New B&W 602s3 and LCR-60 thoughts

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  1. RobertSchaez

    RobertSchaez Stunt Coordinator

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    Does anyone have any thoughts on these speakers? I generally liked the 603s2s for mains, except for a little too much mid-bass. Now that my budget has gone the way of the economy, I've had to set my price range a little lower. I will be combining them with a Yamaha RX-V3000, probably with the 601s for surrounds. (65% music, 25% HT)
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  2. John Dunlap

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    You'll find that quite a few people here prefer the 602's to the 603's. If you have a sub I really doubt that you'll be missing much by going w/ the bookshelves. I love the 600 Series. Great speakers for the $$.

    One thing though, if your budget allows I would go for the LCR600 rather than the 60. I never compromise on the Center Channel.
     
  3. Hyun K

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    I prefer the 602's over the 603's. 602 + sub will provide just as good if not better performance than the 603 alone. Give it a listen as see what you think. Don't skimp on the center channel.... it's the most important for HT. Don't get the LCR600 however. If not the LCR60.... pay $100 more than the LCR600 and get the CDM CNT.
     
  4. John Dunlap

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    Hyun,


    The only reason that I did not recommend the CDM-C was that I did'nt think it was timbre matched to the 600 Series. I'm not a B&W owner so I don't know for sure.
     
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  6. RobertSchaez

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    OOPs, I knew I should have used a calculator!. No, I meant 65% music, 35% HT. BTW, wht do you mean by the Midrange is colored?
     
  7. Hyun K

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    John... I own both the CNT and 602S3. Of course the timbre is not EXACT as the LCR 60/600, but it still blends in great and you can have a seamless soundstage with it. Especially for HT, the pros of the CNT over the LCR60/600 (higher clarity & detail, off axis performance) far outweigh the slight differences in timbre which won't be even noticed if the speakers are set up properly.
     
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    I just saw at Tower the new issue of What Hifi? a British stereo magazine.

    The new 602 Series 3 won a bookshelf shootout with 5-6 others in same size/price range.

    Might be good reading on the subject...
     
  9. RobertSchaez

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    Thanks Lee, I'll have to check that out.
     
  10. Arron H

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    Interesting that the 602s are still categorized as a bookshelf. It seems like there should be a middle category between tower and bookshelf for speakers like the 602s, Studio 40s, etc. The 601s are more like what I would consider to be a bookshelf speaker.
     
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    Thanks Hyun, I'm not sure if I can stretch the budget , or if I like the looks and size, but I'll put the CDM-CNT into the mix.
    Rob
     
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    I have a small living room (14ft x 10ft) and I live in a condo so I decided to get the 601 S3 rather than the 602 S3 for my front speakers. I listened to both 601 and 602 for a looong time and I find them very similar except with the lower bass of the 602. I let my B&W subwoofer take care of the low frequencies.

    The 602 looked too big for me. It's like floating "floor-stands" to me. :) But if I had a bigger living room (and a 50" TV), I would definitely get the 602.
     
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    I agree with the posts above, the 602's with a sub do better than than the 603's. (midrange/vocals too forward) Definatly go with the LCR 600 centre as the 60 lacks strength. I found the LCR 600 to meshed better with my 602s however they were still a little weak. (could be my crappy reciever) I did find biwiring (with cheap cable) my LCR 600 improved the clarity of voices in movies. Enjoy
     
  14. NickC

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    does anyone happen to know the msrp for the lcr 60 and 600? I have B&W 602 s3 and In the next week or so I am going to be buying a center channel speaker, which would be the better choice?
     
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    I think the 60 is $350 and the 600 is $500.
     
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    Go with the bigger LCR600. They're a better match with the 602's. The 60's have smaller mids and don't have the punch and clarity that the 600 has.
     
  17. NickC

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    I am stuck with two options, what does everyone think is best, right now I have one pair of b&w 602 s3's, I want to get a full 6.1 setup, I could do one of the following

    A:
    L/R - 602 s3
    Center - LCR 600
    Rear 602 s3
    Rear Center - LCR 60

    B:
    Get three Pairs of 602 s3's for front and rear speakers( I know a few people here have done this and love it, am I losing anything for home theater with this option, the system will probably be like 40% movies, 30%games, 30% music)

    any thoughts?
     
  18. Bob-N

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    If you have the room and don't have placement issues (both centers), I'd get 3 pairs of the 602's. Seamless timbre match all around. The ideal situation for both HT and multi channel music.
     
  19. NickC

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    Is there anyway to get the 602 s3 magnetically sheilded? I just remembered that the 602 isnt sheiled, I put one next to my tv and saw some minor distortion on the corner, when I put it on the top of the tv a saw a lot more distortion..
     
  20. NickC

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    Since the 602 s3 isn't sheilded looks like I am going to have to go with the LCR 600, I think that it is a better choice over the 60 and matches the 602's better. thanks
     

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