Bowers & Wilkins Reveals 800 Diamond Series 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Monday, 25 January 2010

Bowers & Wilkins has announced that their 800 series speakers will be getting an update.  It’s been six years since there’s been a new 800 series product, but B&W decided that it’s about time to revisit the line. As the name implies, all seven new speakers in the line feature a diamond dome tweeter.  The tweeters, which are now a quad magnet design, have an increased efficiency and improved dynamic range over previous versions. 

The 805 Diamond is the most affordable speaker in the line, and the most affordable speaker to sport diamond tweeter technology.  At $5,000 a pair B&W hopes the 805 will help to open their speakers up to customers that hadn’t previously experienced them. B&W’s 804 Diamond is the smallest of the floorstanding speakers in the new lineup.  It’s also getting the benefit of the diamond dome tweeter for the first time, and runs $7,500 a pair.

If you’re not ready to pick up the flagship, the 802 and 803 Diamond are similar, but a bit scaled down.  The 803 runs $10,000 a pair and sports three 7” bass drivers.  The 802 is described as the home friendly version of the 800.  For $15,000 a pair you get the distinctive head unit, a new voice coil and bass realignment and twin 8” bass drivers.

The flagship model is the 800 Diamond, and it’s made without compromise.  Every improvement made to other speakers in the line is present in the 800 Diamond as well as a new voice coil and bass realignment that results in significantly better bass performance. A pair of center channel speakers – the HTM2 Diamond and HTM4 Diamond – is also available.  The HTM2 Diamond is meant to be paired with larger speakers, while the HTM4 Diamond is described as the perfect partner to the 805 or 804 speakers.

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