Famend British audio producer Bowers & Wilkins has introduced a complete refresh of its 700 Collection floorstanding, bookshelf, and center-channel speaker lineup. A 3-year improvement cycle has resulted in a lot of the expertise initially developed for the model’s flagship 800 Collection Diamond audio system trickling right down to a line that prices a complete lot much less; effectively, comparatively so.
The 700 Collection options eight new fashions: three floorstanders, three bookshelf fashions with elective stands, and two heart channels for home-theater deployments, together with one with a tweeter-on-top diaphragm. B&W can be introducing a brand new shade 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 obtainable, however solely in Asian and Pacific markets. The picture up high exhibits the 703 S3 floorstanders and HTM72 S3 heart 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 items which can 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’ll be able to think about 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 heart channel mannequin HTM71-S3, $2,500) get the tweeter-on-top therapy. The highest-of-the-line 702-S3 floor-stander additionally contains a down-firing port, which is much less prone to mirror pontificate close by partitions.
Machined from a strong block of aluminum, B&W says its tweeter-on-top enclosure has been considerably lengthened to additional scale 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, stated “Having the tweeter on high within the heart channel is an enormous step ahead, however that design received’t work for everybody. Should you’re placing the speaker inside a chunk of furnishings, for example, you’ll be restricted when it comes to top.”
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 heart channel ($1,500 every) can have their tweeters mounted within the baffles. B&W presents complementary stands for the 700 Collection bookshelf fashions at $800 a pair.
Bowers & Wilkins says all the new audio system within the 700 Collection lineup ought to be obtainable for buy now. Throughout our briefing, Kerr stated “there may even be in-wall and in-ceiling fashions, with elective subwoofers, for issues like Dolby Atmos.”