Bowers & Wilkins 705S2 Speaker Review & Comments

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    1. Ed Selley

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      Don’t think much of the carry handle on top.:D

      Bill
       
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      I was not really a fan of the old CM series for the reasons commented in the review .i.e the integration of tweeter to BASS seamed weak.

      Sounds like these have resolved that problem and are well worth a listen too. Looks wise, better than the alternatives.

      Great revie. thanks Alex
       
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      Good speakers they may be but in my view they are ugly to say the least!
       
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      I agree. B&W speakers are usually a thing of beauty but this one not so much. I Miss the yellow cones, too.
       
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      How much are the speaker stands?
       
    7. Ed Selley

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      They are £400.
       
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      Over the years I've had B&W speakers and they have never disappointed. One of the few companies that would always be on my shortlist.
      These look very attractive indeed, and I guess we have to accept that quality speakers are going to be at this price point.
       
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      Proves the expression "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder"! Mallardo and myself think they are ugly, you think they are very attractive! Good job we are not all the same!
       
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      Do the stands come with lube to make the shafting easier???
       
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      I am currently using a on loan the B&W HTM71 centre speaker of this range until the PMC centre becomes available in stock. It sounds incredible, I have had had the older CM range centre and this new centre is on a another level so much more details from the new midrange driver and plenty of bass from the bass drivers, so going by that i am sure this stand mount sounds amazing

      I think the new grey mid drivers are more pleasing and will match more of the decor of the room way more subtle than the yellow kevlor the only thing that lets it down is the dust cap which looks and feels cheap .

      Nice Review
       
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      Yellow matches my wall paper just fine. I sure cheaper stands could be sourced
       
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      I can't justify spending that much I will make do with my ancient DM602 speakers that I still really like.
       
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      I personally think they'd of looked slightly better with the bass port at the front of the cabinet like on the 800 range which may also of helped with room placement against rear walls as I'd imagine 99% of us will struggle to have them much more than 12" off a rear wall!
       
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      Very valid point. One reason I went the Focal route.
       
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      People make fun of the Outboard Tweeter, but it really improves the Sound Stage. This can easily be heard when comparing the CM Series or the new 700 Series speaker that don't have the outboard tweeter to those that do. It is very impressive, even if you think it looks goofy.

      Steve/bluewizard
       
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      Was going to post a review but since its done, I'll comment here.
      My previous set was a pair of CM10S1, CMC2S2 and CM8S1. Always felt the CM10s overwhelm my small listening room and had to use room correction to dial out the upper bass boom. (Bought them before the Cm6 came out). For size and aesthetics (just got married. so...), I changed to a bookshelf based system. HTM71S2, 705S2 and 706S2 for surrounds.
      During testing, at the excellent and always obliging Nintronics, we tried matching the 705S2 with the 707S2s. But the integration with the 706S2s, with the same woofer area, is at another level. although the 707S2s were fantastic in their own right. Its only the back to back comparison that showed the difference.
      Something we didn't notice was that the cabinet for the 706S2 is slightly bigger than the 705S2. Yea I know, we use them for surrounds. But the SQ trumps in the end.

      So lets go to my impressions. Much has been said already, just a few things to point out. The white is matte white rather than gloss white. Apparantly previous customers complain the glossiness created too much reflection from the screen when viewing in the dark. Its a beautiful finish. And because the 705S2 is a little on the slim side, the whole package is very unobstrusive. the white tweeter pod looks great in the flesh.

      I would add a few more comparisons to the previous CM series. Perhaps its the size, but B&W did mention the internal bracing has also been tweaked. And of course the decoupling. the net result is incredible stereo imaging.

      In terms of sound charactor, its still very much in the B&W stable. No surprises. But its much closer to the delightful and entertaining Nautilus than the 800s. Its light, nimble, detailed without being in your face.

      I am using the cheaper Atacam HMS stands which are pretty impressive in themselves. but I haven't filled the posts yet. The bass is super tight, punchy and may have more detail once I weigh them down.

      As for the overall sound, it is a more integral package compared to the CMs. All the frequencies seem more even. But at the same time well defined. Effortless clarity like the Nautilus, without sounding piercing like the 800D2s. Very very sweet and smooth midrange. Reminds me of planar magnet headphones.

      The sound stage is all encompassing. Provides intimacy without being intrusive.

      Overall, a definite improvement over the CM.

      Will post my multispeaker impressions when I have optimised them.
       
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      Sad to say goodbye to the yellow speaker cone? I was going to order 2, but no yellow no hello.
       
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      The continuum cones are quite distinctive in their own right. They still have a weave pattern similar to the kevlars. I've had yellow woofers for 15 years, the change is welcome. Works really well in white for a minimalist look.
       
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      I will try to keep an open mind, but all the other Yellow Speakers will have to changed aswell. Maybe this is Full Speaker System upsell strategy.

      My girlfriend said I could colour them yellow. I might leave her after that comment.
      Good thing she doesn’t read this thread......I think.
       
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      I see. Part of multispeaker setup? Sonically close enough to the CMs. But really a little bit of a bigger step up than between the CM S2s and S1s.

      Perhaps consider trading in? Best to listen for yourself. They're demoing at Bristol. But using Rotel amps.

      Can always go to dealer. Welcome to my little flat im London too.
       
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      Do they sound as good as that new Apple HomePod?

       
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      How can any be better than Apple?
       
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      I bought the 705 S2 last week they are being delivered in a few days I got a Rotel RA1592 at the same time to drive them. Might get Vovox balanced XLR to connect to the computer audio interface.
      They are way better sounding in every way than my B&W 602 s3
       
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      Well mate, you're looking at a 2-generation and higher range in difference! Well done mate. You're in for a treat. My first B&Ws were 6020S3s too.

      I get my cables from Mark Grant and I think is probably about the same price as the Vovox. The core being Canare. Big fan of XLR connection.

      What computer audio interface are you using?
       
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      It's an RME Babyface Pro I have a Novation Peak and Korg Odyssey plugged into it through Ableton Live 10 on the computer, I also can't wait to hear Keyscapes grand piano run though them.
       
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      Hi , how much better is the PMC centre to the B&W? Worth the extra £££
       
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      The PMC is on a completely next level of pure detailed and natural voice reproduction. PMC have always been an expensive speaker but only when you listen to them you realise why. So yes defienetly worth the extra cost.
       

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