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Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Black Ash 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers - 686S2

Abt Model: 686S2 | UPC Code: 714346319657
Bowers & Wilkins - 686S2 - Bookshelf Speakers
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Sold As Pair/ 5 " Bass/Midrange Driver/ 2-Way Vented-Box System/ 25mm Voice Coil/ Decoupled Double Dome Tweeter/ Woven Kevlar Cone/ Anti-Resonance Plug Dustcaps/ Nautilus Tapering Tube/ 85dB Spl Sensitivity/ Crossover Tuning/ 62Hz - 22kHz Frequency Response/ Stand Not Included/ Black Finish
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Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Black 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers, Model 686S2 (Sold As Pair)

Small is beautiful. The 686 S2 is the most compact speaker in the series, but don’t underestimate its power and precision. That's thanks to a new Decoupled Double Dome tweeter and improved design.

An ideal bookshelf or wall-mounted speaker, the 686 S2 is designed to fit into any space and still sound perfect. Its main driver is a 5-inch bass/midrange unit which benefits from a new 25mm voice coil which makes for a higher sensitivity speaker with bass more suited for placement near a wall.

Bass performance is vital but can often suffer in smaller speakers. Not in the 686 S2, however. That's because a front-firing Flowport, dimpled like a golf ball around the aperture for smoothly regulated airflow, delivers superior bass response without the risk of rattle. Its placement ensures the speaker cabinet is slimmer than predecessors and can be wall mounted without affecting performance.

Like the rest of the range, and despite its smaller size, the 686 S2 also features a Decoupled Double Dome aluminium tweeter for superior high-frequency response. The 686 S2 even features a built-in bracket for easy wall mounting, although this small, versatile and precise speaker sounds great anywhere.


  • Woven Kevlar: Yes
  • Crossover Tuning: Yes
  • Nautilius Tapering Tube: Yes
  • Flowport: Yes
  • Technical Features
    • Decoupled Double Dome aluminium tweeter with Nautilus™ tube loading
    • Flowport™
  • Description: 2-way vented-box system
  • Drive Units
    • 1 x ø25mm (1 in) aluminium dome high-frequency
    • 1x ø130mm (5 in) woven Kevlar® cone bass/midrange
  • Frequency Range: -6dB at 54Hz and 50kHz
  • Frequency Response: 62Hz - 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis
  • Dispersion
    • Within 2dB of reference response
    • Horizontal: over 60º arc
    • Vertical: over 10º arc
  • Sensitivity: (84)85dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
  • Harmonic Distortion
    • 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
    • <1% 110Hz - 22kHz
    • <0.5% 180Hz - 20kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 8Ω (minimum 5.2Ω)
  • Crossover Frequencies: 4kHz
  • Recommended amplifer: 25W - 100W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
  • Max. recommended cable impedance: 0.1Ω
  • Finish: Black

Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 12.4"
  • Width: 6.39"
  • Depth: 9"

Approximate Weight

  • Unit: 10.1 lb
  • Shipping: 12 lbs
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More reasons to buy the Bowers & Wilkins 686S2 from Abt Electronics
  • is an authorized dealer (Learn More).
  • The Bowers & Wilkins 686S2 is Brand New.
  • The Bowers & Wilkins 686S2 Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
Frequency Response62Hz - 22kHz
Enclosure MaterialWood
Enclosure TypeBass Reflex (Ported)
Impedance8 Ohms
Magnetic shieldingNo
Midrange Size (inches)5
Power25W - 100W
Sensitivity85dB spl (2.83 V/m)
Speaker Design2-Way
Speaker TypeBookshelf
Tweeter Size (inches)1
Height (inches)12.4
Width (inches)6.39
Depth (inches)9


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Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Black Ash 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers

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from Princeton, NJ

Comments about Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Black Ash 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers:

I have been using these in a home theater with fantastic results. It was only when, this evening, I heard them perform as a stereo pair that I was blown away. You really have to hear it to believe. Right now there are a trumpet, drums, double bass, a piano, and Miles Davis in this room. The sound is so good that I want to stay up all night listening to the albums I never quite heard before. My ears are very picky and I'm blown away. There is no hiss from cymbals. You won't understand where all that bass is coming from. Listening to these small 600s is giving me more pleasure than listening to my B&W 703s downstairs. Buy these now and be happy. (I listened using two channels of the Pioneer SC-79 and, of all things, a connected iPod).

Service and delivery comments:

Everything I ever got from Abt arrived quickly and without damage.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

Great speakers!


from Peoria, IL

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Comments about Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Black Ash 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers:

Perfect for my needs.

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Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series Black Ash 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers

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