B&W 607 S2 Anniversary Edition Speakers
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Big Sound, Top Class British Engineering From A Small Speaker
Decoupled Double Dome Aluminium Tweeter; Fixed Suspension Transducer (FST) Midrange
Optional B&W STAV24 S2 Speaker Stands
The B&W 607 S2 Anniversary Edition bookshelf speakers are your entry into the 600 series and even though they are small they sing with a big heart and are perfect for a quality music system in a small to medium size room where no compromise to the sound is allowed.
About B&W 607 S2 Anniversary Edition Compact Speakers
Just like the other members of the 600 Series Anniversary Edition the 607 S2 has received carefully considered refinements originally lavished on the 700 Signature series, with a complete overhaul of the crossover components to deliver greatly improved resolution and transparency. This bookshelf design borrows heavily from B&W’s higher ranges and features a refined Decoupled Double Dome tweeter, from the 700 Series, along with a Continuum cone FST mid/bass driver, derived from the 800 Diamond series.
Of course, the Bowers & Wilkins 607 S2 bookshelf speakers are quite capable of serving as main speakers in a home theatre system in a smaller room but primarily these are intended as a great pair of sonically excellent speakers for a quality stereo system. They are small enough to fit almost anywhere and, as well as the crowd pleasing Matte Black & White finishes, B&W has introduced some tasty new Oak & Red Cherry finishes to keep the style gurus happy.
Combine these speakers with a quality amplifier and source – see our suggestions below – and you have the perfect system for a smaller room on a smaller budget. The only compromise will be on deep bass and maximum loudness but never fear, a REL Subwoofer - even the lowest price models - will fill in the lower registers nicely and give you a much bigger sound than your eyes can comprehend. Overall, in their class, these new Bowers & Wilkins 607 S2 Anniversary Edition bookshelf speakers are unbeatable.
Anniversary Edition Overview
Bowers & Wilkins' iconic 600 Series celebrates 25 years as a fan-favourite with the new Anniversary Edition range. The Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Anniversary Edition arrive to replace the models launched in 2018 that brought the Continuum Cone to the series. It also marks 25 years and ushers in the seventh-generation of the company's most popular series with over a million sales under its belt, not to mention it being the longest-running series after the venerable 800 Series Diamond.
The new range promises the same winning blend of value and sound quality as its six series forebears but features new and improved components. The 600 Series Anniversary Edition range features four models and brings in new oak and red cherry finishes in addition to the existing matte black and matte white finishes. You also get a new celebratory logo inscribed on the tweeter surround in either light or dark finishes, depending on the colour of the rest of the speaker.
The new range boasts upgraded crossovers in every model along with new and vastly improved bypass capacitors which have been “specially treated” by Mundorf and were initially used for the recently launched 700 Series Signature range. Additionally, the main high-frequency and mid-frequency capacitors have been upgraded with new and improved designs. The overall result, says Bowers & Wilkins, is greatly improved resolution and transparency across all of the 600 Series Anniversary Edition speakers.
“The 600 Series Anniversary Edition is a classic example of Bowers & Wilkins thinking. By using our unique, in-house-developed components and technology from higher ranges, we can raise the performance of our entry-level product 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're confident our new Anniversary Edition range will carry on that tradition in style.” Andy Kerr, B&W’s Director of Product Marketing & Communications
A Closer Look
Double Dome Tweeter: As mentioned above, the 607 S2 features a Decoupled Double Dome tweeter - technology evolved from the Bowers & Wilkins 705 speaker. The double dome design uses an extremely thin aluminium dome for lightness, surrounded by a thicker aluminium ring for rigidity. The result is a far more precise treble performance. While the tweeter looks like it’s completely integrated into the cabinet of each speaker in the 600 Series, it’s actually kept physically isolated from the enclosure that surrounds it. The tweeter sits in a ring of gel that acoustically decouples it from its housing, so performance isn’t hit by unwanted resonances and vibrations. Imaging and dispersion are improved, delivering a more natural, spacious sound.
Continuum Cone Technology & Fixed Suspension Transducer (FST): The 607 S2 speaker also features B&W’s award-winning Continuum cone technology, which creates a pure and precise soundscape. Developed over an eight-year period and first featured on the flagship B&W 800 Series Diamond models, the Continuum cone continues to be used in the seventh generation of the critically acclaimed 607 to transform the performance you expect from a speaker at this price. It delivers a cleaner, more precise sound, to a wider group of listeners. The combination of Continuum and Fixed Suspension Transducer maximises the effect. The edge of the cone is mounted in a narrow ring of foam. Narrow so that when it moves it radiates as little sound as possible and foam carefully chosen so this 'surroundless' suspension minimises distortion by converting unwanted energy into heat, not sound.
Seriously Upgraded Crossovers: Let’s get something straight, there was nothing wrong with the crossovers in the previous B&W 607. That speaker produced a well-balanced sound that had no obvious flaws. But Bowers & Wilkins are always looking for ways to make things better and they discovered that upgrading the crossover components in the 700 series, to produce the 702 & 705 Signature models, bought about serious improvements to resolution and transparency – something we can attest to first hand. So, why not upgrade the 600 series with similar enhancements? Why not indeed, and that is exactly what they did.
So, the new 600 Anniversary Edition models boast upgraded crossovers along with new and vastly improved bypass capacitors which have been “specially treated” by Mundorf and were initially used for the recently launched 700 Series Signature range. Additionally, the main high-frequency and mid-frequency capacitors have been upgraded with new and improved designs. The overall result, says Bowers & Wilkins, is even better resolution, greatly improved transparency and superlative musicality across all of the 600 Series Anniversary Edition speakers.
Cabinets: The new 600 Anniversary Editions are designed to stylishly and subtly integrate with any room design. A lot of attention has been paid to what goes on inside a 600 Series speaker, but that doesn't mean the outside has been neglected. Attention to detail is vital to ensure they look as beautiful as they sound, so they use high-quality materials. But these features aren’t just for show. Solid cabinet construction and unbroken surfaces help limit distortion. B&W have also removed grille pegs and replaced them with magnets. This makes them easily removable when you are listening - yes like all speakers, they will sound better with the grille covers removed! B&W have moved the 'port' to the rear of the cabinet, creating a modern and premium aesthetic look at the front while maintaining the integrity of the acoustic design. And, B&W have expanded the range of colour options. Joining the existing Matte Black & Matte White finishes are Oak (with a white front baffle) & Red Cherry (with a black front baffle) to make all you style gurus very happy.
Stand & Deliver: Being a bookshelf/stand mount speaker means that with the 607 S2 you have options. Some may decide that an existing cabinet or other piece of furniture is ideal for placing their speakers on. This can often work out well but please don’t put a turntable anywhere near your speakers and definitely not on the same surface, as vibrations from the speakers will seriously affect your turntable’s performance, especially at higher volumes.
Of course, to get the absolute best out of your B&W 607 S2 Anniversary Edition speakers a good pair of solidly constructed stands is a must. Fortunately, B&W make just such a stand and it is perfect for the job. The B&W STAV24 S2 stands are solidly constructed out of steel and will securely elevate your speaker to the correct height for listening. The stands can also be filled with Atacama Atabites to help reduce resonances and provide better weight distribution.
Our Take On The B&W 607 S2 Bookshelf Speakers
We thought the previous 607’s sounded very good, especially considering their diminutive size. They offered a natural, articulate sound that at the same time had a decent amount of body, smooth tonality and a nice sense of spaciousness that filled the room.
Well, we’re here to tell you that the old is out and it’s time to usher in the new. As B&W did with the 700 Signatures, the new Anniversary Edition 607 S2’s are in another league to their predecessors. Their resolution is improved, they have a new found level of transparency that is uncannily true to the music and their musical flow is now class leading. And with some nice new colours to add to the mix the new 607 S2 Anniversary Edition bookshelf speakers are very impressive indeed.
As with all high-resolution speakers a good quality amplifier is required to get the best from them. It doesn’t necessarily need to be massively powerful, as the 607 S2 can be used with amps beginning at 30 Watts, but it does need to offer good clean distortion-free power with plenty of current available to keep the drive units doing exactly what the music demands.
As the 607 S2's are rear ported, they will deliver better stereo imaging when moved a little distance - at least 600mm - from any wall. At the rear of the speaker are some very well-made binding posts that will allow you to connect decent bare wire or speaker cable fitted with banana plugs, the latter being our standard recommendation. And, of course, we highly recommend the B&W STAV24 S2 speaker stands to get the best out of your 607 S2’s.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: 2-way, 2-driver bass reflex with Flowport Technology
- Stands: Optional B&W STAV24 S2 Speaker Stands provide the ideal support for the B&W 607 S2
- Drive Units
- 1 x 25mm (1") Decoupled Double Dome aluminium high-frequency tweeter
- 1 x 130mm (5") Continuum cone FST mid/bass driver
- Frequency Range: -6dB at 40Hz and 33kHz
- Frequency Response: 52Hz - 28kHz ±3dB
- Sensitivity: 84dB SPL (2.83V, 1m)
- Harmonic Distortion: 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m); <1% 110Hz - 22kHz; <0.5% 180Hz - 20kHz
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms (minimum 4 Ohms)
- Recommended amplifier power: 30 Watts - 100 Watts into 8 Ohms - must be 'clean' power
- Grille Covers: Magnetic
- Speaker Wire Terminals: Will accept bare wire and banana plugs
- Bi-Wire Capability: Yes
- Finish: Available in Matte Black; White; Oak and Red Cherry
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 165 x 300 x 207mm
- Net Weight: 4.7kg each
- Boxed Weight: 11.2kg pair
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 Years (Covers faulty workmanship and materials, but not abuse)
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE