Bowers & Wilkins 702 S3 is a 3-way Passive Bass Reflex Floor-standing speaker by Bowers Wilkins. It features a 1" Tweeter, 1 x 6" Midrange and 3 x 6.5" Aerofoil Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 46-28k Hz and a sensitivity of 90 dB. B&W 702 S3 has an MSRP of 6998$ per pair.
What size of room is the B&W 702 S3 speaker good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use the B&W 702 S3 is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various sizes of environments considering its size and max power parameters:
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(* Approximate Room sizes: Small < 100sq. ft / 9 m2, Mid-size: 100-220 sq. ft / 9-20 m2, Large 220-400 sq. ft / 20-36 m2, Very Large: > 400 sq. ft / 36 m2.
Average Floor Height: 9" / 2.7m. Typical room sizes differ from country to country, and the actual listening experience changes depending on floor height, room shape, surface materials, listening position, speaker locations, etc.)
Bowers Wilkins replaced the older 702 S2 with this model. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:
Compare B&W 702 S3 vs B&W 702 S2
What are the speakers in Bowers Wilkins's 700 S3 Series?
702 S3 is a member of Bowers Wilkins's 700 S3 series of Passive speakers. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
Bowers Wilkins 700 S3 Series Speakers
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What is the Frequency Response of the B&W 702 S3 speaker?
B&W 702 S3 has a Frequency response range of 46-28k Hz at ±3dB and Power Range of 30-300 watts. At a minimum frequency of 46 Hz, 702 S3 will provide an average bass depth so depending on your use case, you may consider supplementing your system with a subwoofer.
Visit our Powered Subwoofers section to find out more about the available subwoofer options.
Here we have a comparison of how 702 S3's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
Among the speakers in our database with a max MSRP price of 10000$ (Pair), these are the 5 Passive Floor-standing speakers that have the deeper bass levels than the B&W 702 S3's 46Hz:
What are the Impedance and Sensitivity of the B&W 702 S3? Is it an easy-to-drive speaker?
B&W 702 S3's nominal impedance level is 8 ohms
but can go down to as low as 3.1 ohms
, and has a sensitivity of 90 dB
8 Ohms is pretty much the standard nominal impedance amongst stereo speakers and amplifiers so Bowers & Wilkins 702 S3 is not considered a difficult to drive speaker from nominal Impedance perspective.
88dB of Bowers & Wilkins 702 S3 is an average sensitivity for stereo speaker so it is neither easy nor difficult to drive Sensitivity wise.
Minimum Impedance of B&W 702 S3
Even though the nominal impedance of the 702 S3 is 8 ohms, the minimum impedance level of this speaker according to Bowers Wilkins is 3.1 ohms Bowers & Wilkins 702 S3 so while choosing an amplifier, you should ideally check if the unit you are considering can provide this impedance level.
Check the amplifiers that are in a similar price range to the B&W 702 S3:
702 S3 has Binding post type connectors and lets bi-amping/bi-wiring. Bi-wiring can provide improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers by running separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier. Bi-amping allows the use of separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency drivers of your loudspeaker which may result in greater dynamic range & lower distortion.
B&W 702 S3 External Dimensions and Weight
B&W 702 S3 has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 44.8-inch x 7.6-inch x 15.4-inch (1138.0 x 192.0 x 391.0mm ).
Base Surface Area
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base area of B&W 702 S3 is approximately 750.7cm2 / 116.4inch2.
To get a better perspective on the real life size of B&W 702 S3, let's compare it with a standard size Compact Disc which has a diameter of 4.7inch (120mm).
Here we place the B&W 702 S3 virtually next to a standard width amplifier and turntable on a media center to get a better idea about the size.
The B&W 702 S3 weighs 33.46kg / 73.6lbs per piece. Here is a comparison of how 702 S3's weight compares with the average, max and min weights in its class.
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Cabinet type and Materials
B&W 702 S3 has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet and a MDF/Lacquer finish. Bass Reflex type loudspeakers (aka Ported, Vented or Reflex Port) have enclosures that uses a port, hole or vent cut into the cabinet. Ported designs are generally more efficient than the Sealed designs.
B&W 702 S3 comes with the parts below which you can use to secure your loudspeaker on the surface that you are putting on: Plinth (base)Two-piece foam port plug4 Rubber feet4 Spike feet
It is always recommended to use some kind of feet under all types of speakers. Besides limiting the movement of the speakers, it also compensates for non-flat surfaces and limits the contact surface area of the speaker. Rubber based feet also help isolating the vibrations within certain frequency ranges.
B&W 702 S3 is a rear-firing port speaker so you have to make sure you leave enough space between the back of the speaker and wall or bookshelf so that it has room to breathe. 702 S3 comes with 2 Two-piece foam port plugs
so if you don't have any choice but place the speakers too close to the walls or other surfaces, you can use these plugs in order to avoid boomy or too much bass.
B&W 702 S3 is available in Gloss Black, Satin White, Mocha and Rosenut.
Does the B&W 702 S3 come with a Grille?
702 S3 comes with magnetic grilles in Black and Grey (Satin White only color choices. The purpose of the grille is to protect the delicate driver elements from external impacts while still allowing the sound to pass as clearly as possible. Since the included grille of the 702 S3 is magnetic type, it is very easy to put it on and off.
What's in the Box of B&W 702 S3?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of 702 S3:
Floorstanding loudspeakerGrillePlinth (base)2 Jumper-straps (pre-installed)Two-piece foam port plug4 Rubber feet4 Spike feet4 Lock-nuts4 Screws4 Washers4 Lock washersHex-keyManualBowers & Wilkins brochureWarranty Information
Here is a list of accessories that we think you may need for the Bowers & Wilkins 702 S3.
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the Bowers & Wilkins 702 S3, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for B&W 702 S3
Here is a link to download the official brochure for the Bowers & Wilkins 702 S3 speaker:
Official Brochure for B&W 702 S3
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the Bowers & Wilkins 702 S3 speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for B&W 702 S3
5 Years of parts warranty and 5 Years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.