Bowers & Wilkins Release New 800 Series Diamond

by Caleb Yorke

19th October, 2015

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Bowers & Wilkins Release New 800 Series Diamond

Almost 40 years after the inception of the 800 Series from Bowers & Wilkins, the brand has now set the new standard that other loudspeakers attempt to follow as they re-write the rules of high-end loudspeaker performance with the new Diamond loudspeakers. 

The new 800 Series Diamond redefines what is possible from a Hi-Fi loudspeaker with the new range of loudspeakers being the result of an intensive seven-year project to make the best even better.

Bowers & Wilkins have developed a reputation as a brand with the desire to consistently produce class-leading loudspeakers. The entire manufacturing plant for these loudspeakers is located in West Sussex, UK, and was redesigned specifically for production of the new 800 Series Diamond. In doing so however, they have created a speaker that does not rely on its reputation alone to deliver superlative performance. 

The collection has been conceptualised through a combination of tireless research and development, advanced engineering, and countless hours of listening by the very best ears in the business. Bowers & Wilkins are very proud of the new 800 Series Diamond loudspeaker range, and say that it now places the listener that bit closer to the sound of the original recording than ever thought possible. 

Bowers & Wilkins Head of Research, Martial Rousseau says:

This is not a product update. This is a completely re-imagined entity. One of the sole remaining elements is the Diamond tweeter. We found it impossible to improve on the performance offered by diamond.

Re-imagined from the ground up, the exceptional Diamond dome tweeter has been retained, but the rest of the loudspeaker has been ruthlessly over-hauled to deliver an uncompromising high-fidelity sound. The new collection of the 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers involves a vast number of technological, engineering and acoustic innovations, combined to create a sublime listening experience. Most striking is the transformation of the midrange drive units. A new Continuum cone featuring superior acoustic properties replaces the Kevlar cones that have long been a major factor of the 800 Series’ blisteringly realistic midrange performance. 

Bass performance has also been dramatically improved by the introduction of the Aerofoil cone, which considerably reduces distortion thanks to the new cone geometry. These innovations, when teamed with improved cabinets, a more robust Matrix bracing system, a new solid body tweeter assembly and the vastly improved Turbine head design, mean the new 800 Series Diamond represents the nirvana of reference quality sound.

Boasting a new aesthetic that delivers a slender, more modern industrial design, the 800 Series Diamond collection come with the Turbine head constructed from a single piece of aluminium sitting on a sleek reverse-wrap cabinet crafted from layers of wood that have then been curved into shape under intense pressure. The end result of the new 800 Series inspires thoughts of architectural achievement with its sumptuous, acoustically derived lines.

Throughout the range – from the studio-quality 802 D3 to the more accessible 805 D3 – there is something to suit every audiophile preference. Imagined, designed and produced in the UK, the new 800 Series Diamond range is the pinnacle of British acoustic engineering achievement.

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Caleb Yorke

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