Last year, PTA visited Sound United in Carlsbad CA to report on the new 700 Series from Bowers and Wilkins. This year, we’re sending Graig Neville to Carlsbad to cover the new debut of the Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Signature models–and you can see from the photos how beautiful they are.
Here’s the news release for the Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Signature loudspeakers:
Bowers & Wilkins introduces the 800 Series Signature – the ultimate version of its acclaimed 800 Series Diamond loudspeaker range
The new 801 D4 Signature further refines and advances the already reference-standard 801 D4, introducing all-new levels of insight and realism that truly put it in a class of its own. The new 800 Series Signature range also introduces the 805 D4 Signature, designed to bring category-defining levels of transparency and accuracy to a more compact loudspeaker footprint, making it the perfect choice for discerning listeners in smaller spaces.
Both 800 Series Signature models feature no-holds-barred performance upgrades based on unique, proprietary Signature technologies not found in other 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers. Combined with exclusive new finishes and luxurious detailing, the two new Signature loudspeakers are a level above the best.
Worthing, UK, 28th June: Bowers & Wilkins only uses the Signature name sparingly, reserving it for the rare and radically upgraded versions of its conventional loudspeakers and technologies. Since the brand was founded in 1966, only seven series of loudspeaker have carried the prestigious Signature mark – a reflection of its prestige and exclusivity.
The new Bowers & Wilkins 801 D4 Signature and 805 D4 Signature build on a heritage that stretches
back to the acclaimed Silver Signature loudspeaker of 1991, originally developed as a posthumous
tribute to the founder of the company, John Bowers. The new 800 Series Signature models build on the already exceptional performance and aesthetic benchmarks of the 801 D4 and 805 D4 models that form the basis of their respective designs, featuring carefully upgraded componentry plus luxurious and beautiful new finishes.
The new 801 D4 Signature and 805 D4 Signature represent the pinnacle of current Bowers & Wilkins thinking and design and as such should be viewed as the new flagships in the company’s loudspeaker portfolio.
A new statement in floorstanding loudspeakers
The larger model in the new 800 Series Signature range is the 801 D4 Signature, a powerful three-way floorstanding loudspeaker that builds on the specification of the iconic 801 D4 as found in Abbey Road Studios. Based on the brand’s Diamond Dome tweeter and Continuum™ Cone FST™ midrange drive unit, the 801 D4 Signature adds powerful twin 250mm (10”) Aerofoil Cone bass drivers with upgraded and improved magnets to their motor systems relative to the 801 D4 model. It also includes a radically enhanced aluminium top plate beneath its Turbine Head midrange enclosure; this new design uses a new optimised skeletal structure and carefully placed damping material to significantly reduce unwanted resonance from the top of the enclosure. The result is even more midrange transparency and openness to the already outstanding performance of the 801 D4.
The port output on 801 D4 Signature has received similarly significant upgrades; it is now cast from
aluminium, creating a stiffer and quieter structure that is less prone to unwanted port noise. In
combination with the updated Aerofoil Cone bass drivers, this results in even cleaner, lower
distortion and more accurate sounding bass.
As with all Signature models over the years, the 801 D4 Signature benefits from careful upgrades to its crossover aimed at further increasing transparency with new and upgraded bypass capacitors for every element of the assembly. Finally, the 801 D4 Signature introduces a new FEA-optimised design of tweeter grille mesh that builds on the already impressive transparency offered by existing Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers. The new mesh provides a new superior blend of transparency and stiffness,
allowing even more energy from the Diamond Dome tweeter into the room, while guarding the diaphragm against unwanted damage.
Our highest performance standmount ever
The 805 D4 Signature brings new standards of performance and capability in a smaller, more room-
friendly form factor than its mighty 800 Series Signature sibling. As with the larger 801 D4 Signature model, the 805 D4 Signature also includes an all-new grille mesh for more openness and transparency plus an upgraded crossover with new bypass capacitors. In addition, an all-new bass / midrange motor system features upgraded performance from its 165mm (6.5”) drive unit, ensuring both a cleaner delivery through the midrange plus more extended bass. Finally, it features mechanical revisions to its aluminium top plate aimed at further reducing unwanted noise and vibration from the structure.
To properly identify their prestigious position within the Bowers & Wilkins portfolio, both the 801 D4 Signature and 805 D4 Signature are only available in two exclusive new 800 Series Signature finishes. The Midnight Blue Metallic paint is the same as offered on the iconic Nautilus loudspeaker, featuring a total of eleven coats of paint and lacquer that are machine polished to a gleaming and lustrous finish. Excluding curing times, the paint application process alone is in excess of 18 hours of labour. Midnight Blue Metallic loudspeakers are further celebrated with a bespoke blue Leather by Connolly trim on the top plate.
Alternatively, both 800 Series Signature models can be purchased in an exceptional California Burl Gloss wood veneer, featuring unique wood figuring and a luxurious high gloss finish trimmed in black Leather by Connolly. The wood veneer is sustainably sourced engineered wood from Italian specialist, ALPI. Including no less than fourteen coats of lacquer and multiple sanding processes, the total finishing time for a single 801 D4 Signature in California Burl Gloss is in excess of 24 hours.
801 D4 Signature
$50,000 USD per pair
805 D4 Signature
$12,000 USD per pair
Learn more at www.bowerswilkins.com.