B&W 601 s2

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  1. Zack<P>

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    i just got a set of these off a friend i work with for about 400. needless to say these speakers just put my yahmahas to shame. the sound is crisp and clear specialy when listening to blues and jazz. now i need to find some new floor standing speakers. anyone have a good suggestion on this. i was think of B&W 604 or 603 depending on how much i can afford. im looking for great sound at a decent price.
     
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    Will there be a sub in the equation?

    As my NAD dealer likes to say, why buy bass twice?

    I have 601 S1's for the back, and 604 S1's for the front, rounded out by a CC6 center, and a HSU 1225 Sub. The point being that I am pretty well wasting the low end capability of the 604's such that I would be just as well off with a 601 or 602.

    If you have a sub, and crossover at 80 Hz or so, a 604 would be largely wasted, although their height does get the tweeter up where it needs to be!

    But when I bought them, I needed floor standers, as my daughter was just starting to crawl, and stand mounts would have been too dangerous. So, I found a nice pair of 604s used. Liked them so much, I rounded out the set with other the rest of my B&Ws.

    But were I to do it today, I see no need for the 604s. A 601 or 602 would work just as well.

    But, you are on the right track looking for S2 600 series B&W's. The benefit of sticking with the same brand, and type of speaker can not be overstated. It took my a while to assemble the set, but now that I have it, I would never go back to mismatched speakers.

    BGL
     
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    ok i have a vylodine 10 powered sub not sure the model. a yahmaha vx1200 reciever so yeah come to think about it i do have the lows covered. im not sur if it covers the 80 hrz though. anyway thanks for the imput and saving me bookoo bucks man. btw i didnt get ripped off on those 601 s2 for 400 bucks did i.they dont have 10 hrs of playing time on them either or so he says.
     
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    You have a good start with the 601S2s. I've had those speakers as my HT rears for five years now and I still love them. Stick with the 600 series. I would recommend 602s for the fronts, along with the LCR600 for the center. Then you'll be set.
     
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    I've had my B&Ws for a couple of years now and love them to death. I have the DM620i for the fronts, DM602 for rears and the DM600 IFS for center channel. I bought mine used from a friend who had moved over from England, hence the funny product lines.
    What are you using for your receiver? The B&W sound great on my Harman Kardon receiver.
     
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    I don't think you got "ripped off" but I don't think you got the deal-of-the-century either. Didn't they retail for $450/$500 new? 5 years ago? Look, don't fret it. They're great speakers.

    I have both the 603s and the 601s and have used them both as mains at different points for practical reasons. In both configs, I used a sub (full-time) to compliment the speakers.

    I prefer the sound of the 603's for music and found the bass was (measurably) smoother and the mids/highs more detailed. They also gave me a better soundstage. The 601s are a great speaker with a super price/performance value. While I prefer the 603s as mains... you pay more than twice as much (if I remember the MSRPs correctly). You're certainly hitting the point of deminishing marginal returns, IMO.

    --steve
     
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    for the reciever im running the yahmaha vx1200. awsome reciever since ive owned it i have never had a single complaint against the system .
     
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    for the reciever im running the yahmaha vx1200. awsome reciever since ive owned it i have never had a single complaint against the system .
     

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