Craftsmanship
Side photo of the Bowers & Wilkins PM1 in Mocha Gloss with grille on

Object of desire

At Bowers & Wilkins we understand that for many people audio quality isn’t the only consideration when deciding upon a loudspeaker. And while we would never place design considerations above acoustics, we appreciate that the look and feel of a loudspeaker is important. But we don’t need to explain ourselves; one look at the PM1 should be all you need to understand.

The Nautilus tube-loaded tweeter on top, the curved baffle, the Kevlar drive unit, are all included for technological, audio-related reasons. But they also come together visually, to create an aesthetically pleasing whole. Add to that the Mocha Gloss wood panels and matching stand, and we’re confident that the PM1 is not only the most refined sounding small speaker we have ever produced. It’s also one of the most desirable.

Close up of the PM1 matrix bracing system

Inner strength

The measure of any speaker cabinet is its strength and rigidity. The aim is to create a totally still, inert structure: to stamp out the slightest hint of vibration that can cause resonance within the speaker and colour the sound it produces. With a speaker as powerful and finely tuned as the PM1, cabinet bracing is even more important.

Pick up a PM1, and you can tell straight away that you’re holding a reassuringly solid speaker. What’s less obvious is the internal architecture that makes it so. Just like our flagship 800 Series Diamond, the PM1 uses our Matrix bracing system, a grid of extremely strong interlocking panels that keep the speaker rock-solid and immobile. So all you hear is the drive units, and not the cabinet that surrounds them.

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