During the time I spent listening to the 702 S2, some visitors from Rega came over to install a Naiad turntable. I contemplated changing the speakers as the Naiad costs some ten times that of the 702 S2s, but actually didn’t bother as the speakers seemed perfectly able to distinguish between the turntables and indeed the phono stages we had available.
This is a particularly fine loudspeaker, especially considering that it costs so much less than the 800-series models, yet offers a standard of performance that can certainly give the 802 D3 a run for its money. The latter will manage to beat this upstart over the long haul, but the sonic difference between them is nowhere near as large as the pricetag differential might suggest.
Drive Units: 1x25mm (1 in) Carbon Dome tweeter: 1× ø150mm (6 in) Continuum cone FST midrange: 3×165mm (6.5 in) Aerofoil Profile bass
Bandwidth: -6dB at 28Hz and 33kHz
Frequency response: 45Hz - 28kHz ±3dB
Sensitivity: 90dB spl (2.83VRMS, 1m)
Distortion 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m) <1% 86Hz - 28kHz, <0.5% 110Hz - 20kHz
Power Handling: 30W–300W
Finishes: Gloss black, white, Rosenut
Size (W×H×D): 200 × 994 × 337mm
Price: £3,300 per pair
Manufactured by: Bowers & Wilkins
Tel: 0800 232 1513 (UK only)