I remember the first time I experienced the mighty Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series loudspeakers. I sat there thinking to myself, "Does it get better than this?" If you have the money, probably not, but those of us who live in the "real" world have to search for more affordable options. Thanks to Bowers & Wilkins, you don't have to search very long, evident in the 703 loudspeaker reviewed here.
Retailing for $3,000 a pair, the 703 represents a tremendous bargain in a crowded marketplace and may just be the best all-around speaker in terms of price and performance that Bowers & Wilkins has ever made. Finished in your choice of Black Ash, Cherry, Maple, Rosenut and/or Walnut, the 703 is a more traditional-looking loudspeaker for Bowers & Wilkins, though their signature free-mounted Nautilus tweeter, resting atop the 703, lets you know you're still in good company. The 703 is a three-way, four-driver loudspeaker, featuring dual six-and-a-half-inch bass drivers below a single six-inch Kevlar midrange driver, rounded out by the one-inch alloy dome tweeter.
• Read a review of Bowers & Wilkins Top of the Line speaker - the B&W 800 Diamond by Andrew Robinson from HomeTheaterReview.com.
The 703 has a reported frequency response of 38Hz-25kHz and bears a sensitivity rating of 90dB into a eight-ohm load. The 703 is crossed over at 350Hz and 4kHz to ensure a rich, full-range sound and to keep the sensitivity up, making the 703 an easy speaker to drive with most integrated amps, budget separates and/or home theater receivers.
Continue on to Page 2 to learn about the high points and low points of the 703s.