Bowers & Wilkins has launched new eight floorstanding, stand-mount and center-channel loudspeakers. The new Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series has many of the same technologies found in the brand’s flagship range, the 800 Series Diamond.
In a first for the 700 Series, the new range introduces slimmer cabinets with a curved front baffle and drive units mounted in external ‘pods’ that form a direct reference to the 800 Series Diamond range. This revision reduces the impact of the loudspeaker baffle on sound quality by minimizing the ‘cabinet diffraction’ effect. The new cabinets are also offered in an all-new Mocha finish, which joins the gloss black and satin white finishes previously offered; a fourth Rosenut finish will also be offered exclusively in Asian and Pacific markets.
The series also includes Solid Body Tweeter-on-Top tech in the 702 S3 and 703 S3 floorstanding loudspeakers, the 705 S3 standmount model and the HTM71 S3 center channel loudspeaker. Machined from a solid block of aluminum, the new 700 Series Tweeter-on-Top enclosure has been lengthened, reducing distortion and ensuring a cleaner presentation. This longer form is then enhanced by the introduction of improved two-point decoupling that better isolates the assembly from the loudspeaker cabinet.
The Tweeter-on-Top diaphragm retains the Bowers & Wilkins Carbon Dome tweeter, with its 47kHz performance, coupled to vented voice coils with new magnets. Even models that feature tweeters mounted in the baffle – 707 S3, 706 S3, 704 S3 and HTM72 S3 – benefit from all these changes, alongside an elongated tube-loading system that works to reduce distortion and ensure a cleaner sound.