B&W DM 602 Bookshelf Speakers

4.35/5 (171 Reviews) MSRP : $550.00


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7" Kevlar Woofer and 1" Tweeter


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Corley Kinnane a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2016

Bottom Line:   
I wanted to upgrade from 20 year old Krix Equinoxe speakers, musical sounding bookshelves, that are rear ported, so can't be placed on a bookshelf! The high treble was lacking in these speakers, but at the time, I liked them more than the B&W 602 S2. The reason was the that the 602 sounded harsh despite representing the entire frequency range well. Now that I've learned through headphone technology that the issue pre-2000 was source accuracy, these days, DACs are orders of magnitude more detailed, even when getting a reasonably cheap implementation of the Sabre 9018, the detail level through any decent amp is phenomenal. I've now discovered that the B&W 602's were not harsh at all, just precise right up to 20KHz, with very little wash over it like the Krix systems. I bought a pair of these second hand, because they are forward and revealing with solid, only very slightly boomy bass (yes, guys... that's how you spell bass). They are now fantastic value and after auditioning many speakers for twice the price, these won. Most speaker places think their bottom of the line Cambridge shelf DAC is all you need to make $15,000 speakers fly, but no, they need to branch out to the headphone world to really hear why the source matters and you can get a Sabre 9018 or a CS4398 for a few hundred that actually soars in detail. The Wolfsen 8740 is actually already outdated, although many don't know it yet. These speakers are great value for a revealing, detailed configuration.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2016

Bottom Line:   
The last reviewer cracks me up...he poo poos people calling themselves audiophiles yet offers no tangible proof that he is in any position to judge...unbelievable....

...anywho...

...these are great speakers for the money and...really they compete with many costing much more! It is amazing what B&W has done with such a small enclosure and at such a relatively low price point. The key work here folks is "revealing". B&W produces some of the most accurate (revealing) loudspeakers out there. So many complain that they sound harsh... but what they are mistaking (in my "opinion") for "warmth" in their own speakers is actually a "muddied" down sound where you're not hearing "all" of the program material as intended by the artist.

Feed these beauties a quality signal using good upstream components and you will be a believer. Are the 602 s2's as good as my 703's...no way! But that's in a direct head to head comparison. Taken on their own the 602's sound great...far better than they should and without breaking the bank!

Point is that listening is completely "subjective" so the very fact that so many people cast dispersions on the speaker choices/preferences of others is narcasitically narrow minded!

So go out, listen, spend your hard earned money on what "sounds" good to "you" and enjoy!!!

Life's too short to spend time worrying or arguing with people about who's speakers or system sound better or whether or not someone deserves the title of audiophile lol...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by pinchechris a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I want to preface this review with the fact that I hold the term "audiophile" in high regard and feel that many of the people here that refer to themselves as one are pretty silly. Their comments reveal who truly is and isn't an audiophile. Anyone can use the term "soundstage"

That being said, my experiences differed with the different amplifiers I used. They sounded decent with an old Marantz 1200 integrated that tends to be mellow/warm. As I upgraded my components (Accuphase/promitheus) the speakers lost their luster.

I've seen a lot of comparisons to NHT speakers, the B&Ws usually losing the battle. Without trying to jump on the band wagon I have to concur: I picked up a pair of NHT Superzeros off craigslist for $10 (their original retail price of $230 being a bargain, this is a crime). When I brought them home and plugged them in I almost had to pinch myself to believe the sound that was coming from them. To be fair, I admit that I'm using a Velodyne subwoofer, as I would with ANY bookshelf speaker. Without the use of a sub the NHTs simply don't have ANY bass. You can't use them without. The B&Ws will fair well enough on their own, even sound alright in the low bass region. BUT........with the sub handling the lows, the little bottom of the line, 15 year old NHT absolutely TROMP the B&Ws.

There is absolutely no comparison. The NHTs put you right in the room with the artist. Vocals soar, instruments sing! Imaging is incredible.....even from the next room. I can only imagine what their expensive floor standing speakers sound like. In contrast, the 602s sound muffled, you hear a lot of cabinet. The highs sound boosted become harsh and hard to listen to after a while. Maybe they're designed to excel on the crap that most people use for amplification? I think for the price one can do much better.

B&W has a name for itself but I believe the more you shop around and listen to what else is out there you will believe in these less and less. That's not to say some of their other models aren't great, just not these. These are mediocre.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by rbtamms a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2008

Bottom Line:   
When I moved to USA from Singapore, I sold my system consisting of Tannoy Mercury M2. I like my Tannoy speakers but I cannot take it with me because it's too bulky & heavy. It's so difficult to find the same Tannoy in the US, so I start searching for alternative brands available in the US market. I heard about the B&W 6 series & waited for the right time to buy it. I was so excited at first because I thought it would sound better than the M2, but it didn't meet my expectations. It's clear though but lacks some punch. I miss my Tannoy, but this DM602 will do the job but with the help of a sub. Can't complain for the price I paid, good thing I didn't buy a new one....

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by manlystanley a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I was looking for a pair of DM602 S2 or S3's, and then found this pair of series 1's for $90. I went to the guys house and was shocked at how BAD they sounded. No highs, no lows, just a huge muddy middle. (I did not see what type of amp that he had).

Because of what they sell for on Ebay (currently dm602s1's are going for around $400) I thought I'd get them. Worse I'd just resell them.

Got them home, and did a side by side comparison against the best speakers I own (Klipsch RB-5 II's). (I have a Denon 687 receiver with 12 gage speaker wire). When I compared them (using the A/B speaker buttons) , there was obviously a huge difference in efficiently. But, when they were adjusted to the same sound level, I played track after track--and I could not tell a huge difference. The Klipsch RB-5's sounded richer and the dm602-s1's had a stronger (maybe even boomy) base. So, for $90, I'm very pleased.

The dm602s1's sound much better then my: Cerwin-Verga LS-8's, Klipsch Synergy B2's, and Bose 201's.

I'm building a movie theater in my basement with a 7.1 sound system and will be using these as my fronts. I don't think that I'll need a sub with there strong base. Also, I will not get a center speaker until I'm sure that I'll keep them.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist




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