Enjoy music and movie audio in crystal clarity with these Bowers & Wilkins 686 S2 2-way wall-mountable bookshelf speakers, which feature 5" woven DuPont™ KEVLAR® fiber woofer cones and 1" decoupled-dome aluminum tweeters for dynamic sound.
Wonderful, open, airy speakers
Posted by: MLGrado from: TN on
What an incredible set of bookshelves! B & W knocked these out of the park! Rock solid imaging. Lively, but not too forward treble. Set these up properly, or get some one who knows how to setup a pair of stereo speakers for you, and you will be rewarded with amazing sound!
As for the layperson below who panned this speaker over lack of attachment holes, do what every one else does. Use blu-tac.... speakers with attachment holes is a very, very rare thing. Obviously the B&W stands were designed to be used with a specific speaker model, not as a universal stand. Just because your representative mis-informed you is no reason to pan a speaker for missing a very, very minor feature.
16 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Great speakers for any type of media
Posted by: Kyrodoc from: on
I love Bowers and Wilkins speakers. I am very glad the Best Buy people talked me out of getting Bose
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: richguy from: Boca Raton, FL on
Best speakers I've ever purchased. The range is unreal. Right now I'm using them for stereo but I'm going to buy 3 more to complete my surround sound ASAP.
11 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Amazing sound in a small cabinet
Posted by: Photog from: on
These little speakers produce amazing sound. I am using them as rear speakers in a fairly small room in a 5.1 setup with B&W 865's for fronts. I listen to both movies and use them for television too using a Denon receiver to drive them and an old OPPO (Model 83) for Super Audio CDs and DVD Audio disks. The sound is great. I am not an audiophile but I can tell a big difference between these B&W speakers and the Energy speakers that they replaced. I am very pleased with them. I have read for years about B&W sound quality and I can now speak from experience that is true.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
SUPERB SOUND QUALITY
Posted by: Candi from: on
We always had large pioneer speakers, but needed to downsize the physical size of our speakers. These did just that with enhanced sound quality. I have a very sensitive ear for sound distortion. These have CRYSTAL CLEAR SOUND QUALITY!!!
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
B&W Customer For Life
Posted by: Flinn from: on
I normally don't even bother leaving reviews on items that I've purchased, but I felt compelled to for these B&W speakers. I got 2 of these bookshelf speakers as part of a 5.1 surround sound system from Best Buy about 6 months ago now. I was looking to upgrade from a Bose home theater system that I had been using for a few months that I was completely unimpressed with.
Having put this B&W system to extensive use, I can honestly say that I've never been happier with a purchase decision in my life. Unfortunately for me, I doubt I'll get to cherish that blissful feeling ever again... These speakers are made using the highest quality, aerospace grade materials (like the "Rohacell" carbon-fibre reinforced Kevlar "cone" material...) in such a way that'll prevent them from losing their laser-precise sound quality for far longer than I'm likely to inhabit this world. It's unlikely I'll ever be provided the opportunity to replace them (with newer B&W speakers obviously), but worse things have happened though, right?
Whether these speakers are blaring electronic dance music, belting out anthemic country tunes, harmonizing classical ensembles, or immersing an audience into the midst of a chaotic war-zone surrounded by the hiss of machine gun fire and the earth-shattering roar of mortar shell explosions -- Everything that comes out of these speakers sounds truly heavenly. The realism and clarity of sound that B&W speaker systems produce is down-right shocking.
For example: On numerous occasions I've left TV shows playing in my living room while doing work in my study, heard a knock at my front door, opened the door expecting to welcome a guest, and then laughed when I realized that the sound actually emanated from my speakers during a scene in the TV show I'd left on. What's even more impressive though, is the fact that my dog started barking and ran to the door each time this happened too. He's a French Bulldog... Do you have any idea how MASSIVE their ears are!?
Seriously, just do yourself a favor and go with B&W products. Your only regret will be the fact that nothing else you purchase will ever make you this happy again.
11 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Great sound for the money
Posted by: Mikeycham from: on
Sound great, skip Bose and build a better system!!!
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Amazing Sound, goodbye hearing!
Posted by: WhatGeek from: on
These guys are amazing! Door bell rings, was it the movie or someone is at your door? You will never know.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: nick from: on
it was great, love them, no problems, would do it again in a heartbeat
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Flawless, Supurb sound!
Posted by: Zaino from: on
We have had a home theater since 2000 that we thought was pretty decent. It was time for a rebuild so we visited the theater room @ BB. The decision to purchase these book shelf speakers along with a matching center channel was made without hesitation once we listened to a few of the options. We would have liked a smaller speaker but the quality of the sound from these speakers and the more expensive B&W speakers is simply amazing.
We couldnt be more impressed and happy with our purchase.