Technologies
 

Technologies

By using our most refined drive unit technologies, developed for reference-standard speakers such as the 800 Series Diamond, we've been able to hone the speaker down to its purest essentials. The CM Series uses minimalist crossovers of remarkable simplicity and quality, so what you hear is that much closer to the sound of the original recording. In its functional perfection of understated elegance, it's nothing less than a masterpiece. Pure and simple.

Aluminium Tweeters

Aluminium tweeters

Most Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers use aluminium dome tweeters. The combination of lightness and rigidity they offer means that they capture the subtleties of music, such as delicate brush strokes across the surface of a cymbal with amazing accuracy. Our latest aluminium tweeters feature a ‘crowned’ voice-coil bobbin and a silver-plated pole piece, extending the bandwidth well over an octave above the limits of human hearing, and rendering a separate ‘supertweeter’ quite unnecessary.

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Kevlar

Kevlar

Kevlar® has been Bowers & Wilkins’ cone material of choice since 1974, and with good reason. Not only does it deliver a cleaner sound, it can do so to a wider group of listeners. The distinctive yellow cones are found on almost all Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers.

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FST

FST

FST™ mid-range drive units maximises the effects of Kevlar® by improving cone response times and integrity of sound transmission. As the mid-range diaphragm only moves a little, Bowers & Wilkins has improved outer edge cone termination by means of ‘surroundless’ suspension, for the cleanest mid-range performance in the business.

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Nautilus Tapering Tubes

Nautilus Tapering Tubes

Not all sound generated by speaker drive units is good sound. The kind that emerges from the back of a working driver, into a conventional box cabinet, can bounce around and make a mess of the good sound coming out of the front. Bowers & Wilkins’ trailblazing Nautilus™ speaker found a way around boxes. Tapering tubes filled with absorbent wadding soaked up the wayward sound energy and reduced resonances to an insignificant minimum.

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Crossover

Crossover

We carry out exhaustive listening tests rigorously assessing the performance of each component until we find the optimum component for each position in the circuit. Fine-tuning by ear is only possible if the crossover is simple and the section of the crossover that perhaps benefits most from our policy of listen-and-learn is the part handling the signal for the tweeter. In most Bowers & Wilkins speakers, it is carried by a single, ear-chosen component that preserves the very finest detail.

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Flowport

Flowport

Bowers & Wilkins’s Flowport™ minimises turbulence in the same way as a golf ball. Dimples on the surface generate tiny eddy currents over which air can flow smoothly, reducing turbulence, and improving performance. This is because if turbulence occurs as the air moves in and out of the port, you’ll hear extraneous noise and, as you turn the volume up, the bass won’t be as tight and well timed as it should be. 

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More to explore

CM Series

CM Series

No artificial additives has been our approach to sound quality from the start and it’s the same with the CM Series.

CM Series
800 Series Diamond

800 Series Diamond

Discover the world's best loudspeakers. Now with the clarity of diamond in every speaker in the range.

800 Series
Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios

Read why the world's finest recording studio is a keen advocate of Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series loudspeakers.

Abbey Road Studios
Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship

Steady hands, watchful eyes, and the finest natural materials all play a vital role in our production process.

Craftsmanship

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