N. Reading, MA. August 25, 2020. This month sees the launch of the new 600 Series Anniversary Edition, the seventh generation of Bowers & Wilkins 600 loudspeakers. This range shares the same blend of outstanding value and superlative sound quality as its forebears but features new and improved components at an accessible price point. This new range is the company’s second-longest continuously available after the legendary 800 Series Diamond
There are 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.
This new range includes “S2” specification Anniversary Edition versions of the 607, 606, 603 and the dedicated HTM6 center channel speaker, while the existing ASW608, ASW610, and ASW610XP subwoofers and the STAV24 S2 speaker stand continue unchanged. There is also a 600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater home cinema package, based on the 603, S2, 607 S2 and HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition speakers, partnered by the ASW610 subwoofers.
Acoustic performance improvements come from upgraded crossovers in every model. New and greatly improved bypass capacitors are used across the new Anniversary Series, specially treated by Mundorf, that 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, resulting in much-improved resolution and transparency.
“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 products 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 are confident that our new Anniversary Edition range will carry on that tradition in style.”
The line-up (with prices) includes:
603 S2 Anniversary Edition–$1,999.98/per pair (USD). A floor-standing speaker delivering outstanding power, scale, accuracy and musicality. Featuring the Decoupled Double-Dome aluminum tweeter, a 150 mm (6”) FST Continuum Cone midrange driver plus two 165 mm (6.5”) paper-cone bass drivers.
606 S2 Anniversary Edition–$898.98/per pair (USD). Suitable for stand-mount or bookshelf use, it combines the Decoupled 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 with a Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter and a 130mm (5’) Continuum Cone mid/bass driver.
HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition–$799.99 (USD). A compact high-performance center-channel speaker featuring the Decoupled Dome tweeter plus dual 130mm (5’) Continuum Cone mid/bass driver.
STAV24 S2 floorstand–$199.98 per pair (USD). A 24” stand suitable for use with both 607 S2 and 606 S2 Anniversary Edition speakers.
ASW608, ASW610 and ASW610XP–$499.99/$799.99/$1499.99 (USD). Completing the range are three exceptional subwoofers unchanged from the sixth-generation 600 Series. Available in matte black or matte white.
600 Series Anniversary Edition Theater–$4299.94 (USD). 5.1 speaker package featuring the 603 S2, 607 S2, HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition plus the ASW610 active subwoofer.