Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3

£4,500.00£5,500.00 inc.VAT

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The smallest speaker in the 800 Series Diamond range is also one of the most ground-breaking.

Packed with cutting-edge technologies never seen before in a speaker of its class, it’s the only stand-mounted speaker in the world to feature a diamond dome tweeter. For lifelike spaciousness and detail, no other small speaker comes close.

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Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3

The unique Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 is the only speaker of its size to feature the Diamond dome tweeter, as found on the rest of the Bowers & Wilkins 800 series, isolated in its own solid-body tweeter assembly for precise imaging and clarity.

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.

Truly amazing sound

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

Smooth delivery

The 805 D3’s front-venting port allows superb weight from a speaker so compact, with Flowport™ technology speeding and smoothing the airflow for powerful bass without distortion.

Reviewed by the experts

A superbly engineered thoroughbred: Its transparency, dynamic capability, weight and control are something special.
-Stereophile

This speaker regularly delivers transcendent moments where you feel like you’re breathing the same air as the musicians on the recording.
-CNet

Stand sold separately.

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 bass mid
Anti-resonance plug
Flowport™
Optimised Matrix
Solid body tweeter
Tweeter-on-Top

Description
2-way vented-box system

Drive units
1x ø25mm (1 in) Diamond dome high-frequency
1x ø165mm (6.5 in) Continuum™ cone bass midrange

Frequency range
34Hz to 35kHz

Frequency response (+/-3dB from reference axis)
42Hz to 28kHz

Sensitivity (1m on axis at 2.83Vrms)
88dB

Harmonic distortion
2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m on axis)
<1 % 70Hz – 20kHz
<0.6% 120Hz – 20kHz

Nominal impedance (min)
8Ω (minimum 4.6Ω)

Recommended amplifier power
50W – 120W into 8Ω on unclipped programme

Max. recommended cable impedance
0.1Ω

Dimensions
Height: 424mm
Width: 238mm
Depth: 345mm

Net weight
12.6kg (28lb)

Cabinet finishes
Gloss black
Satin white
Rosenut
Prestige

Grille finishes
Black
Grey

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