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Bowers & Wilkins 685

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Description:Technical features: Nautilus™ tube loaded aluminium dome tweeter, Kevlar® brand fibre cone bass/midrange, Flowport™
Description: 2-way vented-box system
Drive units: 1 x 25mm aluminium dome high-frequency | 1 x 165mm woven Kevlar® cone bass /
Frequency range: -6dB at 34Hz and 50kHz
Frequency response: 49Hz - 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis
Dispersion: Within 2dB of reference response - Horizontal: over 60º arc | Vertical: over 10º arc
Sensitivity: 88dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
Harmonic distortion: 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m) - <1% 100Hz - 22kHz | <0.5% 150Hz - 20kHz
Nominal impedance: 8 Ohms (minimum 3.7 Ohms)
Crossover frequency: 4kHz
Recommended amplifier power: 25W - 100W into 8 Ohms on unclipped programme
Max. recommended cable impedance: 0.1 Ohms
Dimensions:198 x 340 x 331mm (Width x Height x Depth)

Rating:9.31 out of 10
Website:B&W (Bowers & Wilkins)
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By: Manta
5 out of 5 23rd December 2010
I have a problem. I purchased these speakers and moved my Hi-Fi in to the office so I could have some music on while I was working - Bad Move! I soon discovered that this wasn't the best thing to do. Why? Because once you start to listen to these speakers, no, correction, the sound reproduced by these speakers, you won't get anything done.

There are absolutely captivating. They force you to stop whatever you're doing and just listen. In fact it's as if they aren't even there. The sound just hangs in the air and drags you in to the recording.

The treble is like nothing I've ever listened to before. Controlled, smooth, yet packed with every tiny detail and clarity. Vocals are clear and precise. On quieter tracks you can even hear the vocalist breathing in for the next line. And the bass, where does that come from? I've had floorstanders that didn't produce the range that these 685s do. It's not overbearing but it certainly isn't thin. The balance is perfect.

I'm now rediscovering my CD collection. I just wished I'd have found these earlier. 5 stars? More like 10!
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