Bowers & Wilkins turned some heads and earned some praise (from us, here) when it introduced the CM10 speaker last year, which incorporates technologies from the company’s higher-end speaker lines. Now, Bowers & Wilkins is updating the entire CM Series to reflect these changes, adding the Decoupled Double Dome tweeter and other refinements to every model in the line.
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The new Bowers & Wilkins CM Series dramatically improves on the audiophile-quality performance and luxurious design for which the series is renowned. Combining the latest Bowers & Wilkins technologies – including Decoupled Double Dome tweeters – plus refined new styling and an entirely new addition to the range, the result is truly beautiful sound.
The introduction of Bowers & Wilkins Decoupled Double Dome tweeter to 2013’s CM10 led to not just awards but, more importantly, massively improved audio performance. So the next logical step was to bring the same technology to the rest of the CM Series. For the first time, the entire CM Series features these outstanding new tweeters, while the CM10 S2 and the completely new CM6 S2 boast tweeter-on-top technology for an even more engaging performance.
Bowers & Wilkins Double Dome tweeters use a thin aluminum dome surrounded by a thicker aluminum ring for the perfect combination of lightness and rigidity, helping prevent audible distortion. The result is stunning clarity and tonal purity. In the new CM Series, this advanced tweeter is also decoupled – using a ring of gel cushioning to physically separate the assembly from the cabinet – to improve dispersion and imaging for an even more natural, spacious treble.
The CM10 S2 and the new CM6 S2 also benefit from a tweeter-on-top design – a feature shared with our most advanced reference speaker range, the 800 Series Diamond. Isolating the tweeter in this way aids imaging and dispersion, creating a more lifelike sound and a better sense of space.
These tweeter advances are just the first of many improvements; the new CM Series has been redesigned to deliver vastly improved audiophile-standard performance across the board. New crossovers use respected Mundorf capacitors throughout, while Anti-Resonance dustcaps are employed across all bass/midrange drive units for smoother response and lower coloration. These improvements augment existing CM Series technologies, such as FST midrange drive units in the CM8 S2, CM9 S2 and CM Centre 2 S2, plus in the flagship CM10 S2, the additional clarity of a decoupled FST assembly.
The new CM Series also look more beautiful than ever before. They retain the high-quality, real-wood cabinets for which the range is renowned, but visible fixings have been removed for a cleaner, more subtle look. Yet even these visual improvements lead to acoustic benefits, as the incredibly solid cabinets and fixingless fascias help improve sound quality. The new, acoustically optimized and protective circular tweeter grilles further enhance the look of the new CM Series, while also protecting the tweeter.
Sitting pretty between the studio-quality speakers of the Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond and the surprisingly affordable new 600 Series, the new CM Series delivers stunning audiophile sound quality and subtle, stylish design perfect for home audio. The new CM Series truly is beautiful sound.
The CM10 S2 remains the flagship floorstanding speaker in the range and has been brought visually into line with the rest of the new models. As well as a Decoupled Double Dome tweeter on top, physically removed from the main cabinet for vastly improved audio performance without distortion – a technique taken from the tweeters in Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond – the CM10 S2 features three powerful 165mm bass drivers and a decoupled FST midrange driver.
Joining the CM10 S2 with a Decoupled Double Dome tweeter-on-top design is the completely new CM6 S2. It features a 165mm bass/midrange driver, with the overall result being superb imaging and spaciousness for a standmount speaker. It is the first standmount CM Series speaker to benefit from tweeter-on-top technology.
The CM9 S2 and CM8 S2 are the two remaining floorstanding speakers in the range. Both feature Decoupled Double Dome tweeters, FST midrange drivers and two bass drivers. The new CM8 is designed with a slimmer profile to fit a wider range of room sizes and configurations while still delivering amazing clarity, detail and realism.
The CM5 S2 and CM1 S2 are the range’s two other standmount speakers. Both models employ new Decoupled Double Dome tweeter technology plus a host of other engineering advances, making for compact and discreet speakers that still deliver ample power plus pin-sharp precision.
The CM Centre S2 and CM Centre 2 S2 also use Decoupled Double Dome tweeters, while the CM Centre 2 S2 benefits from an FST midrange driver plus a pair of symmetrically arranged bass drivers to deliver superb centre channel performance. This makes the new CM Series ideal not just for stereo music but also for home cinema use.
The ASW10CM S2 subwoofer features a 10-inch drive unit paper/Kevlar driver driven by a highly efficient 500W audiophile standard Class D amplifier and switch-mode power supply.
Completing the range is the new FS-CM S2 stand, with improved finish and design detailing to not only provide a supremely stable platform for the CM1 S2, CM5 S2 or CM6 S2 but also a perfect visual counterpart for the new models’ beautiful design.
All new CM Series speakers are available in Gloss Black, Rosenut and Satin White finishes, except the ASW10CM S2, which is available in Gloss Black and Satin White. The FS-CM stand is available in Black and Silver finishes.
The new CM Series is available from September 2014
• The new CM1 is priced $1100 per pair
• The new CM5 is priced $1600 per pair
• The new CM6 is priced $2000 per pair
• The new CM8 is priced $2400 per pair
• The new CM9 is priced $3200 per pair
• The CM10 is priced $4000 per pair
• The new CM Centre is priced $700 each
• The new CM Centre 2 is priced $1250 each
• The new ASW10CM S2 $1500 each
• The new FS-CM stand is priced $500 per pair
• Bowers & Wilkins CM10 Floorstanding Speakers reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Bowers & Wilkins Panorama Soundbar reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Bowers & Wilkins 805 Diamond Bookshelf Loudspeakers reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.