Bowers and Wilkins 700 Series announced

Bringing the studio sound home?

by hodg100 Sep 8, 2017 at 2:41 PM


  • The new 700 Series develops the ethos of the CM Series it replaces, adds technology from the 800 Series Diamond and new, bespoke acoustic innovations, says B&W.
    Technologies that have ‘trickled down’ from the 800 Series Diamond include the Continuum midrange driver, which is the cleanest and most transparent midrange cone material Bowers & Wilkins has ever used.

    The new 700 Series also benefits from a bespoke version of the Aerofoil profile bass driver plus improved tweeter-on-top housings on the two flagship models that are crafted from solid billets of aluminium. Both were first seen on the 800 Series Diamond.

    New technologies come first and foremost in the shape of Carbon Braced tweeters. This new technology is claimed to deliver sweeter, cleaner high-frequency performance even further up the audible bandwidth than the previous Aluminium Double Dome tweeters and, they say, is the best-performing ‘non-Diamond’ tweeter that Bowers & Wilkins has ever produced.

    The new 700 Series comprises eight models, two with Tweeter-on-Top technology including the flagship 702 S2. The range includes three floorstanding models, three standmount speakers and two dedicated centre channels for surround sound and home theatre use. All models are available in a choice of Gloss Black, Satin White and Rosenut finishes.

    The launch also sees the announcement of a new subwoofer. The fourth model in the new DB Series, the DB4S is a single-driver subwoofer that shares drive unit technology, amplification and preamp section with the dual-driver DB2D, but in a single driver format. It has a single 10in Carbon Aerofoil drive unit in a forward-firing configuration plus 1000w of amplification and a digital preamp section with Dynamic EQ, Room EQ and an App-based configuration system. It is available in colours to match the 700 Series.

    The Range:

    702 S2: £3299
    Floor stander
    3-way vented-box
    Tweeter on Top
    3 x 165mm Aerofoil Profile bass
    1 x 150mm Continuum FST midrange, decoupled
    1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter in Solid Body Tweeter-on-top

    705 S2: £1799
    Stand-mount
    2-way vented-box
    Tweeter on top
    1 x 165mm Continuum bass/midrange
    1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter in Solid Body Tweeter-on-top

    703 S2: £2399
    Floor stander
    3-way vented-box
    2 x 165mm Aerofoil Profile bass
    1 x 150mm Continuum FST midrange, decoupled
    1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter

    704 S2: £1999
    Floor stander
    3-way vented-box
    2 x 130mm Aerofoil Profile bass
    1 x 130mm Continuum FST midrange, decoupled
    1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter

    706 S2: £1099
    Stand-mount
    2-way vented-box
    1 x 165mm Continuum bass/midrange
    1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter

    707 S2: £799
    Stand-mount
    2-way vented box
    1 x 130mm Continuum bass/mid
    1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter

    HTM72 S2: £599
    2-way vented-box
    2 x 130mm Continuum bass/mid
    1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter

    HTM71 S2: £899
    3-way vented-box
    2 x 165mm Aerofoil Profile bass
    1 x 100mm Continuum FST midrange
    1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter

    FS-700 S2: £399
    Speaker stand for use with 707 S2, 706 S2 and 705 S2, available in Black or Silver finishes.

    DB4S:
    £1350
    Single 10in forward-firing drive unit
    Carbon Aerofoil cone
    1000w Hypex amplifier
    DB-D digital pre-amp technology plus App control

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