Solid-Body Tweeter-on-Top Design and 6.5-Inch Woofers Define Bowers & Wilkins 702 S2: Renowned Tower Loudspeaker Plays with Phenomenal Resolution, Definition, and Clarity
There's no getting around it: The distinguished, exotic, solid-body tweeter-on-top design on the gorgeous Bowers & Wilkins 702 S2 helps transform the three-way tower loudspeaker into a highly resolved, refined, and revealing high-end audio marvel. On intimate terms with accuracy, detail, definition, transparency, and purity, the full-range 702 S2 comes loaded with proprietary technology and cutting-edge features borrowed from the costlier 800 Series Diamond. Inspired by recording studios, designed for your room, tuned through thousands of hours of close listening sessions, this 65-pound floorstander excels with both two-channel music and in home-theater surround systems.
While the innovative tweeter certainly lends 702 S2 additional visual appeal, it serves multiple purposes that enhance the enjoyment, involvement, and realism of your listening experience. Milled from a solid block of aluminum, the housing creates an acoustically optimized casing that proves supremely inert and resistant to resonances. Created exclusively for 700 Series, the one-inch Decoupled Carbon Dome tweeter itself raises the breakup threshold to 47kHz for pinpoint imaging, sharpness, and accuracy. It resides above a six-inch Decoupled Continuum cone Fixed Suspension Transducer (FST) midrange driver that plays with exceptional openness, neutrality, and control. Equipped with an FEA-optimized aluminum chassis, the midrange unit simultaneously resists distortion, vibration, and cabinet coloration.
Equally important to 702 S2's performance, particularly when it comes to low-frequency depth and serious dynamics, a trio of computer-modeled 6.5-inch Aerofoil Profile bass cones tout variable thickness all the while supplying requisite stiffness and rigidity. In addition, Bowers & Wilkins' hallmark Flowport reduces friction and improves efficiency. You can also dial-in the bass responsiveness to your liking by inserting the supplied two-piece foam plug into the rear-firing port. In this way, 702 S2 promises to adapt to any room environment.
Measuring 42.8 x 14.4 x 14.3 inches (HWD) and claiming an easy-to-drive 90dB sensitivity, 702 S2 will enhance your relationship and emotional connection to any type of music. You'll hear new instruments you never noticed, sense airiness previously congested, revel at the large dimensions of the soundstages, be able to identify specific tones, and feel a thrilling power. Removable magnetic grilles, dual binding-post terminals, rubber feet and spikes, and a five-year manufacturer warranty all come standard. Our 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee serves as the exclamation point.
"The 702 S2 is a reasonably priced, full-range, three-way floorstander capable of satisfying the needs of demanding listeners. In comparisons with its costlier cousins in the 800 series, the familial sonic resemblances exceed the differences – which makes the 702 S2 an excellent value."
– Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile
"The highly resolving carbon dome tweeter of the Bowers & Wilkins 702 S2 reveals additional details in music and movies that few other speakers at its price point can. Indeed, it delivers most of what its big brother the B&W 804 D3 can, and at half the price. Listeners of well-recorded classical, jazz, and rock music will be rewarded by the 702 S2."
– Bob Barrett, Home Theater Review
"The 702 S2's three low frequency drivers together seem capable of shifting large amounts of air – although this never sounds like a bottom-heavy loudspeaker. Indeed, compared to many, it is if anything a little bass-light. Part of the reason for this is that the company doesn't appear to have engineered in any obvious peaks for artificial showroom appeal, so the speaker sounds even and extended without ever being overpowering."
– David Price, Hi-Fi News
"A major strength of this speaker is undoubtedly its very even overall balance that ensures fine tonal neutrality at all times. There's no denying that the Continuum FST unit is a worthwhile improvement over its Kevlar predecessor, largely because the lack of presence band aggressiveness has been well controlled alongside a more open sound balance."
– Paul Messenger, Hi-Fi+
"In fact, this speaker may indeed be the sweet spot in the entire Bowers & Wilkins rather generous speaker product smorgasbord. And of course, being the consequence of large economies of scale, the entire package is offered at a price point that offers indisputable value for money. And I'll venture to say that the new 702 S2 may be a benchmark in this critical rung in the high-performance loudspeaker ladder."
– Edgar Kramer, SoundStage! Australia
"The sense of quiet calm is brought about by the drive cone recovering from each signal impulse more quickly, a slightly technical way of saying that it doesn't blur the signal so much. As a result the 702 is far more transparent and revealing than most other speakers at or near its price, separating out the instruments in a mix without difficulty and presenting a highly coherent and engaging sound whatever the music."
– Jason Kennedy, The Ear
"If memory serves, the original 702 S2 speakers were impressively detailed, fast and gutsy-sounding, and it's on these qualities that the 702 Signatures improve. At very low levels they sound a little soft and lightweight, but haul the levels up to normal domestic listening settings and they stir into life with a focused, open sound as impressive as it is for its soundstaging as the way it presents the timbres and textures of voices and instruments. Those who like it loud, by the way, will appreciate the fact that these relatively compact speakers are perfectly capable of shaking the sofa without the sound getting confused or strident, or the bass messy."
– Andrew Everard, Hi-Fi+, Outstanding Product review
Carbon Dome Tweeter
Carbon Dome tweeters are a new technology purpose-built for 700 Series. Delivering a dramatic improvement on the prior aluminum double-dome tweeter, they raise the breakup threshold to 47kHz for pinpoint imaging accuracy and detail.
Continuum Cone Driver and Midrange Chassis
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. In addition, the new FEA-optimized aluminum chassis for the decoupled midrange drivers is stiffer than the zinc chassis of the CM Series for improved control and cleaner midrange presentation.
Aerofoil Profile Bass Cone
The new Aerofoil Profile bass cone has the same variable thickness design as the bass cones in 800 Series Diamond speakers. Developed using advanced computer modeling techniques, it provides stiffness and rigidity where they're needed most for deep and dynamic bass.
1x ø25mm (1 in) Decoupled Carbon Dome high-frequency
1x ø150mm (6 in) Continuum cone FST midrange
3x ø165mm (6.5 in) Aerofoil Profile bass
Frequency range: -6dB at 28Hz and 33kHz
Frequency response: 46Hz - 28kHz ±3dB
Sensitivity: 90dB spl (2.83Vrms, 1m)
Harmonic distortion, 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m):
<1% 86Hz - 28kHz
<0.5% 110Hz - 20kHz
Nominal impedance: 8Ω (minimum 3.1Ω)
Recommended amplifier power: 30W - 300W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Dimensions (HWD): 42.8" x 7.9" x 13.3"
Weight: 65 lbs.
User Manual (PDF, 22.6 MB)