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post #1 of 7 Old 01-12-2007, 08:43 AM - Thread Starter
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Havent heard either one yet need some opions here I would appreciate it.Im ready to purchase a pair of B&W-601 S3 or should I get the Ascend Acoustics CBM-170SEs?
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I have heard them both....take it for what it is worth, but IMO, hands down, the Ascends.

How much are the 601's?

I say get the 170SE's for the trial period, take them to compare against the 601's...worst case, you are out shipping charges, best case, you save a lot of money. In both scenarios, you will no longer think "what if".

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In my experience, you get a speaker which performs above its price range with the Ascend (only heard the 340SE though...) and speakers which perform below their price range with BW (heard CM, 600 & 800 lines).

I know I greatly prefer the 340SE to BW's 600 line, and given everything I've heard about the 170's, I'd be extremely surprised if it wouldn' be the same for the 170SE.

Even if I could buy 601s or 602s for 350$ new, I'd choose a pair of Ascends 170SE over them in a heartbeat... (because of my personal experience with both brands, eventhough I've never heard the 170SE)

And I'll say again, I don't think BWs are bad, just too expensive for what they offer. For example, I don't think the 602 would hold up at all against the less expensive 340SE (or the 170SE as Curtis mentioned)... But a face off against the 1000$+ CM I think would be closer and much more interesting. YMMV.
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I can get the B&W 601 S3s like new for 390.00?
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I thought the 170SEs blew away the 602 S3s.
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I can get the B&W 601 S3s like new for 390.00?

Is that a question or an affirmation?
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When i purchaed mine in april, they were msrp'd @ $450/pr. I went through my dealer though, not like audiogon or anything. They gave a 15% military discount to me which brought them down to $387.50 + tax....so not bad.

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