A Tight-Fit Audiophile Specialist: Bowers & Wilkins 707 S3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Impresses in Two-Channel and Surround Systems
Looking for an audiophile bookshelf loudspeaker that fits in tight spaces and performs like one that has more room to operate? Bowers & Wilkins 707 S3 checks the boxes. Less than seven inches wide, this two-way vented-box model makes itself at home in rooms where space is at a premium while providing sensational fidelity marked by openness and naturalism. Voice-matched to every other speaker in the company’s 700 Series, 707 S3 also serves as a righteous choice for rear-channel placement in a surround system.
Compared to its predecessor, 707 S3 sports a slimmer cabinet and curved front section that features a protruding driver mounted in a distinct pod. This combination reduces baffling effects and delivers richer tonal presence. Upgrades to the motors, crossovers, chassis, and terminal trays act in concert with the one-inch Decoupled Carbon Dome tweeter — a design that raises the breakup threshold to 47kHz — and a five-inch Continuum cone midrange driver. A rear-firing Flowport, two-piece foam port plug, removable magnetic grilles, self-adhesive rubber feet, and gold-plated binding-post terminals round out 707 S3.
Visually, 707 S3 looks the part with a luxurious finish conveying simplicity and elegance. But even the aesthetics pale next to its sound — tuned via thousands of hours of listening and focused on acoustic exactness. The latest iteration of a model that TONEAudio said “defied its price tag,” Hi-Fi Choice noted as “an outstanding value for the money,” and The Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity credited for its “ability to image and project a believable soundstage, 707 S3 is pure Bowers & Wilkins through and through. Versatile placement options and a five-year manufacturer warranty seal the deal.
"[They] do what the much-more-expensive premium two-way monitors do, and that's sounding big and open in a fairly large room. This is just a 5″ woofer and a carbon dome tweeter, nothing hiding in the box other than solid engineering."
—Marc Phillips, Part-Time Audiophile
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.
Max recommended cable impedance: 0.1Ω
Description: 2-way vented-box system
1x ø25mm (1 in) Decoupled Carbon Dome high-frequency
1x ø130mm (5 in) Continuum cone bass / midrange
Frequency range: 45Hz and 33kHz
Frequency response: 50Hz - 28kHz ±3dB
Sensitivity: 84dB 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 4.0Ω)
Recommended amplifier power: 30W - 100W into 8Ω on unclipped program
Dimensions (HWD): 11.8" x 6.5" x 11.2"
Weight: 13.6 lbs.