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PSB also sent along its SubSeries 250 subwoofer ($700) to pick up the bottom end. While technically not part of the new Alpha range, the company’s SubSeries models are regularly partnered with the Alphas in a surround speaker package. With a 200-watt class-D amp driving a beefy 10-inch woofer in a sealed enclosure, the 250 sits near the middle of the SubSeries lineup. Its high gloss black-painted finish and rounded corners give it a chunky solid look, while a round fabric covered grille fits over its forward-facing woofer. ”
“For the new Alpha Series, Barton has made changes to both the cabinet construction and internal damping. While cabinets with internal stiffening braces are unusual at this price level, the new Alphas are not just well-braced, but built with high-quality MDF to help control any cabinet resonances. Internal damping uses the same thick, compressed felt- type material normally seen in high-end speakers, with careful positioning to prevent internal standing waves.
Basic drive units were not ignored in the Alpha Series makeover, with an all-new 0.75- inch tweeter and 4.5- and 5.25- inch woofers used in various combinations between the line- up’s four models. The tweeter uses an anodized aluminum dome with a neodymium magnet and ferrofluid to reduce thermal compression, while the polypropylene woofer cones have a textured surface that, according to Barton, helps reduce distortion and cone breakup modes.”
The 606 has a claimed sensitivity of 88dB and a frequency response rated to go down to 52Hz. On this model, and the rest of the 600 Series passive speakers, you’ll find dual binding posts at the rear, handy if you’re into bi-wiring or bi-amping.
B&W has reduced the size of the centre channel enclosure in the 600 Series, in the hope that the compact HTM6 will prove more appealing to consumers and less of a placement conundrum. This uses two 5in Continuum bass/midrange drivers, sited either side of its aluminium tweeter. Its a little less sensitive (87dB) and, as is often the case with a centre speaker, the frequency response isn’t as deep, going down to 72Hz.
In this package the entry-level 607 standmount speakers are on surround duty. They look almost identical to the larger 606 aside from the smaller (5in) midbass driver. Sensitivity is rated at 84dB, yet frequency response remains at 52Hz.
To deliver maximum bang for the buck, Klipsch pared down the features and connections of its R-100SW subwoofer ($349) to a bare minimum and put the focus on performance. To that end, there’s no wireless connection, speaker-level inputs, remote control, or low-voltage trigger. What it does have is a line-level input, a simple low-pass filter (that can be bypassed by turning its control dial up to the maximum setting), and a phase switch. It also features a forward-firing 10-inch version of Klipsch’s distinctive spun-copper woofer powered by a 300-watt (peak) class-D amplifier, all housed in a stout MDF cabinet.”
The 606 standmount speakers demonstrated all these attributes, and proved extremely adept when it came to music replay. However, if you’re looking for a system that can handle music and movies in equal measure, then you might want to consider the 603 floorstanders at £1,250 a pair.
Listening to David Bowie’s performance from the 2000 Glastonbury Festival (CD), the 606 standmounts displayed a delicious musicality and handled the live recording with an enjoyable sense of accuracy and space. It sounded pretty much like being there, and I should know because I was.