Bookshelf Loudspeaker Plays with Uncommon Insight and Fullness: Bowers & Wilkins 706 S3 Features Compact Footprint and Carbon Dome Tweeter
Once you hear the Bowers & Wilkins 706 S3 bookshelf loudspeaker, you won’t soon forget it. In spite of its conveniently compact size, the 13.6 x 7.6 x 13.1-inch (HWD) unit plays with a rich, full sound that will fill even larger spaces with emotionally satisfying fidelity. Equally adept for dedicated two-channel stereo systems or for use as mains for a remarkable home-theater setup, 706 S3 features proprietary drivers and studio-inspired touches that provide uncommon insight, information retrieval, and engaging presence from the music it plays.
Improving on its predecessor, 706 S3 incorporates developments and materials originally devised for Bowers & Wilkins’ flagship 800 Diamond Series. A slimmer cabinet complements a curved front section that features a protruding driver mounted in a distinct pod. This combination results in reduced baffling effects and richer tonal presence. Improvements to the motors, crossovers, chassis, and terminal trays complement a one-inch Decoupled Carbon Dome tweeter that raises the breakup threshold to 47kHz, leading to pinpoint imaging and uncanny accuracy.
Equally impressive, a 6.5-inch Continuum cone midrange driver provides open, neutral mids and smooth, extended bass. Bowers & Wilkins' rear-firing Flowport for reduced friction and improved efficiency, removable magnetic grilles, two-piece foam plug for low-end tweaking, self-adhesive rubber feet, and gold-plated binding-post terminals help complete this 18.6-pound standmount.
Apart from its advanced technology and superb construction, 706 S3 soars because of its versatility and manner in which it allows music (and/or movies) spring to life with clarity, definition, and spaciousness. Couple this prowess with a five-year manufacturer warranty, and your bases are covered.
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: 2-way vented-box system
1x ø25mm (1 in) Decoupled Carbon Dome high-frequency
1x ø165mm (6.5 in) Continuum cone bass / midrange
Frequency range: 45Hz and 33kHz
Frequency response: 50Hz - 28kHz ±3dB
Sensitivity: 88dB spl (2.83Vrms, 1m)
Harmonic distortion 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m on axis):
<1% 100Hz - 22kHz
<0.5% 150Hz - 20kHz
Nominal impedance: 8Ω (minimum 3.7Ω)
Recommended amplifier power: 30W - 120W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Max recommended cable impedance: 0.1Ω
Dimensions (HWD): 13.6" x 7.6" x 13.1"
Weight: 18.6 lbs.