Summary: What a disappointment. My first impression of these was "are the tweeters working"? Dull, lifeless and muddy best describe these. The speakers were well run in, driven by Arcam and Moon electronics in a well behaved room FYI. The look, feel and performance is your typical Chinese cheap.They never should have moved operations to China. It used to be the 600 series offered exceptional value as was the case with the previous, UK manufactured speakers, but no more.
Summary: running a musical fidelity p270-2 class a amp, pioneer a9 as a pre amp, project tube box 2 preamp with vintage mullard valves and of course the b & w 683s ,bi wired. great sounding system through vinyl, really captures the full sound of a band and leaves you wondering how things could be any better than this.these speakers need a load of power to work properly and a large room. they sound too full on in small rooms .
Summary: Biwired 683's into Rotel RC-1580 pre and RB-1582 amp. The synergy between the B and W 's and Rotel pieces go together nice. Use to own Kef tower speakers and found the B and W to be a much smoother sounding speaker compairing the 2 with the Rotel components. Room placement is so important for the sound presentation with the 683...the supplied foam port plugs play a vital role in overall bass tightness so you must experiment with these or you really miss out.
Summary: This is my second review of these beautiful speakers( sound & visual). Since I've owned them I've moved into a house that has a listening room just right for these speakers. 12' X 25' room that just lets them breathe. Currently I have Rotel seperates for surround, but I have bi-amped the speakers and WOW! I know what people mean by certain speakers need power.
Summary: Six months ago I got a good deal on the 684, my first "real" speakers. After reading MANY reviews and obsessing over my perhaps too hasty purchase, I made the decision to upgrade, partly because I was kicking myself for not originally shelling out the extra $ for the 683s. This time I did it right and spent more time listening, mostly to speakers in the 1k - 3k range by PSB, Paradigm, and B&W.
meir cohen-israel a Audio Enthusiast, Audio Review
17 October 2010
Summary: the b&w 683 is totaly a great speakers with my rotel ra1070 amp, (100 wpc). i've owned them now less then a month and they're breakin-in very well. bass is fast and slam. yet punchy and full. i have them in black ash and they pretty nice. the most importent thing is that the b&w 683 is a very impresive sound speaker.
Summary: I upgraded from a pair of 2 year old B&W DM603-S3s to the 683s. I've had my eye on them for a while now. While I absolutley loved my 603s, I was able to sell them and upgrade to the 683s for a reasonable and manageable cost. I've owned them now about 1-1/2 months and they're burning in well. Immediately, I observed significant improvement in the mid-range from the new FST drivers over the older style drivers in the 603s.
Summary: I am surprised that more people have not reviewed these speakers. They really are a gem for the cost. I had an all Def Tech system including BP7002 floorstanders for my front speakers. While this system sounded amazing for movie listening, music really seemed lacking. It was very dificult to get them to image well, and they seemed fatiguing to my ears.
Summary: I just bought these for my two channel listening over the movie watching. I think I can review these with the limited time I've had them due to they're floor models and have already been burned in at the dealer. I had the stand mounted 602s2 at one time and stepped up to the 805s. After two years with them I realized I would have to buy an amp with more power or another two channel amp and bi-amp the 805s to get the most out of them.