To add to your experience, the 602Series2 does NOT have any of the characteristics you mention for the Series 3 either. Do you know what changes they made to S3 for such a dramatic alteration of their sonic signature?
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Hello there, Im curious to know if you ever tried any other type of power for your 602s3's. The new series 3 has much better extended highs than all previous models in that line. I recently sold mine to go to the floor standers to save on subwoofer costs. I may end up going back to them eventually. I think its your Arcam thats the problem. Try an integrated Rotel if funds are limited at the 100 watt point or more. B&W needs good quality power, and that goes for all their models. If you really want to hear a treat try a krell 400xi or even a high powered reciver, not to mention good old separates. Good luck!
I'm not someone who has a long history with B&W, but I did have a pair of 602 S3's and didn't like them. I think the problem with the midrange is related to dispersion - I had to lock my head within a 1-inch window to really hear the midrange do what it was supposed to do. Having to wiggle my head to hear the speakers perform got annoying after a while, and made placement tricky. Outside of the sweet spot, the music really suffered and sounded "squished".