B&W 703 S3 Loudspeaker Review
May 7, 2023 §
Play to its strengths, with the quiet, string motifs of ‘Winter 2’ from Max Richter [Recomposed… Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Deutsche Grammophon 4862769], or the aforementioned Doors tracks, and the 703 S3 appears to be the steal of the century. With the more congested midrange mania of Motörhead’s ‘Killed By Death’ [No Remorse; Sanctuary Records 2748857], however, you might seek a little more snarl and edge.
A counter to this minor quibble is the ability of the 703 S3s to respond to a serious push. Fed the massed strings, thrilling woodwind and forceful brass of Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, performed by the Berlin Philharmoniker/Herbert Von Karajan [9 Symphonies; Deutsche Grammophon 96kHz/24-bit], the speakers punched back with a big, detailed but composed performance as I dialled up the volume. Evidently B&W’s 703s S3s are themselves something of an ode to joy
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