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Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2

Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2
alaScore 93

96 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 reviews of Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the size. The price also gets good feedback, but there are some less positive reviews about the reliability.

design, price, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Ty Pendlebury (

B&W 685 S2 review


It's been said many times but I'll say it again: If you want to get the best performance from your home audio system, spend your money on speakers. Not on the receiver, or the amp, or the source device or (please, no) the cables, but on the speakers.

The Bowers and Wilkins 685 S2 bookshelf speakers offer excellent sound quality in an attractive, stand-mountable package. Their versatile sound can handle both music and movies well. The redesigned tweeter offers better insight into recordings without...

Bass could go deeper; somewhat uninspiring looks.

Whether you listen to death metal or nature documentaries, the Bowers and Wilkins B&W 685 S2s are an astoundingly good set of speakers and an excellent deal at this price level.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

B&W 685 S2 review


They may have lost a star, but the 685 S2s remain highly respected standmounters

Huge scale and excellent dynamics ; Authoritative ; Clear, precise and agile ; Deep, rich bass ; Punchy, refined and entertaining sound ; Distinctive design

New rivals offer greater detail and subtlety

Former champ beaten by some brilliant newcomers – but still good

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Greg Borrowman (

B&W 685 S2 Review & Test


The new B&W 685 S2 is not only a significantly better speaker than the original; it’s also one of the best small two-way designs I’ve ever heard.

Consumer review (

Great high end and midrange


I am delighted with this speaker which I use in combination with a BIC subwoofer. The combined sound is phenomenal. Without the sub, the low end is shallow. I use the speakers exclusively for audio. The highs are super crisp and detailed without being...

high end truly sizzles


Feb, 2015

Consumer review (

Perfect for music lovers!!!


The sound is so crisp from these speakers! I am just starting my higher end home theater system and was worried that starting with just two bookshelves was not going to cut it! These speakers have pleasantly surprised me!!! Will be getting more!

Mar, 2016

Consumer review (

Excellent Musical Bookshelf Speaker


I was in the need to upgrade my bookshelf speakers and began listening to various HI-FI brands around my area such as KEF, Focal, Monitor Audio, and B&W. The KEF LS50 were my favorite, nice 3D presentation, but for my budget I really loved the 685...

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (

Very nice


Too many people think you have to go with towers for a full sound. These bookshelfs offer fantastic sounds with a reasonable amount of base. The soundstage is a little narrow for a monitor speaker but they work well in a home theater setup.

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (

Worth the Money!


Very nice and clean sound. I came from Bose 301's to these, and I can say that I am pleasantly surprised at how much cleaner sounding these speakers are. The Bose 301's definitely have more bass in them; however, the overall mid-range sounds produced...

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (

Believe the hype - seriously good speakers


I've been trying to replace my beloved Monitor Audio GR10's since I stupidly sold them to a friend (side note: If you have speakers you really love, don't think because you are willing to spend a bunch of money, that you will better them). In the past...

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (

Fantastic sound


A great addition to the other B&W speakers in my theater.

Jan, 2016

Product Specifications


Recommended amplifier power (max):100
Recommended amplifier power (min):25


Crossover frequency:4000
Frequency range:45 - 50000 / 52 - 22000
RMS rated power:100


Color of product:Black / Black, White / White


Amplifier: No
Audio output channels:1.0
Driver diameter:6.5
Driver size:6.5
Multi-Room Streaming (MRS) support:N
Number of drivers:1
Number of Speakers:1
Recommended usage:Speaker set unit / Universal
Speaker placement:Floor
Speaker position:Front
Speaker type:2-Way
Subwoofer driver diameter (imperial):6.5
Suitable for outdoor use:N
Tweeter:Y / Yes
Tweeter diameter:0.984 / 1
Tweeter Size:1

Packaging Content

Quick installation guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


Bass reflex: Yes
Equalizer: No

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Speaker interface type:Banana
Wireless technologies:Wired


Power source type:AC

Weight & Dimensions