Bowers & Wilkins 703 S2 Floorstander Speaker - Each

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Model: FP38911 UPC: 714346329441 Item: 2148

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Studio Sound Comes Home

A substantial, uncompromising three-way floorstander built to fill even the largest rooms with full-blooded, realistic sound. Powerful bass lines come roaring to life, while the speaker’s dedicated Continuum midrange driver and Carbon Dome tweeter lend an astonishing clarity to vocals and treble effects.

Carbon Dome Tweeter 

Carbon Dome tweeters are a brand new technology purpose-built for the 700 Series. Delivering a dramatic improvement on the aluminum double-dome tweeter, they raise the breakup threshold to 47kHz, for pinpoint imaging accuracy and detail.

Continuum Cone 

First introduced with the 800 Series Diamond, the Continuum cone represents the biggest step-change in midrange performance since Kevlar. Its woven, coated material provides highly controlled break-up, resulting in a more open, neutral midrange.

Decoupled Midrange

The midrange driver in the floor-standers feature a decoupled design, adapted from a similar system in the 800 Series Diamond. Decoupling reduces cabinet colouration, and boosts midrange clarity. 

Aerofoil Profile Bass Cone 

Developed using advanced computer modeling techniques, the Aerofoil Profile bass cone has a variable thickness, providing stiffness and rigidity where it’s needed most. The result: deep and dynamic bass.

Specifications

Specifications

  • Technical features
    • Decoupled carbon dome tweeter
    • Solid body tweeter on top
    • Decoupled midrange
    • Aerofoil profile bass cones
    • Flowport
  • Description: 3-way vented-box system
  • Drive units
    • 1x ø25mm (1") decoupled carbon dome high frequency
    • 1x ø150mm (6") continuum cone FST midrange
    • 3x ø165mm (6.5") Aerofoil profile bass
  • Frequency range: -6dB at 30Hz and 33kHz
  • Frequency response: 46Hz - 28kHz ± 3dB
  • Sensitivity: 89dB spl (2.83Vrms, 1m)
  • Harmonic distortion: 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
    • <1% 90Hz - 22kHz
    • <0.5% 120Hz - 20kHz
  • Nominal impedance: 8Ω (minimum 3.1Ω)
  • Recommended amplifier power: 30W - 200W into 8Ω on unclipped program
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 40.4" x 12.6" x 14.6"
  • Weight: 55.2 lbs.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box

  • 703 S2 Floorstanding Speaker
  • Foam plug
  • 4 rubber feet
  • 4 M6 spike feet
  • 4 lock nuts
  • Allen key
  • 4 M6 x 35mm screws
  • 4 plain washers
  • 4 shakeproof washers

Reviews

Customer Reviews for Bowers & Wilkins 703 S2 Floorstander Speaker - Each

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Rated 5 out of 5
Big Sound in the Median Price Range ($5,000.00)
After listening to the B &W 603 s2 Anniversaries for over a year, I decided to upgrade. Now tore clear, the 603 s2 Anniversaries are a veritable bargain, but the lack of a de-coupled mid-range ultimately spells why they are only about 2,300 per pair.

The 703 S2s on the other hand, have a larger sound stage, are more spatial than the 603 s2s, have expensive veneer cabinets, a better twitter, the de-coupled continuum mid-range and the higher end aerofoil drivers. The fact that they are more than twice the price is easily understood when you listen to these side by side with the 702 s2s and the 603 Anniversaries.

The main differential between the 702 s2s and the 703 s2s is a slightly flatter bass and boosted high end which I thought was too bright. No, the 703 S2s are like the Three Bears porridge: Just Right. The 47htz tweeter break up and the 30 htz low end, invigorate the sound. The 702 S2s with the top mounted tweeter and extra passive driver do not improve the sound per se, and the extra $1,000 was better spent buying a matching REL sub-woofer (T/9x) which spatially sounded perfect with the 703 S2s.

The real surprise of these speakers is the fact that their 89db efficiency and their 8ohm handling of up to 200 watts (30 watts nominally) makes them a versatile speaker. Comparing them to high end Focal, Martin Logan and others in this price range revealed, at least to my ears, a most satisfying and complete sound. I use Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' as a reference album because it has the deep bass rifts, the high end operatic notes and a solid mid-range of guitars and lower scale piano rifts are a great test of a speaker.

I am currently running a Technics SU-G700 (also purchased from World Wide--see my review of that union this site) that is an excellent match for these speakers. With an ability to go to 140 watts into 4 ohms, the amplifier handles these easily with no distortion even at high volume. In fact, B & W advises that these can dip down to 3.1 ohms in the low end and the REL with the toslink (direct) connection provides a wonderful, full bass with proper synchronization and bass decay. Obviously, many of the potential buyers out there will run these without sub-woofer augmentation, but after listening to the 702 S2s with and without the REL, the soundstage really is more precise,

What is amazing about these speakers are that at $5,000 they are a relative bargain. Amazingly well made and finished in Rosenut Oak. The wood grain is matched and precisely laid, the 55 pound cabinet provides a non-vibratory chamber for the 3-way, 4 speaker array to push out music seamlessly.While I realize that sound is subjective and everyone has a proclivity to a certain sound signature, if you are looking in the 5 to 10K price point, these have to be heard and seen.

Highly Recommended !!
May 4, 2022

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