Bowers & Wilkins 803 D3

£12,500.00 inc.VAT

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The smallest 800 Series Diamond model to feature the revolutionary Turbine Head, 803 D3 is designed for clarity, power and purity even in modestly-sized listening rooms.

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Bowers & Wilkins 803 D3

The Bowers & Wilkins 803 D3 is the first of its kind: a full-range, studio-quality speaker built for the home, and the most compact headed unit we’ve ever produced. While this elegant speaker comes in a living room-friendly size, it shares the same revolutionary technologies and design features as its larger siblings, including our turbine head and reverse-wrap cabinet.

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

I find myself constantly shuffling through my music collection just to hear what they can do. They’re proving rather addictive…
Hi-Fi Critic

These speakers sound as great as they look.
-ToneAudio

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, 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 ø130mm (5 in) Continuum™ cone FST™ midrange
2x ø180mm (7 in) Aerofoil™ cone bass units

Frequency range
16Hz to 35kHz

Frequency response (+/-3dB from reference axis)
19Hz to 28kHz

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

Harmonic distortion
2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m on axis)
<1 % 70Hz – 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: 1160mm (not including feet)
Width: 334mm
Depth: 498mm

Net weight
65.5kg (144lb)

Cabinet finishes
Gloss black
Satin white
Rosenut

Grille finishes
Black
Gray

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