Bowers & Wilkins HTM71 S3 Center-Channel Speaker Features Numerous Proprietary Technologies That Can Transform Listening Spaces into Immersive Entertainment Centers
Thanks to its innovative tweeter design, the Bowers & Wilkins HTM71 S3 doesn't look like a typical center-channel speaker, nor does it perform like a standard model. Designed for seamless integration with B&W 700 Series loudspeakers, the HTM71 S3 can turn your listening space into a truly immersive entertainment center. It features a 1-inch Carbon Dome drive unit housed in the company's signature Tweeter-On-Top enclosure, a 5-inch Continuum cone FST midrange driver—which is particularly important for delivering dialogue with exceptional clarity—and twin 5-inch Aerofoil Profile bass cones. This elegant, three-way model would be the perfect partner for B&W 700 Series speakers in a surround sound system. Whether your focus is on music, movies, or gaming, the HTM71 S3 will take your entertainment to the next level.
The solid-body Tweeter-on-Top housing now has an elongated form that incorporates a longer tube-loading system to produce a free and open sound as it gracefully handles high frequencies. The carefully decoupled housing is milled from a single solid block of aluminum to better resist resonance. Bowers & Wilkins' proprietary Tweeter-on-Top design represents the ideal merger of form, function, and elegance.
Carbon Dome tweeters are purpose-built for the 700 Series. Delivering a dramatic improvement over the aluminum double dome tweeter, they raise the breakup threshold to 47kHz, for pinpoint imaging accuracy and rich, nuanced detail.
Due to its composite construction, the Continuum cone avoids the abrupt transitions in behavior that can impair the performance of a conventional drive unit. The result is a more open, neutral performance that delivers voices and instruments with precision and transparency.
The dedicated midrange cone uses four key Bowers & Wilkins technologies: the Continuum cone, FST (Fixed Suspension Transducer), Biomimetic Suspension, and midrange decoupling (which ensures minimal interference from the operation of the bass drivers).
Developed using advanced computer-modelling techniques, the Aerofoil Profile bass cone has variable thickness, providing stiffness and rigidity where it's needed most. If you want deep, dynamic, lifelike bass tones, look no further. The rear-firing Flowport is engineered to reduce friction and improve efficiency. And if you want to customize your sound, you can dial in the perfect bass responsiveness by inserting the supplied two-piece foam plug into the port (located on the back of the cabinet).
A removable magnetic grille and dual gold-plated binding-post terminals reflect the company's commitment to premium construction and aesthetic appeal. This exceptional center-channel speaker is 9.2" x 24.7" x 14" (HWD), weighs 38.5 pounds, and comes with a five-year manufacturer warranty, plus the 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee. Contact a Music Direct audio consultant if you have any questions about building an entertainment system, or about selecting the appropriate center-channel speaker for your setup.
Proprietary FST Technology
Bowers & Wilkins has a long history of technological innovation in its pursuit of the perfect loudspeaker design. One example is FST (Fixed Suspension Transducer) midrange drive units, which maximize the effects of Aramid fiber by improving cone response times and the integrity of sound transmission. As the midrange diaphragm only moves a little, Bowers & Wilkins has improved the outer edge cone termination by means of "surroundless" suspension, for ultra-clean midrange performance.
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—combined with a 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 musicians, producers, and recording studio engineers around the globe. B&W speakers are as fundamental to many artists' creative process as their preferred microphone or favorite guitar. Indeed, the world's top recording engineers trust B&W for their most important projects. From Abbey Road Studios to Skywalker Sound—from the simplest stereo recording to the biggest orchestral score—music that will eventually be heard everywhere is heard in the recording studio via Bowers & Wilkins speakers.
Description: 3-way vented-box system
1x ø25mm (1 in) Decoupled Carbon Dome high-frequency
1x ø130mm (5 in) Continuum cone FST midrange
2x ø130mm (5 in) Aerofoil Profile bass
Frequency range: 45Hz and 33kHz
Frequency response: 50Hz - 28kHz ±3dB
Sensitivity: 89dB spl (2.83Vrms, 1m)
Harmonic distortion 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m on axis):
<1% 90Hz - 22kHz
<0.5% 120Hz - 20kHz
Nominal impedance: 8Ω (minimum 3.1Ω)
Recommended amplifier power: 30W - 200W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Max recommended cable impedance: 0.1Ω
Dimensions (HWD): 9.2" x 24.7" x 14.0"
Weight: 38.5 lbs.