Bowers & Wilkins this month launches the new 600 Series Anniversary Edition, the seventh generation of its 600 Series loudspeakers. The new range carries over the legacy of value and sound quality of its predecessors, says the company, while featuring new and improved components to ensure it can continue to set the standard for high-performance sound quality at an accessible price point.
The new range is the company’s second-longest continuously available series after the 800 Diamond Series. The new 600 Series Anniversary Edition range offers what the company says are significant component improvements over the sixth version of the 600 Series, introduced in 2018. The 600 Series Anniversary Edition range features four models that combine advanced technology with discreet style, adding a new oak finish to complement the existing matte black or matte white finishes. An additional red cherry finish is available as a special order. All Anniversary Edition speakers also include a new celebratory logo inscribed on the tweeter surround in either light or dark finishes, depending on the color of the rest of the speaker.
The new range includes ‘S2’ specification Anniversary Edition versions of the 607, 606, 603 and the dedicated HTM6 center-channel speaker, while the existing ASW608, ASW610 & ASW610XP subwoofers plus the STAV24 S2 speaker stand continue unchanged. There is also 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theatre home cinema package, based on the 603 S2, 607 S2 and HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition speakers, partnered by the ASW610 subwoofer.
Acoustic performance upgrades come from upgraded crossovers in every model. New and greatly improved bypass capacitors are used across the new Anniversary Series: these have been specially treated by Mundorf and were originally used for the recently launched 700 Series Signature range. In addition, the designs of the main high-frequency and mid-frequency capacitors have been upgraded for improved resolution and transparency across all of the 600 Series Anniversary Edition speakers.
“The 600 Series Anniversary Edition is a classic example of Bowers & Wilkins thinking” said Andy Kerr, director of product marketing & communications. “By using our unique, in-house-developed components and technology from higher ranges, we can raise the performance of our entry-level product to new heights and for a very modest premium. The 600 Series has been setting the standard in its category for 25 years and we’re confident our new Anniversary Edition range will carry on that tradition in style.”
The lineup includes:
603 S2 Anniversary Edition – $1,999.98 / per pair – A floorstanding speaker featuring the Decoupled Double Dome aluminum tweeter, a 150mm (6”) FST Continuum Cone midrange driver plus two 165mm (6.5”) paper-cone bass drivers.
606 S2 Anniversary Edition – $899.98 / per pair – Suitable for stand-mount or bookshelf use, this compact speaker delivers tonal neutrality with bass extension. It combines the Decoupled Double Dome aluminum tweeter technology with a 165mm (6.5”) Continuum Cone mid/bass driver.
607 S2 Anniversary Edition – $699.98 / per pair – Compact stand-mount or bookshelf speaker offering outstanding bass response and insight from its main 130mm (5”) Continuum Cone mid/bass driver.
HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition – $799.99 each – A compact, high-performance center-channel speaker with considerable power and exceptional resolution and precision. Featuring the Decoupled Double Dome tweeter plus dual 130mm (5”) Continuum Cone mid/bass drivers.
STAV24 S2 floorstand – $199.98 per pair – 24-inch stand suitable for use with both 607 S2 and 606 S2 Anniversary Edition
ASW608, ASW610 and ASW610XP – $499.99 / $799.99 / $1,499.99 – Completing the range are three subwoofers carried over unchanged from the sixth-generation 600 Series. Available in matte black or matte white.
600 Series Anniversary Edition Theatre – $4,299.94 – A 5.1 speaker package featuring 603 S2, 607 S2, HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition plus the ASW610 active subwoofer.