Original retail price: £1999
Advert reference: 19689
Listed in: Floor-standing speakers
Ex-Demonstration item, approx two years old. There are signs of wear and tear on the speakers, some small chips as shown in the photos and swirl marks from cleaning. Speaker is in full working condition and comes with all the original packaging and accessories.
Looks can be deceiving. Despite its slim dimensions, 704 S2 has the commanding presence of a much larger speaker, thanks to advanced technologies such as a dedicated Continuum™ cone FST™ midrange
The Bowers & Wilkins 704 S2 is a slim, elegant floorstander designed to blend unobtrusively into your home environment, while providing the commanding presence of a much larger speaker. Music is a revelation, with details picked out in pin-sharp detail and with exceptional realism.
With the Bowers & Wilkins 704 S2, music is a revelation, with details picked out in pin-sharp detail and with exceptional realism.
Carbon Dome tweeters are a brand new technology purpose-built for the 700 Series. Delivering a dramatic improvement on the aluminium double dome tweeter, they raise the breakup threshold to 47kHz, for pinpoint imaging accuracy and detail.
Voices and instruments are delivered with purity and precision, thanks to the smooth, accurate Continuum™ cone midrange driver.
The midrange drivers in these floorstanders feature decoupled design, adapted from a similar system in the 800 Series Diamond. Decoupling reduces cabinet colouration, and boosts midrange clarity.
Developed using advanced computer modeling techniques, the Aerofoil™ Profile bass cone has variable thickness, providing stiffness and rigidity where it’s needed most. The result: deep and dynamic bass.
The sleepy coastal town of Worthing in South England might not look like a hotbed of 1960s freewheeling experimentation, but for audio fans it’s a place that’s synonymous with innovation. Thanks to the first Bowers & Wilkins speakers built here in the early years of the company, music lovers could experience albums such as Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds in new, mind-expanding depth and clarity.
The decade that saw a series of musical upheavals from disco to punk rock also brought several major milestones for Bowers & Wilkins. The company introduced curved cabinet forms and new cone materials such as Aramid fibre. And it all culminated in the launch of the 801, soon to become the reference speaker of choice for many of the world’s leading recording studios.
Extensive investment in research led to the establishment of the company’s dedicated R&D facility in Steyning. The era of MTV pop superstardom and bombastic stadium rock also saw Bowers & Wilkins buck the trend and introduce something small and unobtrusive: the “compact monitor”, or CM1.
The 1990s saw the pioneering work of the Steyning research team realised in spectacular fashion with the launch of Nautilus™, a speaker that upended preconceived notions of speaker design. It also saw major product launches at both ends of the spectrum, with the unveiling of the highly regarded entry-level 600 Series and the flagship Nautilus 800 Series.
The decade that brought us iPods and smartphones saw us embrace the new world of digital with the launch of the Zeppelin. We also expanded into the car audio market with our partnership with Jaguar, and launched a revolutionary new speaker technology in the form of diamond tweeter domes.
Monumental technological change seemed to be everywhere in the 2010s, and Bowers & Wilkins was no exception.
3-way vented-box system
Decoupled Carbon Dome tweeter
Continuum™ cone FST™ midrange
Aerofoil™ Profile bass cones
1x ø25mm (1 in) Decoupled Carbon Dome high-frequency
1x ø130mm (5 in) Continuum cone FST midrange
2x ø130mm (5 in) Aerofoil profile bass
-6dB at 43Hz and 33kHz
48Hz - 28kHz ±3dB
88dB spl (2.83Vrms, 1m)
2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<1% 100Hz - 22kHz
<0.5% 300Hz - 20kHz
8Ω (minimum 3.1Ω)
Recommended amplifier power
30W - 150W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Height: 925mm (36.4 in) cabinet only 959mm (37.8 in) including plinth
Width: 165mm (6.5 in) cabinet only 252mm (9.9 in) including plinth
Depth: 255mm (10in) cabinet only 277mm (10.9 in) inc. grille and terminals 298mm (11.7 in) including plinth
18.5kg (41 lb)
Grey (Satin White only)