In this review, we will be comparing Debut 2.0 B6.2 and BW 606, two Passive Bookshelf speakers from ELAC and Bowers & Wilkins. Let's have a brief look at the main features of ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 and B&W 606 first before getting into our more detailed comparison.
In the following sections, we will get into details in order to better understand how ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 and B&W 606 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 Debut 2.0 B6.2 and BW 606 are 2-way speakers. Debut 2.0 B6.2 features a 1" Cloth Soft-dome Tweeter and 1 x 6.5" Woven Aramid-Fiber Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 2200Hz. On the other hand, BW 606 features a 1" Decoupled Carbon Decoupled Dome Tweeter and 1 x 6.5" Continuum Woofer .
Debut 2.0 B6.2 has a frequency range of 44-35k Hz whereas BW 606 has a frequency range of 52-28k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 44Hz, the Debut 2.0 B6.2 can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the BW 606'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
Debut 2.0 B6.2 is a 6 ohms speaker compared to BW 606 which has a nominal impedance of 8 ohms. These two speakers also have different sensitivity levels. Debut 2.0 B6.2 sensitivity is rated at 87 dB and BW 606's is at 88 dB. This 1 dB difference makes B&W 606 a more sensitive speaker compared to ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2, 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.
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
BW 606 features Post posts which makes bi-amping or bi-wiring possible. Debut 2.0 B6.2 has a 5-Way Metal post which doesn't feature bi-amping/bi-wiring.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Debut 2.0 B6.2 has a front firing port whereas BW 606 has a rear firing ports. ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2's front-firing port gives more flexibility in placement in regards to proximity to walls compared to B&W 606 with its rear-firing port.
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 ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2's and B&W 606's external dimensions. ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 has external dimensions of 375.0 x 195.0 x 268.0mm ( 14.7 x 7.6 x 10.5inch) whereas B&W 606 has external dimensions of 345.0 x 190.0 x 324.0mm ( 13.5 x 7.4 x 12.7inch) .
B&W 606 is 5mm narrower and 30mm shorter than ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 but it is also 56mm deeper.
Below you can see the front view size comparison of ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 and B&W 606 in scale.
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 ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 is approximately 522.6cm2 / 81.0inch2 and base area of the B&W 606 is approximately 615.6cm2 / 95.4inch2. The Debut 2.0 B6.2 requires 15% less surface area than the BW 606 which gives it a small advantage on placement in tight spaces.
Here is an another comparison that shows both speakers on a BDI Octave Media Cabinet, next to a standard size amplifier and turntable in scale: