B&W DM 605 Floorstanding Speakers

DM 605

User Reviews (10)

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Jimmy B   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 09, 2010]

I bought these Beauties off of Ebay, should've asked for more pics, but, in the long run, I am REALLY happy with the overall sound. I went from studio monitors(M-Audio, then Mackie), to try to find the correct sound needed for my home audio system. I found that in these speakers. The low end might be not what I'M used to, but, I have several subs to compensate for the short comings. I will probably keep these speakers, for life. They are a trrue work of art, that sound as equal in high Db settings. I am powering the high/mids with a pair of Dayton amps, and they seem to be doing GREAT so far. LOW THD. Will add more, if things change.

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5
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4
Eric   an Audio Enthusiast [Aug 31, 1999]

I've had these speakers for 2 weeks now, and they have met all my expectations. Bass is solid with the dual subwoofers, and the mid/tweeter are classic B&W sound. Would recommend highly, especially if you want incorporated subwoofers. They retail for about $2000/pair. Sound great with movies and music. Have them connected to a Yamaha RX-V995 with Tributaries silver wire. Compared to Def tech 2002 which sounded too dull on highs. These are much brighter and clearer. Easily 5 stars...

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5
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Ozzie   an Audio Enthusiast [Oct 03, 1999]

I read a review of the B&W DM605 Series 2 in the October Audio magazine and I was very interested in having a listen to them for myself. I was most interested in the self-powered subwoofer section of the speakers. In most of the auditions of speakers with seperate subwoofer I can always hear the subwoofer and that really buged me. I was interested ina speaker that can play musc weel but also work as the front speakers for my Home Theatre. I went over to my local audio store and they told me that they had one pair but was at they other store across town so I drove 30 miles just to hear them. I was not disappointed. I listened to averything that I could possible think of. Rock, Orchestral, Pipe Organ and finally sound effects. Since the speakers would be used in a Home Theatre setup I wanted to head if they could take the loud low frequencies that movies contain with out breakup and they did and them some. I never felt that the low frequencies were a power sub section. The transition from the mid to lows was great. I think for the price they are great !
If I had any complaints with the speakers is that they are not quite as refined in the midrange and midbass as the more expensive Nautilus line, but you don't have to pay $4000 to get similar bass performance, last but not least the black box is not the prettiest it works great but don't expect a beautiful piece of furniture.

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5
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Peter Chacko   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 26, 1999]
Strength:

Super Bass,good build,good overall performance

Weakness:

None that I can think of

Hi folks,
I have been trying to get some reviews about this speaker but there were hardly any sites having em, just the 3 to 4 here. Anyway I.m sure a lot of you guys out there want to hear what I have to sa.I had the 604, cc6 and ds6. I changed to the 605s2, lcr s2,and kept the ds6.
These 605's are really in a different league. They have got everything a normal listener would need. Tons of bass, solid bass management, clear and good highs.
As for shifting to the 605 s2 from the 604, I am really happy I made that decision.It has no comparision to the earlier models.
B&W keep it up.Anyone thinking of changing, just dont wait, just do it. You'll never be wrong.
Great,I mean it

Similar Products Used: 604
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5
VALUE
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5
Doug   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 29, 1999]
Strength:

Excellent Dynamic Range. Flexible Base

Weakness:

None

I purchased the 6052S speakers after going through a few different Definitives speakers such as the 2004 and 2002. In comparison the Definitive sounds great for home theater but the base was overkill for music. The 605 provided a much better platform for music and could still give a good punch for home theater. It still surprises me how much depth comes out of the 605. The upper end is extremely good. Female vocals really shine with the 605. This speaker really is everything that B&W stands for with a little extra just for fun. Enjoy!!

Similar Products Used: Definitive 2004 & 2002.
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5
VALUE
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5
Paul Ng   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 08, 2001]
Strength:

Balanced as expected.

Weakness:

Flow-port dislodged easily.

The highs of 605S2 is guaranteed by the use of metal tweeter descended from the Nautilis blood line. The mids and lows are balanced and OK, just like what I expected from the audition of 604S2. The reason I bought 605S2 is for the claimed sub-woofer space-saving feature. With the actively amp-ed bass, you can recruit the bass speakers to do what you usually need with another separated sub-woofer. Acutually I bought the 605S2 after auditioned the 604S2 because the local audio store did not have the 605S2 on hand. During the stereo playing, you hear what is expected with balanced highs and lows. But during the movie playing, the LFE effect is now activated. You can feel rather than hear the lows of the LFE sound during some explosive, crackling, earthquaking and shaking scenes. Because of the directionality of the LFE, the placement of one sub-woofer may let you feel very discomfort as you "see" the LFE coming from the sub-woofer whichever place you positioned it. Now with 3 sub-woofers including the 605S2, you feel the air-mass pumping towards you without the feel of directionality. Furthermore the air-mass moved is much more than only one sub-woofer. I have auditioned the bioplar Mirage OM-7 and Definitive Technology 2000 for comparison of sound stage created by the bipolar and conventional non-bipolar speakers. Maybe because the positioning and listening environment were not fine-tuned, I found the bipolar speakers not very pleasing during the demo sessions at the audio-stores. The lows of Definitive Technology 2000 (with it's 15" woofer) is good while the lows of Mirage OM-7 is average. But in the light of Performance/Cost value, I give 5 stars to B&W605S2.

However, during the fine-tuning of the 605S2, I found that the flow-ports(the vented bass tube) were dislodged very easily while I moved the heavy(31kg) boxes with the aid of inserting my fingers into the ports as an achor of weight-lifting at re-positioning. I fixed this myself by applying carpenter's glue to the ports.

At final rating, despite the fact that the flow-ports dislodged easily which can be avoided by careful handling with 2 persons working together during fine-tuning of position. I deem B&W 605S2 as the best medium to low-buget home-theatre/stereo main speakers. The high priced Hi-end B&W 800 series is just too expensive and far-reached at the top of the sigmoid curve of P/C value for the ordinary audiophiles. You can taste the good stereo sound with 604S2 but not the movie sound without 605S2.

Similar Products Used: B&W 604 S2.
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5
VALUE
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5
Paul Mahl   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 30, 1999]
Strength:

Great range and superb bass

I've been really impressed with the performance of the 605's. The powered subwoofers eliminate the need for a separate subwoofer in my system and have the punch needed for both audio and movies. The new tube-loaded tweeter design produces wonderfully clear highs to give a very pleasant balanced quality to the speakers. Bi-wiring really helps to extend the range of these speakers even further. I originally got the CC6 as the center speaker but have since upgraded to the CDM CSE which has a greater range and compliments the 605's much better.

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5
VALUE
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5
Nick   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 13, 2000]
Strength:

bass weight and definition, revealing and detailed treble, excellent overall sound

Weakness:

size

I bought a pair of B&W DM605 S2s after auditioning many speakers within my budget of £1500. Although B&W market the 605 as a home theatre speaker, I don’t (yet) run a home theatre setup. My primary objective was to find a speaker that could produce the most realistic sounding music.

Of the models I auditioned the 605s are neither the most detailed nor the most refined, those honours going to the Dynaudio Audience 70 and Veritas 20 respectively. What makes the 605s so attractive is their wide frequency response and phenomenal dynamics. The active subwoofers take the bass down to 25Hz without relying on resonance to improve the weight, leading to superb control at low frequencies with formidable agility and the kind of slam that I’ve only heard in unaffordable esoteric audiophile designs. The nautilus-derived tweeter extends the treble well beyond the limit of my hearing and is almost painfully revealing and detailed. As with most metal dome designs it can sound a bit hard and strident, so watch out if you have “bright” electronics. The midrange driver is smooth and controlled, and the new bullet dustcap design seems to have improved the focus compared to older 600 series 1 models I’ve heard. Overall the sound is natural and warm, with the active bass giving orchestral works the kind of depth that no other speaker I auditioned could match. With organ recitals you can feel the power chords – wonderful stuff. Listen to a jazz quintet and every instrument is perfectly placed and the balance is just right. With more contemporary material the results are just as impressive. You can crank up the volume to unbearable levels and yet the 605s don’t distort at all.

On a practical level these are big speakers. To get the enclosure volume up while maintaining the 24cm width common to all the 600 series models has meant making the speakers deep. Front to back they measure 45cm. Add to that the 50cm minimum recommended distance from the rear wall and you find that the front is nearly a metre (three feet) into the room. The bass response is electronically tuneable (a nice touch that takes away the hit and miss associated with port tuning), so even though the design is rear ported I was able to break the rules and move the speakers within 15cm (6 inches) of the rear wall.

One last point. If you can’t or don’t wish to play your music at realistic volumes then consider other options. At low volumes the 605s seem to loose detail and you’d be better off with something like the Veritas 20. However if you like the idea of hearing a real live jazz band in your living room then there’s nothing at this price to touch the 605s. Just hope the neighbours are understanding!

Arcam Alpha 9 CD player
NAD 319 integrated amp
B&W DM605 S2 speakers
QED QNECT Silver Spiral interconnect
Nordost Flatline Gold MkII bi-wire speaker cable

Similar Products Used: Mission 783, Dynaudio Audience 70, Newtonia N8, Veritas 20, PMC FB1, Cura CA21, Jamo Concert 8
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5
VALUE
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5
Bas Devries   Audiophile [Apr 17, 2000]
Strength:

Fullange frequency responce.Fantastique lowend.

Weakness:

For this price absolutly NONE!

My first real loudspeaker was a B&W, and was never intended to be a audiophile. Im a musician, and are obsessed by music, tones, and instruments. Now I am 3 years further and are also highendaudio obsessed. In my opinion is a B&W speaker, the only speaker that can really touch you inside. All B&W speakers I heard sounds so naturual. a violin sounds like a violin. The only thing i allways missed in B&W speakers was the upper bottemend in bass. Especially with organmusic I
wanna feel the upper registers of this great instrument. But also with popmusic I wanna feel the kick of the bassdrum.
I was happy when I read the specs from this new speaker.
My first listenopinion was disapointed!, The mids and highs sounds cold and a bit agressive. but when I switcht the amplifier for a NAD silverline Pre/main combi, everything sounds open, warm and musical. also the bass sounds much better. The speaker has a real lowend that I only heard by big highend speakers that cost 10 times the DM 605. The DM 605 had a verry deep soundstage! with a perfect placement. Every cd was a big suprrise in the lowend. I heard things in the low I never heard before.

This product is fantastique. I love the DM 605 for music.

Similar Products Used: B&W Matrix 3 serie2, B&W 603 Serie1
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5
VALUE
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5
jeff p   [May 09, 2000]
Strength:

tight, refined bass, excellent dynamics, and very detailed

Weakness:

needs a really nice amp to drive them or else they can sound harsh

A wonderful listening experience. They are ultra detailed, making the mid and top end dangerous to listen to with a screechy or bright sound. After listening to them, I knew that I had to have them. The powered bass is nice, and well suited to 2 channel audio. Drive them flat, and use their tone controls to adjust bass, and you'll be pleased by these small mushroom cap 7's even for deep, deep bass. Just don't freak out with equilization to enhance the bass, these puppies don't need it, and you'll just sacrifice the tight punchy nature of the bass on these. Drive them in a biwired configuration, and make sure you use a warm, musical amp. I use the
Acurus A100
Acurus RL-11
Rotel RCD 955AX
All of these were chosen for their smoothness and musicality
making them perfect to drive a speaker so revealing as the 605 S2.

Similar Products Used: JM Labs, Monitor Audio, Paradigm, definitive, polk
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5
VALUE
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5
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