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Bowers & Wilkins 703 Loudspeakers Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 June 2004
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Bowers & Wilkins 703 Loudspeakers
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The Downside
The B&W 703s are a hard product to knock. They are revealing and true to the music. One point to raise is that, although they have sufficient and balanced bass performance, they do not have earthquake-like, glass-shattering bass. Their bass is good and very well balanced, yet when the recording reaches for something extremely low and deep, the 703s tended to be on the polite side. I personally prefer good quality bass over poor quality abundance and the 703s provided the former. If you are looking to go low like Phil Mickelson on Sunday at the Masters, I recommend that you consider a matching B&W subwoofer which will take you to depths far below what you can hear and into the realm of feeling.

The 703s are a very revealing speaker. This is a fantastic attribute, one that some of the best speakers in the world possess. Yet this can be an Achilles heel if the majority of your music collection consists of poorly recorded music. If the best recorded piece of music you own is Ted Nugent’s Cat Scratch Fever, you may end up buying a new player along with some new recordings, but isn’t that the idea behind getting a top-notch pair of new speakers?

From the time I opened the box, I was in love with these speakers. They have a fit and finish second to none. Not a figure of speech, this is the best-finished speaker I have seen in its price class. The veneers are beautiful, the construction solid down to the last detail. The B&W 703s have the look, feel and sound of quality. You cannot simply throw money at a design and finish with class. This is something that B&W obviously takes pride in from the industrial design and finish of this product, to the uncompromising honesty of its sound. A few manufacturers make a speaker that is inaccurate in ways that appeal to the core consumer, yet B&W is obviously true to its morals, providing a speaker with integrity. Anyone looking for a refined speaker that can milk everything out of his or her favorite recordings must listen to this speaker. It was only a few years back that you paid as much as double to get such refinements. This speaker is a true value.

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