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NEW B&W 800 Diamond Series

The world’s best loudspeaker range introduces all-new industrial design plus a range of breakthrough technologies to set even higher standards for outright sound quality. How do you improve on the world’s most successful and iconic range of high-end loudspeakers? Bowers & Wilkins solution combines continuous improvement of every component in each design with innovative and proprietary technology that re-imagines the fundamental basics of a conventional loudspeaker drive unit: the new, unique and revolutionary Biomimetic Suspension.

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800 SERIES DIAMOND

The new 800 Series Diamond range continues to feature seven models, beginning with the two-way 805 D4 stand-mount speaker, joined by a series of three-way floorstanding models, including the 804 D4, 803 D4, and 802 D4. Bowers & Wilkins is pleased to reintroduce an iconic name to its portfolio for the flagship model in the range, with the launch of 801 D4 to replace the existing 800 D3. The HTM81 D4 and HTM82 D4 provide a pair of high-performance center channel speakers to complete the range for home theater use. 
Every new model in the range combines hundreds of detail improvements plus several entirely new technologies to create the most transparent, detailed, and natural-sounding series of loudspeakers Bowers & Wilkins has ever produced.

 

Refined Design

Refined, elegant cabinet proportions plus luxurious, premium detailing combine to make this the most premium 800 Series Diamond range yet.
The first and most obvious change is the addition of a fourth finish to the line-up. The new range now includes a Satin Walnut finish, joining the established selection of Gloss Black, White, and Satin Rosenut.
Every stereo model in the range also enjoys a significantly upgraded cabinet design with an all-new rigid, cast aluminum top section to improve cabinet quietness. 
Finally, the range introduces three entirely new cabinet forms. The 805 D4 and 804 D4 stereo models adopt the reverse-wrap cabinet design, dramatically increasing the overall rigidity of the complete system. It also allows crossovers to now be mounted in dedicated spaces on the rear.

 

Continuum Cone, FST & Biomimetic Suspension

The result of an eight-year research program, the composite Continuum Cone – used for both midrange and mid/bass applications – is already famed for its open, transparent, and neutral performance. When used as a midrange drive unit, it is combined with their Fixed Suspension Transducer (FST) midrange technology, which carefully avoids the coloration.
Now, Bowers & Wilkins has combined the twin benefits of Continuum and FST with an all-new advance that transforms the other key element of a drive unit’s regular operation: the fabric spider. Over decades of it has remained essentially unchanged – until now.
The all-new composite Biomimetic Suspension replaces the conventional fabric spider with a minimalist composite suspension system that revolutionizes midrange cone performance by reducing unwanted air pressure. The result is unprecedented midrange transparency and realism.

 

Decoupled Midrange & Turbine Head

Midrange drive units include a highly stiff all-aluminum chassis featuring Tuned Mass Dampers (TMD) to quieten any resonance in all three-way models. These complete drive units and motor systems are then isolated on sprung-mounted decoupling mounts, further restricting the flow of vibration into the assembly. The HTM81 D4 and HTM82 D4 introduce a new and similar concept but inside their cabinets: Each center-channel model now features an internal aluminum enclosure that provides a stiff, well-isolated housing for the midrange drive unit and its decoupling mechanism.

Solid Body Tweeter

An exceptionally stiff enclosure is required to minimize the unwanted transfer of resonance into each model’s Diamond Dome tweeters. The new 800 Series Diamond introduces a revised version of the iconic Solid Body Tweeter housing; this continues to be machined from a solid piece of aluminum, but now it features an elongated form (almost 30cm/12in long) with a longer internal tube-loading system.
The new decoupled Solid Body Tweeter assembly from the speaker body or Turbine Head (depending on model) in two locations rather than one: this notably improves spaciousness and openness. At the same time, the tweeter’s motor assembly has been re-engineered to allow the drive unit to ‘breathe’ more effectively with no loss of performance. The result is a notable reduction in the resonant frequency behind the tweeter dome.

 

reverse wrap

Reverse-Wrap Cabinet & Matrix

An exceptionally stiff enclosure is required to minimize the unwanted transfer of resonance into each model’s Diamond Dome tweeters. The new 800 Series Diamond introduces a revised version of the iconic Solid Body Tweeter housing; this continues to be machined from a solid piece of aluminum, but now it features an elongated form (almost 30cm/12in long) with a longer internal tube-loading system.
The new decoupled Solid Body Tweeter assembly from the speaker body or Turbine Head (depending on model) in two locations rather than one: this notably improves spaciousness and openness. At the same time, the tweeter’s motor assembly has been re-engineered to allow the drive unit to ‘breathe’ more effectively with no loss of performance. The result is a notable reduction in the resonant frequency behind the tweeter dome.

 

plinth

Aluminium Plinth

The 804 D4 now joins the other floor-standing models in the 800 Series Diamond range by offering a downwards-firing Flowport bass port and a rock-solid foundation to control unwanted resonance. The upgraded M12 spikes and feet are both more stable and stiffer than the outgoing M6 designs.
803 D4, 802 D4, and 801 D4 use the same arrangement of downwards-firing Flowport, solid aluminum plinth, and constrained layer steel damping but retain the wheel-plus-spike configuration introduced in 2015, making each model easier to maneuver to the perfect listening position than any rival design.

 

Aerofoil Cone

The Aerofoil Cone is a composite bass cone with a varying thickness designed to offer maximum stiffness where it is most needed while preserving a low mass. Alongside revised and optimized motor systems, each floorstanding speaker in the 800 Series Diamond range now combines its Aerofoil Cones with a new foam Anti Resonance Plug. They gently brace the voice coil and lowers distortion as the cone moves through its operating range, ensuring even cleaner bass. Together, all these advances deliver unprecedented performance. 

 

 

NEW 800 D4 Lineup

Although Bowers & Wilkins always aim for acoustic excellence, they also create designs that are beautifully crafted, meaningful and elegant. The 800 Series Diamond is no exception, with its distinctive proportions, fastidious construction, and luxurious detailing.

FEATURES
• Leather by Connolly • Reverse wrap cabinetry adopted across entire range
• Four elegant finishes • Anodised Tweeter-on-Top with etched finishing

801 D4

801 D4
The flagship: a loudspeaker that sets the standard other high-end designs will be judged by for years to come.

802 D4

802 D4
Using the same proportions as the flagship model and the same 6in FST midrange cone, the 802 D4 is a great performer.

803 D4

803 D4
An elegantly proportioned headed loudspeaker, the 803 D4 makes the benefits of a headed loudspeaker more widely accessible.

8014 D4

804 D4
With a more traditional aesthetic than its turbine-headed siblings, the floorstanding 804 D4 excels thanks to a stiff, curved cabinet.

805 D4

805 D4
The 805 D4 is the perfect choice for the audiophile who prefers a smaller standmount loudspeaker. It’s perfectly honed and accurate.

HTM81 D4

HTM81 D4
High-performance three-way center channel with 6in FST midrange, suitable for use with 802 D4 and 801 D4.

8014 D4

HTM82 D4
Three-way center channel with 5in FST midrange, suitable for use with 803 D4 and 804 D4.

FS-805 D4

FS-805 D4
New floor stand, perfect for use with 805 D4. Available in black
or silver finishes.

FS-HTM D4

FS-HTM D4
New center-channel stand, perfect for use with HTM81 D4
or HTM82 D4.

 

4 Luxurious Finishes

The NEW 800 D4 Series comes in 4 luxurious finishes, with new names that have evolved from the previous generation.
The top section of every stereo model features an aluminum top-plate, covered in all-new Leather by Connolly trim. B&W uses luxurious, full-grain black leather for Gloss Black and Satin Rosenut finishes, and a light grey leather for White and Satin Walnut. Speaker grilles are now individual units and round, to match each drive unit. They attach magnetically.

Gloss Black

Gloss Black
Black Grille & Leather

Rosenut

Satin Rosenut
Black Grille & Leather

White

White
Grey Grille & Leather

Satin walnut

Satin Walnut
Grey Grille & Leather

 

 

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