In this review, we will be comparing Kanta No.1 and 606 S2 AE, two Passive Bookshelf speakers from Focal and Bowers Wilkins. Let's have a brief look at the main features
of Focal Kanta No.1 and B&W 606 S2 first before getting into our more
What size room are the Focal Kanta No.1 and B&W 606 S2 speakers good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use these loudspeakers is an important decision factor. Here we have compared their suitability to various sizes of environments considering their size and max power parameters:
In the following sections, we will get into more detail in order to better understand how the Focal Kanta No.1 and B&W 606 S2 compare 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 Kanta No.1 and 606 S2 AE are 2-way speakers.
|Focal Kanta No.1
|B&W 606 S2
1 x 6.5-inch
1 x 6.5-inch
Kanta No.1 features a 1.1" Hard-Dome Tweeter and 1 x 6.5" Flax Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 2400 Hz. On the other hand, the 606 S2 AE features a 1" Aluminum Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter and 1 x 6.5" Continuum Woofer .
Kanta No.1 has a frequency range of 46-40k Hz whereas 606 S2 AE has a frequency range of 52-28k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 46Hz, the Kanta No.1 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 in the Bookshelf class in our database.
None of these speakers achieves full range experience which is commonly agreed as 20Hz-20kHz. In order to achieve lower lows / deeper bass, we recommend you pair these with a subwoofer. Visit our Powered Subwoofers section to find out more about the available options.
Impedance and Sensitivity
Kanta No.1 and 606 S2 AE have the same Impedance of 8 ohms and their sensitivity is also same at 88 dB.
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.
Kanta No.1 can handle a max power of 150 watts RMS from the amp the whereas 606 S2 AE has a max power handling value of 120 watts RMS, 30 watts less than the Kanta No.1.
Keep in mind that a higher max power handling value doesn't necessarily make that a louder speaker
compared to a lower max handling speaker. Loudness or the sound level is also impacted by parameters
such as Impedance, sensitivity and system efficiencies.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
606 S2 AE features Binding post posts which make bi-amping or bi-wiring possible. Kanta No.1 has a Binding post which doesn't feature bi-amping/bi-wiring.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Both Kanta No.1 and 606 S2 AE have rear firing ports. Rear ported speakers generally need more room between the backside of the speaker and the wall compared to sealed and front/bottom ported speakers. Placing the speakers too close to the walls may cause the bass to sound boomy.
If you are limited in space and can't get the speakers away from the backwall, check our Speakers with Front Firing Ports page.
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 Focal Kanta No.1's and B&W 606 S2's external dimensions. Focal Kanta No.1 has external dimensions of 609.6 x 228.6 x 393.0mm ( 24-28inch x 9-1/4inch x 15-7/16inch ) whereas 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) .
Focal Kanta No.1 is clearly the larger of the two speakers. Its body is 37.6mm wider, 262.6mm taller and 67mm deeper than B&W 606 S2.
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 Focal Kanta No.1 is approximately 898.4cm2 / 139.3inch2 and base area of the B&W 606 S2 is approximately 622.7cm2 / 96.5inch2. The Kanta No.1 requires 44% more surface area than the 606 S2 AE which gives it a small disadvantage on placement in tight spaces.
The weight of a loudspeaker can become an important factor if you need to move and reposition the unit often. Weight of a speaker can also "sometimes" be an indicator of the rigidity of the enclosure and the quality of the internal components used. The Focal Kanta No.1 weighs 13.05kg / 28.7lbs and the B&W 606 S2 weighs 6.90kg / 15.2lbs. This makes the Kanta No.1 89% heavier than the 606 S2 AE.
Here is a comparison of how Kanta No.1 and 606 S2 AE's weights compare with the average, max and min weights in Passive Bookshelf class.
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What's in the Box of Focal Kanta No.1?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of Kanta No.1:
Bookshelf loudspeakerGrillePort plug4 Slicone padsUser Manual
What's in the Box of B&W 606 S2?
Here are the items that come with the 606 S2 AE:
2 Bookshelf loudspeakers 2 Grilles 2 Two-piece foam port plugs 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet 4 Jumper-straps (pre-installed) Manual Bowers & Wilkins brochure Warranty Information
| Max Input Power
| Handle more power from your amplifier
| Minimum Impedance
| Very low impedance levels puts more pressure on amplifier
| Low Frequency Response
| Generates deeper bass
| High Frequency Response
| Generates higher frequency
| Bi-Amping and Bi-Wiring
| Allows bi-amping and bi-wiring connections
| Easier to fit in smaller spaces
| Base Surface Area
| Takes less floor space
| Price per pair*
| costs less (*prices may change depending on the seller, location and time)
|Focal Kanta No.1
|Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition
|Woofer Surround Material
|Decoupled Double Dome
|High-Gloss Carrara White, High-Gloss Black/Deep Black, Matte Walnut/Dark Grey,Matte Walnut/Ivory
|Matte Black, Matte White, Oak, Red Cherry
|Recommended Stand Height