Tweeter-on-Top Design and Three 6.5-Inch Woofers Elevate Bowers & Wilkins 702 S3: Floor-Standing Loudspeakers Play with Exceptional Clairty and Resolution
There's no getting around it: The distinguished, solid-body tweeter-on-top design on the Bowers & Wilkins 702 S3 helps transform the three-way floor-standing loudspeaker into a highly resolved, refined, and revealing high-end audio instrument. On intimate terms with accuracy, detail, definition, transparency, and purity, the full-range 702 S3 comes loaded with proprietary technology and cutting-edge features borrowed from the flagship 800 Series Diamond. Inspired by recording studios, designed for your room, and tuned through thousands of hours of listening sessions, it excels with every type of music imaginable.
Measuring 44.8 x 11.4 x 16.1 inches (HWD) and claiming an easy-to-drive 90dB sensitivity, 702 S3 will enhance your relationship and emotional connection to any type of music. You'll hear new instruments you never noticed, sense airiness that was previously congested, revel at the large dimensions of the soundstages, identify specific tones, and feel the thrilling power of albums that connect with your soul. Several across-the-board upgrades — new-generation Tweeter-on-Top housing whose elongated form incorporates a tube-loading system for enhanced highs; narrower cabinets; curved baffles; improvements to the motors, chassis, crossovers, and terminal trays — further place the 73.8-pound 702 S3 on a higher platform than its revered predecessor.
Though the innovative tweeter lends obvious visual and conversation-starting appeal, it serves practical purposes that enhance the enjoyment, involvement, and realism of your listening experiences. 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. Beneath, a six-inch Decoupled Continuum cone Fixed Suspension Transducer (FST) midrange driver helps account for the speaker’s exceptional openness, articulation, and control. Equipped with Biomimetic Suspension and midrange decoupling, it resists distortion, vibration, and interference.
When it comes to low-frequency depth and grand dynamics, a trio of stiff, rigid 6.5-inch Aerofoil Profile bass cones do the heavy lifting. Another Bowers & Wilkins hallmark — a trademarked, rear-firing Flowport — reduces friction and improves efficiency. Want to tweak the bass responsiveness? Just insert the supplied two-piece foam plug into the rear-firing port. In this way, 702 S3 adapts to any room environment. Removable magnetic grilles, dual binding-post terminals, rubber feet and spikes, and a five-year manufacturer warranty round out a tower loudspeaker that Bowers & Wilkins guarantees will deliver goosebumps.
Intrigued? Contact a Music Direct audio consultant today to lean how you can arrange a risk-free audition of 702 S3 in your own home.
"In comparing the [Bowers & Wilkins] S2 and S3 [model loudspeakers], the S3s sounded like the performance was in a bigger room. The guitar strings in the opening were better defined, and the vocals were cleaner as well."
—Brian Kahn, Audioholics
Bowers & Wilkins: A Legacy of Amazing Sound
The story of Bowers & Wilkins starts with one man—John Bowers. His drive and passion are written into the DNA of the company he founded more than 50 years ago. Bowers dreamed of producing the perfect loudspeaker, capable of delivering recorded sound that is utterly faithful to the actual musical performance and to the artist's original intent. His obsessive pursuit of perfection and steadfast refusal to accept anything but the very best continues to shape everything the company does. "Good enough" simply isn't good enough for Bowers & Wilkins. For decades, Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers have been the trusted choice of studio professionals and recording artists around the globe. B&W speakers are as fundamental to many artists' creative process as their preferred microphone or favorite guitar.
Description: 3-way vented-box system
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: 28Hz to 33kHz
Frequency response: 46Hz - 28kHz ±3dB
Sensitivity: 90dB spl (2.83Vrms, 1m)
Harmonic distortion 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m on axis):
<1% 86Hz - 28kHz
<0.5% 110Hz - 20kHz
Nominal impedance: 8Ω (minimum 3.1Ω)
Recommended amplifier power: 30W - 300W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Max recommended cable impedance: 0.1Ω
Dimensions (HWD): 44.8" x 11.4" x 16.1"
Weight: 73.8 lbs.