Bowers & Wilkins Celebrates 25 Years With New 600 Series Anniversary Edition Speaker Range

September 2 2020, 01:10
Among the uncertainty of Bowers & Wilkins being acquired (apparently a negotiation process is ongoing with Sound United, the parent company to Denon, Marantz and Polk Audio) and the certainty of the recent restructuring, following the separation from Eva Automation, the famous brand is celebrating 25 years in the audio industry, six generations of engineering, and more than a million products sold. To signal the anniversary, B&W launched the new 600 Series Anniversary Edition, the seventh generation of 600 Series loudspeakers from Bowers & Wilkins. 

The new Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition range shares the same blend of values as its six forebears but, in the brand's best tradition, it features new and improved components to ensure it can continue to set the standard for high-performance sound quality at an accessible price point.

For 25 years, the 600 Series has been the most affordable introduction to the Bowers & Wilkins family of hi-fidelity loudspeakers. The new range is the company’s second-longest continuously available series after the legendary 800 Series Diamond.

Bowers & Wilkins has always been unique in developing and manufacturing all key components in-house and in passing those technologies down between ranges over time. This policy has consistently allowed 600 Series models to offer better quality components and technologies than comparable competitors, enabling sound quality rivaling that of far more expensive speakers.

The new 600 Series Anniversary Edition range has followed this same path by offering 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 centre channel speaker, while the existing ASW608, ASW610 & ASW610XP subwoofers plus the STAV24 S2 speaker stand continue unchanged. There’s also a 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theatre home cinema package, based on the 603 S2, 607 S2 and HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition speakers, partnered with a ASW610 subwoofer.

Upgraded crossovers in every Anniversary Series model use new and greatly improved bypass capacitors. These have been specially treated by Mundorf and were originally used for the recently launched 700 Series Signature range. In addition, the main high-frequency and mid-frequency capacitors have been upgraded with new, improved designs. The result, Bower & Wilkins states, is "greatly 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,” says 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 line-up includes:
603 S2 Anniversary Edition – $1,999.98 / per pair (USD)
A floorstanding speaker delivering power, scale, accuracy and musicality. 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 (USD)
Suitable for stand-mount or bookshelf use, this compact speaker delivers superior resolution and tonal neutrality with outstanding bass extension. 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 (USD)
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 (USD)
A compact high-performance centre-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 (USD)
24in stand suitable for use with both the 607 S2 and 606 S2 Anniversary Edition speakers.

ASW608, ASW610 and ASW610XP – $499.99 / $799.99 / $1,499.99 (USD)
Completing the range are the 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 (USD)
This is a 5.1 speaker package featuring 603 S2, 607 S2, HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition speakers plus the ASW610 active subwoofer.
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