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- 21 posts total
The cone on a 606 is made of the same material as the MR on an 802, but the driver is different b/c the rubber surround on the 606 has to allow for long excursions where the FST midrange does not. Also, the 800 series uses much higher grade crossover parts and is close tolerance throughout, where the 606 is mass produced. The Matrix series was a higher end item, but known for its low sensitivity even then. That said, the latest 606 is a darn good 2-way box. Compare to Focal Chora, which has more coloration but sounds more dynamic too.
I had a pair of 705s and also had a pair of 805s.
Both were brand new with a free return for refund. Only way to truly test a product is in your home.
They both had the same mid driver but different tweeter. Also the bass port was in the front vs the back.
They both sounded fantastic and for the money I would choose the 705s.
However the 805s do add more definition and detail. Probably not $3000 worth but after having both, i did settle on the 805s.
If I didn't have both i would have settled on the 705.
It just shows that speaker technology is still advancing and newer is probably better.
The 804D2’s were one of the best speakers they ever made...I should have kept them. If you could get a pair of those, you would be set for life. I have the 802D3’s currently, which are wonderful sounding...but if your budget is under $1000 the 606S2 is amazing for $899! Music Direct 30day trial available...give them a spin. I would get them over the Matrix 805’s any day.
800 series floor: solid milled decoupled aluminum
tube loaded diamond tweeter all models.
Solid milled decoupled aluminum turbine head on 800,802, 803 D3's
Decoupled Continum mid range driver: Matrix cabinet construction for bass speakers: Aerofoil designed bass design with a woven fabric proprietary material:
804 do not have the turbine head and the 805 have single continuum driver.
700 series trickle down from 800's: 702 & 705 Have the solid milled aluminum tweeter tube. 702,703, 704 Floor standers have the decoupled continum midrange but no turbine head models & they use aerofoil designed bass drivers but cheaper material than what is used in the 800 series & no matrix construction: The 700 series tweeter is a decoupled design with an aluminum tweeter that is treated with fine layer of carbon: hence: the carbon tweeter to extend the breakup frequency & to smooth out the performance over the standard aluminum tweeter.
The 600 series shares the continuum driver material & the B&W design team so there is continuity to the house sound when you travel up the line. It uses a decoupled aluminum tweeter minus the carbon tweeter & traditional bass drivers: The 700 series has a more solid cabinet construction & higher end furniture grade finishes with superior magnets in the drivers.
Hope this helps; I have been selling B&W for 10 years & have attended a number of their training events over the years.