For the last 35 years, products from the Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series have been among the most coveted speakers for high-end audio enthusiasts, from the initial 801 model to the various incarnations the line has seen throughout the decades. We’re guessing that will continue going forward, especially with the completely redesigned models in the recently-announced Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond.
No, it’s not a simple refresh. Instead, the entire line was rebuilt from the ground up to bring what the company calls “the future of sound fidelity,” with nearly all of the components of each speaker different from previous generations.
The Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond consists of four floor-standing speakers that include the flagship 802, the compact-headed 803, the traditionally-shaped 804, and the impressively compact 805. Each one gets a restyled cabinet that uses a reverse-wrap design, with the front and sides forming a continuous curve that’s held together by a solid aluminum spine. The company claims this new design enables improved sonic dispersion while minimizing cabinet sound reflection for all speakers in the line. Inside, the cabinets house interlocking birchwood panels that keep the speakers rigid, with metal reinforcements at stress points ensuring each one lasts through the years. Notable changes include a redesigned mid-range driver cast in a composite “Continuum” cone that boasts improved acoustic clarity and sonic performance, a new aluminum Turbine head enclosure to house the mid-range and Diamond tweeter units, and bass drivers that sit in new distortion-killing “Aerofoil” cones.
Slated for release in October, pricing for the Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond starts at $4,000.