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B&W 602 or 603

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Kobus, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. Kobus

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    Can any of you give me your opinion on sound difference of the above.
    I want to use them as fronts in a home cinema setup, driven by pioneer ax5 (7x100w). I will be using a sub. I also listen to music.

    Also do both have to stand away from the wall.
     
  2. Ed Selley

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    Virtually every B&W design works best in free space and that applies to both designs. Even the 602 can be fairly overpowering in a small room but if you have the space they are both pretty good. The 603 should have a shedload of bass and save you the cost of stands. I guess it boils down to the size of the room.
     
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    room size 6 x 4 m (+- 20 x 13 feet)
     
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    That should be big enough for either design. As said the 603 would save you the cost of the stands and I generally find floorstanders more aethetically attractive than their stand mounted colleagues.
     
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    Hi Kobus,

    As you can read from my signiture, I now have both. I used to have my 602's at the front, and then upgraded to 603's, and pushed the 602's to the rear.

    Reason why I upgraded was music, from my then new Arcam CD72 & A80 amp. The 603's in stereo, to my limited ears of experience, have a lot more clarity than the 602's. I have a mixed bag of CD's and am able to hear everything from each track, without being drowned out by the bass, of which there is plenty from the 603's :) Before the CD72, The 602's had a good 3 years or so of pleasing my ears in a 5.1 surround setup, plus a really good sound in stereo, until the below.

    The thing that swung it for me was the demo I had in the local Hi-Fi shop. I went there to see if it was worth upgrading the 602's to 603's, and IMHO, I could hear a difference with the music I took with me to demo. And with the bass the 603's give, I could feel it as well with a good Prodigy track! In surround setup, the 603's do a grand job, but are not overly stretched given my sub doing the hard work. To be honest, I have really noticed the 602's in the rear, but that's coz I used to have a couple of 10 year old mission speakers back there!!

    My room is about 3.5 by 7 m, with the 603's about a 70 cm off the front wall. I love the 603's now I have them, but I would recommend anyone thinking of them doing a demo as well, just so you can hear it, or not, with your own ears. Take your own CD's, and DVD's where neccessary.

    If I had to give you my answer, I would say stick with the 602's for great 5.1, but if you want better stereo, go for the 603's. But try it yourself and see what you think

    Andy
     
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    If size is an issue the 600s3's are the smallest in the M range. They can be wall mounted (though bigger than typicall speakers for this application) and the brackets hold them sufficiently off the wall to allow air flow from the rear. My HT room is quite small in comparison approx 12ft x 9ft and these are ideal. I'm no expert but it seems your going for quite large speakers for the room dimensions. Considering you might typically have x2F, x2R, x1C + Sub, that's a lot of speaker in a small room. My decision to look seriously at the 600s3 (after the excellent demo I had), was very much driven by aesthetics as well as sound; I didn't want the speakers to be over bearing physically. Have you demo'd the 600s3's? They sound great. If the sound is different between the 600s3's, 01's, 02's, 03's, by what degree and would this be as noticibale in a home environment typically not built with acoustics in mind (as you would have in a HI-Fi shop demo room).

    x4 DM600s3 + LCR60 + ASW600 = £1000
    x4 DM601s3 + LCR60 + ASW600 = £1100
    x4 DM602s3 + LCR60 + ASW600 = £1200

    Freq. Response, Range, Sensitivty differ between models and of course Dimmensions & Weight as each model increases. The Bass/Midrange Drive unit is incrementally larger through the range, High Freq. Drive remains the same size. All models have the same power Handling of 25W - 120W into 8 ohms on unclipped programme, the same dispersion, harmonic distortion and cross-over frequency.

    As I say, if your ears are perfectly homed to detail and your room is designed for accoustics, then it's no doubt worth getting the model which picks up on the range of detail you expect. If not, then why not consider the 600s3's and save £200 plus some visual air space?
     

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