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Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2

 Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2

Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2

 Adaptive AptX and proprietary ANC

It took English audio engineers from Bowers & Wilkins three years to create the next version of their flagship on-ear headphones - the Px7 S2 model replaces the quite successful Px7 in this post . Now it is Px7 S2 that can be considered the best full-size B&W headphones.

With the obvious continuity of design, the novelty was "redesigned from scratch." At least that's what marketing VP Giles Pocock and brand activator Peter Madueno say. The headphones are lighter and sleeker, with new 40mm “low distortion” drivers, as B&W says, still angled. The ear pads are filled with memory foam for a comfortable listening experience.

Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2

The novelty supports the AptX adaptive codec, complemented by proprietary audio processing and the current active noise reduction system. In total, 6 microphones work in Px7 S2: two “listen” to the sound of the speaker, two - external noise, two more are responsible for voice transmission. The verified location of each of the microphones is especially noted.

All this interacts with the Bowers & Wilkins Music App, from which you can control noise reduction modes (transparency mode is also provided), equalizer, turn on the voice assistant, etc. The alternative is the controls on the headphones themselves. There is a choice.

Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2

The Px7 S2 battery lasts 30 hours, after which 15 minutes of fast charging can add another 7 hours. If there is no power source, a 3.5mm audio cable is included. Another connector on the Px7 S2 body is USB-C and the cable is also included. All this together is placed in a convenient case, and it turned out to be thinner than its predecessor. Headphones are available in 3 colors - gray, blue and black.

Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 headphones cost $400 in the US.

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 TWS headphones Test

 Bowers & Wilkins PI5 TWS headphones test

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 TWS headphones Test

It is usually more convenient to test a simpler version of a technique first, and then a more complex one: this way the impressions are brighter, the emotions are stronger, the wow effect is more tangible. And with fully wireless headphones from Bowers & Wilkins, it turned out the other way around: first I met the top PI7s , and then I listened to the PI5s.

And it cannot be said that because of this impression from PI5 I have deteriorated - oddly enough, on the contrary. With the PI7 as a reference (I still think they offer the closest audiophile sound of any TWS model), the PI5 is not far behind them. And that's great.

It's all in the nuances

The finish is slightly different. The case of PI5 is matte, but with a glossy lid: for PI7 it is framed in metal-like plastic. Tactilely, everything is very pleasant: the case under the fingers is soft, neat, the lid does not play, it closes with a neat and pleasant click.

There is a narrow slot on the front of the case with a status LED. It glows green when the headphones are on, flashes blue in pairing mode, and flashes red when the model is running out of power. Compared to PI7, there is no button below the LED. 

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 TWS headphones test

Inside, everything is familiar: the same matte plastic and the same neat round key that launches pairing mode if the headphones do not enter it automatically. If you hold the button for a long time, all connection settings will be reset.

The headphones themselves do not differ in shape from the PI7 - they are small, combine chopped edges with soft contours and somehow subtly resemble a Bauhaus teapot. But compared to the white-bronze PI7, the black PI5 looks much calmer. 

There is no additional shine and other shades: the headphones themselves are black, and the meshes on them, and the washer on the outer part of the case, and the touch panel. Only golden contact pads near the sound guide and thin letters of the brand logo on the side surface of the washer dilute the monochrome. The white version of the PI5 shines with silver instead of bronze accents.

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 TWS headphones test

Microphones are hidden under small grilles - both conversational and noise reduction systems. The inside of the earbuds - the same cone that goes into the sound guide - is made of glossy plastic, while all other elements are matte. The sound guide itself, protected by a fine textile mesh, is short, but due to the shape of the case, this is not particularly felt: the headphones can be placed deep enough in the ears without any problems.

The ear pads are the same as those of the PI7 - with a jumper and a sponge inside. They are easy to put on and have a fairly standard size, so if the three pairs included in the kit do not fit, you can easily pick up a replacement from other manufacturers.

The case is the same size as the PI7, and the battery is the same as in it, as in the headphones themselves. Recharges using Type-C - from zero to maximum somewhere in a little over three hours. Headphones on a single charge will last 4.5 hours, and after 15 minutes in the case they will work for another couple of hours. I scolded the small battery in the PI7 review, but here I must admit that fast charging helps to come to terms with this.

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 TWS headphones test

You can view the charge level of each earbud in the Bowers & Wilkins Headphones app. In the settings, you can turn off the function that automatically stops playback when the headphones are taken out of the ear, turn on the noise reduction or transparency mode. And yes, you can run tracks for meditation in the application. I still have questions about their presence, but I cannot help but note that the fire crackles bewitchingly.

More Consistency

In terms of ergonomics, the situation is the same as with the PI7: Bowers & Wilkins engineers very successfully (for me) designed that part of the earphone where the main body goes into the sound guide, and therefore the headphones fly into the ears easily and sit there firmly and comfortably. After three hours with them there is no discomfort, and during training they do not fall out of the ears. And yes: you can train and walk in them in rain and snow, IP54 water resistance allows this.

The controls are simple: one touch of any earphone - pause, double - the next track, triple - the previous one. With a long press on the left earpiece, the noise reduction mode is turned on or off, with the right earpiece, this operation calls up the voice assistant. The sensors respond to even the lightest touches, so you do not need to press the earpiece into your ear in order to switch the track.

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 TWS headphones test

With a good fit comes good passive noise isolation. Headphones do a good job at blocking high frequencies, voices and harsh sounds. And the noise cancellation remains one of the best in the class. Microphones practically do not react to gusts of wind, they filter the roar of a flyover under construction and the champing of slush under the wheels of cars. 

Voices become much muffled, although they do not disappear completely. These headphones will not save you from frolicking children, but from calm conversations in a cafe or in the office - completely. 

Unlike the PI7, the noise reduction in the PI5 does not have an adaptive mode - the noise reduction is set to maximum by default. And okay: in PI7, the adaptive mode worked quite strangely, and PI5 without it shows more consistency. Noise canceling can be turned on either in the app or by long touching the touchpad on the left earcup. Moreover, this touch only affects the operation of noise reduction, the noise transmission mode is turned on separately.

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 TWS headphones test

The funny thing is that in the application you can turn on both modes at the same time - and the effect is unusual. Apparently, the noise-transmitting mode is set to amplify primarily sounds in the mid- and high-frequency ranges, while the noise reduction dampens the monotonous low-frequency noise most effectively. And when these effects are mixed together, you get the strange effect of a world devoid of bass. Buses rush past with a whistle, as if they have no massiveness, excavators click their buckets like tweezers. Everything that happens around immediately becomes somehow light, airy.

I don’t know in what situation such an effect may be required, but the fact that the noise reduction and noise transmission functions work independently, and not mutually exclusive from each other, is convenient.

Whole picture

The main differences between PI5 and PI7 are in the sound. The first concerns connectivity: the PI5 supports the aptX codec, not the aptX Adaptive like the older model. The TWS + system is used to synchronize the signal in the right and left headphones, plus the headphones themselves support a maximum of 16-bit sound.

The funny thing is

The second difference is emitters. The PI5 has one: a dynamic one with a diameter of 9.2 mm. In PI7, in addition to it, reinforcing is used, voicing high frequencies. And the difference in sound, taking into account these features, is quite logical.

The character is still recognizable: it's a detailed sound that blends audiophile precision with comfort and warmth. But at the same time, it has less detail and air at high frequencies and more solidity in the middle - where guitars with vocals frolic. 

Noise reduction still helps to create a clean background for compositions, against which they reveal themselves as brightly and vividly as possible. Bass is accurate, slightly elevated, but this elevation only adds enthusiasm to the compositions, but does not shift the entire focus of attention to the bottoms. There is plenty of control: the headphones are ready to hum angrily, as required by the saddest Mogwai tracks, and quickly knock the drum in the metal.

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 TWS headphones test

Due to the fact that the high-frequency range is slightly less detailed than in PI7, the headphones sound friendlier. Bad mastering, of course, and they will not forgive, but they can listen to Spotify without disgust, which the older model did not allow. Japanese hip-hop, which is not available on other streaming services, played volumetrically, provocatively, the voices were perfectly distinguishable and slightly crawled forward over a dense, sloppy beat in a Spotify style.

The transition to streaming services with support for a higher bitrate gave a noticeable increase in quality: the bass picked up, and the vocals began to fit more evenly into the overall mix, and the detail increased. So with these headphones it makes sense to use FLAC streaming - but they do not have that easy analytical snobbery that is felt in PI7. 

The stage is large, large-scale, not as deep as we would like, but the stereo effects in “Summon The Fire” from The Comet Is Coming do not collide with each other, revolve around the saxophone and gurgling percussion quite freely. The symphonic soundtracks sound impressive, tight—in Halo: Infinite’s opening “Zeta Halo,” the chorus begins in a noise-canceling-scorched void and spreads across the great hall without any obstruction, fading neatly into carefully calculated aftertones. Drums in "The Road", "Tower", "Heavy Artillery" from the same soundtrack are ethnically rounded, strings and cymbals do not lose their brightness against their background and remain sonorous and clear.

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 TWS headphones test

In PI5, sound comfort, its integrity are brought to the fore. Compositions are perceived as complete, finished works, and not as a set of elements. Every nuance, every detail is exactly in the right place and fits perfectly into the surrounding sounds, clinging to them and making up a single picture with them. There is more melomanism here than audiophilia. 

All for the sound

The main advantage of the Bowers & Wilkins PI5 is the sound. These headphones sound thoroughbred, high-quality, but at the same time not as detailed as the PI7 - and because of this, they forgive a lot for both compositions and listeners. This model is really closer to the people - both in terms of the nature of the presentation and in terms of cost. 

It's nice to listen to music in these headphones: it sounds interesting, lively, a little less detached. The headphones have good noise reduction, the effectiveness of which, however, greatly depends on the fit. The package bundle is not very rich, but the ear pads are standard, so it will not be difficult to find the right ones.

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 TWS headphones test

For those who thought the PI7 had too much to offer, the PI5 will please: these are simple headphones that just play music - and do it well. The sound has the character of acoustics from Bowers & Wilkins, albeit a little lost in detail. And all these “though” and “but” arise only because there are PI7s that have raised the bar. Without comparison, the PI5 are excellent headphones in their category, standing out from others with a special sound.


Recognizable branded sound, high-quality noise reduction, more relaxed attitude to low-quality content than PI7


Non-universal fit


Bowers & Wilkins PI5

Specs Bowers & Wilkins PI5

Headphone type: in-ear, completely wireless

Driver Type: 9.2mm Dynamic Driver

Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, SBC, AAC, aptX codecs

Battery life: earbuds up to 4.5 hours, case up to 20 hours, full charge time 2 hours, Qi wireless charging and fast charging supported

Microphones: four cVc2 microphones, two in each earpiece

Noise cancellation: active, with two levels of noise transmission

Additionally: support for voice assistants, three pairs of ear pads included, IP54 protection

Weight: headphones - 7 g each, case - 55 g



These Bowers & Wilkins FS-CM S2 Speaker Stands (Black) have been used for display purposes and come with a 1 year warranty.

They are in very good cosmetic condition and one has a very small mark on the side of the base (please see photos).

The stands come with both the rubber feet and carpet spikes, the manual and the original packaging.

Designed for the CM1 & CM5 bookshelf speakers from the Bowers & Wilkins S2 range, the stylish FSCM stands have been developed with optimum performance in mind.

An integrated cable management system ensures that trailing speaker cables won't ruin the beautiful aesthetic of the speakers, while resonance is kept to an absolute minimum thanks to the stands sand filling capabilities.

  • 600MM Speaker Stand sold in pairs, Available in Silver or Black
  • These stands have been designed for the new range of CM S2 speakers in mind.
  • Dedicated Speaker stands for the new CM1 S2, CM5 S2 and CM 6 S2


Finish: Black

Footprint Size (W x D): 252 x 298mm

Height: 560mm (not including spikes)

Bowers And Wilkins 702 Signature Review

Bowers And Wilkins 702 Signature Review

Bowers And Wilkins 702 Signature Review

 English producer Bowers and Wilkins (also known as B&W) is one of the world's biggest and most regarded amplifier brands.

In 2018, I had the chance to survey the B&W 702 S2 amplifiers. Over my drawn out listening experience with the 702 S2 speakers, I observed they conveyed a decent proportion of the presentation of the 800 series for a portion of the cost. In this way, when our distributer reached me and inquired as to whether I'd be keen on inspecting B&W's new 702 Signature model, I seized the opportunity.

The 702 Signature floorstander ($6,500 per pair, contrasted with $4,500 per pair for the 702 S2) is joined by the stand-mounted 705 Signature ($4,000, a $1,500 increment on the 705 S2).

For those new, the moniker "Mark" has come to represent something very unique at B&W. The organization has just presented Signature forms of its items a modest bunch of times over its 55-year history. B&W's objectives with any of their Signature releases have been to push the limits of innovation and style. Having been dazzled with the 702 S2 model, I was charmed to hear (and see) what enhancements were carried out with the 702 Signature.

I wound up holding up a while prior to getting the 702 Signature survey tests. Different commentators needed to clutch their examples longer than expected (envision that), and B&W was somewhere down in securing converses with Sound United at that point. Sound United possesses brands like Polk, Denon, Marantz, Definitive Technology, and Classé. It has now added B&W to its stable of brands.

However, I guess generally blessings will rain down on patient people. B&W delivered my survey tests after first performing careful quality affirmation testing on a couple got back from another commentator. Tender loving care is by all accounts a piece of the Bowers and Wilkins DNA.

Setting Up the B&W 702 Signature

The B&W 702 Signature speaker is tastefully delightful and sonically difficult to beat at its cost. In any case, is it appropriate for you? Peruse on to discover.

The B&W 702 Signature speaker is stylishly delightful and sonically difficult to beat at its cost. Yet, is it appropriate for you? Peruse on to discover.

The B&W 702 Signature speaker is stylishly lovely and sonically difficult to beat at its cost. Yet, is it ideal for you? Peruse on to discover.

I painstakingly unloaded the B&W 702 Signature speakers from the cardboard boxes, taking additional consideration not to harm the shot formed, aluminum tweeter lodging mounted on the cupboards. The tweeter lodging is ensured during shipment with a formed polystyrene wedge fitted under. The speakers likewise come enclosed by manufactured texture sacks to secure the completion.

The crate with the speakers incorporates a matte dark plinth with mounting equipment, an attractive dark texture acoustic barbecue, spikes for covered floors, elastic tipped footers for hard surface floors, a two-piece froth fitting to somewhat or totally block the back speaker port, and an administrator's manual.

Leaving the speakers in their packs, I laid them on their sides and introduced the spikes straightforwardly to the speaker bottoms. I set the speakers in similar areas as my reference speakers and afterward eliminated the texture packs.

Bowers & Wilkins 805 D4 review

I was astonished &W did exclude a couple of fabric gloves in the container to try not to put fingerprints on the impeccable serious shine get done with during development. So I got a couple I had available for making last situation changes.

The plinths are planned to upgrade dependability on covered floors, yet my experience has shown that is not an issue with the low heap cover in my listening room. Plus, I simply could do without the appearance of the plinths. As I would like to think, they are not up to the norm of the by and large 702 Signature style. I would have favored B&W incorporate cleaned hardened steel outriggers with spikes rather than the forgettable matte dark plinths.

I additionally didn't have to utilize the froth connects the back ports in light of the fact that the last speaker position in my listening room permitted a lot of room between the back of the speaker cupboards and the back divider (around 4.5 feet). In this way, bass upgrade wasn't an issue.

Once situated, I associated the speakers to my Classé intensifier with WireWorld Silver Eclipse speaker links. Other stuff in the chain incorporated a Mac Mini music server, Bricasti M3 DAC, and a Classé preamplifier (for volume control as it were).

702 Signature Improvements from Older Models

The B&W 702 Signature speaker is aesthetically beautiful and sonically hard to beat for its price. But is it right for you? Read on to find out.

The B&W 702 Signature speaker is tastefully lovely and sonically difficult to beat at its cost. However, is it ideal for you? Peruse on to discover.

I won't reiterate every one of the subtleties that continue as before as the 702 S2 model. All things considered, I'll zero in essentially on what has changed. Assuming that you're keen on the extra data, you can track down the audit of the 702 S2 floorstander here.

The 702 Signature sports a few stylish overhauls contrasted with the 702 S2 floorstander. Most importantly, the bureau is done in what B&W alludes to as Datuk Gloss. B&W banded together with Italian producer ALPI to acquire reasonably obtained Datuk Ebony wood facade for this venture.

ALPI has been doing business for north of 100 years and provided wood items to various extravagance boat, car, and furniture makers. It harvests poplar, basswood, or ayous from its own nurseries and strips and recomposes the wood into logs that yield a wide assortment of surfaces and examples, yet without the defects of customary wood. With this complicated, work escalated, however earth favored interaction, ALPI can mimic numerous uncommon, fascinating woods from more normal assortments.

Therefore, the facade boards of these speakers have an unmistakable and wonderful grain. This grain brings about each pair of speakers having a remarkable example. You can get them in paired sets. The facade is applied to all bureau surfaces bringing about a consistent look. Nine layers of complete the process of, including preliminary, base coat, and polish, are applied and separately hand-scoured to get the profound glistening completion.

As a long-term carpenter, I was in wonderment of the Datuk Gloss finish when I previously unpacked the speakers. I can truly see the value in how much work that goes into creating such a flawless completion. It likewise assisted me with understanding the massive expense contrast between the 702 Signature and the 702 S2 speakers. That is to say, the Rosenut finish on the 702 S2 model I recently checked on was spectacular, yet the Datuk Gloss finish is next level.

Bowers And Wilkins 702 Signature Review

Other tasteful contrasts from the 702 S2 model incorporate a radiant silver versus dark completion tweeter grille, a brushed silver versus matte dark completion on the Continuum midrange driver's trim ring, and a cleaned silver plaque found simply over the back flowport – engraved with the model and friends name. While I didn't lean toward the barbecues on or off with the 702 S2, it was a no-challenge with the 702 Signature. I just needed to leave the barbecues off. The Datuk Gloss finish joined with the driver cluster's splendid metal trim is too perfect to even think about concealing.

From an innovation stance, the 702 Signature speakers use a similar triple propped and back ported bureau, carbon aluminum tweeter in a different processed aluminum shot formed lodging on top of the bureau, a ContinuumTM FST cone midrange driver, and three AerofoilTM Profile bass drivers that were in the 702 S2 model. You might be asking why B&W didn't change the bureau or drivers. Indeed, the bureau is as of now intensely supported, making it basically inactive. B&W likewise didn't change the drivers since they felt the drivers were all the while state of the art innovation. As a perspective, B&W's R&D group gone through north of eight years fostering the Continuum midrange driver material and involved it in the 800 series speakers also.

For this model, they zeroed in rather on further developing the hybrid plan and parts. While the hybrids in the 702 S2 model are now very great, in the 702 Signature, the heatsinks are bigger, signal ways more limited, sidestep capacitors moved up to Mundorf units that are uncommonly treated, and the LF capacitor on the bass segment of the hybrid is additionally redesigned. Basically, the hybrids are presently at or exceptionally close to the level of the 800 series hybrids.

How Does the 702 Signature Perform?

Seeing one more analyst had broken in the B&W 702 Signatures, and I was at that point acquainted with the sonic attributes of the non-signature 702 S2, I didn't burn through much time getting serious.

Music Performance

I utilized the Roon application on an iPad to control music from web-based features Qobuz and Tidal and my Synology NAS.

Song Gardot – "If You Love Me"

All through the assessment time frame, I paid attention to numerous kinds of music. I streamed a few jazz accounts, including Melody Gardot's track "On the off chance that You Love Me" from her Sunset In The Blue collection (Decca) on Qobuz (24 pieces/96 kHz).

I picked this jazz track for several reasons. To begin with, to perceive how well the 702 Signatures duplicated the vocal from a craftsman intimately acquainted to me. Second, there is an inborn polarity to this all around recorded track in that it changes to and fro between a private and broad soundstage, uncovering a speaker's ability in the two settings with a solitary track.

The 702 Signatures worked effectively of tossing a wide soundstage recreating a show corridor during the track's opening by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The hints of the different string instruments appeared to drift in the air from one divider to another. At the point when the track progressed to the hoarse closeness of Gardot's vocal supported simply by a guitar and drum brushes, there was the deception of paying attention to her in a little club. Every single detail in Melody's voice went over so normally and similar, never sounding insightful or even a little bit unforgiving in any capacity.

The rich arrangements floated in and out flawlessly to help the track's sentimentalism without causing unjustifiable to notice the progressions in soundstage width.

Generally, the 702 Signatures gave a refined, firm show acro

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

Bowers and Wilkins 805 D4 Test

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.


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