|Bowers & Wilkins Brings 800 Series Technologies To An All New 600 Loudspeaker Series|
|Home Theater News Floorstanding Loudspeakers News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Thursday, 21 June 2007|
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A Shorter, More Focused Line-up.
The latest 600 range has been streamlined to provide you with a full range of choices for both home theater and music system applications.
686 -- $450/pair. The new entry-level model is a very compact (10.4-inch x 6.7-inch x 9.8-inch HWD) two-way vented design with a 5-inch Kevlar bass/midrange driver and a 1-inch Nautilus tube-loaded aluminum dome tweeter. The 686 will sit on a bookshelf or stand, and comes with a wall bracket as well.
685 -- $600/pair. In a somewhat larger enclosure, with a 6.5-inch Kevlar cone bass/midrange driver and the 1-inch Nautilus tube-loaded tweeter, the 685 replaces the 601S3 and the 602S3.
684 -- $1,000/pair. Next up in the range is a two-and-half-way, vented-box, floorstander that features two new 6.5-inch Kevlar cone bass/midrange drivers.
683 --$1,400/pair. At the top of the new 600 Series is a floor standing speaker. The 683 is a true three-way vented-box system with two high power, low distortion 6.5-inch aluminum bonded to paper/Kevlar bass drivers. The first of the 600 series to receive the coveted 6-inch FST midrange driver, the 683 is rounded out with the same 1-inch aluminum tweeter and Nautilus housing.
Home Theater Takes Center Stage.
While the new 600 models are superb music reproducers, particular attention has been paid to the home theater aspects of the range.
HTM62 -- $400/each. HTM61 -- $600/each. Bowers & Wilkins provides two system-matching options for the all important center channel position. The first, the HTM62, is a two-way vented-box system with dual 5-inch Kevlar bass/midrange drivers and a 1-inch Nautilus tube-loaded aluminum tweeter. The more potent HTM61 increases the SPL capability of the system with a true three-way vented-box system comprising one 6.5-inch Kevlar bass/midrange, a 6-inch FST Kevlar midrange, and a 1-inch Nautilus tube-loaded aluminum tweeter. The HTM61’s performance is simply amazing and offers a clear step-up opportunity.
To handle deep bass duties there are three new subwoofers that offer very compact dimensions and stylish cosmetics, yet really deliver the goods sonically. Each uses rugged driver cones formed from a precise mix of paper pulp, Kevlar fibers and resin.
Two hundred watt Class D ICEpower amplifiers provide clean, fast power while remaining cool and ultra-solid cabinet construction keeps the sound free from coloration even during the most demanding passages.
ASW608 -- $450/each. ASW610 -- $600/each. ASW610XP -- $1,000/each. First in the subwoofer line-up is the ASW608, with a long excursion 8-inch bass driver and retailing for $450. The output capability of this quite small design is -6dB at 25Hz, from an enclosure measuring only 10.2-inch x 10.2-inch x 13-inch! In the middle spot is the ASW610 with a robust 10-inch bass driver on a footprint only slightly larger (12.2-inch x 12.2-inch x 14.8-inch). Once again, Bowers & Wilkins achieves more output from a smaller enclosure. The ASW610 provides an excellent -6dB at 20Hz and sets a new benchmark for a modestly priced sub. For the largest theaters employing the 600 Series models, the ASW610XP is the perfect match. It features a superb new 10-inch driver driven by two 200W Class D ICEpower amplifiers connected to its dual voice coils. This technique provides greater control and extension, to a truly impressive 18Hz, and is part of the reason the ASW610XP is Bowers & Wilkin’s best subwoofer effort yet at $1,000 retail.
DS3/CDS3 -- $400/each. To finish off the 600 Series home theater packages, Bowers & Wilkins has upgraded their very popular DS3 on-wall surround speaker, as well as its recessed cousin, the CDS3. Sharing all the new technologies developed for the range, this is a selectable dipole/monopole design with a 5-inch Kevlar bass/midrange driver, two 3-inch midrange/ tweeters and the new 1-inch tweeter.
Finishes and Availability.
The new 600 Series will be available initially in two premium finishes: black ash and red cherry. A third finish, the very popular wenge, will be added later this year.
Bowers & Wilkins will begin shipping the 600 Series in two phased launches.
Phase I – Available June 1, 2007. Shipments will focus on music systems, with the top of the range 683 and the two bookshelf models, the 686 and 685. Also at this time the HTM62 center channel, CDS3 recessed surround, and DS3 on-wall (black only) will ship. As noted, finishes available initially will be black ash and cherry with wenge to follow later in the year.
Phase II – Available July/August 2007. Bowers & Wilkins will add the 684, HTM61, ASW608 and ASW610. The ASW610XP will follow these models 30 to 60 days later.
Source: Press Release