Last month, Bowers & Wilkins announced the 600 Series Anniversary Edition, the seventh generation of the product line, and with new components which “continue to set the standard for high-performance sound quality at an accessible price point.” The new range includes the Anniversary Edition Theatre, a 5.1 speaker package featuring 2 x 603 S2, 2 x 607 S2, the HTM6 S2 center channel and ASW610 active subwoofer, all with a package price of $4,299.99.

The 600 series has been in production for 25 years, the second longest continuously available series after the 800 Series Diamond, and all key components are manufactured in-house. As well as incorporating improved components over the earlier 2018 line, the models are available in an oak or special order cherry finish, adding to the existing matte black or white colors. There is also a celebratory logo inscribed on the tweeter surround of each speaker.

600 Series Anniversary Edition Home Cinema

Upgraded crossovers in every model are joined by improved bypass capacitors, originally used for the recently launched 700 Series Signature range. B&W also says that the main high-frequency and mid-frequency capacitors have all been upgraded with new, improved designs.

“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 full line-up with pricing is below:

603 S2 Anniversary Edition – $1,999.98 / per pair (USD)
A floorstanding speaker delivering outstanding 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 stunning 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 607 S2 and 606 S2 Anniversary Edition

ASW608, ASW610 and ASW610XP – $499.99 / $799.99 / $1,499.99 (USD)
Completing the range are three exceptional subwoofers carried over unchanged from the sixth generation 600 Series. Available in matte black or matte white.

600 Series Anniversary Edition Theatre – $4,299.99 (USD)
5.1 speaker package featuring 603 S2, 607 S2, HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition plus the ASW610 active subwoofer.

For more information, visit B&W.

 

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Martin Dew

editor