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B&W 683


$750.00 Released March, 2007

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Attractive. Well known quality manufacturer. Affordable for a mid to high end home theater.

The Cons:Expensive for most consumers. Bases look a bit cheap compared to the speaker. Too powerful for smaller rooms.

The B&W 683 is the largest set of main speakers in Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) affordable high-end 600 series of home audio speakers. These large floorstanding speakers are ideal for a hi-fi or home cinema system in a large room.

A pair of 6.5" aluminum/paper/Kevlar cones with rigid mushroom design and front firing flowport provide a deep and dynamic bottom end with plenty of power.  The 6" woven Kevlar cone is dedicated to midrange and the incorporated fixed centre bullet helps smooth the response into upper frequencies. This Kevlar midrange is the only cone in the entire 600 series to incorporate FST technology, which essentially uses a foam ring allowing the cone to float freely for an improved cone response. There is a 1" aluminum dome tweeter located in the top of the cabinet, which handles the high frequencies.  The tweeter is contained in a Nautilus tapering tube, which is designed to only project sound through a hollow pole magnet frontwards, and is tapered towards the rear to eliminate reflections off the rear of the cabinet producing unwanted sound effects. The B&W 683 is avaialable in four vinyl finishes: black ash, light oak (not available in USA/Canada), red cherry and wengé; and comes with a removable black cloth grill. The B&W 683 are $750 each, and are also sold as the main front L/R speakers in the B&W 683 home theatre system.

Specifications

  • Crossover Tuning 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Nautilus tube loaded aluminium dome tweeter
  • Flowport
  • 3-way vented-box system
  • 1x ø25mm (1 in) aluminium dome high-frequency
  • 1x ø150mm (6 in) woven Kevlar cone FST midrange
  • 2x ø165mm (6.5 in) Aluminium/paper/Kevlar cone bass
  • Frequency range: -6dB at 30Hz and 50kHz
  • Frequency response: 38Hz - 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis
  • Horizontal Dispersion Within 2dB of reference response: over 60º arc
  • Vertical Dispersion Within 2dB of reference response: over 10º arc
  • Sensitivity: 90dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
  • Harmonic distortion: 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m) ( <1% 90Hz - 22kHz , <0.5% 120Hz - 20kHz)
  • Nominal impedance: 8 Ohms (minimum 3.0 Ohms)
  • Crossover frequencies: 350Hz, 4kHz
  • Crossover Filters: 1st Order – tweeter , 2nd Order – midrange low pass , 2nd Order – midrange high pass , 3rd Order – bass
  • Recommended amplifier power: 25W - 200W into 8  Ohms on unclipped programme
  • Max. recommended cable impedance: 0.1 Ohms
  • Height: 985mm (38.8 in) (not including plinth or feet)
  • Width: 198mm (7.8 in)
  • Depth: 340mm (13.4 in)
  • Net weight: 26kg (57.3 lb)
  • Finishes (vinyl): Black Ash, Light Oak (not available in US/Canada), Red Cherry, Wengé Vinyl
  • Removable black cloth grill

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Pros
  • 10

    attractive

  • 8

    well known quality manufacturer

  • 7

    affordable for a mid to high end home theater

  • 7

    bi-wireable

  • 6

    available in 4 finishes

  • 6

    very good sound reproduction

  • 5

    good frequency response - down to 38Hz

  • 5

    solid quality construction

  • 5

    5 year warranty

  • 3

    10 Year Warranty in the EU

  • 2

    I have friends with home theaters from Klipsch, Mirage, PSB & Definitive. The B&W 683's blow them away....way away!

Cons
  • 3

    expensive for most consumers

  • 1

    bases look a bit cheap compared to the speaker

  • 1

    too powerful for smaller rooms

  • -1

    They are a little snobby in that they only belong in a home where they are truly appreciated. Dont just plug&play. Dial them in to your system & they will take you places you've never been!

  • -2

    bass could be better

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