Can anybody advise the sound quality and suitability of B&W DM 602 (stand mounted) speakers for my 165 sqft (14.5 ft x 11.5 ft) bedroom?
What do u really want to know about these? Suitable to what amp?
well its the larger bookshelf from the earlier 600 series and was made in UK.
Its basically a 2 way vented box (ported) speaker which has a 1 inch alloy dome tweeter and a 7 inch kevlar bass/midrange. Sensitivity is about 90db and power handling is about 120 W. Impedance of all B&W is 8 ohms.I guess the price it was last sold was about 35/40 K so used should be about 20/25 K.
Now i had liked this 600 series at the time. This one is a real 'party' speaker for a SM. Just be careful to select an amp thats not edgy, shrill and u will be a happy camper. Give it as much power as u can afford. Needless to say buy the best amp u can and u will have a good HIFI. The tweeter is edgy and can sound over the top and hence an amp has to be chosen wisely. I have the 601 and the 805 and have also used the 603/704 so i have a fair idea of these B&W.
Lastly this info is about the 602 Series 3 and i hope u are not looking into any older 602s.
Thanks Dinyaar. Actually I am absolutely noobs. I require a pair of bookshelf for my 165 sqft bedroom. This B&W DM602 speakers (hopefully s3, but the owner could not confirm me) are definitely big size for my purpose. But the placement wise I can provide this beauty about 40 cm clearance from rear wall and about 3.5 ft clearance from the side walls. The gap between the two speakers could be max 5.5-6 ft. Our position will be approx. 7-8 ft from both the speakers.
I will use my PC (with Asus Xonar Essence STX card) as the source (no separate CDP). The most important thing, as you have rightly said, will be selection of the matching amps.
You have very good experience in handling / listening B&W speakers. I think you are one of the most competent person in this forum to guide me. Now my questions are:
1) Shall I go ahead to purchase the speakers (the price is 22-23K with original B&W stand) for my bedroom?
2) Which amps will go perfect with this speaker (within price range of 30-40K) I don't mind to go for Tube amp of Lyrita (Mr. Biren Bakshi is only 12 km away from my place). Also I noted few amps e.g. NAD S300, NAD C370, Rotel RBM 1075 while googling. Offcourse, I don't have any idea about their availability and prices.
If you are in my place, what would you do with all your experience and knowledge? I need your genuine advise please. I want to use, whatever set I will purchase for about 8-10 years with satisfaction and pleasure.
This B&W DM602 speakers (hopefully s3, but the owner could not confirm me) are definitely big size for my purpose. But the placement wise I can provide this beauty about 40 cm clearance from rear wall and about 3.5 ft clearance from the side walls. The gap between the two speakers could be max 5.5-6 ft. Our position will be approx. 7-8 ft from both the speakers.
The placement plan you have given should be ok. My 603 S3 floor standers are placed just 40 cm from the wall behind it. the dealer said this gap only matters for 700 series plus, I think he is right. tilting inwards by a few degrees should take care of the things.
heard Rotel + 600 series, it sounds fantastic but could work out a bit costly. NAD + B&W also seems to be very popular combo. marantz is a musical amp but the sound could be a bit warm.
From the picture uploaded by the seller, it looks like B&W DM602 s2 (not s3). Also the seller is not in a positiion to locate the manual.
I think I should let it a bye.
Placing speakers correctly matter in any speaker. Sticking to rear walls is disaster in most speakers unless designed to perform such. If the dealer in Dubai is telling u it only matters 700 series and above its rubbish. The 600 series were rear ported and would sound terrible stuck to a wall. Tilting in (i.e TOE IN) is not going to tame bass boom.
Secondly Rotel + 600 series B&W does exactly one thing i.e IMPRESS AT FIRST LISTEN. In time it gets painful. This is all relative so if u like it, thats that. BTW i had this 603 speaker at one time and it sounded better even with NAD amplification.
Thank you Vishanv. I got your point. Let me visit the seller's place today and get an audition. If I ultimately purchase it, I will definitiely open a separate thread for selection of Amps. The clearance sell of NAD at Dubai will commence when? If it is really offered at bargain price, it would be worth to make a short visit to Dubai and pick it up. At least I think in this way. Can you please share the contact no. of the dealer there.