Originally Posted by SouthernCA
New B&W 603 speaker review in audioholics shows the following frequency response. Clearly not enough data but still it shows the design intent.
Any comments on how it will sound and why?
It looks like it will sound how I think most B&W speakers sound: scooped-out mids, especially upper mids. My favorite comment ever from a reviewer (I do so wish I could remember who said this originally so I could give appropriate credit): they are like listening to music with a heavy beige quilt draped between you and the music.
I know some people love B&Ws, but I have never heard one that I thought was competitive in its price class, and I'm pretty sure it's because of the V-shaped response. The FR graph (especially on-axis) looks terrible, like they're not even trying--that dip at 2K is something like 7dB below the average and is around 14dB less than the peak at 9K. 14dB! That's crazy.
Loved this comment in the review: "These speakers will take on a fairly different sound character depending on the angle they are listened to." Translation: you need to be at 30deg off-axis to keep your ears from bleeding from the pushed treble.
The measurements don't provide a complete spinorama, but if we had those, I bet they would show that the directivity index on these speakers is a disaster.
Also, the impedance curves
are also straight-up awful—these are going to be wicked to drive. Here's
what you can be getting for that kind of money.
I'm totally underwhelmed by these measurements from speakers that go for $1800/pair. I bet both the PSB Imagine X1T and the QAcoustics Concept 40 measure better than these (except maybe bass extension) at about half the price (probably add the Chane A5.4 and Emotiva T2 to that class as well). And at a similar price, I'm positive the Revel F35 and the Ascend Sierra Tower (and surely many others) measure much
better. So color me underwhelmed.