Mesmerizing Clarity, Detail, Definition, Coherency, and Precision: Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Feature Tweeter-on-Top Design, 6.5-Inch Continuum Cone Drivers
Inspired by recording studios, designed for your room, tuned through thousands of hours of listening: The Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 bookshelf loudspeaker is finely engineered and painstakingly innovated with proprietary drivers to bring professional-grade sound to your home. Performing with astonishing degrees of clarity, definition, and detail, 705 S2 prizes the art of nuance, texture, and tonality. Among the most well-reviewed stand-mount models on the market, 705 S2 plays with immaculate coherency, crispness, and control – aspects that remove the divisions between you and the artist.
Visually and technically, the most striking aspect of the two-way vented-box 705 S2 is its obvious tweeter-on-top architecture – borrowed directly from the company's 800 Series Diamond. Milled from a solid block of aluminum, the housing design creates an acoustically optimized casing – one both exceptionally inert and resistant to resonances. As for the tweeter itself: Devised exclusively for 700 Series, the one-inch Decoupled Carbon Dome type raises the breakup threshold to 47kHz for pinpoint imaging and accuracy. Equally impressive, the 6.5-inch Continuum cone midrange driver provides an incredibly open, neutral midrange and smooth, extended bass. A trademarked, rear-firing Flowport that reduces friction and improves efficiency, a removable magnetic grille, a two-piece foam plugs for low-end tweaking, self-adhesive rubber feet, and gold-plated binding-post terminals help complete this 16 x 7.8 x 11.9-inch (HWD) gem.
Designed to be mounted on stands, and gorgeously finished with high-grade lacquer, 705 S2 invites you to hear instruments you may never have sensed before, depth you've never previously experienced, and soundstages that take you right to the event. There are good reasons why Bowers & Wilkins has remained one of "the" names in high-end audio for nearly 50 years. Backed by a five-year manufacturer warranty and our 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee, 705 S2 is one of them.
"The 705 S2 is a product that few companies would have the ability and resources to match. It's also a wonderful case where a company's claims for technical advances line up with listening impressions. Resonances are well controlled, and the speakers present a natural, extremely precise, and engaging soundfield. The sound is vividly present without edge or annoyance. Overall, the 705 S2s are both coherent and self-effacing."
– Allan Moulton, The Absolute Sound, Editors' Choice Award
"The 705 S2s produce their immersive soundstage well beyond the sweet spot in the center of the couch. No doubt a result of their collaboration with Abbey Road studios, where the 800s are used as mastering speakers, and wide dispersion is a must – the mix has to sound good when sitting or standing at the console. This is an area where the 705 S2s excel."
– Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio
"Add treble that's crisp and clear without ever veering into hardness or harshness, and you've got the complete tonal package. Such is the integration through the frequency range, the sound flows seamlessly from top to bottom."
– What Hi-Fi?, four-star review
"The speaker's sound was low in distortion and high in clarity, so guitarist Ry Cooder's darkly atmospheric score for the film "Paris, Texas" had oodles of detail along with the scratchy texture of his acoustic guitar. More than just resolution, the 705 S2 brought back the sound of the guitar's wood and its metal strings, it was all there. Treble was nicely extended and easy to listen to."
– Steve Guttenberg, CNET
"In stereo music applications, whether with the 702 S2 floorstanders or the 705 S2 bookshelf speakers, the musicality of these speakers cannot be denied, producing sweet and transparent midrange with smooth and detailed highs. The ability of these speakers to image and project a believable soundstage is outstanding."
– Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, Thumbs Up Award
"In my relatively small room, the 705 S2s provided very clean, tight, powerful bass for their size; an exceptionally detailed and extended top end; and a rich, textured midrange devoid of cabinet colorations. This small speaker played big, got out of the way of the music, and let it flow freely into the room. To date, I haven't owned speakers that have performed the coveted 'disappearing' act quite so convincingly as did the 705 S2s."
– Diego Están, SoundStage! Hi-Fi
"They play loud, deep and clean, but more (much more) importantly they connect you to the music and are liberally laced with a large helping of 'it.' They are one of the few speakers, at this level, who's sound quality comfortably exceeds the sum of its excellent parts."
– Scott Campbell, SoundStage! Australia
"If you're a die-hard jazzer or classical music listener who wants a beautiful set of speakers to perfectly reproduce your favorite recordings, the 702 S2 are among the finest you'll find."
– Digital Trends