B&W has phased out its CM Series models and replaced it with its new 700 Series speaker range. ‘The new 700 Series develops the ethos of the CM Series it replaces and adds technology from the 800 Series Diamond, plus features new, bespoke acoustic innovations to produce the best-performing range of loudspeakers in its class,’ said John Martin, Director of Sales at Bowers & Wilkins Australia. ‘Indeed in our more than 50-year history, we've never made a speaker that delivers so much performance at a price level within reach of so many.

All models in the new B&W 700 series use a bespoke version of the Aerofoil-profile composite sandwich construction bass driver that was first developed for the 800 Series Diamond, but using paper rather than carbon fibre for the outer skins, which B&W says results in a dramatic uplift in bass performance compared with the outgoing CM Series. The two flagship models in the 700 Series use improved ‘tweeter-on-top’ housings that crafted from solid billets of aluminium… another technology trickled down from the 800 Series. The Continuum midrange driver, which B&W says is ‘the cleanest and most transparent midrange cone material Bowers & Wilkins has ever used’ features on every floor-standing model in the new 700 Series but has a new aluminium chassis that is stiffer than the zinc chassis of theContinuum midrange used in the outgoing CM Series, plus has a tuned mass damper to dampen any remaining resonances in the structure, to deliver a cleaner midrange presentation.

Brand-new for the 700 Series is a tweeter with a carbon dome. ‘The new Carbon Dome tweeter is the best-performing non-Diamond tweeter that Bowers & Wilkins has ever produced,’ Martin told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. ‘It delivers sweeter, cleaner high-frequency performance even further up the audible bandwidth than the aluminium double dome tweeter previously used in both the CM Series and the 600 Series.’

The new carbon dome is composed of two sections. The front section is a 30-micron thick aluminium dome that has been stiffened with a layer of carbon deposited on it by the physical vapour deposition process. The second section is a 300-micron Carbon ring that has been profiled to match the form of the main dome and then bonded to its inner face. ‘The result is exceptional stiffness and resistance to distortion without undue mass and a first break-up frequency at 47kHz,’ said Martin.

In all, there are eight models in B&W’s new 700 Series: three floorstanders, three standmount/bookshelf speakers and two dedicated centre-channel speakers. All are available in a choice of Gloss Black, Satin White and Rosenut finishes and will become available in Australia from selected Bowers & Wilkins dealers from October 2017. Pricing is contained within the following listing:

Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series Speakers

B&W 702 S2 ($6,500 per pair)
Enclosure: Floorstanding, three-way, bass reflex
Driver Complement:
Bass: 3×165mm Aerofoil Profile
Midrange: 1×150mm Continuum FST, decoupled
Tweeter: 1×25mm Carbon Dome tweeter in Solid Body Tweeter-on-top

B&W 703 S2 ($4,699 per pair)
Enclosure: Floorstanding, three-way, bass reflex
Driver Complement:
Bass: 2×165mm Aerofoil Profile bass
Midrange: 1×150mm Continuum FST, decoupled
Tweeter: 1×25mm Carbon Dome

B&W 704 S2 ($3,799 per pair)
Enclosure: Floorstanding, three-way, bass reflex
Driver Complement:
Bass: 2×130mm Aerofoil Profile
Midrange: 1×130mm Continuum FST, decoupled
Tweeter: 1×25mm Carbon Dome

B&W 705 S2 ($3,499 per pair)
Enclosure: Standmount/Shelfmount, two-way, bass reflex
Driver Complement:
Bass/Mid: 1×165mm Continuum
Tweeter: 1×25mm Carbon Dome tweeter in Solid Body Tweeter-on-top

B&W 706 S2 ($2,199 per pair)
Enclosure: Standmount/Shelfmount, two-way, bass reflex
Driver Complement:
Bass/Mid: 1×165mm Continuum
Tweeter: 1×25mm Carbon Dome

B&W 707 S2 ($1,499 per pair)
Enclosure: Standmount/Shelfmount, two-way, bass reflex
Driver Complement:
Bass/Mid: 1×130mm Continuum
Tweeter: 1×25mm Carbon Dome

B&W HTM71 S2 Centre-Channel ($1,799 each)
Driver Complement:
Bass: 2 x165mm Aerofoil Profile
Midrange: 1×100mm Continuum FST
Tweeter: 1×25mm Carbon Dome tweeter

B&W HTM72 S2 Centre-Channel ($1,199 each)
Driver Complement:
Bass/Mid: 2×130mm Continuum
Tweeter: 1×25mm Carbon Dome

For more information, contact Bowers & Wilkins Australia