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B&W DM601S3 as centre, yes or no?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Timh, Sep 20, 2003.

  1. Timh

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    I have a pair of B&W 603S3's for left and right fronts. Today I tested a B&W CC6S1 for centre channel use, I wasn't that impressed with the sound quality, I even thought my Tannoy Mc centre sounded better :eek:
    Maybe the LCR60S3 will be better but a 601S3 would match better with my 603's as they use the identical drivers.
    Any comments appreciated on this subject.

    I guess it will be hard to get hold of one DM601 :(

    Cheers
     
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    I've got the 602s2's and a CC6s2 running at the moment and indeed the centre is crap.......i have a pair of 601s2's upstairs and i tried one of them as a center and it sounded a lot better then the CC6s2.
    i think the CC6 is an OK speaker if you use it for L/C/R, but if you have anything better for L/R duites then it does stick out a bit as the weakest link.
    If you have the money to spend then the LCR600 (I think it's called) would be a lot better and would match the 603's.

    I wish i had brought the LCR6 when it came out, for center duties.....but i guess we all do things we regret.

    If you have the money then go for it.
    You never know, someone on the classified section might buy your CC6 off you.

    I hope someone will buy mine as i am hoping to change to Actives.....when they everntully turn up.
     
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    I had a C60S3, and a guy bought it from me to use as a front. That centre Kicked ass (for me anyway). I have 601's3 for music. Don't think it would be a good idea to use one as a centre
     
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    Hi Timh,

    I used to run 4 601 S3s and a LCR60. I eventually swapped the centre channel for another 601 and found it to be a massive improvement over the LCR60.

    Personally I think it's better to have identical speakers across the front of the soundstage (at least)!.

    By the way B&W sell their speakers singularly. ;)

    RastaCat
     
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    It's just not what the 601's are designed for. . Go demo the R60 before you make your mind up
     
  6. Timh

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    Hi all

    Lucky for me the CC6 was on loan so I could test it out :)
    The LCR600 is out of my price range but the LCR60 is not.
    So maybe I should demo the LCR60, but I do prefer the idea of having the same speakers accross the front, hence my thoughts of going for the 601 as it has the same speaker cones, apart from the alloy base cone on the 603, oh and of course there is the cabinet size differance.

    Rastacat... where did you here that B&w sell singularly?
    I just emailed B&W & superfi about buying singularly.
    Maybe I could get the 601 for £125 half the price of a pair, or £200 for the LCR60 but with smaller drivers :confused:

    Thanks for your comments.
     
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    Thought this was difference between the LRC60 and 600. In that the 60 had the drivers from the 601 and 600 that from the 603 hence how they match up to different front speakers.

    I currently have 603s3 on the front and 601s2 on the rear. I was using a CC6s2 on the centre but to match up the sound stage this is going to be put in the rear and I buy a new LRC600 when I go to 6.1
     
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    I've got the LCR60s3 with the DM603s3 fronts. B&W do recommend the LCR600 for these speakers (as said they have the same sized drivers), but rather than being out of my price range they were just far too big :eek: .
    I think that the LCR60 is a good match for the 603's as they are all from the same range and therefore tonaly matched.

    Mark.
     
  9. Timh

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    The 601 / 603 / LR600 have the same size drivers (160mm).
    I believe the LR60 has the same size as the 600 (130mm).

    Mark...How good does the CHT-10 blend with the 603's, I may be going for this sub in the near future after my centre upgrade.

    Tim
     
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    I'm not sure what's meant by this remark. :confused:

    The only way to get an exact tonal match is to use exactly the same speakers and amplification (but that's another story). Not a speaker with similar drivers or a speaker with the same drivers in a different sized box, the speakers must be of the same model, end of story.

    Don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself and you'll see the difference immediately.

    By the way it was B&W's web site that stated their speakers could be bought singularly. :smoke:

    RastaCat
     
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    Great sub that took no time to get setup and intergrated. The setup was very simple, the only thing that took time was moving it around to prevent too much booming. I believe this is standard for all subs though.
    Now that its all set up I forget that its even there, until I switch it off that is and then there is a massive gap in the sound.
    Others will obviously recommend different subs, but this is not my first but definetly the best sub I have owned to date.

    Mark.
     
  12. Timh

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    RastaCat

    I was just stating the size of the drivers for comparison, I would love to go for a 603 as a centre but the height of this speaker would block the image on my projection screen :(

    Mark
    Thanks for your views on the CHT-10, I will be able to demo my Brothers CHT-10 for 2 weeks, when he goes on his Hols :D
     
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    Nice brother!
    Now do think I could get my brother to let me 'demo' his Porsche 911 while he's away? :devil:
    Oh well worth a try, but as I don't even have a driving Licence I think it might be pushing things a bit too far :rolleyes:

    Mark.

    ps and you're less likely to wright off a CHT-10 :blush:
     
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    I don't think I would like to demo my Brothers Fiat Punto :suicide:
     
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    Can any 601s3 owners tell me if they are packed in one or seperate box's.
    B&W state they sell them as singles, but I have been told by a dealer they are packed in one box so cannot be sold individually.

    Cheers
     
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    601's come as a pair in a single box.

    As do 600's and 602's. I think all the rest are packed singley. (Mainly due to size.)

    I can say that I've never seen the 601's priced up singley on any of the price lists they send out.
     
  17. Timh

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    Thanks
    That confirms it then :(
     
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    Why not buy a pair and use the second one as a rear centre channel?
     
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    Hi warpaint

    That did cross my mind but I allready use a mission 77ds for rear centre.
    I would be nice to have 3 601's for surround but that would be a bit pricey at £500 for two pairs.
     
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    update

    I finally went for the LCr600S3 as a centre even though it was out of my price range, i managed to get a hell of a good price.
    I have set it to large and can't believe how good the front sound stage is now, the whole front seems to have increased in depth.
    Pans across the front seem more consistant with having the same tweeter and drivers as my mains. :D
     

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