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Bowers & Wilkins 686 S2

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RRP: $1,399.00
Our Price: $1,299.00

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Small is beautiful. The 5 Inch 686 S2 is the most compact speaker in the series, but dont underestimate its power and precision. That's thanks to a new Decoupled Double Dome tweeter and improved design.

An ideal bookshelf or wall-mounted speaker, the 686 S2 is designed to fit into any space and still sound perfect. Its main driver is a 5-inch bass/midrange unit which benefits from a new 25mm voice coil which makes for a higher sensitivity speaker with bass more suited for placement near a wall.

Bass performance is vital but can often suffer in smaller speakers. Not in the 686 S2, however. That's because a front-firing Flowport, dimpled like a golf ball around the aperture for smoothly regulated airflow, delivers superior bass response without the risk of rattle. Its placement ensures the speaker cabinet is slimmer than predecessors and can be wall mounted without affecting performance.

Like the rest of the range, and despite its smaller size, the 686 S2 also features a Decoupled Double Dome aluminium tweeter for superior high-frequency response. The 686 S2 even features a built-in bracket for easy wall mounting, although this small, versatile and precise speaker sounds great anywhere.

Everyone should experience truly great sound. With the 600 Series, everyone can. Combining audio performance, power and price, the 600 Series blends technology from high-end Bowers & Wilkins speakers with engineering solutions unique to the range, to bring the best in audio to everyone.
The 600 Series uses tweeter technology taken from Bowers & Wilkins award-winning CM10 speaker. Double Dome tweeters feature a thin aluminium dome for lightness, surrounded by a thicker aluminium ring for rigidity. 600 Series tweeters are also decoupled from the cabinet for acoustic independence. The result is treble performance so pure and precise it will take your breath away.

Both the 683 and HTM61 feature improved bass drivers, with a new Dual Layer construction. The result is a cone with a higher break up frequency, for a richer, distortion-free bass response and better integration with the midrange.
Our signature Fixed Suspension Transducer drivers help Kevlar cones perform even better. FSTs innovative surround less suspension minimises distortion and gives the cleanest midrange performance in the business.

Achieving such stellar audio performance, at this price, requires careful design. Tried-and-tested technologies from Bowers & Wilkins high-end ranges such as the Decoupled Double Dome tweeters are seamlessly integrated with new developments, including new Dual Layer aluminium bass drivers. The result is innovative engineering, superb audio performance and outstanding value.

What else can soothe, invigorate or inspire in the way music can? Bowers & Wilkins believes everyone should experience truly great sound. Thats why the 600 Series is designed to suit most uses, homes and budgets. Now everyone can.
Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series speakers are world-renowned. Thats why theyre found in leading studios such as Londons Abbey Road. The highly developed ears that tuned those speakers are the same ears that tuned the 600 Series.

In a world of streaming, wireless and cloud-based audio, in a world where music has to compete with everything else happening in your life, it matters more than ever that music sounds brilliant. After all, what else can soothe you to sleep, excite and invigorate you, or clear and calm your head to let you think and feel? Cut through the chatter, sit back and really listen... and youll see.

It doesnt matter where your music comes from. Some prefer classic vinyl, others lossless digital files such as FLAC. All that really matters is how good it sounds to you. With 600 Series speakers, whatever the format, music sounds brilliant.

The 600 Series is designed to work everywhere, from floorstanding audiophile stereo and home cinema in larger rooms to bookshelf and wall mounted compact speakers in smaller spaces. With every speaker delivering amazing audio performance.

The versatile 600 Series isnt just ideal for audiophile stereo listening. Speakers from the range can be combined to form a stunning home theater surround sound package. And with the 600 Series including a range of speaker sizes, plus center speakers and subwoofers, it can fill the largest space or fit in the smallest. The 600 Series - home theater power and performance for all.

The 600 Series two center speakers look great thanks to slim cabinets and symmetrical designs. They also sound great with Decoupled Double Dome tweeters and Kevlar drivers delivering bags of detail, punch and precision.
The 600 Series includes three subwoofers, ranging from the compact ASW608 to the powerful ASW610XP. Each boasts an audiophile-standard, highly efficient Class D amplifier. And each is finished to match the rest of the series.

Technical features
- Decoupled Double Dome aluminium tweeter with Nautilus tube loading
Kevlar brand fibre cone bass / midrange

- 2-way vented-box system

Drive units
- 1x25mm Aluminium dome high-frequency
- 1x130mm Woven Kevlar Cone bass / Midrange

Frequency range
- 6dB at 54Hz and 50kHz
- 62Hz - 22kHz + / -3dB on reference axis

-Within 2dB of reference response
-Horizontal: over 60Degrees arc
-Vertical: over 10Degrees arc

-85dB spl (2.83V, 1m)

Harmonic distortion
-2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<1% 110Hz - 22kHz
<0.5% 180Hz - 20kHz

Nominal impedance
-8Ohms (minimum 5.2)

Crossover frequency

amplifier power

-25W - 100W into 8 Ohms on unclipped programme

Max. recommended
cable impedance


- Height: 315mm
- Width: 160mm
- Depth: 229mm cabinet, grille and terminals
- 233mm (9.2 in) cabinet, grille and wall bracket

Net Weight
- 4.6kg (10.1 lb)

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