Bowers & Wilkins’ Premium 800 Series Diamond Bows
Bowers & Wilkins will begin shipping in October the seven-model 800 Series Diamond – a flagship speaker grouping, and one that the company is touting as a totally reimagined followup to the 800 series it has offered since 2005.
Doug Henderson, president of Bowers & Wilkins Group/USA, termed the launch “the biggest in the company’s history,” with the models carrying a roster of technological innovations including a new midrange cone material, Continuum – a replacement for Kevlar, which had been the company’s go-to material since the mid-’70s. The new material had been explored since 2007 and this year, its design was finalized “for optimized and controlled flexibility,” according to Stuart Nevill, head of engineering, who called the series “not an evolution – a revolution,” and who conducted a thorough discussion of its features at a New York City-based technical presentation on Sept. 9. He added that Continuum offers smoother frequency response, better directivity, lower distortion in every regard, and great linearity.
“The investment was in the millions to create this range,” added Henderson, pointing out that for the discriminating music-listener, “what price can you put on hearing [artists] perform to the full measure of their artistry?” The series boasts all-new component parts save for the diamond tweeter, which was part of the preceding 800 series; the new diamond tweeter does, however, boast design refinements, said Nevill.