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Reviews of B&W 685

Testseek.co.uk have collected 12 expert reviews of the B&W 685 and the average rating is 82%. Scroll down and see all reviews for B&W 685.


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The editors liked

  • Delivers a smooth
  • Even-handed sound
  • Expertly balanced sound
  • Dynamically strong
  • Conjure up a clear soundstage packed with detail
  • Big
  • Coherent soundstage
  • Impressive dynamic ability
  • Boundless drive and attack

The editors didn't like

  • May be too cautious and laid back for some
  • Nothing of note
  • Treble could be better integrated
  • Very tough new competition

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  Published: 2013-09-12, review by: whathifi.com

  • Big, coherent soundstage, impressive dynamic ability, boundless drive and attack
  • Treble could be better integrated, Very tough new competition
  • So it's four stars for the 685s. It says a lot for these B&Ws that they've only lost their fifth star after almost six years. And it's not through any particular fault – there's no shame in being outdone by newer opponents. These are very good all-round...

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  Published: 2007-09-20, review by: techradar.com

  • Delivers a smooth, even-handed sound
  • May be too cautious and laid back for some
  • Global market leader in hi-fi speakers, Worthing-based Bowers & Wilkins (now reverting to its original name in place of the familiar B&W acronym) recently revised its long-standing budget price 600 Series models.The previous S3 generation first appeare...

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  Published: 2007-07-17, review by: whathifi.com

  • Expertly balanced sound, dynamically strong, conjure up a clear soundstage packed with detail
  • Nothing of note

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  Published: 2007-06-01, review by: EISA.eu

  • Abstract:  Near the 600 Euro price level, B&Ws 685 is hard to beat. Its 16cm Kevlar mid-woofer features a profiled cast basket, and thanks to B&Ws latest aluminium tweeter with a small neodymium magnet, the two drive units can be located much closer together, ...

 
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  Published: 2011-02-28, review by: avguide.com

  • Abstract:  Welcome to the 2011 edition of The Absolute Sound’s Editors’ Choice Awards, our annual Recommended Products list. On the following pages we present the gear that our editors and writers have selected as most worthy of your consideration. These are the ...

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  Published: 2008-12-31, review by: hometheaterreview.com

  • The 685 reminds me why I love bookshelf speakers: fantastic midrange presence and definition with a nimble, sweet tweeter, all in a compact package. Who could ask for more?, The 685s are as much a visual statement with their grilles removed as they are a sonic one, Spatially, the 685s are among the best, throwing a wide and welldefined soundstage that is anything but vague and/or artificial. Y
  • The matching stands for the 685 are not cheap but, because of their style and design, I almost consider them mandatory, which drives the cost up a bit, The 685s do like a bit of space behind them to sound their best, which may or may not be an issue for some consumers. Park 'em up against a wall and a lot of the 685s' magic disappears.
  • In today's economy, $500 goes a long way, but in traditional audiophile terms, in some cases, it won't even buy you a pair of speaker cables. Well, in Bowers & Wilkins' world, $500 buys you a pair of wonderful-sounding, beautiful-looking, fully capable...

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  Published: 2008-11-20, review by: about.com

  • Abstract:  The B & W 685 bookshelf speakers make a great choice for a moderately priced home theater system, a bedroom or apartment stereo system or as surround sound speakers. Theyre easy on the ears, and have a very balanced sound quality.The speakers have a r...

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  Published: 2007-11-19, Author: Mike Kobrin , review by: techcrunch.com

  • Abstract:  After checking out B&W’s 685 stereo speakers for more than a month, I’m truly impressed. These mid-size speakers are perfect for a roomy bookshelf or on speaker stands, and they handled all the music I could throw at them with precision and su...

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  Published: 2007-11-05, review by: avguide.com

  • I could also tell you how pure yet full of soul Bettye Lavette’s voice was on I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise [Anti], or how the 685 opened up a notably airy, threedimensional, and focused soundstage during a 20th-century piece such as Luciano Berio’s Di...

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  Published: 2008-11-21, review by: stereo.de

  • Abstract:  von Carsten BarnbeckPraktisch auf den letzten Drücker erreichte uns ein testfähiges Mus­ter von B&Ws neuer 685, einem handlichen Kompaktlautsprecher, der offiziell zur High End eingeführt wird. Eigentlich hätte die Sache ja auch noch eine Ausgabe warte...

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