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B&W ASW 675 ($1,000) Can B&W coax its legendary refined sound out of this moderate-size but hefty box? bigger bass - bw

bigger bass - bw backWhat's in the Box? Cabinet design sealed Finish black ash or light oak vinyl Driver size 10 inches Rated Power 500 watts continuous Controls variable 40- to 140-Hz low-pass crossover, crossover bypass, selectable 80-Hz high-pass filter, A/B EQ, level, phase switch, auto-on Warranty 5 years speaker, 2 years amplifier

How Big Is It?

Dimensions (WxHxD) 13 3/8 x 13 3/8 x 15 3/4 inches Volume 1 3/4 cubic feet Footprint 1 1/2 square feet Weight 56 pounds

Ins & Outs line-level input, two line-level outputs no speaker-level input or output

How Low Does It Go? Bass limit 16 Hz at 73 dB SPL (EQ mode A) 25 Hz at 89 dB SPL (EQ mode B) The B&W exhibited terrific deep bass in both of its EQ modes.

How Big the Bang? Average SPL from 25 to 62 Hz 98.6 dB (EQ mode A); 99.2 dB (EQ mode B) Maximum SPL 106 dB at 62 Hz (both EQ modes) Dollars per dB $10.14 This sub gave average or above-average performance in every respect and produced a nice even output across its entire frequency range.

The Bottom Line The ASW 675 delivers excellent deep bass, uniform output across its dynamic range, high-quality styling and finish, and an exceptional warranty, but at a relatively stiff price.

Manufacturer B&W Loudspeakers of America,, 978-664-2870

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