Main-Channels and Surround Model Derive From Signature Series, Nautilus Technologies
N. Reading, MA -Sept. 2005 -Bowers &Wilkins, the British company acknowledged worldwide as a leading maker of high -performance loudspeakers, has introduced a pair of striking new "architectural" loudspeakers engineered for in -wall mounting. The CWM 8180, intended for main -channels use, and the CWM DS8, especially designed for surround -channels deployment, together offer standard -setting performance from installed loudspeakers for the most demanding audio and home -theater custom installations.
The CWM 8180 is a 3 -way system that combines driver and structural technologies derived from B&W's acclaimed Signature Series in -walls and from the company's world -famous Nautilus Series loudspeakers. These include the former's incredibly strong and rigid polymer baffle (frame) material and ultra -sophisticated 5 -inch woven -Kevlar™ midrange transducer, along with the latter's unique, tapered -tube -loaded aluminum tweeter, an engineering marvel that extends accurate response and virtually eliminates clarity -compromising back -wave radiation. A powerful 8 -inch woofer employing B&W's proprietary, ultra -stiff/low -mass Rohacell™ cone completes the CWM 8180's driver complement but still permits the ultra -high -performance new design to fit a compact, a 19.1 x 10 -inch cutout, while delivering useful response to an impressive 35 Hz.
Equally sophisticated, the CWM DS8 is a unique surround -channels design that is capable of operating both as a quasi -dipole sound source (the mode preferred by most experts for filmsound surround -channels reproduction) and as a conventional monopole for idealized multichannel music playback. What's more, CWM DS8 can shift modes automatically in response to a 12 -volt trigger signal from the preamp/processor, permitting system -designers to program auto -selection of the appropriate mode for the active surround mode or current source component without user intervention. (Manual mode selection is also available via a crossover -panel switch.) The CWM DS8 also employs the Nautilus -derived tube -loaded tweeter, a pair of which are complemented by dual 3 -inch Kevlar midrange units, in 45 -degree opposition, used in its dipole mode; a third Nautilus tweeter operates alone, in a 2 -way configuration, in this unique design's monopole mode. A highly capable, purpose -designed 7 -inch Kevlar bass/midrange used in both modes extends useable response fully to 40 Hz, ensuring seamless surround -subwoofer integration.
Both new models are finished in a robust matte -white suitable for on -site painting or other custom finishes. For enhanced performance and installation security, a custom "back -box" is also available. The B&W CWM 8180 and CWM DS8 will be available September 2005, at manufacturer's suggested prices of $2700/pair (CWM 8180) and $2500/pair (CWM DS8).
Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) is Britain's leading exporter of loudspeakers, and is also the number -one imported brand in North America. Since 1966, B&W's "Quest for Perfection" has resulted in a succession of technical loudspeaker innovations that have satisfied the world's most demanding listeners. B&W's rave reviews and universal acceptance as the monitor for classical music recordings have helped B&W become the dominant premium loudspeaker company throughout the world.