Bowers & Wilkins 707 S2

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Sound 8.0
  • Value 6.0
7.6 Overall

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Review

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 D805 series speakers, which use actual diamonds in their tweeters.

The 707 S2 reviewed here is the most affordable in B&W's brand-new 700 series, 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 CM1 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.

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