Bowers & Wilkins product showcase

With the release of the 800 Series Diamond loudspeaker range, we look at some of the best commercial speakers in the world

  • Bowers & Wilkins has long been considered one of the premier makers of hi-fi speakers in the world, with B&W products often considered the cream of the crop. Founder John Bowers gave the company one goal: to develop the perfect speaker. We take a look at B&W's products (and can only dream of one day owning a set of speakers from the iconic brand).

  • Zeppelin ($999.95 RRP)

    The Zeppelin is Bower & Wilkins’ iPod dock. The designers felt that the iPod’s click wheel was the main interface point for the Zeppelin, so why hide it? Instead of concealing it, the iPod is mounted on an arm that lets the user still access the click wheel.
  • Zeppelin (Cont.)

    Although it’s still a relatively compact unit, Bowers & Wilkins has ensured that quality has not been compromised. For high frequencies, the dock uses a pair of tweeters that employ an adapted version of B&W's trademark Nautilus tweeter tube.
  • P5 ($499 rrp)

    The P5 headphones give the listener the most natural experience possible, according to Bowers & Wilkins. Specially developed ultra-linear neodymium magnets and highly optimised Mylar diaphragms ensure that no adjustments via the equaliser need to be made.
  • P5 (Cont.)

    Metal faceplates and sealed ear pads in a closed-design balances your music with the right amount of ambient sound. Bowers & Wilkins also preach comfort with the P5: New Zealand sheep leather is used on the headband and ear pads.
  • 800 Series Diamond ($37,000 rrp per pair)

    Yes, the ‘diamond’ in the 800 Series Diamond name actually has a purpose. According to Bowers & Wilkins, diamond is the perfect material for the tweeters in the company's speakers. Its combination of lightness and incredible stiffness also makes it solid tweeter material, capable of producing high frequencies way beyond the range of human hearing.
  • 800 Series Diamond (Cont.)

    Used by audio engineers including at the famous Abbey Road Studios, the 800 Series Diamond is one of the flagship speakers of Bowers & Wilkins.
  • MM1 ($699 rrp)

    The MM1 speakers are just like hi-fi speakers but shrunk to fit on your desk. They feature the same tweeter technology used by Abbey Road Studios to dampen resonance and produce high-end frequencies.
  • MM1 (Cont.)

    The MM1 has two drivers, one dedicated to bass and midrange frequencies and another for the treble so it sounds just like a hi-fi loudspeaker.
  • Nautilus ($120,000 rrp)

    A result of five-years of research and design, the Nautilus is Bowers & Wilkins’ flagship product. According to the company, it is the closest thing to the ‘perfect speaker’.

    The 4-way active loudspeaker system comes in midnight blue, black or silver and Bowers & Wilkins says that it will "shape the direction of the audio industry well into the new millennium."

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