Bowers And Wilkins 702 Signature Review

Bowers And Wilkins 702 Signature Review

Bowers And Wilkins 702 Signature Review


 English producer Bowers and Wilkins (also known as B&W) is one of the world's biggest and most regarded amplifier brands.

In 2018, I had the chance to survey the B&W 702 S2 amplifiers. Over my drawn out listening experience with the 702 S2 speakers, I observed they conveyed a decent proportion of the presentation of the 800 series for a portion of the cost. In this way, when our distributer reached me and inquired as to whether I'd be keen on inspecting B&W's new 702 Signature model, I seized the opportunity.

The 702 Signature floorstander ($6,500 per pair, contrasted with $4,500 per pair for the 702 S2) is joined by the stand-mounted 705 Signature ($4,000, a $1,500 increment on the 705 S2).

For those new, the moniker "Mark" has come to represent something very unique at B&W. The organization has just presented Signature forms of its items a modest bunch of times over its 55-year history. B&W's objectives with any of their Signature releases have been to push the limits of innovation and style. Having been dazzled with the 702 S2 model, I was charmed to hear (and see) what enhancements were carried out with the 702 Signature.

I wound up holding up a while prior to getting the 702 Signature survey tests. Different commentators needed to clutch their examples longer than expected (envision that), and B&W was somewhere down in securing converses with Sound United at that point. Sound United possesses brands like Polk, Denon, Marantz, Definitive Technology, and Classé. It has now added B&W to its stable of brands.

However, I guess generally blessings will rain down on patient people. B&W delivered my survey tests after first performing careful quality affirmation testing on a couple got back from another commentator. Tender loving care is by all accounts a piece of the Bowers and Wilkins DNA.


Setting Up the B&W 702 Signature


The B&W 702 Signature speaker is tastefully delightful and sonically difficult to beat at its cost. In any case, is it appropriate for you? Peruse on to discover.

The B&W 702 Signature speaker is stylishly delightful and sonically difficult to beat at its cost. Yet, is it appropriate for you? Peruse on to discover.

The B&W 702 Signature speaker is stylishly lovely and sonically difficult to beat at its cost. Yet, is it ideal for you? Peruse on to discover.

I painstakingly unloaded the B&W 702 Signature speakers from the cardboard boxes, taking additional consideration not to harm the shot formed, aluminum tweeter lodging mounted on the cupboards. The tweeter lodging is ensured during shipment with a formed polystyrene wedge fitted under. The speakers likewise come enclosed by manufactured texture sacks to secure the completion.

The crate with the speakers incorporates a matte dark plinth with mounting equipment, an attractive dark texture acoustic barbecue, spikes for covered floors, elastic tipped footers for hard surface floors, a two-piece froth fitting to somewhat or totally block the back speaker port, and an administrator's manual.

Leaving the speakers in their packs, I laid them on their sides and introduced the spikes straightforwardly to the speaker bottoms. I set the speakers in similar areas as my reference speakers and afterward eliminated the texture packs.

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I was astonished &W did exclude a couple of fabric gloves in the container to try not to put fingerprints on the impeccable serious shine get done with during development. So I got a couple I had available for making last situation changes.

The plinths are planned to upgrade dependability on covered floors, yet my experience has shown that is not an issue with the low heap cover in my listening room. Plus, I simply could do without the appearance of the plinths. As I would like to think, they are not up to the norm of the by and large 702 Signature style. I would have favored B&W incorporate cleaned hardened steel outriggers with spikes rather than the forgettable matte dark plinths.

I additionally didn't have to utilize the froth connects the back ports in light of the fact that the last speaker position in my listening room permitted a lot of room between the back of the speaker cupboards and the back divider (around 4.5 feet). In this way, bass upgrade wasn't an issue.

Once situated, I associated the speakers to my Classé intensifier with WireWorld Silver Eclipse speaker links. Other stuff in the chain incorporated a Mac Mini music server, Bricasti M3 DAC, and a Classé preamplifier (for volume control as it were).


702 Signature Improvements from Older Models

The B&W 702 Signature speaker is aesthetically beautiful and sonically hard to beat for its price. But is it right for you? Read on to find out.


The B&W 702 Signature speaker is tastefully lovely and sonically difficult to beat at its cost. However, is it ideal for you? Peruse on to discover.

I won't reiterate every one of the subtleties that continue as before as the 702 S2 model. All things considered, I'll zero in essentially on what has changed. Assuming that you're keen on the extra data, you can track down the audit of the 702 S2 floorstander here.


The 702 Signature sports a few stylish overhauls contrasted with the 702 S2 floorstander. Most importantly, the bureau is done in what B&W alludes to as Datuk Gloss. B&W banded together with Italian producer ALPI to acquire reasonably obtained Datuk Ebony wood facade for this venture.


ALPI has been doing business for north of 100 years and provided wood items to various extravagance boat, car, and furniture makers. It harvests poplar, basswood, or ayous from its own nurseries and strips and recomposes the wood into logs that yield a wide assortment of surfaces and examples, yet without the defects of customary wood. With this complicated, work escalated, however earth favored interaction, ALPI can mimic numerous uncommon, fascinating woods from more normal assortments.


Therefore, the facade boards of these speakers have an unmistakable and wonderful grain. This grain brings about each pair of speakers having a remarkable example. You can get them in paired sets. The facade is applied to all bureau surfaces bringing about a consistent look. Nine layers of complete the process of, including preliminary, base coat, and polish, are applied and separately hand-scoured to get the profound glistening completion.


As a long-term carpenter, I was in wonderment of the Datuk Gloss finish when I previously unpacked the speakers. I can truly see the value in how much work that goes into creating such a flawless completion. It likewise assisted me with understanding the massive expense contrast between the 702 Signature and the 702 S2 speakers. That is to say, the Rosenut finish on the 702 S2 model I recently checked on was spectacular, yet the Datuk Gloss finish is next level.



Bowers And Wilkins 702 Signature Review


Other tasteful contrasts from the 702 S2 model incorporate a radiant silver versus dark completion tweeter grille, a brushed silver versus matte dark completion on the Continuum midrange driver's trim ring, and a cleaned silver plaque found simply over the back flowport – engraved with the model and friends name. While I didn't lean toward the barbecues on or off with the 702 S2, it was a no-challenge with the 702 Signature. I just needed to leave the barbecues off. The Datuk Gloss finish joined with the driver cluster's splendid metal trim is too perfect to even think about concealing.


From an innovation stance, the 702 Signature speakers use a similar triple propped and back ported bureau, carbon aluminum tweeter in a different processed aluminum shot formed lodging on top of the bureau, a ContinuumTM FST cone midrange driver, and three AerofoilTM Profile bass drivers that were in the 702 S2 model. You might be asking why B&W didn't change the bureau or drivers. Indeed, the bureau is as of now intensely supported, making it basically inactive. B&W likewise didn't change the drivers since they felt the drivers were all the while state of the art innovation. As a perspective, B&W's R&D group gone through north of eight years fostering the Continuum midrange driver material and involved it in the 800 series speakers also.

For this model, they zeroed in rather on further developing the hybrid plan and parts. While the hybrids in the 702 S2 model are now very great, in the 702 Signature, the heatsinks are bigger, signal ways more limited, sidestep capacitors moved up to Mundorf units that are uncommonly treated, and the LF capacitor on the bass segment of the hybrid is additionally redesigned. Basically, the hybrids are presently at or exceptionally close to the level of the 800 series hybrids.

How Does the 702 Signature Perform?

Seeing one more analyst had broken in the B&W 702 Signatures, and I was at that point acquainted with the sonic attributes of the non-signature 702 S2, I didn't burn through much time getting serious.

Music Performance

I utilized the Roon application on an iPad to control music from web-based features Qobuz and Tidal and my Synology NAS.

Song Gardot – "If You Love Me"


All through the assessment time frame, I paid attention to numerous kinds of music. I streamed a few jazz accounts, including Melody Gardot's track "On the off chance that You Love Me" from her Sunset In The Blue collection (Decca) on Qobuz (24 pieces/96 kHz).


I picked this jazz track for several reasons. To begin with, to perceive how well the 702 Signatures duplicated the vocal from a craftsman intimately acquainted to me. Second, there is an inborn polarity to this all around recorded track in that it changes to and fro between a private and broad soundstage, uncovering a speaker's ability in the two settings with a solitary track.


The 702 Signatures worked effectively of tossing a wide soundstage recreating a show corridor during the track's opening by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The hints of the different string instruments appeared to drift in the air from one divider to another. At the point when the track progressed to the hoarse closeness of Gardot's vocal supported simply by a guitar and drum brushes, there was the deception of paying attention to her in a little club. Every single detail in Melody's voice went over so normally and similar, never sounding insightful or even a little bit unforgiving in any capacity.


The rich arrangements floated in and out flawlessly to help the track's sentimentalism without causing unjustifiable to notice the progressions in soundstage width.


Generally, the 702 Signatures gave a refined, firm show acro

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