B&W trickles tech down to the new 600 Series
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