An improvement on B&W DM602 S3 speakers

Mark Dunlop

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I have a pair of stand-mounted DM602 S3s, 16/17 Y.O. bought when I had a larger listening room (!). Not planning to change them any time soon, but they are a bit on the large side and I have been wondering how much I would actually have to spend these days to buy bookshelf speakers that are actually an improvement on what I have - given that the DM602 S3 was B&W's reference unit as recently as 2016. Not running anything fancy - Rotel A11 Tribute, Rotel CD14, Rega P2. Just interested to know whether I could get anything better than the ol' girls for, say, less than £999 which is the current price of the Kef R3. I'm assuming the Kef R3 would be an improvement, but haven't checked them out in person yet...

Any thoughts?
m.d.
 
It's going to be a very personal thing.
Not sure what the issue with size is but the R3s are only 4" shorter but other measurements are similar to the B&W's so not a great deal.of difference.
Everyone will have their own opinion on the KEFs and others so you really are going to have to audition as many as you can and make up.your own mind.
 
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Mark Dunlop

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It's going to be a very personal thing.
Not sure what the issue with size is but the R3s are only 4" shorter but other measurements are similar to the B&W's so not a great deal.of difference.
Everyone will have their own opinion on the KEFs and others so you really are going to have to audition as many as you can and make up.your own mind.
Thanks! Maybe I shouldn't have referenced the R3s. They were only an example of a £1000 speaker - I suppose the real question is "How much should I expect to pay to get a noticeable improvement on the B&Ws?". Doesn't seem like there's much under £1000, but then I haven't been testing speakers since I bought the B&Ws.
m.d.
 

plastic penguin

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You could try B&W 606 Anniversary Edition, although no idea how they compare to the 602 S3.

For compact floorstander worth considering Totem Arros.

Regarding small standmounts, Amphion Argon 1s are excellent. But these last 2 are over budget if bought new.
 

matthewpianist

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The 606s2 are excellent speakers and may well offer an improvement. B&W do make a natural partner for Rotel, and that has continued despite the previous shared distribution deal no longer being active.

If you want to try some compact floor standers I'd suggest looking to Dali Oberon 5s. They perform well beyond their price and would work well with the A11 Tribute.
 

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