If you're looking for a high-end powered subwoofer for those deep bass frequencies with hard-hitting power, especially for those deep, rumbling effects on your home theater system which regular speakers won't reproduce, take a look at the ASW610 and the ASW610XP from Bowers & Wilkins.
In summary, these are not for the tiny budget, especially for those interested in the Bowers & Wilkins ASW610XP, which is well over the $1000 price range. The Bowers & Wilkins ASW610 costs lesser though. The trade-off is much lesser output power. Both produce immaculate sound quality signature to this premium brand. The Bowers & Wilkins ASW610XP is bigger and heavier.
Let’s take a closer look.
Front-firing ports, a minimal, sleek aesthetic, and a slick, no-nonsense black finish give these subwoofers a very stately, serious but ambivalent look that screams audiophile. It is very evident that this is a premium product at first glance. Something your home will be grateful for in addition to the streamlined, minimalistic vibe which makes them very easy to blend in. The only possible disadvantage to this is that they won’t really pop out visually, in case you were looking for a more ‘flashy’ look.
The included rubber and spike feet are another big plus. These ensure a firm grip on the ground. The spike feet are perfect for carpeted homes while the rubber feet make sure the speaker remains stable and shock-absorbent on laminate, hardwood, tile, or vinyl floors.
The small LED indicator remains lit when the 3-way power switch is activated. The three modes (On, Auto, and Standby) leave it glowing in green or red. A subtle little sign of high-end quality that can make the world of difference and add value to your investment.
While the speakers could pass off as almost identical from a distance, it’s the size and weight which truly set them apart optically.
Bowers & Wilkins ASW610
- Dimensions with Rubber Feet: 12.25 Inches wide x 12.625 inches high x 15.5 inches deep.
- Dimensions with Spike Feet: 12.25 inches wide x 13.5 inches tall x 15.5inches deep.
- Weight: 27.6 lbs
Bowers & Wilkins ASW610XP
- Dimensions with Rubber Feet: 12.875 inches wide x 13.25 inches tall x 16.125 inches deep.
- Dimensions with Spike Feet: 12.875 inches wide x 14.125 inches tall x 16.125 inches deep.
- Weight: 41.12 lbs
You may check out this comparison of Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Subwoofers.
Both the Bowers & Wilkins ASW610 and ASW610XP come with a generous array of controls to give the consumer a seamless audio experience.
Volume Level: Individual Volume Levels and inputs can be suitably adjusted to the rest of the speakers in the system according to taste.
Low Pass Crossover: This gives you a Low Pass Crossover and Low Pass Filter to adjust the variable Frequency settings at around 25-140Hz for a balanced and clean output from the overall system.
Bass Extension: The Bass Extension feature offers three settings giving you a very high degree of flexibility with respect to the degree of bass you actually want in the overall sound in the room. Keep in Position A for most rooms and try out other options for added power.
EQ (Equalization): This lets you choose an EQ position that best works for the environment you want to use this in. While the human ear actually has a very limited perception of both the volume and locations of low frequencies, this does give you the kind of added flexibility to add or roll off some frequencies for fine-tuning. Definitely premium stuff.
Phase Switch: Very handy when the subwoofer is placed far away from the rest of the speakers, in order to avoid frequency cancellations. If that’s too techie for you, what it means is that making adjustments here will help you create a more cohesive sound system together with the rest of the components on the whole system.
Both the Bowers & Wilkins ASW610 and ASW610XP come with a long-throw woofer with a rubber surround inside the sealed cabinet that results in transparent, clear, and tight bass for extremely dynamic and clean bass response.
The only difference here is in power. The former gives you 200W while the latter gives you 500W. That’s a whopping difference of 300W. Does it make a difference? With respect to sheer volume and power, absolutely. But the quality and transparency on both are absolutely head-to-head. So at the end of the day, it really boils down to the size of your room. For smaller cozier environments, the Bowers & Wilkins ASW610 is more than sufficient. The Bowers & Wilkins ASW610XP would be overkill.
Both come with line-level and speaker-level inputs. The former with stereo RCA jacks, and the speaker-level inputs consist of binding-post terminals.
Additionally, a 12V Trigger input for a 3.5mm minijack allows the powered sub to turn on from any external output from an AV receiver, integrated amplifier, or preamplifier.
In conclusion, this is how the Bowers Wilkins ASW610 and ASW610XP stack up against each other:
- Design: Tie. But the Bowers & Wilkins ASW610XP is bigger and heavier.
- Sound: Tie. But the Bowers & Wilkins ASW610XP is more powerful.
- Connectivity: A clear tie.
- Price: The Bowers & Wilkins ASW610XP is a lot more expensive.
If the enormous addition in the sheer power of the Bowers & Wilkins ASW610XP is something your room needs, go for it. If you’re looking for something more compact, you’re better off with the Bowers & Wilkins ASW610.