Bowers & Wilkins Original 686 Loudspeaker


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We currently have limited stock of the original Bowers & Wilkins 686 loudspeaker. This highly impressive bookshelf has recently been replaced by the S2 version, however the original 686 is still an exceptional speaker for its low-price point and is still proving to be highly popular, even while competing with its sucessor. 

We love the B&W 686 bookshelf speaker – whether partnering a mini system, finishing off a Sonos system or upgrading a separates system, we love the sonics and aesthetics of the B&W 686, it is pure class, and we don’t know of any other budget price mini monitor that can beat it.

The Bowers & Wilkins 2 way 686 has a 130mm bass midrange driver and 25mm aluminium Nautilus loaded tweeter for sensational performance. The high quality of the drive units has allowed B&W to simplify the crossover network for a more transparent sound, without compromising the speakers efficiency.

Bi-wire speaker terminals allow you to upgrade your speaker cable for improved sound quality.

We do not believe their is a superior mini monitor than the fantastic B&W 686 for the price, so believe the reviews, it really is as good as every one says, you will be very happy with this speaker. The only question remaining is 'shall I choose black ash or red cherry finish or even the new matte white finish?'

Model B&W 686
Type 2  way bass reflex
Drivers Bass midrange - 130mm woven kevlar
Nautilus loaded tweeter - 25mm aluminium dome
 Design  Bass reflex loaded
 Stand mount or bookshelf mount
 Finishes  Red cherry, black ash, matte white
Dimensions W x H x D 170 x 265 x 284mm
Weight 5kg

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Shipping CostsMainland UK (Next-Day)Offshore/Out-of-reach (2-day)Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Scottish Islands, Scilly IslandsRepublic of Ireland (2-day)
Under £50 Orders £7.50 £12.50 £15.00
Over £50 Orders FREE £19.99 £29.99
Surcharge Orders £50.00 £69.99 £79.99
Saturday Delivery £12.99 N/A N/A
Sunday Delivery £12.99 N/A N/A
Saturday by 12 Delivery £35 N/A N/A


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