The Good The Bowers & Wilkins 707 S2 is a worthy upgrade to the CM1 S2 with better features and an even nicer appearance. The speaker sounds extremely detailed and has a surprising amount of bass. It would make an excellent set of surrounds in a 706 S2-based system.
The Bad The treble-forward response can accentuate percussion over vocals a little too much.
The Bottom Line This speaker looks stunning and sounds highly detailed with the right music. But don't expect it to rock the house.
Space-age materials and beautiful design for high-end music
When it comes to building speakers there are only so many materials manufacturers can use to construct their drivers -- paper, kevlar and aluminum are popular options. And then there's Bowers & Wilkins, the storied speaker brand known for such audiophile-grade gear as the legendary Nautilus and the speakers, which use actual diamonds in their tweeters.
The 707 S2 reviewed here is the most affordable in, all of which ditch kevlar for "Continuum" driver. It's made of super-secret material that first appeared on the company's 800 D3 series and has now trickled down. The 707 S2 directly replaces the and appears similar in size and construction. B&W being B&W, however, it's replaced almost every internal part, including the tweeter and driver.
The result is a supremely detailed speaker which excels at audio you might consider "high-end." Think chamber music, blues jazz and singer songwriters. It also offers a surprising amount of bass in a very small footprint and sports a luxurious finish. Is it the absolute best speaker for the money? No, but it would make the most sense as part of a 700 series surround set, especially when used as a rear speaker.
Audiophile Odyssey: Behind the Scenes at B&W, Meridian, and Abbey Road Studios
On a recent UK trip, I got to visit the factories of high-end speaker company B&W, speaker and electronics company Meridian, and the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Here are those adventures, in pictures and words.
Getting to know the Meridian Audio factory
Cutting-edge digital, in the heart of old England.
Going behind the scenes at the Bowers & Wilkins factory
Geoffrey Morrison got to take a tour of one of the top speaker manufacturers in the world.
Take a tour of Abbey Road Studios
A tour around the historic, epic, and incredible Abbey Road Studios.
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