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Bowers & Wilkins 803S Loudspeakers Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
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Bowers & Wilkins 803S Loudspeakers
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The Downside

It is hard to convey any real dissatisfaction I had while listening to the remarkable 803S series of loudspeakers from B&W, but if you really need speakers to fill a room that is over 20 feet long, you might lose a lot of the clarity in the soundstage of that larger room if you are only relying on only these two speakers to fill your large room completely. Also, when I was listening to Eric Clapton’s guitar work, I felt that the loudspeakers lacked the powerful punch needed to send the guitar tones into that “sweet” sound level that could truly captivate a more demanding audience that wants to feel every note in the music that they listen to.

The placement of these speakers in your room is also a critical factor in getting the most out of these pristine units, so if you do buy a pair of these speakers, make sure that you position them no further from your listening area than 4 or five feet directly in front of you, preferably at a slight angle pointing towards you and away from any insulated part of your room. Otherwise, these speakers will not be able to deliver the precise and accurate soundstage that I was able to enjoy at Premiere Home Entertainment.


The B&W 803S loudspeakers have a compelling and inviting vibrant sound that certainly accentuates any audio system’s dynamic range with its ability to compress mid-range musical notes and low-end bass sounds with a high degree of precision and clarity. The $6000 price tag that comes with buying a pair of these speakers for your own audio system is a fair price for the consumer who wants to upgrade to the big leagues when it comes to audio components, yet still wants to have some money left over to pay the mortgage.  So if you are looking for speakers that not only can handle all the power that your mono amplifier or integrated amplifier can output, but can really enhance every CD in your music collection, you should really look into purchasing a pair of these immaculate speakers post haste.


Special thanks goes to Premiere Home Entertainment, a Las Vegas based home entertainment company specializing in the design and installation of home theater, home automation, and home integration systems.  They are located at 2300 N. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 119 in Las Vegas. 

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