Audio Video Revolution Forum  

Go Back   Audio Video Revolution Forum > Welcome to AVRev.com's Forum > Discuss AVRev.com News

Discuss AVRev.com News Post your opinions on the latest news from the pages of AVRev.com.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-20-2009   #1
Super Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 103
Default Bowers & Wilkins Debuts XT Line’s New Cornerstone

Super-Slim Aluminum Tower Re-refined

Since its unveiling a couple of years back, Bowers & Wilkins stunningly slim XT Series loudspeakers have proven an ongoing hit among consumers as sensitive to style as to sound. Nevertheless, at the British company acknowledged worldwide as a leader in high-performance loudspeakers, continuous refinement and ongoing development are a way of life, so the XT Series now receives an updated cornerstone model.

B&W’s new XT 8 supersedes the XT 4, with which it is superficially identical: a slim, smooth, contemporarily styled mid-sized tower speaker with the unmistakable B&W Nautilus tweeter “pod” at the top. Under the gleaming skin, however, the XT 8 is substantially refined. A re-engineered midrange utilizes B&W’s proprietary FST (fixed-suspension transducer) technology to deliver demonstrably (and measurably) greater mid-frequency accuracy, thanks to FST’s near eradication of the standing-wave resonances that trouble nearly all conventional cone drivers. A crossover network realigned to optimize the FST mid’s abilities completes the picture, contributing to a sonic payoff of clearly audible gains in transparency, imaging precision and depth, and articulation of subtle sonic details.

The XT 8 retains the Nautilus tweeter of it predecessor. This metal-dome, high-frequency driver combines through its newly refined low-order crossover to take full advantage of the XT 8’s improved FST midrange, while its Nautilus tapered-tube enclosure virtually eliminates the back-side internal resonances that subtly limit the resolution of conventional high-frequency designs. Additionally, B&W’s smoothly tapered “top-pod” location helps prevent acoustic diffractions that induce time-domain “smearing” effects. In short, this extensively proven layout contributes the XT 8’s extremely smooth yet extended, arrestingly transparent top end and three-dimensional sense of space.

Also retained from the XT 4 are the new model’s twin 5-inch woofers. These utilize B&W’s trademark paper/Kevlar™ composite to ensure quick, clear bass and impressive low-frequency transient power, with unexpected bottom-octave extension (34 Hz) from so dramatically slim a speaker. The XT 8’s available finish options are similarly unchanged: Satin brushed aluminum or gloss black aluminum exteriors of superb quality are set off by slim black grilles to effect a quiet elegance.

B&W’s new XT 8 will become available in the first quarter of 2009, at a manufacturer’s suggested price of $3,500/pair.

About Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins is Britain’s leading exporter of loudspeakers and the number one imported brand in North America. Since 1966, Bowers & Wilkins’ “Quest for Perfection” has resulted in a succession of technical loudspeaker innovations that have satisfied the world’s most demanding listeners. Its products’ rave reviews and universal acceptance as monitors for classical music recording have helped Bowers & Wilkins become the dominant premium loudspeaker company throughout the world.

Listen and you’ll see.

Notes to editors
For more information, brochures, high-resolution images or to arrange a product loan, please contact John Nicoll or Erika Pearson at 781 762 9300, john@nicollpr.com, erika@nicollpr.com

Trademark acknowledgements
Kevlar is a trademark of DuPont.
FST is a trademark of B&WCopyright © B&W Group Ltd.
NicollPr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
avrev, bower, bowers, bw, fst, owners, price, reviewed, series, speaker, speakers, thread, trademark, wilkins, xt

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bowers & Wilkins at CES 2009 NicollPr Discuss AVRev.com News 0 12-30-2008 07:48 AM
Bowers & Wilkins Launches Music Club NicollPr Discuss AVRev.com News 1 05-26-2008 11:37 AM
Bowers & Wilkins Sound System in 2009 Jaguar AVRevForum.com Loudspeakers 2 03-30-2008 08:49 AM
Bowers & Wilkins Announces Return to CES Floor NicollPr Loudspeakers 0 01-08-2008 08:23 AM
Finally! Zeppelin From Bowers & Wilkins Available Today NicollPr Loudspeakers 4 09-21-2007 07:01 AM




SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1