B&W 705 Signature Standmount Speakers (Opened Box)
Signature product launches are rare and special events in Bowers & Wilkins 54-year-long history, so when they attach the name Signature to their loudspeakers, you can be sure the results are very special.
Bowers & Wilkins introduce two new Signature loudspeakers the stand-mount 705 Signature and the floor-standing 702 Signature.
The new B&W 705 Signature and B&W 702 Signature models share a common philosophy with their predecessors: like previous Signatures, the new models are carefully upgraded and lavishly finished loudspeakers that represent the apex of current Bowers & Wilkins design, engineering and manufacturing processes. A huge amount of care and attention has been paid to improving their acoustic performance via an upgraded crossover design, and also to carefully crafting the luxurious new cabinet finish.
Both models now feature specially treated and upgraded bypass capacitors sourced from Mundorf, larger heatsinking and, in the case of the 702, an upgraded LF capacitor on the bass section of the crossover. In tandem with the immense benefits both models enjoy as a result of their Tweeter-on-Top configuration, these upgrades improve the already-remarkable resolution, openness and spatial retrieval on offer, lending them an even-more polished, refined and involving sound.
Keeping up with established Signature practices, the 705 and 702 Signature boast a stunning new Datuk Gloss ebony-coloured veneer with a distinctive, beautiful grain. This custom-designed finish combines the beauty of exotic real-wood veneers with the environmental benefits of a sustainably sourced supply, in this case from specialist Italian wood company Alpi. Each pair of speakers is unique, with no two models sharing the same grain pattern or figuring. Bowers & Wilkins adds to Alpi’s painstaking workmanship by applying nine coats of finish – including primer, base coat and lacquer – to create a deep, lustrous appearance. To further accentuate and highlight the quality of finish on each model, both Signature speakers have bright metal trim rings around the mid/bass and midrange cones plus bright, silver- finished tweeter grilles. Finally, both models have a Signature identity plate to their rear panel, turning each speaker into a genuine and unique piece of art.
2-way vented-box system
Decoupled Carbon Dome tweeter
Solid Body Tweeter-on-Top
Continuum™ cone bass/ midrange
1x ø25mm (1 in) Carbon Dome
1x ø165mm (6.5 in) Continuum cone bass / midrange
6dB at 45Hz and 33kHz
50Hz - 28kHz ±3dB
88dB spl (2.83Vrms, 1m)
2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<1% 100Hz - 22kHz
<0.5% 150Hz - 20kHz
8Ω (minimum 3.7Ω)
Recommended amplifier power
30W - 120W into 8Ω on
Height: 340mm (13.4 in) cabinet only 407mm (16 in) including tweeter
Width: 200mm (7.8 in)
Depth: 285mm (11.2 in) cabinet only 301mm (11.9 in) inc. grille and terminals including plinth
9.3kg (20.5 lb)