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B&W 683 S2 Black

Floorstanding Speaker (Single Speaker)
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Regular Price: $825.00

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B&W 683 S2 Black Details

Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2 (Black) Three-Way Floorstanding Speaker

  • 3-way vented-box system
  • Decoupled Double Dome aluminium tweeter with Nautilus™ tube loading
  • Kevlar® brand fibre cone FST™ midrange driver
  • Dual-layer aluminium cone bass driver
  • Flowport™

683 S2 is the largest speaker in the 600 Series. This floorstander is ideal for audiophile stereo and home theatre applications in larger rooms, delivering serious performance and amazing value.

The 683 S2 features a Decoupled Double Dome tweeter - technology evolved from Bowers & Wilkins CM10 speaker. The double dome design uses an extremely thin aluminium dome for lightness, surrounded by a thicker aluminium ring for rigidity. The result is a far more precise treble performance. And while the tweeter looks like it’s part of the main speaker, it’s physically separated in its own gel-filled cavity, so performance isn’t hit by unwanted resonances or vibrations, for a more natural, spacious sound.

Serious and accurate bass performance is equally vital to such a room-filling speaker. That’s why the 683 S2 features a new bass driver construction method, using a similar method of bracing to the tweeter with twin layers of aluminium. The richer, distortion-free bass response is sumptuous.

As well as new bass driver construction techniques and a new tweeter, brought in from Bower & Wilkins high-end series, the 683 S2 also boasts an FST Kevlar midrange driver. Serious technology, serious performance, but seriously affordable for a speaker of this calibre.

Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter
Tweeter diaphragms must be light and stiff, to reproduce high notes accurately. Bowers & Wilkins' Double Dome tweeters use a thin and light aluminium dome, surrounded by a thicker ring, to prevent audible distortion. 600 Series tweeters are further 'Decoupled' from the cabinets to reduce vibration.

Not all sound is good. Sound from the rear of a driver or tweeter can bounce around a cabinet and undermine the good sound coming from the front. Nautilus Tapering Tubes, filled with absorbent wadding, reduce unwanted sound to a minimum.

The same properties that let Kevlar stop a bullet also make it ideal for soaking up standing waves in a speaker cone, so they don't colour midrange sound. That's why the B&W midrange cones have been made with Kevlar since 1974. It delivers a cleaner sound, to a wider group of listeners. The new 600 Series continues this trend.

'Fixed Suspension Transducer' Kevlar cones are mounted in a narrow ring of foam. This 'surroundless' suspension minimizes distortion by converting unwanted energy into heat, not sound. The result is the cleanest midrange around.

The surface dimples around the 600 Series Flowport minimise turbulence by generating tiny eddy currents over which air can flow smoothly, like a golf ball. This reduces turbulence and leads to improved bass response at higher volumes.

The crossover sends the audio signal to the right driver, depending on frequency. The simpler this vital component is, the better. And the better the drivers, the simpler it can be. In the 600 Series the high-frequency crossover uses just one capacitor.

Additional Information

Name B&W 683 S2 Black
Sub Title Floorstanding Speaker (Single Speaker)
Manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins
Manufacturer Part# 683 S2 Black

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  • Woven Kevlar: Yes
  • Crossover Tuning: Yes
  • Nautilus Tapering Tube: Yes
  • Flowport: Yes
  • Mushrooms: Yes
  • FST: Yes

  • Technical features:
    • Decoupled Double Dome aluminium tweeter with Nautilus™ tube loading
    • Kevlar® brand fibre cone FST™ midrange driver
    • Dual-layer aluminium cone bass driver
    • Flowport™

  • Description: 3-way vented-box system

  • Drive units:
    • 1x ø25mm (1 in) aluminium dome high-frequency
    • 1x ø150mm (6 in) woven Kevlar® cone FST™ midrange
    • 2x ø165mm (6.5 in) aluminium cone bass

  • Frequency range: -6dB at 30Hz and 50kHz
  • Frequency response: 52Hz - 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis

  • Dispersion:
    • Within 2dB of reference response
    • Horizontal: over 60º arc
    • Vertical: over 10º arc

  • Sensitivity: 89dB spl (2.83Vrms, 1m)

  • Harmonic distortion:
    • 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90 dB, 1 m)
    • <1% 95Hz - 22kHz
    • <0.5% 120Hz - 20kHz

  • Nominal impedance: 8Ω (minimum 3.0 Ω)
  • Crossover frequencies: 400Hz, 4kHz
  • Recommended amplifier power: 25 W - 200 W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
  • Max. recommended cable impedance: 0.1Ω

  • Dimensions:
    • Height: 985mm (38.8 in) cabinet only
    • Width: 190mm (7.5 in) cabinet only
    • Depth: 364mm (14.3 in)
    • Net weight: 27.2kg (59.7 lb)

  • Finish: Black Ash