Excerpt: Even where B&W loudspeakers are concerned, it seems that appearances can sometimes be deceptive. Take these 686 standmounters, for instance. If they sounded as similar to the company's multi-Award-winning 685 boxes as they look, they'd be offering the sternest of challenges to Award-winners and contenders alike.
Pros: Quality of build and finish, good looks, rich, cosseting sound
Cons: Overstuffed bass means tempos plod, safety-first approach isn’t the most thrilling