606 S2 AE is a 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Bookshelf speaker by Bowers & Wilkins. It features a 1" Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter and 1 x 6.5" Continuum Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 52-28k Hz and a sensitivity of 88 dB. B&W 606 S2 has an MSRP of 999$ per pair but can often be found around 849$ per pair.
Bowers & Wilkins replaced the older BW 606 with this model. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:
Compare B&W 606 S2 vs B&W 606
606 S2 AE is a member of Bowers & Wilkins's 600 S2 Anniversary Edition series of Passive speakers. The first generation of B&W 600 series was introduced in 1996 and sold more than 1 million in 25 years in six different generation. To celebrate the 25th year of the series, B&W introduced the S2 Anniversary Edition, which is the seventh generation of the series. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
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B&W 606 S2 has a Frequency response range of 52-28k Hz at ±3dB (-6dB at 40Hz and 33kHz) and Power Range of 30-120 watts. At a minimum frequency of 52 Hz, 606 S2 AE will provide an average bass depth so depending on your use case, you may consider supplementing your system with a subwoofer.
Here we have a comparison of how 606 S2 AE's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
Among the speakers in our database with a max MSRP price of 1000$ (Pair), these are the 5 Passive Bookshelf speakers that have the deeper bass levels than the B&W 606 S2's 52Hz:
Impedance and Sensitivity
B&W 606 S2's nominal impedance level is 8 ohms but can go down to as low as 3.7 ohms, and has a sensitivity of 88 dB.
Is the Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition an easy to drive speaker?
8 Ohms is pretty much the standard impedance amongst stereo speakers and amplifiers so Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition is not considered a difficult to drive speaker from nominal Impedance perspective.
88dB of Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition is an average sensitivity for stereo speaker so it is neither easy nor difficult to drive from Sensitivity perspective.
Minimum Impedance of B&W 606 S2
Even though the nominal impedance of the 606 S2 AE is 8 ohms, the minimum impedance level of this speaker according to Bowers & Wilkins is 3.7 ohms Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition so while choosing an amplifier, you should ideally check if the unit you are considering can provide this impedance level.
606 S2 AE has Binding post type connectors and lets bi-amping/bi-wiring. Bi-wiring can provide improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers by running separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier. Bi-amping allows the use of separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency drivers of your loudspeaker which may result in greater dynamic range & lower distortion.
B&W 606 S2 Speaker Size: Weight and Dimensions
B&W 606 S2 has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 13-5/8 x 7-1/2 x 12-13/16inch (347.0 x 191.0 x 326.0mm ). Each speaker weighs 6.90kg / 15.2lbs.
To have a better perspective on the real life size of B&W 606 S2, let's compare it with a standard size Compact Disc which has a diameter of 4.7inch (120mm).
Here we place the B&W 606 S2 virtually next to a standard width amplifier and turntable on a BDI Octave Media Cabinet to get a better idea about the size.
Cabinet type and Materials
B&W 606 S2 has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet and MDF/Vinyl finish. Bass Reflex type loudspeakers (aka Ported, Vented or Reflex Port) have enclosures that uses a port, hole or vent cut into the cabinet. Ported designs are generally more efficient than the Sealed designs.
B&W 606 S2 comes with 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
which you can use to secure your loudspeaker on the surface that you are putting on.
It is always recommended to use some kind of feet under all types of speakers. Besides limiting the movement of the speakers, it also compensates for non-flat surfaces and limits the contact surface area of the speaker. Rubber based feet also help isolating the vibrations within certain frequency ranges.
B&W 606 S2 is a rear-firing port speaker so you have to make sure you leave enough space between the back of the speaker and wall or bookshelf so that it has room to breathe. 606 S2 AE comes with 2 Two-piece foam port plugs
so if you don't have any choice but place the speakers too close to the walls or other surfaces, you can use these plugs in order to avoid boomy or too much bass.
B&W 606 S2 is available in Matte Black, Matte White, Oak, Red Cherry.
606 S2 AE doesn't sport any built-in mounting bracket so you need an external structure to mount on walls.
Bowers & Wilkins sells a dedicated speaker stand for the 606 S2 AE with a model name Bower Wilkins STAV24 S2
. You can check the latest price and availability of these stands at B&H PHOTO
606 S2 AE comes with magnetic grilles in Black, Grey. The purpose of the speaker grille is to protect the delicate driver elements from external impacts while still allowing the sound pass as clearly as possible.Since the included grille of the 606 S2 AE magnetic type, it is very easy to put it on and off.
What's in the Box of B&W 606 S2?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of 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
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for B&W 606 S2
Here is a link to download the official brochure for the Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition speaker:
Official Brochure for B&W 606 S2
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for B&W 606 S2
5 Years of parts warranty and 5 Years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.