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Bowers & Wilkins 686 S2

The Bowers & Wilkins 686 S2, an incredibly versatile loudspeaker!

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€ 419.00

The Bowers & Wilkins 686 S2, an incredibly versatile loudspeaker!

The 686 S2 is the baby of the 600 Series bunch, but doesn’t lack for the technologies and features to deliver outrageously good sound in smaller room settings. Mount a pair on a wall or stand, or simply sit them on a shelf or table for a compact stereo system or as surround speakers in a home theatre set-up.

The 130mm diameter Kevlar® cone bass/midrange is based on a tried-and-trusted Bowers & Wilkins design, but its new fixed centre bullet helps to smooth the response in upper frequencies. Also, by setting the bass/midrange closer to the tweeter than in equivalent earlier speakers, we have improved the integration and vertical dispersion of sound from the two units. The Nautilus™ tube-loaded, aluminium dome tweeter, featuring a new surround material to improve spaciousness and imaging, adds needle-sharp top end all the way to 50kHz and beyond.

The improvements to the drive units in the new 682 S2 makes it possible, for the first time, to introduce a minimalist crossover to the range. The use of components that are fewer in number but higher in quality – hand-picked in exhaustive listening tests – reduces the degradation of the signal significantly. So, whether you’re enjoying hi-fi or home cinema, what you hear is that much closer to what was recorded.

The Bowers & Wilkins 686 S2, an incredibly versatile loudspeaker!

Woven Kevlar
Crossover Tuning
Nautilus Tapering Tube
Technical features Nautilus™ tube loaded aluminium dome tweeter

Kevlar® brand fibre cone bass / midrange

Description 2-way vented-box system
Drive units 1x ø25mm (1 in) aluminium dome high-frequency

1x ø130mm (5 in) woven Kevlar® cone bass / midrange
Frequency range -6dB at 45Hz and 50kHz
Frequency response 55Hz - 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis
Dispersion Within 2dB of reference response

Horizontal: over 60º arc

Vertical: over 10º arc
Sensitivity 84dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
Harmonic distortion 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)

<1% 110Hz - 22kHz

<0.5% 150Hz - 20kHz
ominal impedance 8Ω (minimum 5.1Ω)
Crossover frequency 4 kHz
Crossover Filters 1st Order – tweeter
Recommended amplifier power 25W - 100W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Max. recommended cable impedance 0.1Ω
Dimensions Height: 265mm (10.5 in)

Width: 170mm (6.7 in)

Depth: 284mm (11.2 in)
Net weight 4.9kg (10.8 lb)
Finishes Black Ash

Red Cherry



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