Bowers and Wilkins’ 600 sequence has been the bedrock of the storied British speaker model because it was first launched in 1991. The most recent mannequin within the sequence, the 606, is a recent begin. 

It is the primary entry-level B&W speaker to make use of the corporate’s personal silvery Continuum driver launched a number of years in the past. With an inventory worth of $800 (£550 or AU$1,150) — or $100 greater than the 685 S2 it replaces — the 606 marks a shift towards a extra revealing, dynamic sound. 

For those who crave extra pleasure out of your music and flicks, the 606 definitely delivers. Dynamics and bass heft is noticeably higher in than the wonderful 685 S2. The 606 is greatest at creating a big sound stage and uncovering hidden particulars of jazz combos, singer songwriters, blues musicians and classical ensembles. Different varieties of music, specifically trendy pop or rock, could merely sound too vivid for the B&Ws, particularly at decrease volumes.

For those who’re cautious in regards to the electronics you pair the 606 with, you’re going to get loads out of them, however followers of extra forceful music types could also be higher served by the Klipsch RP-600M — and even by the cheaper, extra versatlie Elac Debut 2.zero B6.2. We have been huge followers of the 685 S2 however really feel that the brand new step towards “pleasure” could possibly be going within the unsuitable path.

To Continuum and past!

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Whereas Bowers and Wilkins’ proprietary Continuum cone is probably not new, it’s new to this speaker, having trickled down from more-expensive speaker traces. The 6.5-inch woofer is complemented by a double-dome aluminum driver that is now decoupled from the cupboard to inhibit interference from the mids and bass.

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At 13.5 inches excessive, 7.5 inches broad and 11.eight inches deep, the cupboard itself is roughly the identical measurement as that of the 685 S2. The principle distinction is that it is ported on the rear. 

It is debatable whether or not this really influences bass response. There is a faculty of thought that front-mounted ports could be positioned nearer to partitions, however we have discovered that even unported, sealed audio system additionally exhibit boundary impact, or boosted bass, in the identical place. B&W advised us the distinction is not significant between front- or rear-mounted ports on this mannequin. Even so, you’d nonetheless need to give the 606 somewhat respiratory room — at the very least 6 inches from a wall. Whilst you’re fiddling round in the back of the speaker, you may discover two units of binding posts beneath the proprietary Circulate Port. 

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As intriguing because the technological enhancements are, among the speaker’s total luster is held again by a considerably humdrum end. It would not fairly look or really feel like an $800 speaker.

The speaker is available in a alternative of two shade choices — black or white. Our evaluation pattern had a white-matte end with a face plate that was a unique shade of white from the very gentle grey speaker field. The refined shade combine has its attraction, however it might upset sticklers used to the seamless, single-color end of the 700 sequence or that of competing audio system from Q Acoustics. As well as, the 606’s driver encompass is plastic and can flex on the contact.

All that stated, at a seated distance although the audio system look sharp, and we significantly just like the addition of magnetic speaker grilles, although like all audio system they sound barely higher with the grilles eliminated.

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