This summer, Bowers & Wilkins will launch three new architectural speakers that feature technologies employed in the premium 800 Diamond Series speaker line. All three models–including the CWM8.5 D two-way in-wall speaker ($1,900 each) and the CCM8.5 D two-way in-ceiling speaker ($2,400 each)–use a Diamond dome tweeter and Continuum cone midrange driver, and the top-of-the-line CWM8.3 D three-way in-wall (shown here, $3,700 each) adds two 7-inch Aerofoil woofers. Optional back boxes are available.
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The new CI800 Series Diamond takes custom installation performance to the next level, thanks to technological innovations from the flagship Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond. Three new models feature Diamond dome tweeters, Continuum and Aerofoil cones to deliver audiophile performance from virtually invisible loudspeakers.
The new Bowers & Wilkins CI800 Series Diamond custom installation range is engineered for discerning customers who demand great sound that fits seamlessly into the aesthetics of their home.
This exceptional range of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers features cutting-edge transducer technologies that include Diamond dome tweeters, Continuum midrange drivers and Aerofoil bass cones, developed over eight years of intensive research to launch the globally renowned 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers.
For the first time, a custom installation range benefits from tweeters made from Diamond. The most accurate high-frequency drive unit available, this exceptionally stiff and light diaphragm ensures pure, distortion-free treble. Decoupling the tweeters from the body of the loudspeaker also reduces unwanted vibrations from the other drive units, for sound that is more precise and accurate.
The CI800 Series Diamond also introduces the Continuum cones–a remarkable new midrange driver technology that offers a massive step forward in midrange performance. Continuum is the result of an eight-year research and development project and was first introduced in the flagship 800 Series Diamond. It delivers pristine midrange transparency and flawless vocal delivery. For optimum discretion when installed, the Continuum cone is here given a dark finish.
The range’s only three-way loudspeaker also benefits from using ultra-light yet exceptionally stiff low- frequency Aerofoil drivers. These drivers use carbon-fibre skins encapsulating a syntactic foam in an all-new computer-optimized curved geometry. Originally developed for the 800 Series Diamond, Aerofoil cones deliver incredible bass performance.
The CI800 Series Diamond features back boxes that are fully Matrix braced, for extra rigidity and improved performance. The boxes also include bi-wirable cables that are guided to the terminal panel through tubes and connect to the baffle with a multi-pin connector. This means that the installation can be done in two stages, so the more delicate elements of the speaker can be located once the trades have finished on a build.
Importantly, the range has also been developed to fit into existing CI800 Series back boxes, enabling customers who purchased the original loudspeakers to upgrade easily.
The CWM8.3 D is a three-way in-wall speaker, conceived to offer the very best performance for a customer requiring great sound without seeing the source. It features a decoupled Diamond dome tweeter, a 5-inch Continuum FST midrange drive unit and two 7-inch Aerofoil low-frequency drivers. The central baffle is rotatable, so the CWM8.3 D can be used in either vertical or horizontal alignment.
The CWM8.5 D is a two-way in-wall speaker. It offers exceptionally high performance from a compact model. It features a decoupled Diamond dome tweeter and a single 7-inch bass/mid Continuum driver with anti-resonance plug.
The CCM8.5 D is a two-way in-ceiling speaker, which offers high-quality acoustics in an incredibly discreet package. It features a decoupled Diamond dome tweeter and a single 7-inch bass/mid Continuum driver with anti-resonance plug. All the drive units are located in a continuously rotatable mini-baffle, which allows the user to ‘toe in’ the drive units of the loudspeaker for the best performance.
CWM8.3D – $3,700 each (back box $800)
CWM8.5D – $1,900 each (back box $600)
CCM8.5D – $2,400 each (back box $600)
All models available Summer 2017.
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