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Bowers & Wilkins 703 Floorstanding Speakers - Light Oak Finish

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Bowers & Wilkins 703 Floor Standing Speakers

Bowers & Wilkins 703 Floorstanding Speakers - Light Oak Finish

SkyFi 479

Pickup currently unavailable

479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


Super efficient (90db) and sweet sounding vintage speakers from B&W. First generation and a great value compared to the latest version.

Featuring the coveted kevlar midrange and nautilus tweeter that set the pace for many great speakers from Bowers. 

In a very attractive light oak finish no longer available in today's models.

Matching center and sub available at time of listing for a complete 3.1 system.

Cosmetic Notes:
- Minor dings on the edges of one speaker
- Scratching and white marks on the base of one speaker
- Light cosmetic wear but very presentable.

Local pickup and delivery via Roadie car service available in the local area at new owners expense. No shipping available.

More from B&W:
Sitting in the middle line of B&W speakers the 703 gets you a lot of the technology from the 800 series at a much lower price point. These are great speakers for those starting out in the high-end world or for those aspiring to it.

High Points
• The 703's free-mounted Nautilus tweeter is so sweet, composed and agile that you can listen to it for days on end without fatigue, even at high volumes. Because it is essentially free of coloration from a cabinet, it is pinpoint-accurate and allows for a larger than normal sweet spot, as well as injecting a bit more detail into the 703's soundstage. 
• The 703's midrange performance is almost unheard of at its price, rivaling speakers costing twice if not three times as much. Female vocals (and film dialogue) especially shine through the 703. 
• The 703's bass response and definition is taut, quick, a touch dry and plenty deep in most rooms, making it a very full-range loudspeaker in most rooms and/or situations. If you want to rock the floorboards, you can add a subwoofer, though it's not quite the necessity it is with other speakers in the 703's class.
• Dynamically, the 703 isn't going to make you jump out of your seat at first, for it doesn't shout, but rather simply applies emphasis to its already stellar musicality and detail. It's a weird effect at first, but completely natural and, when compared to other speakers, makes the competition sound artificial and/or fake in some ways.

Brand Background:
Excellence, uncompromised and uncompromising. The world’s most famous recording studios demand Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series loudspeakers, for no other reason than they represent the pinnacle of sonic supremacy.

Single Owner

Amplifier Recommendations:

Dual input speaker terminals for bi-wire with jumpers for single wire.

General Sound:
Smooth, uncolored, undistorted natural and clean

Cosmetic Condition:
7/10 = Good. One or two minor scratches. Well Maintained. See our detailed rating description here.

Working Condition:
Working perfectly and tested in our lab and listening room.

Just the Unit

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Type: 3 way, 4 driver loudspeaker system
Frequency Response: 30Hz to 50kHz
Recommended Amplifier: 50 to 200W
Crossover Frequency: 350, 4000Hz 
Impedance: 8Ω 
Sensitivity: 90dB 
Bass: 2 x 165mm paper/kevlar
Midrange: 1 x 160mm kevlar cone
Tweeter: 1 x 25mm aluminium dome
Enclosure: bass reflex

Dimensions - Each:
39.65" x 9.13" x 14.06"

Weight - Each:
60 lbs.

Approximate Age:

Link to Manual:
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Recommended Cables:


Testing Process:

Our speaker evaluation process starts with a visual inspection of all drivers. We are looking for damaged or deteriorating woofer surrounds, dented tweeter domes, and cone damage. We also inspect the speaker connection points for loose or broken connectors.

After the initial visual inspection we connect the speakers to a reference amplifier with our preferred test tracks. With the speakers placed with proper distance we listen to each driver to make sure that they are producing the intended frequencies with no signs of distortion or rattle. During listening tests with test tracks we check for proper stereo imaging and bass response at various listening levels. If there are any audible signs of issues, the speakers are taken to the bench where we perform a frequency sweep to isolate the issue so that it can be resolved by component repair or replacement.

Our subwoofer evaluation process starts with a visual inspection of all drivers. We are looking for damaged or deteriorating woofer surrounds, cone damage, or rubbing voice coils. We also inspect the input connections for damage.

After the initial visual inspection, we connect the sub at our bench and perform a sine wave sweep from about 200Hz down to around 10Hz. During this sweep we are listening for excessive rattle or other signs of improper function. If the sweep passes, we then increase the input level to evaluate how the woofer performs at high output levels. If the woofer has built in crossover features or multiple connection options these features are tested at this time.

We complete the subwoofer evaluation by feeding the unit with an audio signal in conjunction with our house music system to see how it responds to low frequency content in real world conditions while paired with a full range system.

SKU: 104684