Famend British audio producer Bowers & Wilkins has introduced a whole refresh of its 700 Collection floorstanding, bookshelf, and center-channel speaker lineup. A 3-year growth cycle has resulted in a lot of the know-how initially developed for the model’s flagship 800 Series Diamond audio system trickling all the way down to a line that prices an entire lot much less; effectively, comparatively so.
The 700 Collection options eight new fashions: three floorstanders, three bookshelf fashions with elective stands, and two middle channels for home-theater deployments, together with one with a tweeter-on-top diaphragm. B&W can also be introducing a brand new coloration choice—a woodgrain “mocha”—that may be a part of the gloss black and satin white finishes beforehand provided. A “rosenut” end may even be accessible, however solely in Asian and Pacific markets. The picture up prime exhibits the 703 S3 floorstanders and HTM72 S3 middle channel in entrance, with the 705 S3 bookshelf audio system mounted on their elective stands functioning as encompass audio system.
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The brand new 700 Collection’ cupboards are slimmer than earlier generations and boast a curved entrance baffle with drive models which might be mounted in exterior pods, one of many a number of design options initially developed for the 800 Collection Diamond. B&W says this minimizes the ‘cupboard diffraction’ impact, serving to the audio system acoustically disappear so you possibly can focus on the music.
Throughout the board, new 700 Collection audio system shall be outfitted with B&W’s Carbon Dome tweeters coupled to improved voice coils with new upgraded magnets and longer tubes to cut back resonant frequencies. Floorstanding fashions 702-S3 (a 3-way speaker with twin Continuum mid-range drivers, $7,000 a pair) and 703-S3 (a 3-way speaker with a single mid-range driver, $6,000 a pair), bookshelf mannequin 705-S3 (a two-way speaker, $3,400 a pair), and middle channel mannequin HTM71-S3, $2,500) get the tweeter-on-top remedy. The highest-of-the-line 702-S3 floor-stander additionally includes a down-firing port, which is much less more likely to mirror pontificate close by partitions.
Machined from a stable block of aluminum, B&W says its tweeter-on-top enclosure has been considerably lengthened to additional cut back distortion, assisted by an improved two-point decoupling design to isolate the meeting from the cupboard and produce a extra open soundstage. These tweeters shall be provided in both a darkish anodized end to match darkish cupboard finishes, or gentle anodized end for satin white cupboards.
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In a briefing forward of the announcement, B&W’s director of product advertising and marketing, Andy Kerr, mentioned “Having the tweeter on prime within the middle channel is a giant step ahead, however that design received’t work for everybody. In the event you’re placing the speaker inside a chunk of furnishings, as an illustration, you’ll be restricted when it comes to peak.”
The less-expensive 704 S3 floor-stander (a 3-way speaker priced at $4,000 pair), 706-S3 bookshelf (a 2-way speaker priced at $2,200 a pair), 707-S3 bookshelf (additionally two-way, however with smaller drivers and priced at $1,800 a pair), and the HTM72 S3 middle channel ($1,500 every) could have their tweeters mounted within the baffles. B&W gives complementary stands for the 700 Collection bookshelf fashions at $800 a pair.
Bowers & Wilkins says the entire new audio system within the 700 Collection lineup must be accessible for buy now. Throughout our briefing, Kerr mentioned “there may even be in-wall and in-ceiling fashions, with elective subwoofers, for issues like Dolby Atmos.”