The XT Series loudspeakers from Bowers & Wilkins are a favorite among music and audio fans who appreciate both style and sound. This classic series is currently undergoing some changes, and a new, sleek XT8 model has just been introduced.
Physically, the new XT8 model is similar to the XT4 – both are slim, stylish, and feature the signature “tweeter pod” perched on the top. The interior is where all the changes have happened. Bowers & Wilkins have used their FST (fixed-suspension transducer) technology to improve the mid-range frequency levels dramatically by removing most of the standing-wave resonances that hamper midrange sounds in many cone drivers. Along with this, Bowers & Wilkins have realigned their crossover network to optimize the new mid-range.
The Nautilus Tweeter atop the XT8 is also improved over its predecessor. It is a high-frequency driver that uses the low-order crossover to take advantage of the FST technology, and its design eliminates the subtle but audible back side internal resonances found in other speakers. This new model incorporates the extremely successful 5-inch woofers from the XT4. The technology behind these woofers is patented by Bowers & Wilkins, and provides clear and quick bass with a surprising bottom-octave extension (34 Hz) from such a slim speaker.
The consumer can choose between satin brushed aluminum or gloss black aluminum casings, which surround elegant black grilles. These speakers should be hitting the market in the first quarter of this year, and will retail around $3,500/pair.