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Bowers and Wilkins DM610

Loudspeaker System (1991)

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Bowers and Wilkins DM610

Specifications

  • Type: 2 way, 2 driver loudspeaker system

    Bass: 1 x ZZ5550

    Tweeter: 1 x ZZ5460

    Enclosure: closed box

    Year: 1991

  • Type: 2 way, 2 driver loudspeaker system

    Frequency Response: 70Hz to 20kHz

    Recommended Amplifier: 30 to 150W

    Impedance: 4Ω

    Sensitivity: 89dB

    Bass: 1 x 200mm polypropylene cone

    Tweeter: 1 x 26mm metal dome

    Enclosure: closed box

    Finish: black Zelda

    Dimensions: 490 x 236 x 303mm

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Reviewed Oct 19th, 2018 by tjs129

This review is really for the DM570 - a predecessor which is very similar but currently doesn't have a listing.

These are extremely good for the price they currently sell for - they're large boxes with 8 inch drivers & a height that makes their compatibility with modern stands awkward. This means they're not too desirable for modern living rooms, but prices should be taken to reflect this rather than performance.

The build quality of the cabinets and bass drivers is exceptional - the front baffle is around 1 inch thick and driver baskets are cast solidly; plus the magnet on the driver is huge. The DM570 was an upgrade in respect of the bass driver to the otherwise similar DM560.

The sound is also top drawer - bass is deep and even for a ported design, and surprisingly for an 8 inch two way design the mids are very transparent. Vocals in particular are detailed, expressive and nuanced; as are guitar strings, etc. The sounds balance leans towards brightness generally, but it's not tiring or designed to elicit showroom appeal. The port occasionally makes its presence felt, but generally this only serves to flatter music in a very 'hi-fi' sense; never giving the impression of a teenage rock box.

The tweeter might be its Achilles heel - at times it does not seem to work in tandem, and I noticed faint high frequency percussion in some recordings on my Mission 751s that were missing here.

Still, these are exceptional for the money they currently sell for - I would certainly say they're as good as the Missions in relative terms; though perhaps not worthy of their iconic status. This is a speaker that sold for £250 in 1990, which is £500 in today's money. It's also from an era of more demanding consumers of audio gear, and should therefore better anything currently selling for around that price new.

 

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