From Hans Zimmer to house, Nils Frahm to Dr Dre, these B&W speakers simply don’t miss a beat. Any concerns about the lively treble being too much for sensitive ears soon fades, with the fully run-in sound settling on a spot-on sonic balance of which Simone Biles would be proud. Instead, the crisp clarity in the treble, and across the spectrum, gives the 606s real energy and drive compared to the KEF Q350s.
Our 606 speakers were supplied with the B&W STAV24 S2 stands, a £99 optional extra, and we set them around 60 cm from the wall. A bit of room to breathe makes sense with the ported design but naturally the distance will depend on the amount of room you have.
B&W 606 TECH SPECS
Impedence 8 ohms
Finishes 2 (black, white)
Dimensions (hwd) 34.5 x 19 x 34cm
First impressions, visually and sonically, are good. The B&W 606 speakers deliver an entertaining sound. A lively treble grabs our ear and gives a good pace to the music, while notes stop and start with snappy precision, which only helps keep our toes tapping.
Listening to Loyle Carner’s Ain’t Nothing Changed, there’s real body and detail to the rasping saxophone hook, soon joined by pleasantly weighty drums and a smooth, deep bass line. The slightly larger KEF Q350s might deliver a little more depth and weight but the B&Ws bass sounds tighter and more insightful, ultimately delivering a better-balanced sonic spectrum.
This is brought home by Massive Attack’s timeless Angel, which sounds every bit as ominous and brooding as it should, while still capable of flapping your trouser legs at high volume. In fact, the 606s are adept at high and low volume, losing little of their dynamic reach and overall detail when played at someone-upstairs-in-bed volume. The track draws us in from the off, keeping an iron grip on our attention long-before the track reaches its crescendo, thanks to faultless timing, excellent insight and stirring dynamics.
We waited a long time to hear the new B&W 600 Series in our test rooms, but after a few days in the company of the B&W 606 speakers, all is forgiven.
A great size and price for anyone with more than a passing interest in music, the 606s will breathe new life into your favourite tracks. They’re upbeat and energetic, deliver punchy, solid bass and offer class-leading levels of detail and dynamics. The new mid-priced speakers to beat? They might just be. We can’t wait to hear the rest of the range.
- Sound 5
- Compatibility 5
- Build 5