Executive Editor, TechHiveSep 2, 2020 12:00 am PDT
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Bowers & Wilkins is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its entry-level 600 series loudspeakers by introducing S2 Anniversary Editions featuring higher-end internal components and new cabinet finishes.
The 600 Series Anniversary Editions will feature upgraded crossovers and improved bypass capacitors that were first introduced with the Signature versions of B&W’s 700-series speakers, the floor-standing 702 and the stand-mount 705. B&W says its new speakers also sport redesigned high- and mid-frequency capacitors, resulting in greatly improved resolution and transparency across the line.
In addition to the component upgrades, the 600 Series Anniversary Edition speakers will be available in an oak finish in addition to the current matte black and matte white, and a red cherry finish that can be special ordered. A “celebratory” logo will be inscribed on the tweeter surround in either a dark or light finish, depending on the color of the rest of the speaker.
Bookshelf and tower configurations
B&W will also ship Anniversary Editions of its two 600-series bookshelf speakers: The compact 607 S2, outfitted with 1-inch aluminum dome tweeters and 5-inch Continuum cone mid-range/woofers for $700 per pair; and the larger 606 S2, featuring the same tweeters but with bigger, 6.5-inch Continuum cone drivers for $800 per pair. These two speaker sets can be mounted to B&W’s STAV24 S2 floor stands ($200 per pair), which remain the same apart from the S2 Anniversary Edition designation.
B&W developed its Continuum material as a replacement for the Kevlar fiber it formerly used to manufacture its mid-range drivers. The company introduced Continuum with its 800 Series Diamond speakers and has allowed it to trickle down through the rest of its product line, starting with the 704 S2 floor-standing speakers we reviewed around this time in 2017.
There will be one set of floor-standing speakers, the 603 S2 Anniversary Edition: a three-way system featuring the same 1-inch aluminum dome tweeters, 6-inch Continuum mid-range, and dual 6.5-inch paper-cone woofers. The 602 S2 will sell for $2,000 per pair. The company is also introducing an anniversary edition of its HTM6 center-channel speaker, featuring dual 5-inch Continuum cone mid-range/bass drivers flanking a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter.
B&W will carry over its three powered 600-series subwoofers: the ASW608 (8-inch paper/Aramid-fiber cone driven by a 200-watt Class D amplifier), ASW610 (10-inch cone of the same material driven by the same amp), and ASW610XP (same woofer as in the ASW610, but with a beefier 500-watt Class D amp). Prices for the ASW608, ASW610, and ASWs610XP are $500, $800, and $1,500 respectively).
For those interested in outfitting a complete home theater, Bowers & Wilkins offers the 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theatre, a $4,300 bundle that includes the 603 S2 floorstanding speakers, HTM6 S2 center channel, and ASW610 powered subwoofer.
Michael is TechHive's lead editor, with 30+ years of experience covering the tech industry, focusing on the smart home, home audio, and home theater. He built his own smart home in 2007 and used it as a real-world test lab for product reviews. Following a relocation to the Pacific Northwest, he is now converting his new home, an 1890 Victorian bungalow, into a modern smart home.