Signature product launches are rare and special events in Bowers & Wilkins’ 54-year history, but, as the company states, “When the specialist audio brand attaches the name Signature to its loudspeakers, you can be sure the results are very special.”
The new 705 Signature and 702 Signature models are developed in the same vein as their predecessors: Like previous Signatures, the new models are carefully upgraded and luxuriously finished speakers that represent the apex of Bowers & Wilkins’ design, engineering and manufacturing processes. A tremendous amount of care and attention has been paid to improving their acoustic performance through an upgraded crossover design, and also to carefully crafting the luxurious new cabinet finish.
Bowers & Wilkins’ existing 700 Series loudspeaker range already delivers exceptional performance thanks to the careful use of technologies first used in their 800 Series Diamond, such as the solid body Tweeter-on-Top housing, Continuum cone midrange drivers and Aerofoil Profile bass drivers. Combined with custom 700 Series technologies, such as the Carbon Dome tweeter and carefully optimized and rigid cabinets, the result is a range of loudspeakers as superb to listen to as it is to look at. The 700 Series remains unchanged and the two new Signature models will sit atop of this range.
As Signature products, the new 705 and 702 Signature have received further, detailed improvements enabled by improved crossover designs and components. Both models now feature specially treated and upgraded bypass capacitors sourced from Mundorf, larger heatsinking and, in the case of the 702, an upgraded LF capacitor on the bass section of the crossover. In tandem with the immense benefits both models enjoy as a result of their Tweeter-on-Top configuration, these upgrades improve the already-remarkable resolution, openness and spatial retrieval on offer, lending them an even-more polished, refined and involving sound.
Keeping up with established Signature practices, the 705 and 702 Signature boast a stunning new Datuk Gloss ebony-coloured veneer with a distinctive, beautiful grain. This custom-designed finish combines the beauty of exotic real-wood veneers with the environmental benefits of a sustainably-sourced supply, in this case from specialist Italian wood company Alpi. Each pair of speakers is unique, with no two models sharing the same grain pattern or figuring. Bowers & Wilkins adds to Alpi’s painstaking workmanship by applying nine coats of finish – including primer, base coat and lacquer – to create a deep, lustrous appearance. To further accentuate and highlight the quality of finish on each model, both Signature speakers have bright metal trim rings around the mid/bass and midrange cones plus bright, silver-finished tweeter grilles. Finally, both models have a Signature identity plate to their rear panel, turning each speaker into a genuine and unique piece of art.