BOWERS & Wilkins has revamped its award-winning 600 Series speakers that have found homes in countless hi-fi and home theatre systems over the years. Apart from a slightly new look, we’re told that the upgrades include technology adopted from the company’s premium lines.
Double-dome tweeters, previously seen only on the CM10, are employed here, along with mid-bass drivers that use anti-resonance dust caps derived from the PM1.
There are other specific characteristics to the new 600 – decoupled tweeters that float in a gel cushion for effective separation from the cabinet, and improved bass drivers that have an extra bracing ring of aluminium to raise the break-up frequency.
The number of models has been expanded, and the range now comprises two floorstanders (683, 684), two standmounts (685, 686), two centre-channel units (HTM61, HTM62), a satellite (DS3) and three powered subwoofers (ASW610, ASW610XP and ASW608).
The familiar Kevlar cones of the drivers don’t break the design mould, but the tweeter surround is more compact, lending the baffle a cleaner, if more generic look. The “Flowport” vent’s surface is dimpled to minimise turbulence and improve bass response when played loud. Bowers & Wilkins touts the range as suitable for a variety of applications.
The 600 Series is available only in black ash – check with your dealer for prices and availability.