Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2

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  1. Art K.

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    ...are in the house.

    Sorry, no unboxing video.

    Unboxing revealed a speaker of only modestly better build quality than the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1. Yes the vinyl wrap fits just a bit better but that's about it. As the reviews state, nothing remarkable to look at.

    I immediately placed them on my 23.5 inch Solid Steel stands where the Wharfedale Dentons had been placed and turned on the Marantz SR5005 to warm up. The Marantz CD6004 is on 24/7 with the auto standby disabled.

    More later.
     
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    Very nice looking, Art. I'm looking forward to your impressions.
     
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    Echoing BadassBob's sentiments Art. My pair are coming in Wednesday and I'm getting antsy.
     
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  6. Art K.

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    The 685's are certainly a far brighter speaker than the Dentons or the 10.1's. That would seem a recipe for disaster especially for someone who hates bright speakers but so far it's not. The HF are far more refined and grain free than with the Wharfedales, and it's concentrated at the top of the range rather than the upper midrange. That does occasionally manifest itself in just a bit of discontinuity between the drivers as has been reported in some reviews. However the crossover is less noticeable than on any of my speakers with the exception of the Spendors. That smooth hand off makes for a less bothersome problem with driver integration than it has potential to be.

    More later.
     
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    Are these a replacement for the Denton's, Art? The 685 S2 would be on my short list if I was shopping in this price bracket for a new pair (along with the Dali Zensor 3). I'd describe the tweeter on my 705 the same way...refined and grain free. Probably the best part of the 705 are the highs. One of the better metal domes that I have had the pleasure of owning.
     
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    These will likely be a replacement for the Wharfedale 10.1's. I am going to move on my Wharfedale HT speakers (10.1's, 9.1's and 10CS) for a B&W HT setup. I haven't really been able to get into my music performance videos with the Wharfies as much as I once did with a Paradigm Studio HT.
     
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    Would you say part of the differences may be- slightly warm/laid back Marantz + slightly warm/laid back speakers (Dentons/others) = :boring:

    ??? :scratch2:
     
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  12. HappyT_Harry

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    My pair arrived and are breaking in. Hearing good things. Sounds like the Arcam has taken a liking to them.
     
  13. Art K.

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    Very nice!
     
  14. Vintagear

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    I'd like to hear more of your impressions of the 685 S2's. I was looking for a 6-1/2" bookshelf and they were on my short list. I actually went to buy them but the retailer did not have them in stock yet. I returned another day and ended up buying the CM5 S1's instead.

    I'm currently comparing them with another equivalently priced bookshelf speaker I picked-up to see which one stays.
     
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  15. SPL db

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    You've had these for a while now Art, care to add to your impressions or is the jury still out? :)
     
  16. botrytis

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    I have never been a fan of the 600 series B&W's and that is in part to the tweeter which to me is overly crisp and annoying.

    If I was to buy any B&W's, it would be the lines above the 600 series.

    I have heard these and feel the integration between the midwoofer and tweeter could have been done better. When I listened to them, there seemed to be a hole in the midrange.

    I am looking forward to your review Art. I am a 'tin ear' it seems :D

    I guess it is all the time I am listening to my Royd Audio speakers that does that. :D :D
     
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  17. Art K.

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    Same tweeter in 600 S2 series as the CM S2 series and in fact it was introduced in 600 S2's first. One review states that the tweeter is better integrated in the 600 S2 series than the CM S2's.
     
  18. Art K.

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    Jury is still out. Just brought them home last Saturday and haven't come close to running them in yet.
     
  19. botrytis

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    I have not had a chance to listen to the new CM line so I cannot pass any judgment but defer to others.

    I do like the PM1 though - to me that is a sweet spot.
     
  20. Vintagear

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    If you think the S1 600's are overly crisp, I'm sure you will find the S1 CM series too bright for your tastes. IMO listening to them both in my home, the CM's are much better than the 600's (both S1's). I found Bob Reina's review of the CM5's (S1's) to be pretty accurate but that detail, resolution and transparency can have its drawbacks although it works very well for some music at certain volume levels.

    http://www.stereophile.com/content/bowers-amp-wilkins-cm5-loudspeaker

    I may pick-up the 685 S2's to see how they differ from the CM and 600 S1 series.
     

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