B&W trick­les tech down to the new 600 Se­ries

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It has now been a cou­ple of years since Bow­ers & Wilkins up­graded their top-of-the-range ‘800’ se­ries of speak­ers. The ‘700’ se­ries was up­dated late last year, and now it is time for the ‘600’ se­ries to be re­vamped.

This new se­ries is the lat­est ren­di­tion of a range ini­tially re­leased in 1991, and which has won many five-star re­views and awards along the way. This se­ries rep­re­sents their most af­ford­able range of ‘hi-fi’ speak­ers (they do man­u­fac­ture a lower priced range of small on-wall or desk­top speak­ers, and an im­pres­sive range of ar­chi­tec­tural speak­ers).

In keep­ing with B&W’s phi­los­o­phy of trickle-down tech­nol­ogy, the new 600 se­ries fea­tures their Con­tin­uum cone – ini­tially de­vel­oped for the 800 se­ries, and later in­cor­po­rated into the 700 se­ries. This cone ma­te­rial is par­tic­u­larly good for mid-range re­pro­duc­tion, the area where most of recorded ma­te­rial ex­ists, and the area where the ear is most sen­si­tive.

B&W have also up­graded the De­cou­pled Dou­ble Dome tweeter used in the pre­vi­ous se­ries. As a re­sult Bow­ers & Wilkins have been able to im­prove on what was al­ready a great, and pop­u­lar, range of loud­speak­ers.

This new se­ries con­sists of seven mod­els – two book­shelf, one floor­stand­ing, one cen­tre chan­nel, and the three sub-woofers be­low (which re­main un­changed from the old se­ries).

603: 3-way floor-stand­ing with 6” Con­tin­uum midrange and 2 x 6.5” pa­per pro­file bass driv­ers: $2,699

The ex­ist­ing three sub­woofers: the ASW610XP, ASW610 and ASW608.

606: 2-way book­shelf with 6.5” Con­tin­uum midrange/bass: $1,149

607: 2-way book­shelf with 5” Con­tin­uum midrange/bass: $949

HTM6: 2-way cen­tre chan­nel with 2 x 5” Con­tin­uum midrange/bass driv­ers: $799

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