Bowers & Wilkins685 S2 bookshelf speakers

$799 Was $999


Bowers & Wilkins685 S2 bookshelf speakers

$799 Was $999

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Five Star rating from What*HIFI

What*HIFI: “A superb pair of speakers that are hugely thrilling, these 685s are an update worth waiting for.” Back to Five Stars rating!

The 685 S2 has been a favourite for years, delivering more bass for its size than its close competitors. The improved tweeter has ensured that it also competes on upper detail, hence that extra star rating from What*HIFI. 

The entire 600 S2 series features a new tweeter derived from the top-of-the-CM range model CM10. The dome is reinforced at the edge, and they are further ‘decoupled’ from the cabinets to reduce vibration. Vibrations at the rear of the tweeter are captured and suppressed. Sound from the rear of a driver or tweeter can bounce around a cabinet and undermine the good sound coming from the front. Nautilus Tapering Tubes, filled with absorbent wadding, reduce unwanted sound to a minimum.

Preventing cabinet vibrations reaching the tweeter leads to cleaner, sweeter high-frequency performance. Synthetic gel cushions a Decoupled tweeter, with the assembly isolated from the mounting. The result is a more natural, spacious sound.

It is the lovely refined and airy treble that has been the hallmark of the CM series, and now that fine character has been “trickled down” to the 600 series as well. While not all aspects of the build standard of the CM series can be expected to be present at the lower price level of the 600 series, there are many benefits here of the design expertise and manufacturing standards that B&W is justly proud of.

The Kevlar midrange/bass drivers of the two-way models has been modified by a new dustcap design which reduces distortion, so the overall impression is better focus and improved capability to play cleanly at higher volumes.






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