Thats the thing with BW, they're great for people who don't know any better, but they don't hold up too well to the competition... Thats probably why a lot of inexperienced folk seem to like them so much...
Wow, what a load of ........ They are admired by tons of people who have much audio experiance most of these people have gone into places where good auditions can be had and taken the time to compare. You are innacurate and insulting. Kal, A PROFESSIONAL REVIEWER WHO POSTS HERE, has obviously listened, critically, to tons of speakers and guess what he owns. Better luck with your next insult.
Not quite different from Bose, which someone mentioned before... Not that they sound as bad as Bose, but, they're reknowned and all but most knowledgeable folks know better...
Well , so much for that insult, it's written so poorly it seems indecyperable, but as for being "renowned" (check spelling), hardly, EXCEPT among those who DO know good audio.
Also not to say they're bad value, if some love the sound of a particular speaker (Bose, BW, etc..), I'm sure it offers great value to them...
Yes, do personal auditions.
I think the 6s are definitely well below average, while the 7s are average. The 6s have been around a while and B&W seems opposed to updating them too much for fear of overstepping the 7 series (which IMO the CM already does).
If that were the case why did they overstep the 700 series now? As far as being below average, the 602's are on almost everyone's short audition list in their price range.
Compared to pretty much everything in the market competing against it, it's hard to give a win to the 6s except for the fact (as shown here) B&W is a flashy name even among a lot of people who don't know a whole lot about audio.
Really? Take a poll of what bookshelf speaker models people here, on this forum, own between $500- $800 and see how many have 602's. I'd bet many. Then go out and poll 100 people ata random and ask how many have heard of B&W speakers. I'd bet very few. Now take a third poll and ask people in the audio industry , reviewers, and people who frequently post here, what they think of the quality of B&W speakers. I'd bet you'd get a lot of very positive responses.
I have heard many speakers over the years that I have prefered to the closest B&W in blind and sighted comparisons, but I have always felt that there were some brands that almost always held their own and never embarresed themselves, and B&W has always one of those brands.