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Bowers & Wilkins 686 S2 Compact Bookshelf Speakers

The latest Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series dramatically improves on the existing range’s legendary combination of outstanding value and exemplary audio performance. The compact bookshelf sized 686 S2 is the smaller brother of the award winning 685 S2 but it offers the same high-end sound quality on a slightly smaller scale - perfect for smaller rooms and spaces.

An ideal bookshelf or wall-mounted speaker, the B&W 686 S2 is designed to fit into any space and still sound perfect. Its main driver is a 5-inch bass/midrange unit which benefits from a new 25mm voice coil which makes for a higher sensitivity speaker with bass more suited for placement near a wall.

Bass performance is vital but can often suffer in smaller speakers. Not in the 686 S2, however. That's because a front-firing Flowport, dimpled like a golf ball around the aperture for smoothly regulated airflow, delivers superior bass response without the risk of rattle. Its placement ensures the speaker cabinet is slimmer than predecessors and can be wall mounted without affecting performance.

Like the rest of the range, and despite its smaller size, the 686 S2 also features a Decoupled Double Dome aluminium tweeter for superior high-frequency response. The 686 S2 even features a built-in bracket for easy wall mounting, although this small, versatile and precise speaker sounds great anywhere.

The superb 686 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 600 Series 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.

Woven Kevlar


Crossover Tuning


Nautilus Tapering Tube




Technical features

Decoupled Double Dome aluminium tweeter with Nautilus™ tube loading


2-way vented-box system

Drive units

1x ø25mm (1 in) aluminium dome high-frequency
1x ø130mm (5 in) woven Kevlar® cone bass/midrange

Frequency range

-6dB at 54Hz and 50kHz

Frequency response

62Hz - 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis


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


(84)85dB spl (2.83V, 1m)

Harmonic distortion

2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<1% 110Hz - 22kHz
<0.5% 180Hz - 20kHz

Nominal impedance

8Ω (minimum 5.2Ω)

Crossover frequencies


Recommended amplifier power

25W - 100W into 8Ω on unclipped programme

Max. recommended cable impedance



Height: 315mm (12.4 in)
Width: 160mm (6.3 in)
Depth: 229mm (9.0 in) cabinet, grille and terminals

Net weight

4.6kg (10.1 lb)



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