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Bowers & Wilkins - 600 Series 686 S2 5" 2-Way Bookshelf Loudspeakers (Pair) - Black

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With 5" woven DuPont™ KEVLAR® fiber woofer cones and 1" decoupled double-dome aluminum tweeters, these Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series 686 S2 2-way bookshelf loudspeakers offer full-spectrum audio. Built-in brackets allow easy wall mounting.



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      Overview

      What's Included


      • Owner's manual
      • 8 self-adhesive plastic pads, 4 self-adhesive plastic stand-offs
      • Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series 686 S2 5" 2-Way Bookshelf Loudspeakers (Pair)

      Ratings & Reviews


      Overall Customer Rating:
      98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (110 out of 113)

      Features


      100W maximum power handling

      For robust sonic output.

      5" woven KEVLAR® woofer cone

      With a 1" voice coil provides clear sound with optimal sensitivity.

      1" decoupled double-dome aluminum tweeter

      With Nautilus tube loading delivers crisp, detailed highs.

      Front-facing Flowport

      With a dimpled aperture helps regulate airflow for deep, powerful low-end audio with minimal rattle.

      Vented enclosure

      Produces vibrant audio.

      Dual binding posts

      Ensure a secure connection.

      Built-in wall-mount bracket

      Offers flexible placement option.

      62Hz - 22kHz frequency response (±3dB)

      Delivers faithful sound reproduction.

      85dB SPL sensitivity (2.83V, 1m)

      For powerful audio.

      8 ohms nominal impedance (5.2 ohms minimum)

      Efficiently conducts power through the speaker.

      DuPont™ and KEVLAR® are registered trademarks of DuPont used under license by Motorola Mobility LLC and its subsidiaries.


      Customer rating

      4.8
      98%
      would recommend to a friend

      Pros

      Cons

      • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

        B&W Customer For Life

        Posted
        Flinn

        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.

        I would recommend this to a friend

      • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

        Excellent Speakers for medium to small room

        Posted
        PenFL
        • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
        • My Best Buy® MemberMember

        These were the first of several pairs of speakers that I brought home to audition. I installed them in a stereo setup for music only, no surround. They received ample power from a vintage Carver M1.0t amp and I auditioned them entirely with CD's of various genres. My listing space is an off-set, medium size room where the speakers are placed on a shelf just above ear level and very near the rear wall. The forward facing ports on the B&W 686 S2 certainly help with the near-wall installation in keeping the base tight. These speakers image incredibly well, particularly given the less-than-ideal conditions of my listening space. I quickly forgot that I was listening to book shelf speakers and became completely immersed in the music. The highs were crisp, the base tight, and in the middle nothing less than perfect. So why only 4 out of 5 stars? Because as good as these are, I found that there are better speakers at a similar price point. At least better for my circumstances. If you're shopping in the $400 to $600 range I encourage you to explore your options, there are plenty. I landed on the Elac Uni-Fi UB5. Your space, your equipment, and your musical preferences are your own, so I encourage you to audition as many speakers as you can in your own home and don't pay too much attention to what everybody else likes.

        I would recommend this to a friend

      • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

        Wonderful sound - foolish design

        Posted
        Piel

        I am rather frustrated right now. I took delivery of these B&W 686 speakers today and was all excited to integrate them into my HT system. Installation took all of five minutes. Piece of cake. They also sound fantastic. There is however - in my opinion - a fundamental design flaw in the 686/685 bookshelf speakers. Although I bought the B&W speaker stands that the Magnolia rep recommended, you can NOT fasten the speakers onto the stands. They just sit there. Now that will be fine in 99% of instances, but should your pet or small child bump in to said speaker stands, you run the risk of having your beautiful 686/685 speakers fall off. There is NO way to secure these speakers onto the stands, even though there are screw holes in the stands. After a long conversation with the Magnolia rep, I was informed that my only two options are to either 1) put velcro tape between the speaker and the stand (which seems absurd), or 2) upgrade to the CM1 speakers that have built in screw holes in their bases - that will only cost me an additional $500. I have no idea what the rationale was at B&W to NOT include pre-drilled holes to secure these wonderful speakers onto their stands. Bottom line, I give these speakers 5 stars for sound quality and 1 star for design. I'm probably going to return them because of the stand fastening issue.

        No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

        Just what I hoped they would be...

        Posted
        thestadiumguy
        • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
        • My Best Buy® MemberMember

        I was looking for a new pair of bookshelf speakers to replace my aging Paradigm Titans. I went into the Magnolia section and into the audio room. I asked to listen to the B&Ws and was immediately floored. I came back to the store the next day and purchased them. My only concern was that they would be efficient enough to be driven by my restored 1959 Dynakit Stereo 70 amp. Well....no problem. They're still breaking in....the sound is still a little tight but it's getting better. They're almost there. They are as neutral as the day is long, and the soundstage is big, wide, and deep. I use them with a M&K subwoofer, so they don't have to handle the extreme low end. As a matter of fact, I'm using the muffling rings in the ports to cut down a bit on the low end. They just sound better that way in my listening environment. They are great little speakers. Highly recommended!!!

        I would recommend this to a friend

      • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

        Wonderful, open, airy speakers

        Posted
        MLGrado

        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.

        I would recommend this to a friend

      • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

        When you need extra volume

        Posted
        electronics54
        • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
        • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

        This is the 2nd set of speakers that I have purchased in the last few years. We all know that with the larger HD TV screens you need a method to amplify the volume from your TV. Don't pick something that can't be sufficiently turned up to accommodate larger rooms. Of course if you have a spouse that always has the volume up very loud this might be the speaker system to pick. The previous set of speakers were excellent but when my spouse turned up the volume to the extreme he blew the first set. He has had this set of speakers turned up to the point you need ear plugs of just leave the house and they are holding up just fine. I am glad we had options, these speakers are still reasonably low profile and fit well under the TV console.

        I would recommend this to a friend

      • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

        AMAZING SOUND

        Posted
        slimer955
        • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
        • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

        i have waited until the speakers were properly broken in to write my review. I am using these as my surround speakers with B&W 683 S2 Towers as my front channel speakers. These alone are and amazing speaker and can hold there own. They could easily be used as front channel speakers in a surround system if used with a good sub. The sound they reproduce is pure and clean, nothing short of amazing. i have many hours listning to all the speakers in the Magnolia section of Best Buy that were in my price range. These were to me the best sounding for movies and most of all music. I finally have my dream sound system and would by the same speakers if i had to do it again.

        I would recommend this to a friend

      • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

        Amazing sound in a small cabinet

        Posted
        Photog
        • My Best Buy® MemberMember

        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.

        I would recommend this to a friend




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