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New Top End Bowers + Wilkins Diamond Speakers Get Major Overhaul

New Top End Bowers + Wilkins Diamond Speakers Get Major Overhaul

 

The overall has been described by Bowers and Wilkins as a
“technological, engineering and acoustic innovation” that reduce distortion
“dramatically.”

 

The line-up consists of the top-end 800 D3, whose price will
be announced early in 2016 as well as the 802 D3, 803 D3, 804 D3, 805 D3, and
the HTM1 D3 and HTM2 D3centre-channel speakers.

 

Almost all of the component parts of the new models, except
for the tweeter, are completely new, said research head Martial Rousseau. The
rest of the parts have been “thoroughly overhauled” in a design that was seven
years in the making, he said.

 

One of the biggest changes was the use of a new Continuum
midrange cone driver developed in-house to replace Kevlar drivers to further
heighten clarity, the company said. Bass has also been improved with the use of
an Aerofoil cone driver that “considerably reduces distortion,” the company
said.

 

Other changes include improved cabinets, more robust bracing
system, a new solid-body tweeter assembly, and an improved midrange enclosure.
Together, they mean “distortion has been reduced dramatically in every regard”
to deliver “inconceivable” levels of clarity, the company said.

 

A new industrial design preserves their predecessors’
aesthetic but with a more modern look, the company added. The cabinets are made
from layers of wood curved into shape under intense pressure.