Bowers & Wilkins intros 700 Series Signature speakers

posted on Wednesday, 27th March 2024 by Steve May

Hi-fi  Loudspeakers  High-end 

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Bowers & Wilkins has unveiled the 700 Series Signature loudspeakers, hailed as the ultimate version of its acclaimed 700 Series loudspeaker range. The collection comprises floorstanding, standmount and centre speaker enclosures.

The Signature name is not bestowed lightly by Bowers & Wilkins, reserved only for the most exceptional and radically upgraded versions of its loudspeakers. With a heritage dating back to the iconic Silver Signature loudspeaker of 1991, each Signature release speaks of prestige and exclusivity.

Every aspect of the 700 Series Signature loudspeakers has been meticulously crafted to deliver the ultimate listening experience, says the brand. Upgrades to the crossover, including new Mundorf capacitors and high-quality brass speaker terminal posts, enhance transparency and signal purity. Luxurious Midnight Blue Metallic and Datuk Gloss wood veneer finishes, accented with vibrant gold trims, underscore the Signature status.

The flagship 702 S3 Signature floorstander represents a step-up over the 702 S3. A three way design, its Carbon Dome tweeter is housed in a decoupled Tweeter-on-Top aluminium enclosure protected by a grille mesh derived from the 800 Series Signature models, introduced in 2023; it’s partnered by a decoupled Continuum Cone FST midrange drive unit.

Providing powerful bass are three 165mm Aerofoil Profile bass drivers, complete with upgraded drive-unit suspension spiders said to help improve bass clarity.

The 705 S3 Signature provides a standmount option for those seeking a more compact footprint.

Like the larger 702 S3 Signature model, the 705 S3 Signature includes an all-new tweeter grille mesh, plus an upgraded crossover with new capacitors and resistors plus rearranged bypass capacitors. It shares the improved speaker terminals from 702 S3 Signature and includes an all-new drive-unit spider for its 165mm drive unit.

For home cinema installations, the HTM71 S3 Signature centre-channel loudspeaker features the same Tweeter-on-Top assembly and Continuum Cone FST midrange drive unit as its siblings, timbre matched to partner the 702 S3 Signature and 705 S3 Signature.

Twin 130mm Aerofoil Profile bass cones complete the HTM71 S3 Signature’s extended presentation. The 702 S3 Signature is priced at £7,000 ($9000 / €8500) per pair; the 705 S3 Signature sells for £3,400 ($4500 /€4000) per pair, and the HTM71 S3 Signature is £2,200 ($3300 / €2500) each. The Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series Signature loudspeakers will be available from selected dealers starting March 27.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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