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Bowers & Wilkins Performance Series CCM683

In-ceiling speakers

Item # 749CCM683

This pair of high-performance ceiling speakers offers exceptionally revealing sound without taking up any floor space.

This pair of high-performance ceiling speakers offers exceptionally revealing sound without taking up any floor space.

Item # 749CCM683

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About the Bowers & Wilkins Performance Series CCM683

Exceptional overhead sound

Want dynamic, revealing sound without the space requirements of traditional box speakers? The Bowers & Wilkins CCM683 delivers exceptional performance while blending in seamlessly with the rest of your room.

Exceptional overhead sound

Want dynamic, revealing sound without the space requirements of traditional box speakers? The Bowers & Wilkins CCM683 delivers exceptional performance while blending in seamlessly with the rest of your room.

Each speaker combines an 8" aramid fiber woofer with a 1" soft dome tweeter — a potent combination that delivers clear, full sound with your favorite music playlists or movie soundtracks.

Bowers & Wilkins Performance Series CCM683 In-ceiling speakers

You can aim the CCM683's tweeter toward you for crisp, clear highs no matter where you sit.

Tailor the sound to your room

Instead of the CCM683s' tweeters being fixed in one position, each one can be tilted up to 30 degrees to aim the sound toward you. A three-position EQ switch optimizes off-axis response for different tweeter angles. 

Use this pair for engaging music in your kitchen or bedroom, or as overhead effects channels in a Bowers & Wilkins home theater system.

A rich history of audio excellence

Founded in England in the 1960s, Bowers & Wilkins is known worldwide for their innovative hi-fi speaker designs and their premium headphones. Crutchfield is proud to offer a diverse selection of products from this legendary audio brand.

DIY installation

If this is a do-it-yourself install, check out my guide to installing in-ceiling speakers, along with our selection of in-wall speaker wire. You can paint the included magnetic grilles to have your speakers blend in with your décor.


Product highlights:

  • ideal for an in-ceiling music system, or as overhead sound effects channels in a Bowers & Wilkins home theater system
  • 8" aramid fiber woofer
  • 1" soft dome tweeter
    • tweeter is aimable to direct high-frequency details towards you
    • three-position EQ switch optimizes off-axis response for different tweeter angles
  • frequency response: 35-50,000 Hz (-6 dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 25 to 130 watts
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • magnetic grille is paintable to match your décor
  • speaker cutout diameter: 9-13/16"
  • overall diameter: 11-7/16"
  • mounting depth: 5-1/4"
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # FP29637

What's in the box:

  • 2 In-ceiling loudspeakers
  • 2 Mounting frames
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Paint masks
  • 2 Cutout templates
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Information

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Features & specs

Quantity in Package Pair
Tweeter Soft-Dome
Aimable Tweeter Yes
Woofer Composition Kevlar
Woofer Surround Rubber
Moisture-resistant No
Outdoor-rated No
Connector Type Spring post
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Built-in Back-box No
Tweeter Size 1
Midrange Size N/A
Speaker Shape Round
Woofer Size 8
Cutout Width 9.8125
Cutout Height 9.8125
Power Range (Watts) 25-130
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 35-50kHz
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Two-Way Driver Design: The Bowers & Wilkins CCM683 in-ceiling loudspeaker utilizes a two-way driver design featuring a 1" soft-dome tweeter and an 8" Kevlar cone woofer with rubber surround for clear high frequencies, natural midrange, and deep bass.

Aimable Tweeter with EQ: The tweeter can be tilted towards your listening area and the corresponding equalization options offer better off-axis response. The tweeter can be tilted up to 30 degrees. The 3-way EQ switch can be set to 0, 15, or 30 degrees. "Dots" on the tweeter housing and the EQ switch indicate the angle and EQ setting. Make sure to match up the "Dots" on the the tweeter housing with the corresponding "Dots" on the EQ switch.

  • 1 Dot = 0 degrees
  • 2 Dots = 15 degrees
  • 3 Dots = 30 degrees

Spring-Post Terminals: The B&W CCM683 in-ceiling loudspeaker is outfitted with gold-plated, spring-post terminals that will accommodate bare speaker wire (up to 12AWG), pin connectors, and banana plugs (single only).

Magnetic & Paintable Grilles: The Bowers & Wilkins CCM683 in-ceiling loudspeaker includes easy-to-install magnetic grilles that are also paintable. The grille protrudes 0.25" from the ceiling.

In-Ceiling Installation: The B&W CCM683 requires a round cutout and is secured in the ceiling via the included mounting frame with integrated "QuickDogs" spring-loaded clamps that tighten using phillips-head screws. The cutout will need to measure 9.8125" (diameter) x 5.25" (depth). Make sure there is a least 0.75" of clearance around the cutout opening for the integrated "QuickDogs" clamps. The mounting clamps will accommodate 0.25" to 1" thick drywall.

Note: Before installing CCM6 Series in-ceiling speakers you should ensure that the ceiling locations chosen are free of obstructions such as pipe work, ducting or wiring that will interfere with the installation. In existing drywall construction, use a stud-finding tool to help you map the ceiling construction and a pipe detector to scan the proposed installation locations.

Applications: The Bowers & Wilkins CCM6 Series in-ceiling loudspeakers are suited for distributed audio, 2-channel stereo, and multi-channel home theater applications.

  • Distributed Audio: For applications where single CCM6 Series speakers are required to operate independently to provide background audio, they can be mounted as installation convenience and architecture dictate. The only acoustic constraint to bear in mind is that corner locations will result in significantly emphasized low frequencies and should be avoided.
  • 2-Channel Stereo: For applications where a pair of CCM6 Series speakers is to be used for conventional stereo reproduction, they should be located between 10' and 16.5' apart and a similar distance in front of the listening area.
  • Home Theater: For applications where multiple CCM6 Series speakers are to be used for multi-channel home theater system, the left and right front speakers should be located either side of the screen approximately 20" away. The center channel speaker should be located either directly above or below the screen or, in the case of an acoustically transparent screen, directly behind. Surround channel CCM6 Series speakers should be located just behind and either side of the listening position.


  • Try to avoid corner locations for any of the speakers and to ensure that the acoustic environment around each speaker is similar.
  • The nature of the installation of in-ceiling speakers means that it is sometimes impractical to locate them in the acoustically ideal positions. In these cases they should be located as close as is practical to the ideal positions.

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I wanted to know what kind of amplifier will be adequate for these speakers?Thank you
[ Ilir  Feb 18, 2022 ]
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I have an amplifier that delivers 80 RMS watts and it has plenty of power - I'm sure 50 would do.....
[ MARK  Feb 19, 2022 ]
I have them hooked up to a Sonos amp. The black one. It drives the speakers fully
[ TOMMY  Feb 19, 2022 ]
First, B&W speakers are top quality, so you want equal quality amps/receiver driving them. I'm using them for rear surround, but also have CM7 left and right and CMC2 center. I have an Anthem MRX720 receiver which puts out about 140 watts per channel.
[ Rich  Feb 18, 2022 ]
Recommended iamplifier is 25 to 130 watts.
[ David  Feb 18, 2022 ]

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