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Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2

Bookshelf speakers (Rosenut)

Item # 749705S2RN

These stand-mount speakers feature Bowers & Wilkins' unique tweeter-on-top design for exquisite detail.

These stand-mount speakers feature Bowers & Wilkins' unique tweeter-on-top design for exquisite detail.

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About the Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2

Big sound from a bookshelf speaker

The 705 S2 is the flagship stand-mount speaker pair in Bowers & Wilkins' 700 Series lineup. They deliver rich, immaculate sound that belies their relatively small footprint. You can use them as part of a hi-fi stereo music setup, or even as the front-channel speakers in a mind-blowing surround sound setup.

Big sound from a bookshelf speaker

The 705 S2 is the flagship stand-mount speaker pair in Bowers & Wilkins' 700 Series lineup. They deliver rich, immaculate sound that belies their relatively small footprint. You can use them as part of a hi-fi stereo music setup, or even as the front-channel speakers in a mind-blowing surround sound setup.

Matching stands for optimal performance

These speakers were primarily designed for placement on Bowers & Wilkins' dedicated FS-700 S2 floor stands (sold separately). The stands reduce sound-muddying vibration and place your speakers at the proper height for listening in a seated position – two factors that have a big impact on the sound.

Bowers & Wilkins 702 S2 tweeter housing

The innovative top-mounted housing for the 705 S2 tweeter is milled from a solid block of aluminum that resists unwanted resonance.

Proprietary drivers

This speaker looks different because it was designed to sound different. Bowers & Wilkins has spent decades creating and honing technology that gives their speakers a unique and beautiful "voice."

The 1" Decoupled Carbon Dome™ tweeter was purpose-built for the 700 Series to bring studio-quality sound to your home system. The top-mounted solid-body housing — borrowed from the 800 Series — is milled from a solid block of aluminum to form a structure that resists unwanted resonance.

The 6-1/2" Continuum™ cone midrange also benefits from tech developed for the high-end 800 Series. The cone's composite construction delivers precise vocals and instruments and smooths transitions.

Flowport™ for better bass

Bowers & Wilkins' Flowport technology helps this bookshelf speaker produce solid bass. The 705's bass reflex enclosure features a rear-firing, dimpled and flared port that provides natural bass response without the turbulent "chuffing" that standard ports can create. The speaker includes a two-piece foam plug that can be inserted if you want to adjust bass response to your liking.

Build a complete Bowers & Wilkins system

The 705 S2 is voice-matched to other speakers in the 700 Series, so you can build a seamless surround sound system.

A rich history of audio excellence

Founded in England in the 1960s, Bowers & Wilkins is known worldwide for their innovative hi-fi speaker designs and their premium headphones. Crutchfield is proud to offer a diverse selection of products from this legendary audio brand.

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Product highlights:

  • 1" Decoupled Carbon Dome™ tweeter in solid-body housing
  • 6-1/2" Continuum™ cone midrange
  • frequency response: 50-28,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • bass-reflex cabinet with rear-firing Flowport™
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: 30-120 watts
  • dual pairs of gold-plated binding post speaker terminals allow bi-amp/bi-wire configurations
  • includes a 2-piece foam port plug for adjusting the speaker's low-frequency performance
  • removable grille is magnetically attached
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Two-piece foam port plugs
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • 4 Jumper-straps (pre-installed)
  • Manual
  • Bowers & Wilkins brochure
  • Warranty Information

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Features & specs

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF/Wood veneer
Color Rosewood (rosenut)
Tweeter Type Solid Body Soft-Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Continuum
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 30-120
Sensitivity 88 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 50-28k Hz
Connector Type Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Height (inches) 16-1/16
Width (inches) 7-7/8
Depth (inches) 12-1/4
Weight (pounds) 20.5
Wall-mountable No
Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-26
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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1" Solid Body Tweeter-on-Top Decoupled Carbon Dome: The Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 bookshelf loudspeaker houses a 1" Carbon Dome tweeter that utilizes a Solid Body Tweeter-on-Top design for uncompromising high performance sound that will reveal subtle nuances that you've never heard in your music before.

  • 1" Decoupled Carbon Dome Tweeter: The 1" Decoupled Carbon Dome tweeter is purpose-built for the 700 Series and delivers a dramatic improvement on B&W's aluminum double dome tweeter (found in the 600 Series) by raising the breakup threshold to 47kHz, for pinpoint imaging accuracy and detail. The tweeter is decoupled from the mounting assembly and hardware using synthetic gel to prevent any unwanted vibrations from reaching the tweeter. The result is breathtaking clarity and definition.
  • Solid Body Tweeter-on-Top Design: The Solid Body Tweeter-on-Top design is borrowed from B&W 800 Series Diamond and helps the speaker convey uncanny realism, presence and transparency. Milled from a solid block of aluminum, the solid body tweeter housing design creates an acoustically optimized enclosure for the tweeter that is exceptionally inert and resistant to resonance. The result is a more natural, spacious, and open sound.

Note: There is some "play" in the tweeter housing mounted on top of the bookshelf loudspeaker enclosure. This is normal and specifically designed this way to prevent unwanted vibration between the tweeter housing and speaker enclosure.

6.5" Continuum Cone Midbass/Midrange Driver: The 705 S2 bookshelf loudspeaker features a single 6.5" Continuum cone midbass/midrange driver, borrowed from B&W's 800 Series Diamond. Thanks to its woven-coated material and composite construction, the Continuum cone provides a natural and open sound by avoiding the abrupt transitions in behavior that can impair the performance of a conventional drive unit and cause distortion. As a result, voice and instruments are delivered with purity and precision.

Flowport Technology: The B&W 705 S2 bookshelf speaker utilizes Flowport Technology to create smooth, deep, and efficient bass response. Its bass reflex enclosure features a rear-firing, dimpled flared port that provides natural bass response without turbulent noise or distortion. If you want to reduce the volume of bass without moving the speaker further from the wall, fit the included foam plug into the rear-firing port for lesser bass response.

Note: You can adjust the bookshelf speaker's low-frequency performance using the supplied foam plug. The foam plug is two-pieces, allowing for a degree of fine-tuning using either the outer, larger-diameter piece in isolation or the two parts together. Using solely the outer, larger-diameter foam piece will deliver less bass attenuation than the complete foam plug assembly.

Acoustically Transparent Magnetic Grille: The Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 bookshelf loudspeaker comes with an acoustically transparent magnetic grille that's easy to install, looks great, and doesn't get in the way of the sound.

Dual Binding Post Terminals: The bookshelf speaker has two sets of heavy-duty binding posts connected by jumper straps. The binding post terminals will accept bare wire, pin connectors, spade connectors, or banana plugs (single only). There are plastic inserts that will need to be removed from the binding post terminals in order to use banana plugs. Using the dual binding posts terminals, you can choose to bi-amp or bi-wire the speaker (when facing the back of the cabinet - the left set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the right set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).

  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier.
  • Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.

Note: Make sure the jumper straps between the dual binding post terminals are removed when making a bi-amp or bi-wire type of connection.

Mounting Options: The Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 bookshelf loudspeakers can be placed on a set of speaker stands (sold separately - see Accessories Tab), a table-top, shelf, or other piece of furniture. The included self-adhesive rubber feet prevent unwanted vibration and protect your furniture from scratches (the feet add approximately 0.1875" to the overall height of the speaker).

  • The B&W 705 S2 bookshelf speaker should be mounted as close to ear level of the main seated listening position as possible.
  • Moving the speaker further from the walls will generally reduce the volume of bass. Space behind the speakers will also help to create an aural impression of depth.
  • Conversely, moving the speakers closer to the walls will increase the volume of bass.

Note: The B&W speaker does not come with a mounting bracket, threaded insert, or keyhole slot to wall-mount the speaker.

Applications: The Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 bookshelf is a great choice for 2ch stereo music applications, as well as multichannel home theater setups.

  • Stereo Music: The bookshelf speakers should be positioned between 4.9375' and 9.875' apart at two corners of an equilateral triangle completed by the listening area at the third corner. The speakers should be approximately 1.625' away from the back wall, and at least 1.625' away from any side walls.
  • Home Theater: If the bookshelf speakers are to be used for the front channels in a home theater system, position the speakers within approximately 1.625' of the sides of the TV screen to keep the sound image in scale with the visual image. The speakers should ideally be at least 1.625' away from any side walls.

Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series: The Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series consists of three floorstanding loudspeakers (704 / 703 / 702), three bookshelf loudspeakers (707 / 706 / 705), two center-channel loudspeakers (HTM72 / HTM71), and two powered subwoofers (DB4S / DB3D). The 700 Series by Bowers & Wilkins brings your movie and music soundtracks to life with dynamics and details you've never heard before.

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2 questions already asked

These speakers are very high gloss (looking at getting the black version). Anyone have issues with there TV reflecting off them when placed next to the TV as front left and right channels? I have a bright Sony Master Series OLED TV.
[ Paul  May 20, 2021 ]
2 answers
Hi Paul, I have this pair of speakers in gloss black, (2.1 system) and they are very reflective, you will see the sides reflect what's around them. What I did to combat this for my TV was buy a VESA mount and install the TV a bit higher (center of TV slightly above eye level) and then angle the TV downward. The bottom edge of the TV is slightly above the top of the speaker box (not the tweeter). The glow from the TV are cast down, and that minimizes the problem. Good luck, these speakers are great, especially after they're broken in.
[ WAYNE  May 21, 2021 ]
Mine image best when angled in towards the listening position, so reflection isn't an issue.
[ ROB  May 20, 2021 ]
How much does it weigh in box for delivery?
[ Steve  Mar 23, 2020 ]
1 answer
Whipping label on box says 46lbs
[ Brian  Apr 06, 2020 ]

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