Sound & Image gears up with the new B&W 600 Series.

Saturday, 26 July 2014 |



We’re proud to offer you the latest version of the Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) 600 Series range of high-end speakers which improves on its predecessor’s legendary combination of outstanding value and exemplary audio performance. The new 600 Series brings high-end sound quality within the reach of more people than ever before, using the cutting-edge technologies and class-leading design for which B&W is world renowned.

B&W’s previous 600 Series speakers won numerous international awards for its mix of value and performance, but it was time to raise the bar again. The new range consists of six new speakers with improvements in virtually every element of their design. The new range is versatile, discreetly stylish and able to compete against far more expensive rivals. All models in the range are available in the traditional black ash finish or the new satin white finish.

Technology

On the technology side, the new 600 Series offers a new Decoupled Double Dome tweeter assembly, Anti-Resonance Plugs used for mid/bass drive units, and, of course, the iconic B&W Kevlar cones are once-again employed. Added to these proven technologies are new advances developed specifically for the new 600 Series, comprising new Dual Layer aluminium bass drivers and new tweeter decoupling technology. The Decoupled Double Dome tweeter is a major technological advance, and consists of two separate aluminium domes. The second dome’s centre portion is cut out and the hollow dome is glued to the first dome. This creates a remarkably light, stiff tweeter dome with double the strength on the edges where it’s prone to breakup. The entire tweeter assembly is then completely decoupled from the cabinet using an anti-resonance gel. This is the first time in B&W’s history this technology has been used with an in-cabinet tweeter.

The Decoupled Double Dome tweeter has stunning clarity and tonal purity, plus outstanding imaging and dispersion. Combined with the other advancements, the new 600 Series sets an all-new standard for affordable loudspeakers and is a serious contender in this price class.

Model lineup

The new 600 Series range is at home in either stereo hi-fi or home theatre applications and comprises of 2 floorstander, 2 bookshelf and 2 centre channel models. The 3 subwoofer options from the previous 600 Series remain unchanged.

·       The 683 floorstander - the largest speaker in the new 600 Series –designed to deliver outstanding power, accuracy and musicality. Featuring 6,5-inch FST Kevlar midrange driver and 2 x 6,5-inch aluminium bass drivers and the Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter.

·       The 684 floorstander – much slimmer than it’s predecessor, yet still offering a great combination of spectacular audio performance and unbeatable value. Featuring smaller 5-inch Kevlar drivers and the Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter.

·       The 685 bookshelf - The new 685 speaker is destined to follow in the footsteps of its highly acclaimed predecessor – the outgoing 685 – and it is set to become recognized as the definitive affordable stand-mount loudspeaker. Featuring 6,5-inch Kevlar midbass driver and the Decoupled Double Dome tweeter.

·       The 686 bookshelf/wallmount - At just 16cm-wide, the 686 speaker is the most compact speaker in B&W’s new 600 Series. It features a 5-inch midbass driver and Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter. It now has a front firing port and a built-in bracket for wall mounting – making it ideal as a surround speaker.

·       The HTM61 centre channel - is the larger of the new 600 Series centre speakers – a perfect match for the mighty 683 floorstanders. Employing  two powerful 6.5-inch bass drivers, and an FST midrange driver. The result is a serious centre speaker ideal for the biggest on-screen action.

·       The HTM62 centre channel - is a slimmer centre speaker, but it still provides considerable power and exceptional precision. It has two 5-inch Kevlar drivers for ample punch and the Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter.

·       The ASW610XP, ASW610 and ASW608 are the three subwoofers that complete the range’s home cinema credentials. These are carried across from the previous 600 Series, but have updated finishes to match the new 600 Series speakers.

Conclusion

The new B&W 600 Series combines unbeatable value and best-ever performance. Vastly improving on every facet of its predecessors, the new 600 Series comfortably surpasses the outgoing range’s already excellent reputation for outstanding value and exemplary audio performance.

We’re more than happy to discuss your unique system requirements with you and how to integrate the new 600 Series into your home.

Speak to one of our consultants at Menlyn on (012) 368-1440 or Sandton on (011) 884-5165.