6 S2 focus channel ($800, each). Discretionary stands are accessible for the 606 S2 and 607 S2. Three fueled subwoofers – the ASW608, ASW610 and ASW610XP ($500, $800, and $1,500, individually) – give low-recurrence support to the series. B&W sells a couple of the 603 S2, a couple of the 607 S2, a HTM6 S2 focus, and an ASW610 sub as a bundle for $4,300.

Albeit this series is the passage level series of Bowers and Wilkins' home sound setup, its speakers truly do profit from innovation acquired from B&W's reference-grade speakers. The new speakers get hybrid innovation and parts utilized in the more costly 700 Series Signature range. The 600 Anniversary series fuses a "refined and updated" adaptation of the Decoupled Double Dome tweeter, which pushes the separation highlight 38kHz. The midrange's Continuum cone, which was first utilized in the 800 Series Diamond, vows to give further developed detail and exactness in contrast with earlier midrange drivers. The 600 Anniversary Series speakers likewise include an amended and updated hybrid plan.




Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater 5.1 Review




The 600 Series Anniversary Edition speakers are accessible in four completions: white, dark, oak, and an extraordinary request red cherry. My survey tests were done in a matte dark. The vinyl wrap finish was plain yet neatly applied.

The 603 S2 is a three-way, ported plan with a slim profile highlighting a one-inch aluminum vault tweeter, a six-inch Continuum midrange driver, and two 6.5-inch paper bass cones. A discretionary plinth-style base can be introduced for extra steadiness, great to have assuming pets or more youthful audience members are near. The grilles are gotten with stowed away magnets, which consider a perfect front puzzle. The spotless astound combined with the wonderful stylish of the differentiating silver completion of the tweeter and midrange, and the dark of the two woofers on base makes for a perfect, present day look

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The 603 S2 tower is 41.5 inches high when mounted on its base, 7.5 inches wide, and 13.4 inches down. The plinth style base is 12.6 inches wide and 14.6 inches down, so in spite of the tight profile of the speaker, you will require some extra clear floor space to utilize the base. The 53.1-pound speaker feels pretty strong however isn't generally so idle as the likewise measured yet more-costly Revel F206/F226Be. Groves and Wilkins expresses the recurrence reaction as 48Hz to 28kHz (+/ - 3dB, with a 6 dB down mark of 28Hz). Ostensible impedance for all inactive speakers in the series is 8 Ohms, and the awareness of the 603 S2 is expressed at 88.5 dB (2.83V, 1m).

Every one of the speakers in the line highlight what seems, by all accounts, to be a similar back plate, with twofold restricting posts in the event that you need to bi-wire and B&W's recognizable dimpled and erupted port. A two-section froth bung is provided so you can to some degree or completely plug the port to tune the speaker to your listening room and the speakers' positions in that.

Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater 5.1 Review


The ASW 610 sits in the ASW 600 series subwoofer arrangement. Likewise with its kin, it's a front-terminating, fixed suspension plan. The implicit Class D speaker is evaluated at 200 watts and has a recurrence reaction of 26Hz to 140 Hz (+/ - 3dB), with a 6dB down mark of 20Hz.

Setting Up the Bowers and Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater System

The speakers showed up safely pressed in cardboard boxes with clear guidelines outwardly, which made unpacking them a breeze. I introduced the base plinths in only a couple of moments with the four included bolts and included Allen wrench. The speakers accompany sets of straightforward spikes for covered floors and adjusted plastic feet for hard surfaces. The included manuals give clear, simple to-adhere to directions and arrangement counsel.

Groves and Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition speakers commend 25 years of creation with the guarantee of better execution.

I paid attention to the 603 S2s and 607 S2s in both sound system and multi-channel setups. Beginning with the sound system, I involved the Naim Uniti Atom across the board music player (investigated here), associating everything with Austere cabling. I had a couple of SVS SB-2000 Pro subwoofers (evaluated here) currently set up in the room, so I attempted those with the 607 S2's until I got the B&W ASW 610 in from the carport and unpacked. The ASW 610 doesn't accompany an App or any kind of room remedy programming, yet gives a back-board controls to both line and speaker volume, low-pass recurrence cutoff (counting a change to withdraw), bass augmentation, leveling, and stage switches. I wound up with the evening out change set to "A" and bass expansion set to "C."

Following a couple of long periods of two-channel listening I moved the speakers into my theater room where I associated them to my Krell TAS Amplifier (checked on here) and Marantz AV8805 AV Preamplifier(reviewed here). Oppo's UDP-203 (explored here) and a Roku Ultra (most recent model looked into here) were my essential sources. The HTM6 S2 sat on top of a low hardware rack and the ASW 610 was situated right inside the right-channel 603 S2.


Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater 5.1 Review

How Does the Bowers and Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater System Sound?

Joss Stone's "Chokin Kind" from The Soul Sessions (Tidal, Virgin) can rapidly uncover issues in the upper midrange and high pitch, however the 603 S2s dealt with themselves well overall. Stone's voice can be difficult to replicate neatly, and the 603 S2s did as such with just a sprinkle of hardness at higher volumes. Up until this point, the new tweeter was looking great so far.

The drums on this track give a strong establishment without being overwhelming, and the B&Ws worked effectively of depicting them with poise, never degenerating into the kind of one-note bass that can torment lesser ported speakers. I viewed the elements as great even at volumes stronger than I could serenely pay attention to


Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater 5.1 Review


The Downside

The 600 Series Anniversary Edition truly does a ton right, however there were a couple of things I might want to see enhanced. The style are somewhat plain, however I think the spotless lines function admirably with the white or dark completions. The attractive barbecue of one of the example speakers tumbled off like clockwork, however since it was just one of five speakers to play out this unconstrained striptease, it very well may be an irregularity. As the 600 Anniversary Series Theater is moderately minimized, a few proprietors may be leaned to put them in more tight quarters. However, the back port plan could be tricky in restricted spaces.

The ASW subwoofer series is inadequate with regards to certain elements usually found in numerous contenders that assistance easily of arrangement. The ASW series does not have any kind of auto-EQ or room remedy, which won't be an issue for the people who are additionally utilizing an advanced collector or preamp with room amendment, yet could be an issue for those involving it in a two-channel framework. I have become ruined by subwoofers with application controlled arrangement, which makes subwoofer arrangement a lot simpler and quicker.


How Does the Bowers and Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater Compare to the Competition?

There are a few contending speaker setups that give comparable choices: Focal's Chora line, SVS Sound's Prime Pinnacle line, and the Paradigm Premier line. I have just heard the Focal Chora (the stand-mounted 806) and it would presumably be tantamount to the B&W 606 S2 in execution. While I have not heard the SVS or Paradigm speakers, I have heard beneficial things about them from my partners. All have numerous speaker choices that would take into account a likewise designed and estimated 5.1 framework.

I note that the Focal Chora subwoofer is more like the B&W ASW line, in that it is a fixed suspension plan with manual back-board controls. The Paradigm subwoofers are ported and the SVS Subwoofers can be had in either ported or fixed designs. SVS Sound and Paradigm subwoofers both accompany application control and Paradigm has Anthem Room Correction worked in.


Conclusion

The B&W 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater framework gives a great deal of execution to its somewhat humble cost. I was agreeably astonished by the expansion in execution from the last 600 series speaker framework I explored. Typically "better than ever" is a little steady change, here it was promptly clear. There was less tinge than the B&W 683's I surveyed before, more goal in lower levels, and more unique reach.

The 603 S2s give strong execution all alone or as a component of a bigger framework. The 607 S2s would be really great for a little room or office, however and, after its all said and done, I would need to have a subwoofer handle the lower frequencies, as that would both increment the powerful reach and give better definition beneath around 50 Hz.

The blend of the parts made for a framework that was proficient and fulfilling with both music and films the same. When paying attention to natural music through the situation, it just sounded right. There was great equilibrium start to finish with no excessive shading pointing out itself. For the people who need more goal or dynamic reach, there is consistently the B&W 700 Series, yet the 600 Series gives great execution at a reasonable value, making it simple to suggest for tryout


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