Bowers & Wilkins redesigns 800 Series Diamond

Bowers & Wilkins has applied a new industrial design and improved features to its 800 Series Diamond. The new series still carries seven models as before (ranging in price from $5,500 to $35,000), including the 805 D4 stand-mount unit, floorstanders 804 D4, 803 D4 and 802 D4, and the new 801 D4 now replacing the 800 D3. There are also the HTM81 D4 and HTM82 D4 center channel models for home theater use. B&W has this time created a redesigned drive unit using a “revolutionary” Biomimetic Suspension technology.

B&W 804 D4 with new Satin Walnut finish

The company has added a Satin Walnut finish to the lineup of existing color choices (Gloss Black, White and Satin Rosenut). Cabinet designs also benefit from cast aluminum top sections for better stiffness and quietness, and every model in the range adopts a revised tweeter-on-top housing for a more open sound. New tweeter enclosures have been elongated for enhanced high-frequency performance, and a new two-point decoupling system means isolation from the main cabinet is more effectively achieved. As before, the solid tweeter is milled from a single block of aluminum but now sports an anodized finish.

Biomimetic Suspension Ring

The Biomimetic Suspension technology in mid-range drivers replaces the conventional fabric spider with a “minimalist” composite suspension system for reducing unwanted air pressure and “removing unpredictable, non-linear” effects. Other new improvements on individual models include a redesigned solid body tweeter, a ‘reverse-wrap’ cabinet and matrix for better rigidity, aluminum plinths for reduced resonance, and ‘Aerofoil’ cones made of composites with varying thickness for maximum stiffness and low mass.

For more information and detailed specs on each of the new models, visit Bowers & Wilkins.


Martin, a seasoned journalist and AV expert, has written for several notable print magazines. He’s served in key roles at Lucasfilm’s THX Division, NEC’s digital cinema division, and has even consulted for DreamWorks. Despite his illustrious career, Martin remains rooted in his passion for cinema and acting, with notable appearances in several Spielberg films, Doctor Who, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He currently resides in San Francisco.

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