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Bowers & Wilkins 606 S3: The perfect bookshelf speakers

Bowers & Wilkins 606 S3 has a two-way configuration and is equipped with proprietary emitters, the development of which is the pride of the company’s engineers. The tweeter gets a new...

Bowers & Wilkins 606 S3
Bowers & Wilkins 606 S3

Bowers & Wilkins 606 S3 has a two-way configuration and is equipped with proprietary emitters, the development of which is the pride of the company’s engineers. The tweeter gets a new mounting plate for improved dispersion and a more open tweeter grille design taken from B&W’s recently introduced 800 Signature Series. The placement of the tweeter is unusually high, almost under the very top edge of the front panel. This was done in order to obtain a uniform radiation pattern without reflections, and at the same time not to place the tweeter in a separate box.

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The woofer in the Bowers & Wilkins 606 S3 speakers features a patented Continuum cone made of woven material. Such a diaphragm, the manufacturing secret of which is kept secret by the company’s engineers, has low mass and very high rigidity, and is practically free from its own resonances. The speaker is mounted on a die-cast aluminum chassis and equipped with a powerful magnetic system. For the first time, such emitters were installed in the B&W 800 series speakers, which belong to the High End class.

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The speakers in the column are connected to a new crossover filter, which was developed specifically for this series. The crossover uses audiophile-grade components and its topology has been redesigned to reduce signal paths. Another big change to the S3 600 series line is a revised cabinet design that places the tweeter and main speakers closer together using “crossing overlay rings” designed to improve imaging and driver integration. The internal bracing of each hull has also been improved by updating the wood used. The speaker terminals on the rear of each speaker are from the Bowers & Wilkins 700 S3 series, and the rear-mounted bass ports are also 700 series specification.

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The Bowers & Wilkins 606 S3 features the company’s signature low-noise, high-efficiency Flow Port bass reflex. The speaker body is made of thick MDF and has deep internal damping. To place this acoustic system, you can use a suitable shelf or proprietary damped stands.

Characteristics of Bowers & Wilkins 606 S3

Number of bands 2
Number of speakers 2
Housing type bass reflex, Flowport port located in the rear
Tweeter type 25 mm tweeter with a dome membrane Decoupled Double Dome made of aluminum, break frequency (first resonance): 38 kHz
Diameter and type of LF- driver 165 mm, Continuum diffuser made of woven composite material with a special coating, rigid aluminum chassis, mechanically decoupled from the body
Frequency range 40 Hz – 33 kHz (- 6 dB)
Frequency range 52 Hz – 28 kHz (± 3 dB)
Sensitivity 88 dB ( 2.83 V/1 m)
Harmonic distortion (2nd and 3rd harmonics, 90 dB, 1 m) less than 1% (100 Hz – 22 kHz), less than 0.5% (300 Hz – 20 kHz)
Impedance 8 Ohm, minimum: 3.7 Ohm
Recommended amplifier power 30 – 120 W
Input connectors 2 pairs of screw terminals
Magnetic grill mount
Dimensions (WxHxD) 190 x 345 x 300 mm
Weight 6.9 kg