Music is meant to be shared; nothing beats the rush of experiencing music with others. But there’s a catch. Although concerts and live events are often fantastic, all too often something is missing from the experience: sound quality. It’s a problem that got us thinking: what if we could take the hi-fi experience and scale it up to fill a gig venue? From that idea, the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System was born. The Sound System will not be commercially produced but you can experience it at Bowers & Wilkins music events.
Sound System overcomes the problems of dynamic compression inherent in traditional PA systems by adapting the acoustic design of our flagship hi-fi and studio speakers in a massively enlarged format. The foundation of each Sound System stack is its four rock solid, fully braced low frequency enclosures, which incorporate tried and tested Bowers & Wilkins bass driver technology. Each Sound System stack also features four mid/high frequency enclosures, incorporating two mid/bass units, an FST Kevlar midrange driver and four Nautilus tube-loaded high frequency drivers.
Each of the four low frequency enclosures incorporates two 380mm (15”) Rohacell composite drivers; customised versions of those in our CT800 system. Flowports take care of bass loading and a Sound System module of four LF enclosures is capable of an extraordinary 120dB at 8m.
The specially made cabinet enclosures are unlike anything else ever manufactured by Bowers & Wilkins. However the internal Matrix bracing system and Flowport technology are key Bowers & Wilkins innovations from our production speakers.
Jamie xx is an English music producer and remix artist, who is known both as a solo act and as a member of the London-based band The xx.5 June 2015
For over a decade now Primavera Sound has been offering consistently successful musical events. This Barcelona music promoter has, since its modest beginnings, developed a strong commitment to music so that spectators of different generations can enjoy live music to the full.28 - 30 May 2015
WOMAD festival has been a pioneer when it comes to global music for over twenty years, bringing sounds and rhythms from all over the world to a devoted and passionate audience whether that be Jamaican Skank, Irish Folk, Indian Bhangra, or the rhythms of Mali.24 - 26 July
Øyafestivalen is an annual Norwegian music festival. It has grown quickly since its modest start in 1999 and has now become one of Norway's biggest festivals.11 - 15 August
A large number of live electronic music concerts and Dj sessions by national and international Djs will make up the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System programme that for the second consecutive year will be part of the musical event in the Parc del Fòrum from Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th May in the framework of Primavera Sound.