U.K.-based sound reproduction components specialist Bowers & Wilkins announced the arrival of its new flagship 800 Series Diamond range this August.
The lineup consists of the 805 D4, the bookshelf model of the bunch, as well as floor-standing models 801, 802, 803 and 804, each given the D4 designation for 4th-generation Diamond. B&W has center-channel theater models in the series as well: HTM81 and HTM82, also of course D4.
B&W’s press release highlights the new tech, putting a great deal of emphasis on ‘Biometric Suspension’, the firm’s new spider, which is touted as a means of keeping coloration negligible and boosting midrange.
The series’ aluminum enclosures hold the midrange ‘Continuum Cone’ drivers—in the 4th-generation Diamond 801, 802 and 803 they’re sequestered away up top in those cowling-like ‘Turbine Head’ enclosures. Sitting on top of that is B&W’s tweeter, updated for the refreshed series.
Pricing for the B&W 800 Series Diamond speakers starts at $5,500 for the center-channel HTM82 D4, and tops out around $40,000 (at current exchange rates) for the 801 D4.