Those aspiring to the Bowers & Wilkins loudspeaker brand have a new entry level of temptation to consider, as the company announces a new platform of models in a major update of its high-value 600 Series, to be available from October.

The new speakers notably bring to a new level of affordability the silver midrange ‘Continuum’ drivers first developed to replace the iconic yellow Kevlar drivers for the premium 800 Diamond Series. The 607 model, the smaller bookshelf speakers, will be available in Australia at just $949 a pair.

There are four 600 Series speakers newly announced — one floorstander, two standmounts and a centre, while the matching subwoofers are held over from the previous 600 ‘Series 2’, but are given new finishes to match the satin white and matte black finishes of the new models.

That makes the new Series able to deliver in stereo or as a surround set-up in 5.1 or 7.1 — or however many ground surround speakers you may desire.

“The 600 Series is the perfect entry point into the Bowers & Wilkins high-fidelity audio experience,” said John Martin, Director of Sales at Bowers & Wilkins Australia. “The new 600 Series embodies the original ethos of John Bowers’ mission to deliver the best sound quality and to set new standards for audio performance.”

While the Continuum Cone midrange driver has proven itself sonically in the higher models, there is still no hard information on what exactly this silver woven dome is actually made of. After countless copies of the iconic yellow Kevlar drivers over the years, B&W and its California-based owners EVA Automation are understandably staying schtum as long as possible on its latest trade secrets.

The new 600 Series also introduces an updated version of its Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter technology, while new paper cone low-frequency drivers have been introduced in the flagship 603.

Those new models in brief, then:

Bowers & Wilkins 603
Price: $2,699/ pair

Three-way ported floorstander. replaces 683 S2
25mm Decoupled Double Dome tweeter
150mm Continuum FST midrange
2 x 165mm paper-cone bass drivers
Matte Black / Satin White

 

Bowers & Wilkins 606
Price $1,149/ pair

2-way ported standmount/bookshelf speaker, replaces B&W 685 S2
25mm Decoupled Double Dome tweeter
165mm Continuum bass/midrange
Matte Black / Satin White

 

Bowers & Wilkins 607
Price: $949/pair

2-way ported standmount/bookshelf speaker, peplaces 686 S2
25mm Decoupled Double Dome tweeter
130mm Continuum bass/midrange
Matte Black / Satin White

 

Bowers & Wilkins HTM6
Price: $799

2-way ported centre speaker, replaces HTM62 S2 and HTM61 S2
25mm Decoupled Double Dome tweeter
2 x 130mm Continuum bass/midrange
Matte Black / Satin White

Subwoofers:
ASW610XP $1799
ASW610 $999
ASW608 $749

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