Bowers & Wilkins HTM6 S2 Anniversary 120W Centre Channel Speaker - Black
- 30W-200W power output lets you listen to loud and clean audio with minimum distortion
- Two-way speaker with high frequency response is capable of reproducing full-range audio that sounds rich and deep
- 1" Decoupled Double Dome tweeter has a breakup performance of 38kHz to produce an immersive listening experience
- Continuum Cone produces crystal-clear audio with perfect highs and midrange
- Premium-grade materials and construction let you extract news insights from your music
- Compact and sleek design allows placement in various convenient spots
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Of the 79 reviewers who responded, 78 would recommend this product.
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- Best Center Channel Speaker for the Money, Period- 3 janvier 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) has released their 600 Anniversary series speakers and what an impressive set of speakers they are. Contents of this package is the HTM6 center channel speaker, rubber stick-on feet, magnetic mesh screen, 2-size foam plug for bass port, and installation/build instructions. They come with a 5-year warranty on parts & labor. Disclaimer: I have this B&W HTM6 center channel along with the two 603 S2 Anniversary series floor speakers hooked up with a Klipsch subwoofer, rear Infinity surround speakers, and a Yamaha RX-V685 7.2 channel receiver. I am replacing a 20-yr old set of great-sounding and vintage BOSE 701 floor speakers and BOSE VCS-10 center channel. PROS: ----------- * Great look, well built, solid chassis, construction materials used are of high quality. * I set up my speaker sound using the given Yamaha receiver YPAO microphone. This should be done whenever speaker sets are changed out. After going through that sequence of events, I ended up increasing the center channel volume along with rear speaker volume in order to hear the surround items better and especially the talking in movies better. Once adjusted, these speakers really brought out the sound of some blockbuster hits including Wonder Woman 84 on Christmas Day, Gladiator, and Soul (Pixar movie). I played a few other hits on HBOmax and the sound was phenomenal. * Sound was insanely crisp and clear with movie dialogue. For the center channel this is paramount. Even sounds where the characters are whispering come in with high clarity. The sound couldn't be better. This also has a lot to do with my receiver settings which you will need to adjust for your particular listening needs. * I listened to some digital music including piano, R&B, classic rock, special effects, and country. With each genre, I felt like I was in the middle of a concert. This was done without the use of the rear surround sound speakers. It was that good. * The magnetic speaker grills are easily removable and look good on OR off. Be careful though, because these grills are extremely thin and made of plastic and could possibly break easily. * Wire hook-up was easy as it's only 2 wires in most applications. CONS: ----------- * This is a first - I cannot think of a single "con" for this product. It is THAT good and THAT impressive. OTHER OBSERVATIONS: ----------------------------------- * Make sure you allow for about a week for the sound of your speaker to fall into place with the "breaking-in" period. The speaker need to operate at softer/normal levels before sending it a great deal of power. This includes getting the speaker acclimated to the temperature of your home. * This center channel speaker itself will be more dependent on which receiver you use rather than the speaker itself for incredible/great sound. If you use a subpar receiver/amplifier, your sound will be that as well, regardless of speaker quality. If you want this speaker to cry out to you, invest in a good receiver with ample power. * This speaker comes with 4 rubber feet that you can stick on the bottom to secure in place; however, one could likely use thin felt pads as well if not on a smooth surface in which the speaker could slide off due to heavy bass over time. * I do NOT have my TV hung on a wall. It sits on its own legs which are NOT tall enough that will allow for this center channel speaker to fit under my TV screen. I had to design/build/paint some "lifts" for my TV legs so I would have enough clearance to slide this speaker underneath my TV. Keep this in mind before buying. Height clearance is 6.3" tall and depth is 10" deep. If you simply place in front of your TV, make sure you have the space needed. I will include some pictures of my TV lifted and speaker underneath. I added black screen mesh on each side of the center channel to hide the contents of behind/under the TV. See pictures with my review. * I did not have a need for using the foam bass woofer plug provided. CONCLUSION: =================== Unlike other products like TVs, receivers, computers, cars, and appliances, SPEAKERS are a very simple thing to actually "use". You literally hook them up with 2 wires, and the way they sound is really more dependent on the receiver you have driving them. They might sound good or bad depending on your receiver and sound setup characteristics. Please use a quality receiver to make this speaker sing to you! If you don't, then you are losing a ton of specific sounds these speakers can provide at high quality. The last thing you want is a center channel to have limited dialogue volume during a movie. Make adjustments on your receiver to make that happen. After 20 years of my vintage BOSE VCS-10 center channel, this upgrade was well worth it and I highly recommend this incredible-sounding center channel speaker.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Audiophile Approved- 15 février 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I consider myself to be an Audiophile, my primary speaker system cost over $8k, and the electronics add another $5k, not counting projection stuff. So, this speaker have a lot to live up to (but I'm going to use it with it's partners: 606 S2s). My primary listening room is 17x30, with the rear opening up to a 27x30 great room. So there is a lot of area to fill, not something I expected a bookshelf speaker to be up to. Given that this speaker is rated at 100 watts, I chose not to use my primary 200w amplifier, since I also have a 100w receiver as part of my set up (and another for my outdoor theater). Upon unpacking the speaker it has a very nice, professional finish, chrome plated heavy connectors designed so it can be bi-amped. The speaker enclosure is very solid, each weighing in at just over 17lbs. It has a large rear port, which might be a problem if you are going to use it on a "bookshelf", the speaker is 10" deep, 19" wide and 6.25" tall. It does come with foam port inserts that you would want to use if used it on a bookshelf or placed close to a wall (this I considered very thoughtful, as the manufacture can't posible know where a speaker will be placed, and placement is important, more to follow on that). Because there is only one perfect place for a center speaker (HTM6 S2) I placed the center speaker where my (Martin Logan Cinema) was. I wanted to do some A/B comparisons, but center placement made this impossible. I initially placed the 606 S2 bookshelf adjacent to the center, about 5' apart from one another, 14" off the floor, see second photo. The allowed me to compare my primary speakers (Carver Amazing, Silver) to the Bowers & Wilkens 606's (S2). To be fair I used a db meter to get both to the same volume level. Playing pink noise through both, I could tell that the B&W didn't have low end of the Carver's (w 4x12" Woofers & 48" Ribbon 'full range' driver), but I'd always used the Carvers with a subwoofer (or 2), as filling a room the size of mine requires a sub or 2; I'm currently using a SVS 12" and a 10" Pinnacle (mounted in the fireplace, firing to the sides, on a 1" rubber pad). So I tuned the sub's in (getting db levels with subs the same) and found the LF setting that I used with the Carvers was nearly the same as as with the B&Ws. I did a little little listening, and decided the B&W's needed some breaking in, The mid-bass did not open up like I expected. Much to my wife's displeasure, I played some soundscape speaker tuning tracks. This runs a series of tones through the speakers to "break them in" or measure tones in various parts of the room. I did this for about 6 hrs, through the center and the 606's without the subs connected. Later that night I sat back and start listening to the B&W's. Still not right, not what I expected from them. I decided that I had to place them further apart on stands to get a fair comparison. I started with Boston's Foreplay Long Time in stereo, no subs. The high's were spectacular, the separation great, you could hear the soundstage moving around (as intended). The mid bass was nice and tight, to tom-toms were nearly perfect, it just lacked some kick in the chest. I turned the subs on, and wow what a great sound, pretty much what I was accustomed to. Switching to the Silvers, the high's were more airy, not as focused, the mid range was somewhat missing but the mid-bass was much punchier. So, both have a bit of a hole in different places. I added the HTM6 S2 center in via: "dolby neo-music", which I prefer when listening to music vs stereo. The center changed the general tone of both speaker pairs, it enriched the weakness of both. Adding vocal power and bit more punch to low-end (more drivers move more air, so this is to be expected). The HTM6 S2 center has some power, is a powerful speaker, that I think has been tuned to play best with the B&W 606's, one helps the other significantly. Together they still need a sub in a big room. But musically this B&W trio seemed every bit as clean as my Silver's w/Martin Logan Center). I would have bet against this. I moved on to some Jethro Tull, switch back and forth, the horns were more open on the Silvers, but had a cleaner, tighter sound from the B&W's. The B&W trio was very.... musical. Now on to Pink Floyds DSOTM, I know what I expect from every note in this album. The "crazy" vocals in Speak to Me, are front and center, not just in the background. The music spins right to left and back. Here I, jumped back to stereo vs 5.1 surround, the loss of volume from the center was noticeable. I prefered the more full sounding surround, especially with the B&W HTM6 S2 center, which really does handle vocals very clearly, very clean. The Clocks on Time were fantastic, and The Great Gig in the Skys female voices were ethereal, spectacular, pinpoint tones. the warble at end was just as expected. This B&W set up, was making me clean my glasses, to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I listened to several other old favorite albums, BOC's horns and cowbells, awesome. Some live, Bohemian Rhapsody, making me miss Freddie. Some Rush and Steely Dan. All sounded excellent, I was doing less A/B comparisons, as I now believed the B&W's were all that good. I turned on my projector, went to full 5.1 surround with Roger Waters new Us+Them; most excellent (minus some of his now to be expected political commentary). Then one of my favorite DVD's Don Henley's Live Inside Job, I couldn't wait to hear his closing version of Hotel California, with the trombones. Worth waiting for, the B&W's high end is so precise, it truly matches the ribbons and electrostatic high's I'm accustomed to, It not the same, but there is a precision, that easily carries/fills a big room, not just my listening room, but my great room. Putting these speakers in the right position really open's them up. Get them at least a foot from any wall and get them up. It makes a big difference. I have to say I'm unexpectedly surprised by the excellent sound of these speakers. The speakers are pretty efficient, a 100w/per channel amplifier can easily fill a good size room. The bookshelf pair are very good, but adding the excellent HMT6 S2 center, improves the pair significantly, it adds a more vocal quality to the pair alone, but I'm sure that's what it was designed to do. And Job Well Done!Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Powerful Center Channel Speaker, Upgraded Drivers- 31 décembre 2020
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This center channel speaker does its job and does it well. It can easily handle soft voices as well as loud explosion sounds. The use of Bowers & Wilken’s Continuum driver (the silver area as seen in the included pictures) allows for such dynamic sound. It also contains a premium tweeter mounted between the 2 drivers. It alone adds to the highs with great accuracy. This speaker excels at reproducing the natural sounds of people’s voices with subtle detail. Just like their matching 600 Series Anniversary Edition 3-way floor standing speakers, this center channel can provide complete sound at relatively low volume levels. Essentially, the sound reproduction coming from these speakers is excellent when cranked up, and equally excellent when played at lower listening levels. Additional details about my home theater setup include the matching 600 Series Anniversary Edition 3-way floor standing speakers, an entry level 7.2 receiver (Onkyo TX-NR696), a MartinLogan Dynamo 600X 10-inch subwoofer, and two rear Sony surround satellite speakers, all connected by 14-gauge speaker wire. This is definitely not a high-end setup. However, like the matching floor standing speakers, this center speaker does an excellent job delivering a faithful reproduction of the audio signal through a large soundstage. Meaning, the speaker allows you to hear sounds coming from different areas (e.g. location of instruments in music, sound effects in movies, etc.) Overall, this speaker is an excellent option for any home theater system.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- B&W HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition- 11 janvier 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The center channel is the most important speaker in a surround sound system setup. Most of the core audio and spoken languages come from the center speaker. Having a center channel that can reproduce a wide range of audio tones is of the highest importance. Many times these speakers sit inside of a "cubby" or entertainment center, making sound reverberation that much more challenging to reproduce accurately. Enter the Bowers & Wilkens HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition center channel speaker: I'll first start off noting just have beautiful of a speaker the 600 series line center channel is. Mine is a black finish, yet B&W offers them in white and oak as well to match different styles. The "Anniversary" branded decoupled double dome tweeter is the star of the visual show here. It's brushed aluminum bezel with the words "600 series anniversary edition" printed around the edge really makes this speaker feel like a special edition. It has a strong mesh grill covering the actual tweeter. Looks that match is 38kHz breakup performance and results in stellar sound reproduction on high sounds points. The left and right Continuum cones are also very noticable. They shimmer with their high light conductive properties and are capable of producing excellent mid-range audio, the true heart of these speakers. Voice tracks, moderate noise, effect, etc.. are all reproduced in exception detail. Last but not least, the rear of the speaker contains a driver for bass reproduction. B&W has included a foam insert that can help subdue the reverberation caused by centers being in cubby holes (like mine) or close to a wall. This is important to note as this situation is going to be more than not for more people. The bass response was far too heavy in my setup. Voiced sounded too deep and reverberated in an uneasy listening experience. Once I placed the foam insert, the reverb went away and the audio still produced the accurate lows it needed to for accuracy sake. This is a small detail that B&W includes here with these speakers, and it makes a HUGE difference in what would otherwise be a need to change furniture or placement, which neither would be ideal. This center can handle up to 120 watts RMS at 8 ohms of power. My receiver is capable of pushing this wattage. I found for my setup. I had to adjust the levels to make my center a bit louder than the rest of my speakers, but once dialed in, I could hear audio clearer than I've ever heard it before with my previous setup. I found the variation between high, mid and low to be exceptional. This speaker has brought up a side of realism and clarity I didn't even realize I was missing. I often found myself looking around the room when door bells or other sounds were being reproduced to make sure it wasn't the actual door bell, or other sounds coming from the house. I appreciate the thoughtful dimensions of this unit as well. Measuring at 19.9" wide by 6.3" high and 10" deep, this speaker was easily capable of fitting in to the lower shelf on my entertainment center. This speaker, despite it's more compact size, delivery sound output that feels like a speaker 10x it's size. It is also worth mentioning that I installed the included rubber feet on the bottom of my speaker. This helps to eliminate vibration that would cause audio distortion. It also keeps the speaker bottom as well as the furniture protected. I appreciate this is optional as this speaker may be installed on different applications where the feet would be an issue. If the beauty of the exposed mid and tweeter are not to your liking, or if you simply want to protect that beauty when not in use, or from prying hands, the included grill can be attached. I appreciate it attached via magnetic, as to not include mounting holes, or other visually unappealing characteristics when not being used. For the price of this center channel (roughly $800 at the time of this review), you would be hard pressed to find a better sounding and looking option. Bowers & Wilkens has been a trusted name in audio for a long time, and you can trust the most important speaker in your setup to the engineers at B&W. If you are in the market for an outstanding speaker for your surround sounds needs, look no further than the Bowers and Wilkens 600 series HTM6 S2 Anniversary Edition!Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Hard to beat with tuning- 3 mars 2021
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Pros Clean Appearance Solid build Responsive Musical reproduction Very tunable, doesn’t color the audio by default Allow you to feel certain sounds Magnetic mesh covers leave front clean when off Support for bi-amp or bi-wire Good bass for the size Foam port plugs for tuning MDF enclosure snubs any hint of vibration or distortion Cons Magnetic covers fall off easily Need tuning to fully appreciate Long break in period This review is written from the perspective of a novice audiophile with experience of some high-end audio brands, but not quite the ear of a seasoned audiophile and a preference towards speakers that are slightly bright. During usage, the speaker was driven by a Yahama RX-V685 and used in combination with the B&W 600 Series Anniversary Edition bookshelf speakers speaker. This review is very similar to the matching bookshelf speakers as this center channel was testing in combination with them. Design The cabinet has a very understated appearance with a flat black finish. The grill cover can be left off without leaving unsightly holes as they are held on by magnets. That said, the magnets are very weak, and a gentle touch or bump can easily knock them off. Binding posts are solid metal and heavy, possibly stainless steel, and support bi-amping or bi-wiring by removing the bus bar connecting them. Stick on rubber feet are included, but not installed. Bass can be tuned using the included bass port plugs. Setup Hopefully if you are looking at speakers in this class, you know that placement and room acoustics can affect overall performance. Besides choosing single pair of wiring, bi-amping, or bi-wiring, a quick scan of the manual could save you from poor setup and losing performance. Besides tips on placement, a big tip missed at the beginning is that the break in period is a week at the temperature you will use them as well as 15 hours of break-in usage. If you miss this, you might too easily give up and return them. Also, much like other Bowers & Wilkens speakers it takes time to tune them to your preference. They not only respond well to tuning, they require it to fully appreciate them. Amp selection seems to have a large impact as some claim B&W can be slightly bright but combined with this Yamaha they seem to be closer to neutral. Performance Since the surrounds are smaller speakers, they were disconnected during testing and only the B&W center channel and front left and right were connected via a single wire pairs. Testing was performed with the subwoofer both on and off for comparison. The receiver was tested in Auto Decode mode, Straight passthrough, and several presets. Since there was adequate space between the speaker and the wall, the foam port plugs were not used. Starting off with music, Silent Lucidity by Queensrÿche, is a good test of sibilance and overall range in male voice. These speakers were able to faithfully reproduce Geoff Tate’s voice thankfully without overemphasizing his habit of hissing at nearly every S sound. Another good test of excessive sibilance is A New Day by Céline Dion which, thankfully, the 600 Series kept in check and as natural as the actual performance. The Sound of Silence, sung by David Draiman of Disturbed, is different from his normal style and showcases his range of singing ability and training. You could hear the subtle sounds of him carefully controlling his breathing to minimize the sound of his breath. The tightly controlled wavering in his voice and later the carefully controlled gritty sound he makes, that if performed improperly destroys a singer’s vocal cords, is cleanly reproduced as if you are hearing him live. With an uncompressed recording of his performance, slight accidental clicks and pops produced by the mouth can be heard, which gives more of an impression of a live performance which is often missed by lesser speakers. Switching focus to instruments, the unplugged version of Tears of Heaven sung by Eric Clapton was up next. As much as artists try to minimize guitar string scratching, it does give a more realistic feel the performance as its almost impossible to hide in a live performance. The 600 series was able to reproduce the subtle sounds of Eric Clapton moving his hands across the guitar and the strings giving a stronger sense of a live performance. Trying out Every Day I have the Blues by BB King really showcases the soundstage. Particularly when paired with the center channel, placement is precise. If feels neither forward nor laid-back. Close your eyes and you could be forgiven for thinking you are at a live performance. Overall, the B&Ws are very musical and has even made me reconsider my preference towards slightly bright. If there is any deficiency in the music reproduction, it would be in songs that require punchy bass, but you wouldn’t expect bookshelf speakers to handle this job. If you need this kind of bass, it is easily filled by a separate subwoofer. If you have good speakers, why not put them to use to make your movies more immersive and not just music? The first thing that must be mentioned is how fast the speaker can respond and provide a feeling of impact. It gives a realness to the sound of a kick drum but even more surprisingly is the sense of tension in a movie. During the break-in process the family was watching a Lord of the Rings and everyone jumped when a door was slammed. Even the ones who don’t normally jump, jumped with surprise. If you think back to the sound of a door slamming and how a hard slam almost seems to register that you felt it as much as heard it. Well, these speakers, when playing at sufficient volume, can reproduce that feeling. It will be interesting to see in the future what other movies this capability can enrich. The same as with music, droning or rumbling bass sounds can easily be reproduced and fill the room but for punchy bass, you are still going to want a dedicated subwoofer. A pleasant surprise is that, while you can turn them up for greater impact and immersion, there is no need to turn them up simply to hear parts of the movie. Dialog and action are both well represented regardless of volume. No muddy dialog requiring you to turn it up to hear. Conclusion There is really too much to share in such a short space. Even if there was room, the speaker continues to get better the longer it is used. The center channel, while made the similar to the bookshelf speakers, is really more of a compliment to them and completes the package. It highlights the voices much better even if only used for music. If you are looking to explore deeper into the audiophile world B&W is a good start. Just make sure to do some research to make sure get the right wiring and amp, spend some time learning setup and tuning, and then be patient and give the break in time. If you are willing to do this, you will be rewarded with a pleasant and immersive listening experience.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.