Bowers & Wilkins Launches 600 Series Anniversary Edition
Bowers & Wilkins' iconic 600 Series celebrates 25 years as a fan-favourite with a new Anniversary Edition range.
The Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition comes to replace the 2018-launched iteration that brought the Continuum Cone to the series. It also marks 25 years and ushers in the seventh-generation of the company's most popular series with over a million sales under its belt, not to mention it being the longest-running series after the venerable 800 Series Diamond.
The new range promises the same winning blend of value and sound quality as its six forebears but features new and improved components. The 600 Series Anniversary Edition range features four models and brings in new oak and, in APAC markets, red cherry finishes in addition to the existing matte black and matte white finishes. You also get a new celebratory logo inscribed on the tweeter surround in either light or dark finishes, depending on the colour of the rest of the speaker.
The new range includes 'S2' specification Anniversary Edition versions of the 607 ($999 RRP) and 606 ($1,299 RRP) stand mounters and the 603 ($2,999 RRP) floor stander along with the dedicated HTM6 centre channel speaker ($899). Meanwhile, the ASW608, ASW610, and ASW610XP subwoofers plus the STAV24 S2 speaker stand continue unchanged. Naturally, Bowers & Wilkins has also updated its 600 Series home cinema package that bundles the 603 S2, 607 S2 and HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition speakers with an ASW610 subwoofer for $5,996 RRP.
The new range boasts upgraded crossovers in every model along with new and vastly improved bypass capacitors which have been “specially treated” by Mundorf and were initially used for the recently launched 700 Series Signature range.
Additionally, the main high-frequency and mid-frequency capacitors have been upgraded with new and improved designs. The overall result, says Bowers & Wilkins, is greatly improved resolution and transparency across all of the 600 Series Anniversary Edition speakers.
Andy Kerr, Director of Product Marketing & Communications, told StereoNET:
The 600 Series Anniversary Edition is a classic example of Bowers & Wilkins thinking. 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 603 S2 Anniversary Edition floorstanding speaker features a Decoupled Double Dome aluminium tweeter, a 150mm (6-inch) FST Continuum Cone midrange driver plus a pair of 165mm (6.5-inch) paper-cone bass drivers.
The 606 and 607 S2 Anniversary Edition standmount/bookshelf loudspeakers both combine a Decoupled Double Dome aluminium tweeter with a Continuum Cone mid/bass driver. The smaller 607 sports a 130mm (5-inch) Continuum driver, whereas the 606 boasts the 165mm (6.5-inch) model.
The compact centre-channel speaker, HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition, is kitted out with a pair of 130mm (5-inch) Continuum Cone mid/bass units along with a Decoupled Double Dome tweeter.
The Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series S2 Anniversary Edition loudspeakers are available now with the RRPs being:
- 603 S2 Anniversary Edition – $2,999 RRP
- 606 S2 Anniversary Edition – $1,299 RRP
- 607 S2 Anniversary Edition – $999 RRP
- HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition – $899 RRP