Affordable Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Benefits from Growing R&D Capabilities
The newly announced Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series provides homeowners with a choice of reasonably priced speaker products that feature the company’s latest technologies.
Robert Archer · August 21, 2018
Designed to balance the budgetary concerns homeowners have along with complementary aesthetics and high levels of performance, the 600 Series features four new loudspeakers and a pair of subwoofers for low-frequency reinforcement.
Bowers & Wilkins says its newly redesigned 600 Series blends in with a range of audio systems, including stereos with turntables, home theaters, and whole-house audio where traditional speakers are desired.
“The 600 Series is the perfect entry point into the Bowers & Wilkins high-fidelity audio experience,” says Richard Campbell, chief revenue officer, Bowers & Wilkins.
“The new 600 Series embodies the original ethos of John Bowers’ mission to deliver [the] best sound quality and to set new standards for audio performance.”
Over the past few years, Andy Kerr, director of product marketing, Bowers & Wilkins, says the company has been involved in a number of projects, but as a company predicated on performance, it did not want to compromise with the development of the 600 Series through avenues such as outsourcing of designs and components.
Kerr emphasizes the 600 Series has been an important product line for Bowers & Wilkins since the mid-1990s, and it is a, “massively important part of our story.”
Trickle Down Technologies Bolster Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series
Bowers & Wilkins utilized technologies from some of its other product lines when developing the sixth-generation 600 Series.
The 600 Series employs B&W's Continuum cone midrange driver, which was first introduced as part of its flagship 800 Series Diamond range of loudspeakers. Bowers & Wilkins says the use of the Continuum midrange driver improves the transparency and accuracy of its Kevlar cone drivers.
The Continuum drivers can be found on every model within the 600 Series, and the line also utilizes an updated version of Bower & Wilkins Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter. The company says the Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter design produces more accurate high frequencies.
“A result of a massive research project to cascade back technology we introduced to the market last year in our premium 700 Series range,” says Kerr.
“So what we are doing is introducing our advanced Continuum midrange cone into every model in the 600 Series range. That [results in] a tremendous increase in the transparency and accuracy in the sound you are going to get. At the same time, we’ve taken the opportunity to upgrade every other driver in the speakers as well.”
Here are the new 600 Series products:
- Bowers & Wilkins 603 ($900 each): The flagship 600 Series speaker is a floorstanding model that includes a Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter, a Continuum midrange driver, and dual-paper cone woofers.
- Bowers & Wilkins 606 ($400 each): A bookshelf model that includes a Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter and 6.5-inch Continuum Cone midrange driver.
- Bowers & Wilkins 607 ($300 each): A small bookshelf speaker that features a 5-inch Continuum Cone midrange driver.
- Bowers & Wilkins HTM6 ($599 each) center-channel speaker: A slim-footprint speaker with a Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter, and a pair of 5-inch Continuum midrange drivers.
- Bowers & Wilkins ASW610XP, ASW610 and ASW608 subwoofers ($1,200, $650 and $500 each respectively): Designed to augment the low-end extension of the 600 Series, the trio of subwoofers feature the company’s latest finish options.
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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at email@example.com
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