Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series 3 Technology
We will start with the cabinet itself which is both a performance and cosmetic improvement over the prior series. You’ll notice the front baffle is now slightly curved on all the stereo models. B&W has done this on the 800 models for a few generations and with their more recent ones they also mounted the speaker components out from the front baffle.
The curved cabinet will help reduce internal cabinet reflections, but the bigger deal is the new way they are mounting the drivers that has them protruding out a little from the front. This enabled them to shrink the width of the cabinet itself. The audio benefit of a narrower cabinet is the speaker tends to disappear better sonically, offering what comes off as a more open soundstage. The new mounting system also reduces cabinet interaction with the sound waves which allows you to hear more of the finer details in your music.
Plus, on every single model, with the protruding drivers and curved front baffle, the speaker just looks super cool! We love the new sculpted grills, too. While we prefer to look at these with the grills off, if you want to cover them up and have them blend better into your room, the grills have a great new look.
There are 3 finishes available in the USA, Gloss Black, Gloss White, and a beautiful new Mocha wood veneer. As an elegant added touch, the trim rings, and in some cases the tweeter housing, is in a dark or silver color to better match the cabinet color.