Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 Standmount Loudspeaker Review

4.36 Mixed Usages
4.3 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.4 Treble Accuracy:
4.4 Bass Accuracy:
4.3 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.3 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2022 Rating: 5 Warranty: 5 years 1" Decoupled Carbon Dome tweeter 6.5" continuum woofer Flowport technology stereo speaker home theater usage: movies and music Best for Home Theater System

The speaker drivers are designed to deliver detailed and pure sound. This Bower & Wilkins 705 S2 belongs to the 700 series. 700 series speakers are created to be used in recording studios, living rooms or other home uses. It has accurate imaging, rich highs and decent mids. While playing music, you will feel the singers are just in front of you.

The speakers can deliver balanced sound and remains accurate at all volumes. It can produce adequate amount of mids and bass. You can listen to music and enjoy movies with them. Pair a subwoofer if you prefer room-shaking bass via an amplifier.

Our Verdict

Bower & Wilkins 705 S2 passive bookshelf speakers have great clarity and separation. They are powerful and deliver enough bass to enjoy movies and music in medium sized rooms. It has impressive soundstage and out of the box accuracy is good. Although they are an expensive pair of speakers, their sound quality excels other standard bookshelf speaker and might even sound as floorstanding speakers. Overall, it has crisp, clean sound at all frequencies. Place them on speaker stands for best results.

PROS
  • Unique-looking tweeter
  • Great aesthetics
  • High-quality sound
  • Deep and punchier bass
  • Clear and detailed sound
CONS
  • Expensive
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type Decoupled Carbon Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Type Continuum™ cone
Other

SPECS

Power Range 30W - 120W
Sensitivity 88dB spl (2.83VRMS, 1m)
Impedance 8ohms
Frequency Range 50Hz - 28kHz ±3dB
Crossover Frequencies Full range signal

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Level Input N/A
Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
HDMI Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: Yes
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A
Other

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type Binding post
Compatible Connector Types bare wire, pin connectors, spade connectors, or banana plugs
Speaker Wire Compatibility 14-18 gauge

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Low ends packs a punch
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Vocals are clear
Treble Accuracy Highs are natural, accurate and undistorted
Imaging & Soundstage: Good imaging and in-depth soundstage
Dynamic Range: It has decent dynamic range
Power Handling: Power handling is good.
Frequency Response: Broad frequency response
Transient Response: It has quick transient response.

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF
Color Gloss Black, Satin white, Rosenut

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 16
Width (inches) 7.8
Depth (inches) 12.2
Weight (pounds) 20.5lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-26

CONTROL

Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A

IN THE BOX

Accessories: A pair of bookshelf speaker, 2 Grilles, 2 foam port plugs, 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet, 4 Jumper-straps, Manual, brochure, Warranty
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

Bower & Wilkins 705 S2 has an MDF cabinet. It comes with an acoustically transparent magnetic grille. Self-adhesive rubber feet are available so that they remain put on any surface and prevent damage or scratch. While some the find the tweeter housing ‘odd’, we like it. If you have pets or kids at home, it is better to use the grille. Overall, the build quality is solid.

Performance:

Bower & Wilkins 705 S2 speaker has 1” tweeter and 6.5” woofer drivers. The tweeter is a solid body that sits on top of the speaker. This Carbon Dome tweeter is free of resonances and delivers high end sound. It can produce precise imaging and impressive highs. It has transparent and natural sound with excellent clarity. This design is taken from B&W 800 Series Diamond and is known to reduce treble diffraction.

Low ends from 6.5” woofer driver is deep and packs a punch. It is designed to remain unaffected by transitions resulting in clean and natural sound. This design will eliminate any distortion. Vocals and instrumental sounds will be clear and loud. To enhance the low ends further, the speaker has rear bass port that has a dimpled flared design. It uses Flowport technology and will reduce any port noise or turbulence to reveal tighter bass.  

While placing the speakers, make sure they are close to the ear level of the user. Since they have rear ports, you need to leave gap between the speaker and rear wall. If you use them as stereo system, keep the speaker 5-10’ apart. Create an equilateral triangle with the user. Leave around 1.6’ gap from the rear and side walls. They can also be used as a part of home theater. Allow the speakers to go through break-in period.

Connectivity and control:

Connect the speakers to a matching amplifier or receiver via the binding post. It supports bi-wiring and bi-amping connections so if you prefer you can also try one of these. They are known to improve the overall sound and might be preferred mostly by audio purists. Then connect audio sources to the amplifier. Use the control options of the amplifier to control the speaker.

Use case:

Bower & Wilkins 705 S2 is best for medium sized rooms. For large rooms create a home theater. They can handle music, movies, shows quite well.

Compatible device:

Choose one from our list or select as per your own preference: Parasound Hint 6, Peachtree Nova, Musical Fidelity m5si, Marantz SR8012, etc. There are other famous brands like Marantz, Onkyo, Yamaha, Denon, etc.

You can pair the following speaker from Bower & Wilkins: floorstanding loudspeakers (704 / 703 / 702), bookshelf loudspeakers (706 / 705), center-channel loudspeakers (HTM72 / HTM71), and powered subwoofers (DB4S / DB3D).

Cost:

B & W 705 S2 price is higher than other standard bookshelf speakers. Unique driver design and material along with pristine sound will compensate the cost. You will also need additional amplifier for the speaker.

FAQ:

Are Bower & Wilkins 705 S2 worth it?

Bower & Wilkins 705 S2 are expensive but they are also powerful. They can produce amazing sound with good balance. These are dynamics speakers that sound good at all volumes. Place them accurately following the instructions and allow them to go through break-in period so that they perform with full potential.

Does B & W 705 S2 need subwoofer ?

Since the B & W 705 S2 has a 6.5” subwoofer, it is sufficient for small rooms. For medium sized rooms, it is still enough but for bass heads you might need a sub. However, for large rooms we suggest a 3.1 system for immersive listening experience.

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