B&W 700 S3: New generation of the successful hi-fi speakers available

Bowers & Wilkins only introduced the completely revised 800 series in 2021. Some of the technology installed there has now migrated to the next more solid series. This is noticeable in many small details and in the wallet. Here you will find all important information about the Bowers & Wilkins 700 S3 series. Incidentally, we were able to test the second largest floorstanding speaker in the series, the B&W 703 S3, just in time for the product launch.

B&W 700 S3 Series: Eight loudspeakers for hi-fi and home cinema

The new 700 series consists of a total of eight speakers: three floorstanding speakers, three bookshelf speakers and two center speakers. Here you can find all models in a price comparison.

Bowers & Wilkins 700 S3 Series prices

  • 702 S3 (floorstanding speaker with tweeter-on-top) – 6,500 euros
  • 703 S3 (floorstanding speaker with tweeter-on-top) – 5,000 euros
  • 704 S3 (floorstanding speakers) – 3,500 euros
  • 705 S3 (shelf speaker with tweeter-on-top) – 3,000 euros
  • 706 S3 (shelf speakers) – 2,000 euros
  • 705 S3 (shelf speakers) – 1,500 euros
  • HTM71 S3 (Center speaker with tweeter-on-top) – 2,000 euros
  • HTM72 S3 (Center speaker) – 1,200 euros

Compared to the previous S2 series, it is noticeable that the speakers have increased in price significantly. For example, the pair of 703 S2s “only” cost 3,700 euros. 1,300 euros less than its successor. You can read about whether the price increase is worth it in our test of the B&W 703 S3.

Bowers & Wilkins 700 S3: New high-end technology

A lot has happened compared to the previous series. The distinctive tweeter-on-top design, which we are already familiar with from loudspeakers such as the 802 D4, is now represented in two floor-standing loudspeakers and one bookshelf loudspeaker. The tube in which the carbon dome sits has been significantly lengthened compared to the S2 series. Sound waves emitted backwards should be dampened even better.

The flagship of the new 700 S3 series is now raised on a base. This gives the bass reflex tube, which now radiates downwards, enough freedom. | Image: Bowers & Wilkins

The suspension of the midrange drivers also comes from the 800 series. The biomimetic suspension, as Bowers & Wilkins calls it, replaces conventional spiders and promises smoother movements and better air circulation.

The housings now have a rounded front, which is intended to counteract sound diffraction. Midrange and, if necessary, low-frequency drivers protrude a little from the baffle, which should also improve the sound and is already known from the 800 series.

Finishes and availability

The 700 S3 series from Bowers & Wilkins is now available from specialist retailers. You can choose between three surfaces: matt white, high-gloss black and a wood finish that goes by the name of Mocha. The latter replaces the Rosenut known from the pre-series.

Here are the offers of the 700 series:

By the way, thanks to the new product, the previous series is currently available at a heavy discount:

What do you think of the new Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series? Which of the speakers would fit best in your living room? Let us know in the comments!

The article is in German

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