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RollingStone: The Best Audiophile Speakers for Your Home Audio System

By Brandt Ranj at RollingStone

“I’ve used Bowers & Wilkins’ 606 bookshelf speakers almost daily for over a year, and they sound so good I’ve never thought about upgrading.”

“Each speaker is 13.5 inches tall and weighs 15.2 pounds, so you’re not going to want to move them around much. You can set them on any surface, or place them on Bowers & Wilkins’ speaker stands (sold separately), which have metal feet that reduce distortion caused by vibrations. The 606s are outfitted with one 6.5-inch Woofer that handles low and midrange frequencies, plus a one-inch tweeter that handles the high frequencies.

The woofer is made out of the company’s custom Continuum material, which it says improves audio performance by allowing sound waves to pass through it more easily. It also uses Bowers & Wilkins Flowport technology, which uses dimples on the driver to control airflow through the driver, which can improve bass performance at higher volumes. The decoupled tweeter was redesigned to handle frequencies from 37kHz (kilohertz) for better low, mid, and high frequency separation.

In practice, music from all genres sounds incredibly detailed. In months of continuous listening I haven’t been able to find a real nit to pick, except that my living situation (New York City apartment), hasn’t allowed me to crank the volume very high. In the few times I did crank the sound up, I was pleasantly surprised at the sustained performance. I never heard clipping, and all of the details of my music stayed perfectly intact.

If you don’t have enough room for floor standing speakers, but want a bookshelf pair that can still fill a big room, Bowers & Wilkins’ 606s are an excellent choice.”

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