B&W DM 602 S3 Bookshelf Speakers

4.83/5 (6 Reviews) MSRP : $600.00


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2 way bookshelf speaker with 7 inch Kevlar cone. Series 3.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Genaro Giron a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Finally found a great sounding speaker, sounds fantastic with almost any type of music you throw in them. I also auditioned some known brand in the same category like monitor audio, infinity, tannoy to name a few, but I went to B&W 602 S3, warm sounding, very musical, great mids & highs. Bass sounds ok for a bookhelf size speaker but will be needing a matching active subwoofer if room is a bit large.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $570.00

Purchased At:   Sound Dimension A/V



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Genaro Giron a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Finally found a great sounding speaker, sounds fantastic with almost any type of music you throw in them. I also auditioned some known brand in the same category like monitor audio, infinity, tannoy to name a few, but I went to B&W 602 S3, warm sounding, very musical, great mids & highs. Bass sounds ok for a bookhelf size speaker but will be needing a matching active subwoofer if room is a bit large.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $570.00

Purchased At:   Sound Dimension A/V



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by spocko a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I posted a review in feb, 2007 on these dm 602 s3 by B & W.
It has now been 5 months of using them and without a sub...
They keep sounding better and better as the days and weeks go by...
I even bought a sub, the asw600 and ended up taking it back...
Except for some certain scenes in certain movie soundtracks, the sub did'nt really help that much... as an example, the dts scene in Jurassic Park III, when the Allisouras and the T-Rex fight, the sub helped some the extreme lower lfe effects, such as stomping and explosions... But that was it... After comparing the 602s3's with and without the sub on several 5.1 dvds , I concluded that I really did not need the sub...
And with music, the sub hardly helped at all... Most music does'nt go that low anyway...the lowest bass guitar note is 42 hertz... and the 602s roll off at just below 40 hertz...
Unless you listen to heavy rap or huge kettle drums from large symphonies...
a sub won't make that much difference with the 602s...
Maybe if I had a huge room larger than my living room of 8 x 11 x 17 ft. (HxWxL), which is less than 1500 cubic feet, I may have kept the sub... But I think it goes low enough... Besides I have learned that I enjoy musuc much better with truly full range floorstandes... the 602 isn't a true floorstander, but it thinks it's a big speaker with that 7" driver and bass flowport...They just sound better ...

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   hudson's audio albuq



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shane Diaz a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I am a 26 year old architect obsessed with everything sound. Over the past few years Ive divulged myself intently on equipment to recreate what Ive thought to be my level of audible perfection. As I earned in my practice, I incrementally invested in systems ranging from Home theater amps to solid state and until recently..vacuum tubes.
I've been to a multitude of stores that have provided high end audio systems and have listened to practically every concievable brand ranging from Sonus faber, JBL's Northridge series etc, Infinity, Acanthus, Dyna Audio,Acoustic Energy etc....

Buyer Beware!!!!! as I learned this the hard way investing thousands of dollars in equipment well marketed but with very very poor quality.

this statement now is what every person should take note of when looking to invest in speakers. ...A speakers performance will ALWAYS be 50% dependant on the amplifier powering it. Ive read hundreds of reviews from company's and individuals stating that the speakers they manufacture or own sound wonderful etc...but very few accompanied with the list of associated test equipment. A good example is that of Wharfedale's Diamond 8 Series, Pair it with a Harman/Kardon Reciever with all its hype of high current rubbish and what you'll get is just quantity of sound blaring down your throat with little to absolutely no finesse. Pair them with A Yamaha reciever (bi-wired) capable of driving 100Watts minimum @ 8Ohms...and you will Have one of the most cost effective home theaters easily rivalling some of the goliaths that cost thousands.

Anyway to cut to the chase of reviewing the Bowers and Wilkins DM602 S3. I combined it with Rotel's RA03, RA06 and with what I presently own now, a Sonata 70 35 WATT Svetlana El34 AB push pull amplifier and NAD's 24bit sigma delta cd player....what I achieved with all of the following was literally... pure sonic heaven. I heard sounds from these speakers that ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER in it's class can produce..I myself have chosen to bi wire opening up a greater more spacial sound stage, and I tell you with all conviction spinning Jheena Lodwick's HDCD mastered "Emerald City," as well as Kathy McPhee's Somewhere over the Rainbow, every breath, Lisp swirl of the tongue and pinch of lips can be heard so incredibly acutely. The High end is completely COMPLETELY untouchable, the upper frequencies seem to rise and roll of soooo gracefully unlike other Brands such as focal JM Lab's which seem to just reach the peak and drop off. The Overall soundstage don't get me wrong isn't anything like the perfection of the 800 Series of Bowers and Wilkins but it sure is more than a DAMN fine deal for your money. If you run tubes for stereo listening or Rotel or a NAD amp, you ABSOLUTELY will not go wrong. If you plan to get a setup for your home theater, Power this with a Yamaha, RXV659, 2500, 2600, 2700, or 4600....and you will be dumbfounded by the subtle sounds that are left out by other brands. I have NO regret buying this product.... It makes the hair at the back of my neck stand every time I power it up

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $520.00

Purchased At:   Sound Dimension, Man



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by spocko a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I bought these great speakers, used at an old and well respected audio/video boutique called Hudson's Audio, here in Albuquerque,NM for. Jeff, the owner let me listen to my cds , at will and at the volume I wanted. After I auditioned several different models of B & W speakers, my budget settled on a excellent value of five speakers that include a pair of B & W, (that's all Jeff sells!), DM 602 S3's ($500/pr.) , a pair of DM 600's ($315/pr) and an LCR 60 ($315). I couldn't afford a sub. But, the 602's think their big speakers. And with their 7" drivers and great bass port, it shows... Besides with miusic, the 602's shine and go low enough for some startling realism... I also biwired them to my Yamaha RXV1500 receiver...I listen to two channel , mostly with cds, as I can use the Pure Direct mode on the receiver and let those THX certified, discrete amps shine , pushing these 602's beautifully !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Hudson's Audio




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Question about B&W DM 602 S3

Hello from Greece! I like B&W 602 S3 but i've read that they need a lot of power! How much power do they really need? I intend to buy one of these amplifiers : Rotel RA02 / Cambridge Audio Azur 640A / Nad C352 / Thule IA60 / Denon PMA 1500 MKII. I'm going to place the system in a 4*6 M2 living r ... Read More »

B&W DM 602 S2 or S3 .... your opinions?

Wondering your impressions of them from prior auditions, and if there is much difference between the two versions? Buying S2 used would probably save a few hundred $$, not sure how improved S3 is...I do understand that they braced the cabinet in S3, not sure what else though...Read More »

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