Bowers and Wilkins
Bowers and Wilkins is now a very large company, with distribution chains and customers all over the world. But it started life with John Bowers hand-assembling speaker systems for local clients in Worthing, West Sussex, in the back of the electrical store that he ran with his friend Roy Wilkins.
Bowers & Wilkins Electronics Ltd
Following a bequest from an elderly lady called Miss Knight, John Bowers founds B&W Electronics Ltd. Because she was so impressed with John Bowers' knowledge of classical music, and so pleased with the loudspeakers that he had made for her, Miss Knight left him £10,000 in her will to develop a business.
Bowers & Wilkins has always aimed to produce the finest loudspeakers across a broad price spectrum. And the Domestic Monitors in the form of the DM1 and DM3 were launched to provide a more affordable option for potential customers. The idea of the Domestic Monitor lived on for many generations of superb and affordable loudspeakers, right to to the current award-winning Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series.
Bowers & Wilkins has a long history of technological innovation in its pursuit of the perfect loudspeaker. Whether it’s through the innovative use of materials such as Kevlar and Diamond, new solutions to complex engineering conundrums, or ‘eureka moments’ of brilliance, Bowers & Wilkins engineers constantly strive to produce the best possible sound.
Close up of the PM1 carbon braced tweeter
This design takes the already high performance of Bowers & Wilkins aluminium domes to a whole new level. The Carbon Braced Tweeter uses a ring of ultra-thin wound carbon fibre to brace the tweeter dome, and as a result raise the break up of the aluminium dome to around 40KHz, which has a dramatic effect on the audible frequencies below 20kHz.
B&W midrange driver, with kevlar and anti-resonance plug
Outweighing a standard dust cap in terms of performance, the Anti-Resonance Plug minimises sound overhang through a reduction in cone break up. The voice coil bobbin flexing is dampened to mellow the upper frequency response of the driver
Most Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers use aluminium dome tweeters. The combination of lightness and rigidity they offer means that they capture the subtleties of music, such as delicate brush strokes across the surface of a cymbal with amazing accuracy. Our latest aluminium tweeters feature a ‘crowned’ voice-coil bobbin and a silver-plated pole piece, extending the bandwidth well over an octave above the limits of human hearing, and rendering a separate ‘supertweeter’ quite unnecessary.
Kevlar® has been Bowers & Wilkins’ cone material of choice since 1974, and with good reason. Not only does it deliver a cleaner sound, it can do so to a wider group of listeners. The distinctive yellow cones are found on almost all Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers.
All eligble warranty are applicable on Bowers and Wilkins India products.