Honestly, I have to wonder if your hearing is damaged or something when I read an absurd comment like that.
Or when I read the following.....
The stock speakers that came with my Subaru WRX sound tonally more accurate than the 605s even
605's? If your going to spew mischaracterizations at least get the model numbers right.
. I don't certainly don't shudder listening to Tori on them like I did at the B&W dealer where Tori suddenly sounded as if she had a head cold... $900 a pair I think they were?
AND the prices...
I'm not sure I'd pay $50 a pair for them the way they mutilated her voice like that.
I'm sorry you heard them set up so badly , but many, many peoples experiance with B&W's have been differant.
Considering I got my Carver AL-IIIs for $1175 shipped on closeout from One Call back around 1995 and they sound better and have deeper bass extension than the 803s, well.... it doesn't take a math wizard to see I think the 600 series (and all B&Ws) are massively overpriced for their sound quality level per tier
Not everyone is interested in Bass extension above all else, and most wouldn't be so quick to apply such a generalization about what you learned from a very limited experiance with one model (803)to a whole differant series of speakers (600 series), much less an entire brand.
. My BP2 Definitive Tech bipolars I used to use as side surrounds sound better even as main channels than the 605s.
Again, considering there is no 605 (only a 600 through 604) and that I am also a definative dealer, I would step out on a limb and say that you are grossly mistaken and should reevaluate your demoing proceedures , biases, or agenda, because such a statement makes you look worse than Pulliam or at least as agenda driven as Allmental.