Originally Posted by Samac
Thanks for starting this New 600 series thread. Like you said, unless its 800 series things get lost/forgotten pretty quick on the B&W owners forum.
It's been a nearly two year journey but I was able to make a decision/purchase on new speakers and went with Bowers and Wilkins 683 S2. Just really excited and thought I'd share the good news here. I always enjoy posts from people who have acquired new equipment.
Btw, really enjoying your theater build thread. The room looks fantastic!.
Funny that I started this thread and didn't own any B&W speakers. Well, that is about to change. I just ordered 2x 683 S2 speakers and an HTM61 S2 center from my local audio dealer - Utah Audio. In fact, they got them in last week but I'm waiting for them to get my Sony projector unit in before I go by to pick it all up.
I'm acquiring a LOT of new equipment in the last two weeks. I've been so busy with school though that I haven't posted any of this to my build thread yet.
I auditioned the 683 S2 and HTM61 speakers for 2 hours a couple weeks ago. I have ear ringing (tinnitus) - not too bad but can be annoying. With some speakers I auditioned, the ringing got worse. With the 683 S2 and HTM61, watching music and movies at fairly high volume for two hours, I was just wanting more. The room wasn't even that great - no treatments on the walls so it was pretty echo-prone. Still, after 2 hours I turn it all off, and my ringing was nearly non-existent, and almost no listening fatigue. I can only imagine that in a properly treated room it would be even better.
That was the case when I auditioned the 683 S1s a couple years ago - so I have been following these speakers because of that. My recent auditioning just confirmed again that it's just my style somehow.
Funny thing is - I ended up buying the exact receiver I auditioned the speakers with, the Marantz SR7009. When it was discontinued for the SR7010, the price dropped in a lot of places from $1999 to $1199. I couldn't pass it up, but the dealer couldn't get any new - so he sold me his floor model for a great price. Had all the accessories in the box still untouched, the unit itself was kept up to date on firmware and hardly touched by customers as it was in a cooled rack and automated.
I too am pretty excited to get them into the room.
For surrounds, I really think the B&W DS3 speakers are kind of lame. They have poor frequency response in bipole mode, and that's how I'd want to use them. They don't even use the tweeter in bipole mode, so I'm paying for a fancy tweeter that wouldn't be on. And due to my narrow room, 685 or 686 speakers weren't what I wanted on the side, I wanted the diffusion of bipoles.
So after a bit of research and listening to a friend's set of Axiom Audio speakers, I bought some Axiom Audio surrounds to use. I'm crossing my fingers that they'll blend well with the B&W front channels. I'm not really too worried though. But if anyone has thoughts on that I'd be happy to hear them!