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Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 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. Comments about the treble quality and size are overall positive. The design and price also get good views, whereas the bass quality and reliability get negative reviews.

sound, price, design, size, treble quality

reliability, bass quality

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 92/100 = 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

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I would by this product again


Great speakers!!!

Nov, 2015

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B&W's 685 S2 is a sweet performer.


Love these pair of speakers from B&W. I've heard them in the store and tried them after listening to the salesperson who introduced me to the 686 S2. Hands down this is the better sounding of the two. Hefty bass and much fuller sound. Perfect for a...

Jun, 2015

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