In this review, we will be comparing specifications of S60 and BW 603, two Floor-standing speakers from Polk Audio and Bowers & Wilkins.
Let's have a brief look at the main features of Polk Audio S60 and B&W 603 before getting into our more detailed comparison.
Let's read on the following sections in order to better understand in detail how Polk Audio S60 and B&W 603 compares and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one is better for you.
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One of the fundamental differences between these two speakers is that S60 is a 2-way design whereas BW 603 is a 3-way speaker. 3-way designs utilize a midrange driver in addition to the tweeter and woofer on 2-way designs. Designing a crossover for a 3-way speaker is a complicated process and generally increases the overall cost of the speaker. S60 features a 1" Tweeter and 3 x 6.5" Mica-reinforced polypropylene Woofer . On the other hand, BW 603 features a 1" Tweeter , a 6" Midrange and 2 x 6.5" Paper Woofer .
S60 has a frequency range of 26-40k Hz whereas BW 603 has a frequency range of 48-28k Hz.
Impedance and Sensitivity
S60 and BW 603 has the same Impedance of 8 ohms but where they differ is the sensitivity levels. S60 sensitivity is rated at 90 dB and BW 603's is at 88.5 dB. This 1 dB difference makes Polk Audio S60 a more sensitive speaker compared to B&W 603, hence will play louder with the same amount of watts.
S60 has a power range of 20-300 watts RMS whereas BW 603 has a power range of 30-200 watts.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
Both S60 and BW 603 features dual binding post speaker terminals for bi-amping or bi-wiring.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Both S60 and BW 603 have a firing ports.