Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2 Speakers - Ex Display

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Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2 Bookshelf/Standmount Speaker

The new Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2 brings high-end sound quality within the reach of more people than ever before, using the cutting-edge technologies and class-leading design for which Bowers & Wilkins is renowned.

The Decoupled Double Dome tweeter found in the 685 S2 is technology taken straight from B&W’s award-winning CM10 speaker. A dual-layer design combines a thin aluminium dome for lightness and a thicker aluminium ring for rigidity – the result is absolutely stunning, with far greater clarity in the audible spectrum.

The tweeter is also decoupled from the main cabinet, kept physically separate in its own cavity with a ring of gel cushioning it from vibrations. This improves imaging and dispersion for a more natural, spacious treble.

As well as a decoupled, double dome aluminium tweeter, the two-way 685 S2 features a full-range 6.5-inch driver constructed from woven Kevlar and using Anti-Resonance Plug dustcaps, as seen in high-end Bowers & Wilkins speakers. The result is stunning audio quality from a highly versatile smaller speaker.

The superb 685 S2’s are available in a black ash or white finish to stylishly and subtly integrate with any room design. The speakers feature painted baffles and complementary black or grey grilles, depending on the finish chosen. Detailing in the new 685 S2 is improved too, with a new fixed steel grille to protect the tweeter and a brushed aluminium, diamond-cut logo plate in a dark or light tint corresponding to the finish on the speaker.

*Please note the STAV24 S2 speaker floorstands are sold separately - see below

Woven Kevlar


Crossover Tuning


Nautilus Tapering Tube




Technical features

Decoupled Double Dome aluminium tweeter with Nautilus™ tube loading
Kevlar® brand fibre cone bass/midrange


2-way vented-box system

Drive units

1x ø25mm (1 in) aluminium dome high-frequency
1x ø165mm (6.5 in) woven Kevlar® cone bass /

Frequency range

-6dB at 45Hz and 50kHz

Frequency response

52Hz - 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis


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


87dB spl (2.83V, 1m)

Harmonic distortion

2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<1% 95Hz - 22kHz
<0.5% 140Hz - 20kHz

Nominal impedance

8Ω (minimum 4.0Ω)

Crossover frequencies


Recommended amplifier power

25W - 100W into 8Ω on unclipped programme

Max. recommended cable impedance



Height: 345mm (13.5 in)
Width: 190mm (7.5 in)
Depth: 324mm (12.8 in)

Net weight

6.8kg (14.9 lb)


Black Ash

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