Bowers & Wilkins Announces 700 Series Speakers at CEDIA 2017

Bowers & Wilkins enjoys an enviable reputation. The company’s speakers have set a high bar for audio performance over the decades. At CEDIA 2017 the company announced its new 700 Series, which replaces the CM Series. The 700 Series carries on the tradition of audio excellence by incorporating many of the features that make its flagship 800 Series Diamond speakers so great.

At CEDIA 2017, I had an opportunity to speak with Patrick Butler of B&W about the features offered by this new series. After all, the CM Series is very successful, so replacing it with something better is quite an engineering feat. The thing is, Bowers and Wilkins has declared that it doesn’t merely want to beat its rivals in the industry, it wants to blow them away.

The 700 Series borrows quite a bit from the 800 Series, for example the use of B&W’s new Continuum cone material for the midrange. Plus the midrange features a new chassis design; it’s decoupled from the cabinet (it’s actually free-floating) and sports a stiff aluminum basket that altogether drastically reduce resonances.

Check out this brief video of the 700 Series at B&W’s off-site demo during CEDIA 2017

There is also much commonality in terms of the tweeter design, aside from the materials used to manufacture the dome. Of course, the 800 Series features a diamond dome. By contrast, the 700 Series tweeter uses a less expensive but technically advanced Aluminum-dome tweeter with a layer of carbon vapor-deposited upon it. And aside from the two smallest bookshelf models (the 706 S2 and 707 S2) the tweeter is mounted in a housing milled from a solid piece of aluminum.

I actually had a chance to hear the 700 Series a month ago, at B&W’s U.S. offices. The improvements over the CM series are not subtle, and they are definitively improvements. Anyhow, CEDIA 2017 coincides with the launch of the new series, which contains eight models. That includes three floorstanders, three stand-mount models and two center channels. There is also a dedicated stand for the stand-mount speakers.

 

Here are prices and features for the full range:

702 S2
$2,250 each
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
$1,250 each
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
$1,750 each
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
$1,250 each
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
$900 each
Stand-mount
2-way vented-box
1 x 165mm Continuum bass/midrange
1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter

707 S2 
$600 each
Stand-mount
2-way vented box
1 x 130mm Continuum bass/mid
1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter

HTM72 S2
$800 each
2-way vented-box
2 x 130mm Continuum bass/mid
1 x 25mm Carbon Dome tweeter

HTM71 S2
$1,350 each
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
$250 each
Speaker stand for use with 707 S2, 706 S2 and 705 S2, available in Black or Silver finishes.
DB4S
$1,600 each
Single 10in forward-firing drive unit
Carbon Aerofoil cone
1000w Hypex amplifier
DB-D digital pre-amp technology plus App control