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Bowers & Wilkins - 600 Series 683 S2 Dual 6-1/2" 3-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Each) - Black

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This Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series 683 S2 FP35327 3-way floorstanding loudspeaker features two 6-1/2" dual-layer aluminum woofer cones, a 1" decoupled double-dome aluminum tweeter and a 6" DuPont™ KEVLAR® fiber FST midrange cone for lush, dynamic sound.



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    Overview

    What's Included


    • 4 M4 spike feet, 4 rubber feet, four 10mm lock nuts, accessory pack
    • Owner's manual
    • Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series 683 S2 Dual 6-1/2" 3-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker (1 speaker)

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (102 out of 102)

    Features


    200W maximum power handling

    For robust sonic output.

    Two 6-1/2" dual-layer aluminum woofer cones

    With a reinforced design offer enhanced dampening and break-up frequencies to provide vibrant sound and powerful bass with minimal distortion.

    1" decoupled double-dome aluminum tweeter with Nautilus tube loading

    Along with a 6" KEVLAR® FST midrange cone to ensure a lush, dynamic soundscape.

    Vented enclosure

    Produces vibrant audio.

    Dual binding posts

    Ensure a secure connection.

    52Hz - 22kHz frequency response (±3dB)

    Delivers faithful audio reproduction.

    89dB SPL sensitivity (2.83V, 1m)

    For powerful sound.

    8 ohms nominal impedance (3 ohms minimum)

    Efficiently conducts power through the speaker.

    DuPont™ and KEVLAR® are registered trademarks of DuPont used under license by Motorola Mobility LLC and its subsidiaries.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 102 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent speaker in this price range

      Posted
      excowboy9
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I purchased these speakers a few months after they were released. I auditioned them along with the CM9 s1 (the S2 had not yet been released) and the Martin Logan Motion 40s. I had auditioned the 683 s1 a few years back. The speaker has been completely redesigned with respect to the S1 with the new double dome tweeter, aluminum composite woofers, and more compact cabinet. It retains the FST midrange driver but with some modifications similar to the fantastic PM1 standmount speaker. The S2 cabinets are very solid and the speaker weighs in at just under 60 lbs (which might reduce unwanted cabinet resonances). One of the things I enjoyed most about the S1 was the fantastic midrange performance provided by the incorporation of the FST driver. However, the S1 lacked some clarity regarding the higher frequencies and ultimately that's what kept me from purchasing a pair. When auditioning the S2 I immediately noticed the improvement in clarity largely due to the new tweeter. During auditioning I realized this improvement brought the performance very close to the CM9 s1. However, I felt that the CM9 s1 tweeter was still slightly better than the 683 s2. But, for about 50% of the cost the 683 S2 brings you to about 90-95% of the performance of the CM9 S1 (the CM9 S2 is of course a different matter altogether). Aesthetically, it's not as pleasing with the black ash veneer compared to the gloss black of the CM9 but this wasn't a major factor in my purchase decision. Next, I listened to the Martin Logan Motion 40s. The Motion 40s are a very nice looking speaker but more expensive at $2000 for the pair. They feature a folded motion tweeter (similar to ribbon tweeter technology) and are also 3-way. I immediately noticed the superior low end performance. However, this wasn't really a factor for me considering that I would be using a subwoofer in my setup at home. The higher frequency performance was great but I felt that it wasn't quite as neutral as the 683 S2. I "ABed" back and forth between both speakers and was torn between the two but ultimately I preferred the 683S2. To my ears, the 683 S2 was simply more neutral but not fatiguing. Sure, it's not as nice to look at with a slightly more utilitarian appearance (it looks like a speaker) but this was a secondary consideration (and much less important) for me anyway. Final thoughts: The redesigned 683 is a winner. After getting them home I realized that they performed best in a medium to large room and placement was important for bass response. They do like a little power (3 ohm dips) but this isn't a problem for a quality AVR or dedicated 2-channel preamp/amp setup (what I'm currently using). Pleased with the purchase. There are definitely some competitors in this price range especially with internet direct brands.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Vocally Flawless Speakers

      Posted
      flash5222
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The 683 speakers came in well designed cartons, heavy wall, and capable of real protection during shipment, a nice plus. They were partitioned for placement of accessory parts and the manuals as well, so nothing bounces around during transit. I bought them directly from the local Best Buy, and the boxes were factory sealed. These speakers are quite heavy and appear well constructed; they are rock solid when you tap on them. But the real surprise is how effortlessly they perform. I only need 5 watts RMS per channel to fill my small listening area. The specs said they should need about 20 watts each minimum. And the speakers simply absorb the power as you crank up the volume, with absolutely no buzz, rattle, or distortion. I had them so loud that I had to leave the listening area, and I am sure the neighbors heard them clearly, but they just continue to operate smoothly; I could not cause these speakers to distort or behave badly, and I had well over 60 watts RMS into each speaker. The speakers are colorless; they add nothing to the music. Vocals are flawless, and the lows are nice and tight. They are forcing me to dial all amplifier contours back to neutral, and enjoy the music as it was recorded. No more tweaking bass or treble, no more loudness controls for low volume listening …. simply not needed. I’ve been seriously listening to speakers for over 50 years, and these are best I have ever owned. They sound so good that I am being forced to review my entire collection of music to discover what musical nuances I have been missing. I make new discoveries every evening. I also have quite a few amplifiers and receivers, and am now rotating them through the 683s. They are not cheap, but worth every penny they cost. If I had a larger listening area, I am sure these 683s would cover it well. I can hardly imagine what extra you get as you move up to the B&W CM series. I am totally satisfied with the 683s and expect years of enjoyment from them. PS – even my wife comes in to listen to them when I play some of her favorite songs, and that’s a surprise.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      :)

      Posted
      Daddy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I wanted to upgrade my surround and was going to start with the front speakers and got the 685s and was going to gradually build up over time. Well when I hooked up them to the front all the rest of my speakers sounded so terrible. So I started debating getting 4 685s or move the 685s to the back and get the 684s or the 683s. Tried doing a lot of research but it seems like no one put the 685s as the rears and what matched best with the 685s if they were at the back. I went to best buy to listen to the speakers and the main difference between the 684s and the 683s is the range the 683s can hit. They are so much better at doing the highs. It made the 684s sound like too much bass. I really didn't want to fork out the extra money for the 683s. I gave in and bought them and just wanted to kick my self in the head for dropping that much money on 2 speakers but after listening to them for a week with standard TV/movies/video games, I am sooooo happy I did. For video games I noticed sounds I never heard before. For music, songs I have listened too, I noticed different sounds. I was amazed. I really thought spending that much money for a sound system was ridiculous and was not a believer that you'll notice a big difference between sounds. My dad has a nice set up and now when I go to his house I think his system sounds bad. He agrees now when he hears my system and wants to upgrade his now. I never write reviews but I am totally satisfied with these speakers and wanted to share. With 685s in the back, it is a little over kill, and could get away with something cheaper but I am glad I didn't. I love the 685s in the back and they sound great with the 683s. I probably would have been satisfied also with the 684s but after hearing them side by side I couldn't do it. If you are debating between the 2. Just get the 683s. You won't care about the price difference after you spend time with them and let them break in.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      B&W 683 S2 Home Theater System - So Far So Good!

      Posted
      DaddyMac
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Apologies for the length of this review but it has been a journey. Let me start by saying I previously owned Def Tech speakers for my HT system. I've used them for 3 years now. Started out with a ProMonitor 1000 setup with a ProCenter 2000 sub. The system was very good but I upgraded the fronts to STS Super Towers 2 months ago and was initially satisfied until I could not get the right sound stage for movies. Two weeks ago I exchanged the Super Towers for BP8060STs and once again I was initially satisfied until I noticed distortion coming from both towers. I took the BP8060s back to Best Buy and had them tested and they were bad. My salesman, Ryan was very helpful in diagnosing the issue and he informed me that they had another unopened set at the store at the BayBrook Plaza. Instead of taking them home directly I asked that we test them and WOW they too had distortion coming from the tweeters. Ryan informed me that this was highly unusual. After going over some other options (Martin Logan Motion 40s, B&W 683s and other Def Techs) I decided to go with the B&W 683s. I am powering the system with a Marantz SR5010 which seems to have plenty of power. I had Def Tech SM55s in the rear and the CM1 Center S2. I returned to BB and purchased the 683 S2s for the rear this weekend and I am now enjoying my movies (Jurrasic World, The Cave, Transformers Age of Extinction etc) and music (Miles Davis, Tower of Power, Norah Jones etc) the way I wanted. Nice clear highs, full spatial surround on movies. BTW I am running a sub (AVS 2000) with the system and it all sounds great. I ran the Audessy set up which is about as far as I am able to go as far as tuning the system. After tuning the system my wife and I sat down and watched Beyonce's Lemonade and felt like we were at the movies. I have a Sony xbr 75w850c. It couldn't have been any better unless it had been in 4k. Still waiting on DirecTV to install the 4k receiver. I can't really explain it but the B&Ws seem more natural (to me) than the Def Techs which I still think are great speakers. Thanks a lot Ryan for helping me get to this point!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      OMG! I love these!

      Posted
      JimITGuy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      My first set of speakers were the B&W 600 Series 685 S2 Bookshelf speakers. I set them up as my primary home theater speakers. They sound excellent with movies, TV, Music, you name it. However, I couldn't get the 683's out of my mind. So I took a chance and picked up a pair. I demoted my 685s to the rear speakers of my home theater and replaced them with the 683s up front. These speakers are huge in size, weight, and sound. The detailing is beautiful at all volumes for every audio source. I spent an evening listening to Mozart and almost cried at how beautiful the music was over my older Bose 321 stereo system. As a test I setup my Bose 321 system in another room. I played the latest Taylor Swift single Shake it Up. On the B&Ws she sounded beautiful and balanced; plenty of depth and detail at every volume. On the Bose she sounded like she was angry. Her voice was harsh and shrill like a grandmother yelling at some young boys for charging through her garden of day lilies. It was so awful that I couldn't shut the system down fast enough. These may not be the best or most expensive speakers out there but they sound a lot better than other brands at or above this price point. I did audition many different brands while I was at Best Buy. To be honest the only speakers that sounded better to my ears were either the CM B&W series or speakers from the other brands that cost twice as much. And don't even get me started about the Bose offerings. I would choose to burn my money before investing any more into that trash. I am happy with my purchase and am looking forward to enjoying these speakers for many years to come.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hear what you've been missing

      Posted
      LaPlacePete
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I wasn't really shopping for floor speakers but was in the store killing time while my wife was shopping. Show me what you got is what I told the man….now i have not heard anything that has caught my hear in quite some time, but as he flipped thru the selections and got to these my ears went Wow!!!! Go back to the last one. As he did I was I started falling in love. My wife showed up and I had her listen. She saw how impressed I was but also the kid waking up on Christmas day look on my face. Needless to say I now own that pair. I won't bore you with the spec's and techy stuff…Just go listen for yourself. If you want a solid speaker that will fill a room, and not just blaring in your face…surround you and creates an awesome environment …give them a listen. Awesome for music and movies…no disappointment, and coming from a man who loves his music. My wife and kids are amazed when they watch their movies. Prfer movies at the house over the theater. Simple review and feedback from a simple man who loves great sound.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Better than S1

      Posted
      Kloid
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Combined with a decent integrated amp of at least 100 watts and a decent media player, you get a good taste of B and W sound. I discovered that low to moderate listening levels will surprise you. Sure, you can turn them up and yes they make a great front end to above average surround sound systems. However, they can provide decent playback in serious listening sessions. Break in took about 2 months. You still are saddled with some mid-fi grunz (also dependent upon your electronics. I have several systems and the sound improves with better amplification and media sources). They go deeper than you would expect for the price. Clean and detailed bass also. A little finicky with the high frequencies but the mid-range is all B and W Kevlar clarity and smoothness. I was lucky as Best Buy allowed me to compare with the older model. The new tweeter configuration definitely improves the presentation. Remember though, these are Mid Fi speakers, so comparing them to the Big Boys is unfair. Just sit back and listen, you may save a few bucks...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not There Yet

      Posted
      SpotOn
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This includes comments about a system purchase that the Bowers & Wilkins - 600 Series 683’s were part of. I don’t think either the sales person who came into my home to spec out the system or the installing technician were true audiophiles. Neither knew that the speakers were beyond the manufactures separation maximum and when I ask where the tuning baffles were they had to pull them out of the trash. The sub-woofer was installed in the entertainment center, where I requested, and is not correct place for it. It had to be put in sideways and there is only inches for clearance in the enclosure. Deep base is a rumble and ultra-low guitar frequencies sound like a drum. If I had known this I would not have requested this location for the sub-woofer. I expected the ‘sound’ and equipment experts to guide me. Per my request again the receiver was setup inside the entertainment center and will have to be moved to an open, no doors, bay so I can see the display for sound levels and sound mode. The Harmony Elite does not display unit information, I did not know this. The Harmony Elite was set up so the remote became a controller on startup of the Wii U. This takes a controller spot and the remote is not a proper device for games. I disabled it. For a 6k system price tag I expected a lot more performance after installation by Best Buy. Given time and my own personal adjustments/equipment relocation/fine tuning I am certain I’ll have the system I envisioned.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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    • soundandvision.comThomas J. Norton on October 28, 2014
      Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2 Speaker System
      It took some effort to get their best in my room, but these relatively affordable B&Ws ultimately came through with a big, immediate, and generous sound. The response of the speakers is ragged for the price. The sense of dynamic range is fine forFull Review



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