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B&W 600 super speakers, Classe 600w, NAD Master M32

8pm Wednesday 15th February, visitors welcome.

Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices
Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading
Melway Map 48 Ref G9
Contact: 9437 1249

 

Bowers & Wilkins B&W 800 D3 and B&W 805 D3 Convoy International is the Australian importer for what arguably is Britain's most famous loudspeaker company: Bowers and Wilkins. For half a century B&W has been building speakers, and their latest 800 series represents a landmark in the company's history. Specifically created to celebrate B&W's 50th anniversary, the 800 series has been re-invented, from the cabinets through to the drive units, just about every component has been newly developed.

 

Two models will be demonstrated on the night, the 800 D3 and the 805 D3 and in two different systems. The B&W 805 D3 will be first. This stand mounted speaker uses a 165mm bass/mid driver matched to B&W's famous Diamond Tweeter, quite a step up in materials from cloth or base metals that are usually used to build tweeters. Powering these speakers will be NAD's newest flagship integrated amplifier, the M32 from their 'Masters' series of hi-fi components.

 

Speaking of flagships, the second system will feature B&W's most distinctive looking model, the 800 D3. This three way floorstander with its Nautilus tube, in which the tweeter is mounted, the 'head' containing the midrange driver, and the bass unit, are all entirely new. Gone is the yellow coloured Kevlar material now upgraded to a metallised finish on the midrange cone. Just as striking is the new head, reshaped to enhance its rigidity, it now sits on the shoulders of the bass cabinet. The most obvious change is the curved front to the bass cabinet, into which are fixed circular metal mounts for the two 12-inch bass drivers.

 

To prevent cabinet vibrations and inhibit standing waves, a system B&W calls 'Matrix' bracing has been optimised, while the back of the cabinet gets a finned alloy heat-sink, it's not just there for looks. The B&W 800 D3 deserves a flagship system to show off their abilities. From the stables of Convoy, a pair of CLASSE mono blocks will power the speakers. The CA-M600 amplifiers put out 600 watts each, plenty of headroom for the speakers and the size of our room. The matching CLASSE CP-800 II Preamplifier/Processor will complete the system.

 

With such a distinguished brand of high-end speaker and amplification at the MAC, the best seats in the house are going to fill up very quickly.

 

Nick Karayanis

Program Co-ordinator

 

Ken Tripp
Wise and Wonderful Webmaster
Melbourne Audio Club, Inc.

http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au

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Woukd you care to comment in the performance difference between M32 ans M12/22 combo.

 

I have M51 and M22 with quite high end cables and wonfering if the direct digital M32 would perform better. I use stand mount speakers with stereo subs ... also considering 805D3.

Dale

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It was 4 months ago Dale.

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Yep, I realise it was a while back.   Just thought someone might recall why M32 was chosen instead of M12/M22. I am in Perth and there is no  NAD Masters dealer here.

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