Summary: B&W does their homework. These are great speakers for the price - and size! I also have a pair of DM303's, which appear to have a similar tweeter. I'm sure it's been updated. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, as the old saying goes. Does anyone know if it's an updated version of the DM303's tweeter?
Summary: these speaker have an incredible sound. looks are fantastic. the kevlar mid/bass speakers hold it at high input. I intend on using these as surround back speakers. as front speakers they sound great. One more point to make with regards to B & W Group their products hold their value.
Summary: Have owned and really loved listening to a pair each of B&W 805 Matrix S2's and 602 S2's (year 2000). I know the traditional hallmarks of B&W sound: imaging, balance, clarity, and omission of sins. I *enjoyed* those speakers. But the 685's are a real shame of a speaker to me.
True 'World-class' performance from these modest B&W speakers!!!
5 June 2012
Summary: I've had a "stereo" since my high school days and I've been an "audiophile"(techically savvy music-lover) since the middle '70s when 'high end audio' was born. Bowers and Wilkins(better known as 'B&W') has been around just as long, and has always been on the forefront of speaker design and...
Summary: i live in southeast asia and bought the 685 for $590 in our local store , first i was amazed how it sounded sooo clear and rich in sound and have decided to replaced my bose 301 as mains and the 301 will be my surround..
Summary: I don't usually take the time to post reviews, but these small monitor speakers are outstanding. Not perfect, but an incredible value. Strenghts - balanced sound, very good imaging, great mids and highs, impressive bass for such a small speaker (does require some "tuning" for best bass respnse - in...
Summary: I went into my favorite audio store looking to buy the much-heralded Cm1 made by B&W. When I auditioned the Cm1's next to the 685's, I was floored at how the 685's handled the midrange and lower frequency better than the Cm1's. Plus they're 60% of the CM1 price.
Summary: I feel compelled to answer one of my own burning questions from when I bought these speakers: yes, a subwoofer does indeed improve the sound! I use the 8" sub from the same B&W series to get that extra punch (I think of it as "wetness") in pop-ish stuff and some modern big-band jazz.