B & W Speakers - 600 Series

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  1. Vinesh

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    I tested the following yesterday:

    601 - fronts
    600 - rear
    LRC60 - centre

    I was considering upgrading the fronts to 602.5, because with the extra cost involved with the 601 and stands. By the time you add a decent pair of stands the fronts will be close to the 602.5 price range.

    Question is -

    Will the 601 with quality stands sound better than the 602.5?

    My room size is 11 ft by 14 ft.

    Not worried about sheilding, because it will be used near a plasma.

    I know I should have tested the 602.5 yesterday.
     
  2. Daneel

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    I'd go with the 602 over the 601 or 602.5. Define quality stands, how much were you thinking of spending?

    Also consider JM Lab Chorus, Monitor Audio bronze or old silver and Mission M5 series.
     
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    The 602.5 are the same as the 601 except in a bigger box, not sure if they use the extra space inside though for the sound

    ive got the 602.5's in a similar size room to you and love them
     
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    Hi Vinesh,

    I have owned all of the speakers you have mentioned and also the 603 s3 aswell.
    The 601's are very good speakers and for hifi they did excell but the thing that they do lack was bass weight but if you were to add a good sub then that would be a good combination but what with the price of good stands and sub the money is going up :(
    Then i had the 602.5's and personally i thought they were excellent speakers more bass weight than the 601's and overall a better sound, alot of people and magazines did not rate them but i loved them and they worked for me :)
    Then i made a mistake and thought lets upgrade again and bought the 603's and sold the 602.5's boy was i dissapointed there was way too much bass and just could not control them.
    Any way if it were my money i would get the 602.5's and you don't need to bother with the speaker stands and then later if you needed more bass buy a sub to complement the B&W's.
    Just my opinion Vinesh

    John :)
     
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    Vinesh,

    I've got the 600s3 series in my system, a pair of 602.5's and an lcr60 up front with 601's for surrounds. I didn't try the 601's up front when I demoed as the 600 wasn't in production when I got mine so the 601 was the automatic choice for rears. I demoed both 602 and 602.5's for the front end, and found that there was more bass weight with the 602's, but the .5's seemed a little tighter, and as I was planning to add a sub later went for the .5's. As all the speakers in the system I have use the same drivers, it integrates really well, which maybe wouldn't have been the case with the 602's. I also prefered the look of floorstanders to having stands, as did my ex, so that was another consideration.

    Both the 601 and the 602.5 are very capable speakers, and I doubt that you would be disappointed with either.

    I've since added an ASW675 and it makes for a great system.

    John,

    Thanks for the warning about the 603's, I am looking to go 7.1 and was considering getting a pair of these and moving my .5's to surround duties and the 601's for surround back. I might just go for the 600's for SB instead and save some cash, as my room probably won't be big enough to do the 603's justice (2.3m x 4m) . Besides with the 675 bass isn't exactly lacking. :devil:
     
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    I would as you have the sub, good move Ian :)

    John
     
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    Cheers mate.

    The 602.5 arehigh on my list.
     
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    Plus i find the 602's a bit big.
     
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    Have to agree on that one and then you will still need stands :rolleyes:
    But they do sound good though shame about the size.

    John
     
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    I've got a similar setup and would recommend you try the LCR600, as my LCR60 doesn't integrate that well with my 601's IMO...

    ASW675 is excellent!!!
     
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    I previously had 603's front, LCR60 centre & 602.5's as surround with another LCR60 as surround back. My room is around 2.5m x 4m and to me these speakers all worked well together. As mentioned by John the 603's were bass heavy, but as long as you can keep them away from the walls then I found this was not a bad thing. Also I found that although the LCR600 is the recommended centre to go with the 603's it was far too big and the LCR60 still integrate very well.
    I went for the 603's as I also used the system for music but did not have the sub running due to the way the system was set up. The 603's were very good for music, but I think without a sub the 602.5's may well have been too light for me.

    Mark.
     
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    I agree, the LCR600 is a bit big...
     
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    I always preferred 602s on nice 45cm / 18" stands rather than the 602.5s

    They just seemed to have more control over the bass. I also had a Rel Q100e so if I was in the mood for bass I could just use that to support their low end.

    Steff
     
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    I have 2 x 601s3, 1xLRC600 and 2x604s3.

    I've just recently upgraded from an old Mission m74/Tannoy mxc/Tannoy mxR setup and am very very happy with the improvement. More weight, tigher overall sound and just sounds like it has more depth.

    The LRC600 is a beast though. My other half was not impressed when she saw the size of it.
     
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    Well i've ordered my speakers today.

    gone for

    602.5 - fronts
    600 - rears
    lrc60 - centre

    will be using my existing sub, Pardigm PDR8. This will be upgrade to the B&W sub in the future.

    I have ordered the darker shade, forgot the name. It's not the sorento or black ash.

    Can't wait.
     
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    Excellent choice hope you enjoy your new toys :smashin:

    John :)
     
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    Okay, I'll let you off the LCR60... Make sure you go for the ASW675 though!!!
     
  18. Vinesh

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    The reason i went for the lrc60 over the lrc600 is because of the size.

    The lrc600 is a beast. The sub is on my list.

    I will be get free cable with the speaker as well. Any recommendation?

    I was thinking QED silver Anv or Chord
     
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    speaker colour is calvados
     

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