Bowers and Wilkins have announced a complete line renewal of the best-selling 600 Series loudspeakers. The new repetitions have a more stylish design and announce a movement from the brand's signature yellow Kevlar drivers to the Continuum cones on the 700 and 800 models.
Constructed from a woven composite material, the Continuum driver & # 39; s provide improved dynamics.
The 600 series is the best part of 20 years an important part for Bowers and Wilkins. It is the longest-occupied loudspeaker range after its flagship 800 series, with more than a million sold. "As you can imagine, we did not take this upgrade lightly," Andy Kerr, Director of Product Communication, told Channel News.
The 600 series has undergone a number of revisions since its debut in 1995, first in 1999, and then again in 2001, 2007 and 2014. However, this is their most important redesign ever. A year after the company has re-launched its 700 Series, a number of refinements have been made to the new models.
The earnings 600 series undoubtedly look more stylish. The fascia has been cleaned up dramatically.
The loudspeaker grilles are now magnetic, allowing loudspeaker pins to be removed. All ports have been moved backwards from the front of the speakers, creating a more streamlined appearance. This has also made it possible for the new 607 bookshelf speaker to be a bit more compact than the 686 that it replaces, making it easier to jump on a bookshelf.
Traditional black ash vinyl wrap has also been replaced by a lightly textured black finish that is more interior-friendly. The white finish continues.
Some things, however, remain the same. All 600 series loudspeakers still have a decoupled double dome tweeter, with a double layered aluminum aperture. The tweeter's mesh grid has been lifted out of the 700 series.
The new 600 series consists of two standmounters. The 607 has a 130 mm Continuum bass / midrange driver, while the 606 has a 165 mm Continuum bass / midrange range.
These are accompanied by the 603 three-way floorstander, with two 165mm bass drivers and a 150mm Continuum FST midranger. There is no longer a choice of two midspeakers in the range. Instead, the old HTM62 S2 and HTM61 S2 models have been replaced by the compact HTM6, which combines two 130 mm bass drivers.
The new 600 series gets no less than three subwoofers: the ASW608, ASW610 and ASW610XP, in 8-inch and 10-inch 200w / 500w configurations
Interestingly, there is no Dolby Atmos-specific loudspeaker in the line-up. Andy Kerr says the company advocates ceiling loudspeakers if users want an Atmos sound system. He excludes the production of Dolby Enabled modules.
"We do not believe in it," he told Channel News. "When a Dolby Atmos module is placed on another speaker, the height of the baffle is increased and we spend a lot of time trying to get the tweeter to the top of the baffle because we think this helps with dispersion characteristics. So extending the height of the shot is an intuitive indication from the viewpoint of stereo performance. "