Originally Posted by ptlurking
Ross (& all),
Have you ever had the opportunity to listen to or review B&W DM602's?
If yes...how would you compare the Swan D2.1SE and Ascend Sierra-1
sound to the B&W602's?
I have a pair of DM602 S1's that I would like to move to surround duty.
Was considering buying a set of the new B&W600 series to replace the 602's up front...but after reading thru this thread I see there may be other options.
I have an Outlaw990 Pre-Pro and Outlaw 7125 Amp.
Also, would a mismatch between front and surrounds create sonic issues?
Thanks in advance for your replies.
I had a pair of DM602 S2s for a while, not bad at all though to me the highs were a bit grainy, for lack of a better word. I definitely prefer the mids and highs on my Ascend CBM-170SEs. The Sierras are obviously quite a bit better than the 170s so I imagine you'd hear quite an upgrade from your S1s to the Sierras.
My 602s had quite nice bass extension and a nice big sound. The Sierras are supposed to have very good low end extension as well, and the Swan D2.1SEs are supposed to be even better. I will have a set of the Swans in a few days and I'll be posting my impressions soon thereafter.
I can tell you this -- I have Swan 5.2 mains (towers) and the mids and highs are, to me, definitely cleaner and sweeter than the B&W DM602 S2s I had. The D2.1SEs are described on TAI as the "high end" version of the Swan line so they should be even better than the 5.2s (within their frequency range of course).
I haven't heard the new B&W 685s so I can't compare anything to them. I'd like to, they're probably quite good.
I don't think you'll have any real issues with the 602 S1s in back, unless you buy front speakers with an extremely different sound or unless you're listening very critically to multichannel audio. It's generally considered more important to timbre-match your mains with your center than with the surrounds. I'm using Swans across the front with Ascend 170SEs in back and it sounds absolutely fine to me.