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Preventing cabinet vibrations reaching the tweeter leads to cleaner, sweeter high-frequency performance. Synthetic gel cushions a Decoupled tweeter, with the assembly isolated from the mounting. The result is a more natural, spacious sound.
It is the lovely refined and airy treble that has been the hallmark of the CM series, and now that fine character has been “trickled down” to the 600 series as well. While not all aspects of the build standard of the CM series can be expected to be present at the lower price level of the 600 series, there are many benefits here of the design expertise and manufacturing standards that B&W is justly proud of.
The Kevlar midrange/bass drivers of the two-way models has been modified by a new dustcap design which reduces distortion, so the overall impression is better focus and improved capability to play cleanly at higher volumes.