Lat­est Bow­ers & Wilkins Speak­ers Com­bine New Tech­nol­ogy With Clas­sic De­sign

SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // Bowers & Wilkins - Writ­ten by JON BRAGG

Bow­ers & Wilkins states its new 700 Se­ries is the “best-per­form­ing range of loud­speak­ers in its class”.

Re­plac­ing Bow­ers & Wilkins’ CM Se­ries, the 700 Se­ries adopts a num­ber of tech­nolo­gies first in­tro­duced in the 800 Se­ries Di­a­mond, in­clud­ing the com­pany’s “clean­est and most trans­par­ent midrange cone ma­te­rial” in the Con­tin­uum midrange driver, while also in­tro­duc­ing tech­nolo­gies like the new Car­bon Dome tweeter for “sweeter, cleaner high-fre­quency per­for­mance”.

“With the launch of the new 700 Se­ries, the much loved and hugely pop­u­lar CM Se­ries makes way for a new speaker fam­ily, de­liv­er­ing gen­uine high­end sound in a time­less and clas­sic form fac­tor. In our more than 50 year his­tory, we’ve never made a speaker that de­liv­ers so much per­for­mance at a price level within reach of so many,” Bow­ers & Wilkins said.

Eight dif­fer­ent speak­ers make up the 700 Se­ries, in­clud­ing three floor­stand­ing mod­els, three stand­mount speak­ers and two ded­i­cated cen­tre chan­nel speak­ers.

Two of the speak­ers – the floor­stand­ing 702 S2 and the stand-mount 705 S2 – feature a Tweeter-On-Top de­sign with Solid Body Tweeter tech­nol­ogy, which uses alu­minium rather than a hol­low zinc hous­ing for “a stiffer and less res­o­nant struc­ture”.

700 Se­ries speak­ers also adopt a new ver­sion of the 800 Se­ries Di­a­mond’s Aero­foil cone for im­proved bass per­for­mance com­pared to the CM Se­ries.

Bow­ers & Wilkins also un­veiled a new sin­gle-driver sub­woofer, the DB4S, which fea­tures a sin­gle 10in Car­bon Aero­foil for­ward-fir­ing drive unit, 1000w of am­pli­fi­ca­tion and a dig­i­tal preamp sec­tion.

The 700 Se­ries speak­ers and the DB4S will be avail­able in Gloss Black, Satin White and Rosenut fin­ishes and will be sold at se­lected Bow­ers & Wilkins deal­ers from Oc­to­ber.

Pric­ing for the full range:

702 S2 (floor stander) – $6,500/pair

705 S2 (shelf/stand-mount) – $3,499/pair

703 S2 (floor stander) – $4,699/pair

704 S2 (floor stander) – $3,799/pair

706 S2 (shelf/stand-mount) – $2,199/pair

707 S2 (shelf/stand-mount) – $1,499/pair

HTM71 S2 (cen­tre) – $1,799 each

HTM72 S2 (cen­tre) – $1,199 each

FS-700 S2 (stand) – $799/pair

DB4S (sub­woofer) – $2,799 each

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