In this review, we will be comparing 606 S2 AE and BRX, two Passive Bookshelf speakers from Bowers & Wilkins and GoldenEar. Let's have a brief look at the main features of B&W 606 S2 and GoldenEar BRX first before getting into our more detailed comparison.
In the following sections, we will get into details in order to better understand how B&W 606 S2 and GoldenEar BRX compares and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one of these loudspeakers is the better choice for you.
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Both 606 S2 AE and BRX are 2-way speakers. 606 S2 AE features a 1" Aluminum Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter and 1 x 6.5" Continuum Woofer . On the other hand, BRX features a " Folded Ribbon Tweeter and 1 x 6" Polypropylene Woofer .
606 S2 AE has a frequency range of 52-28k Hz whereas BRX has a frequency range of 40-35k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 40Hz, the BRX can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the 606 S2 AE's min frequency of 52Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers under Bookshelf class in our database.
Impedance and Sensitivity
606 S2 AE and BRX has the same Impedance of 8 ohms but where they differ is the sensitivity levels. 606 S2 AE sensitivity is rated at 88 dB and BRX's is at 90 dB. This 2 dB difference makes GoldenEar BRX a more sensitive speaker compared to B&W 606 S2, hence will play louder with the same amount of watts.
is the range of input power in watts RMS that a loudspeaker is designed to handle. While using an amplifier within this range ensures the nominal performance , inputting a power that is higher than the max wattage can result in a damaged speaker.
606 S2 AE can handle a max power of 250 watts RMS from the amp the whereas 606 S2 AE has a max power handling value of 120 watts RMS , 130 watts less than the BRX.
Keep in mind that higher max power handling value doesn't necesssarily make that a louder speaker compared to a lower max handling speaker. Loudness or the sound level is also impacted by parameters such as Impededance, sensitivity and system efficiencies.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
606 S2 AE features Binding post posts which makes bi-amping or bi-wiring possible. BRX has a 5-way post which doesn't feature bi-amping/bi-wiring.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Both 606 S2 AE and BRX have rear firing ports. Rear ported speakers generlly need more room between the backside of the speaker and the wall compared to sealed and front/bottom ported speakers. Placing too close to the walls may cause the bass to sound boomy.
Size of a speaker can sometimes become an important decision factor due to space constraints or in some cases purely for esthetic reasons. In this section, we are going to compare B&W 606 S2's and GoldenEar BRX's external dimensions. B&W 606 S2 has external dimensions of 347.0 x 191.0 x 326.0mm ( 13-5/8 x 7-1/2 x 12-13/16inch) whereas GoldenEar BRX has external dimensions of 308.0 x 207.0 x 313.0mm ( 12-1/8 x 8-1/8 x 12-5/16inch) .
GoldenEar BRX is 39mm shorter and 13mm less deeper than B&W 606 S2 but it is also 16mm wider.
Base Surface Area Comparison
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base surface area of the B&W 606 S2 is approximately 622.7cm2 / 96.5inch2 and base area of the GoldenEar BRX is approximately 647.9cm2 / 100.4inch2. The 606 S2 AE requires 4% less surface area than the BRX which gives it a small advantage on placement in tight spaces.