Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3

£16,500.00 inc.VAT

5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

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The very latest Bowers & Wilkins speaker technologies, from the massive Turbine Head to the reinvented Matrix bracing, combine to superb effect to deliver staggeringly real sound. 

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Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3

The Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3 are slightly smaller than the 800 D3, but still capable of delivering pristine, natural sound. If you’re looking for stunning realism without the studio-sized footprint, the 802 D3 is the answer. Its slim proportions make it a comfortable fit for both domestic spaces and recording environments. At home or in the studio, it will reveal depth and detail in music you never knew existed.

Hear small details in a big way

Mounted atop the main enclosure, the Diamond dome tweeter in its solid aluminium housing delivers space, ambience and precise soundstage imaging.

Less resonance, more dispersion

The Turbine Head’s massive midrange housing is carefully shaped and inert, ensuring voices and instruments are delivered with extreme purity.

Truly amazing sound

Voices and instruments are delivered with purity and precision, thanks to the smooth, accurate Continuum™ cone midrange driver.

Nimble and powerful

Solid, dramatic bass is delivered through the rigidity and lightness of the uniquely-shaped variable thickness Aerofoil™ cone.

Braced for impact

Unwanted resonances can blunt the punch of the sound: advanced Matrix bracing keeps the cabinet ultra-rigid and damps out superfluous vibrations.

Stable foundations

Perfect sound is about moving air, not the speakers: a stable plinth makes for easy positioning, then keeps it rock-solid for listening.

Reviewed by the experts

A major step up from its predecessor, the 802 D3 competes with speakers at twice its price, and higher.
-Audio Beat

Think of the tears of joy as your turn it on.
-Shortlist

Bowers & Wilkins 802 Prestige Edition

The high-gloss Santos Rosewood Prestige Edition is finished by hand by skilled Bowers & Wilkins craftsmen in the Worthing factory. The process is labour intensive – requiring significantly more time than a standard 800 Series model to manufacture. Each Santos Rosewood Prestige Edition loudspeaker will be serially numbered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Bowers & Wilkins

1960s: Humble beginnings

The sleepy coastal town of Worthing in South England might not look like a hotbed of 1960s freewheeling experimentation, but for audio fans it’s a place that’s synonymous with innovation. Thanks to the first Bowers & Wilkins speakers built here in the early years of the company, music lovers could experience albums such as Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds in new, mind-expanding depth and clarity.

1970s: A decade of milestones

The decade that saw a series of musical upheavals from disco to punk rock also brought several major milestones for Bowers & Wilkins. The company introduced curved cabinet forms and new cone materials such as Aramid fibre. And it all culminated in the launch of the 801, soon to become the reference speaker of choice for many of the world’s leading recording studios.

1980s: The application of science

Extensive investment in research led to the establishment of the company’s dedicated R&D facility in Steyning. The era of MTV pop superstardom and bombastic stadium rock also saw Bowers & Wilkins buck the trend and introduce something small and unobtrusive: the “compact monitor”, or CM1.

1990s: Rewriting the rulebook

The 1990s saw the pioneering work of the Steyning research team realised in spectacular fashion with the launch of Nautilus™, a speaker that upended preconceived notions of speaker design. It also saw major product launches at both ends of the spectrum, with the unveiling of the highly regarded entry-level 600 Series and the flagship Nautilus 800 Series.

2000s: Hi-fi goes digital

The decade that brought us iPods and smartphones saw us embrace the new world of digital with the launch of the Zeppelin. We also expanded into the car audio market with our partnership with Jaguar, and launched a revolutionary new speaker technology in the form of diamond tweeter domes.

The 2010s: Innovation overdrive

Monumental technological change seemed to be everywhere in the 2010s, and Bowers & Wilkins was no exception.

Colour

Gloss Black, Prestige Edition, Rosenut, Satin White

Specifications

Technical features
Diamond tweeter
Continuum™ Cone FST™
Anti-Resonance plug
Turbine head
Aerofoil™ cone bass units
Flowport™
Optimised Matrix
Solid body tweeter
Tweeter-on-Top

Description
3-way vented-box system

Drive units
1x ø25mm (1 in) Diamond dome high-frequency
1x ø150mm (6 in) Continuum™ cone FST™ midrange
2x ø200mm (8 in) Aerofoil™ cone bass units

Frequency range
14Hz to 35kHz

Frequency response (+/-3dB from reference axis)
17Hz to 28kHz

Sensitivity (1m on axis at 2.83Vrms) 
90dB

 

Harmonic distortion
2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m on axis)
<1 % 80Hz – 20kHz
<0.3% 100Hz – 20kHz

Nominal impedance (min)
8Ω (minimum 3.0Ω)

Recommended amplifier power
50W – 500W into 8Ω on unclipped programme

Max. recommended cable impedance
0.1Ω

Dimensions
Height: 1212mm (not including feet)
Width: 390mm
Depth: 583mm

Net weight
94.5kg (208lb)

Cabinet finishes
Gloss black
Satin white
Rosenut
Prestige Edition

Grille finishes
Black
Gray

1 review for Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3

  1. mike fenton

    After reading all the reviews, these speakers did not disappoint. The sound from them is breathtaking and they are a talking point whenever visitors are around. I cannot see myself changing these speakers for years if not decades.

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