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Bowers & Wilkins | B&W speakers » News http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:57:21 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 PJ Harvey reviews http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/music/pj-harvey-reviews/ http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/music/pj-harvey-reviews/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:57:21 +0000 rob http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/?p=22436 PJ Harvey ‘Recording in Progress’ live reviews roll in...

PJ Harvey spent February recording her new album llve in front of an audience at London’s Somerset House. And that audience got to hear the whole process through Bowers & Wilkins loudspeaker. Now the reviews of this unique art/music project are in…

The press and an increasing number of members of the public have been to see artist PJ Harvey working on her new album. ‘Recording In Progress’, her collaboration with Artangel and Somerset House, will see Harvey entrenched in a one-way glass box inside an old gymnasium at the venue for the next few weeks, recording with her musicians and producers, including long-term collaborators Flood and John Parish. And now the press have given us a preview of the sold-out event. By its nature fragmentary, this is what they think so far… The Arts Desk: "The musicians can't see the spectators. The effect is startling, as there is, in spite of the soundproof double-glazing, an instant and surprisingly intimate feeling of connection. Polly and her recording companions are all wearing radio mics, so we can hear everything they say with great clarity… Flood plugs the tom-tom mics into a gizmo that produces a dub-like reverb, transforming the sonorous thud into something at once cavernous and ethereal. The song begins to take root, grounded in the magic and mystery that Flood has coaxed out of a few electronic toys. 'It's a whole different universe!' Polly exclaims in wonder, taking up her guitar and starting to sing." Uncut: "The strength and clarity of Harvey's vocal is uncannily consistent and, while she allows Flood to do most of the talking, her constant alertness, the way she turns precisely to look at whoever is talking, is striking." Digital Spy: "When Harvey sings… the viewing gallery suddenly hushes. There are surprising moments when your eyes meet with the singer's, until you remember that she can't see you. Hung around the viewing space, amidst towering Bowers & Wilkins speakers that pump the music, the coughs, the deliberations of the artists to the audience, are the lyrics to the songs that will be recorded. Spidery handwriting and crossed-out workings give clues to the new album's themes, with titles like 'Homo Sappy Blues' and 'Imagine This'… The song finishes and the urge to clap must be overridden. Was that a gig or an art installation? A birth? The boundaries are blurred." The Guardian: "We are free to wander, look, and listen as the speakers pipe in the sound… It is like watching zoo creatures. You want to poke them with a stick, make them do stuff, screw and eat each other." Time Out: "Something miraculous happens. Polly writes something down, puts on headphones, takes a sip of water and launches into the refrain of a beautiful new song… 'all near the memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln,' she repeats in her doleful descant. It's transfixing, even when she messes up: 'I forgot that bit'…" NME: "The glass cube was also covered with handwritten lyrics for roughly 10 songs, which fans could peer at and read through the glass." Dummy: "Harvey was nodding back and forth as she listened back to a track… her ankle boots slowly stomping to the rhythm. The studio space was a sprawling array of red and black cables scattered around the floor, with clarinets, saxophones, and trumpets gleaming in every direction." The Quietus: "Our group's 45 minutes has its own little narrative: the rehearsing and rehearsing of a few bars, a chord pattern, probably from a verse of one of the songs…" DIY: "Harvey must have sung the words 'what God gave you' over two-hundred times during the session. If she's not sick of that line by now, she's superhuman." Creative Review: "The musicians slowly work together to develop a version of a song and what initially feels incomprehensible to the layperson – there is a lot of talk of tuning drums – suddenly emerges into a fully formed, and very beautiful, piece of music. The musicians seem excited about what they have accomplished and, somehow, we audience feel part of that experience too." The Guardian: "We heard quiet snatches of Harvey's vocal and guitar part replayed from time to time, frustratingly elusive, as well as an actual blues recording that seemed to be a guide track. The repeated sax riff ended suddenly. All eyes looked at Harvey, who frowned and uttered the single word "So…", beginning a sentence that we never got to hear. Silence fell. Our allotted time was up."  ]]>
PJ Harvey ‘Recording in Progress’ live reviews roll in...

PJ Harvey spent February recording her new album llve in front of an audience at London’s Somerset House. And that audience got to hear the whole process through Bowers & Wilkins loudspeaker. Now the reviews of this unique art/music project are in…

The press and an increasing number of members of the public have been to see artist PJ Harvey working on her new album. ‘Recording In Progress’, her collaboration with Artangel and Somerset House, will see Harvey entrenched in a one-way glass box inside an old gymnasium at the venue for the next few weeks, recording with her musicians and producers, including long-term collaborators Flood and John Parish. And now the press have given us a preview of the sold-out event. By its nature fragmentary, this is what they think so far… The Arts Desk: "The musicians can't see the spectators. The effect is startling, as there is, in spite of the soundproof double-glazing, an instant and surprisingly intimate feeling of connection. Polly and her recording companions are all wearing radio mics, so we can hear everything they say with great clarity… Flood plugs the tom-tom mics into a gizmo that produces a dub-like reverb, transforming the sonorous thud into something at once cavernous and ethereal. The song begins to take root, grounded in the magic and mystery that Flood has coaxed out of a few electronic toys. 'It's a whole different universe!' Polly exclaims in wonder, taking up her guitar and starting to sing." Uncut: "The strength and clarity of Harvey's vocal is uncannily consistent and, while she allows Flood to do most of the talking, her constant alertness, the way she turns precisely to look at whoever is talking, is striking." Digital Spy: "When Harvey sings… the viewing gallery suddenly hushes. There are surprising moments when your eyes meet with the singer's, until you remember that she can't see you. Hung around the viewing space, amidst towering Bowers & Wilkins speakers that pump the music, the coughs, the deliberations of the artists to the audience, are the lyrics to the songs that will be recorded. Spidery handwriting and crossed-out workings give clues to the new album's themes, with titles like 'Homo Sappy Blues' and 'Imagine This'… The song finishes and the urge to clap must be overridden. Was that a gig or an art installation? A birth? The boundaries are blurred." The Guardian: "We are free to wander, look, and listen as the speakers pipe in the sound… It is like watching zoo creatures. You want to poke them with a stick, make them do stuff, screw and eat each other." Time Out: "Something miraculous happens. Polly writes something down, puts on headphones, takes a sip of water and launches into the refrain of a beautiful new song… 'all near the memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln,' she repeats in her doleful descant. It's transfixing, even when she messes up: 'I forgot that bit'…" NME: "The glass cube was also covered with handwritten lyrics for roughly 10 songs, which fans could peer at and read through the glass." Dummy: "Harvey was nodding back and forth as she listened back to a track… her ankle boots slowly stomping to the rhythm. The studio space was a sprawling array of red and black cables scattered around the floor, with clarinets, saxophones, and trumpets gleaming in every direction." The Quietus: "Our group's 45 minutes has its own little narrative: the rehearsing and rehearsing of a few bars, a chord pattern, probably from a verse of one of the songs…" DIY: "Harvey must have sung the words 'what God gave you' over two-hundred times during the session. If she's not sick of that line by now, she's superhuman." Creative Review: "The musicians slowly work together to develop a version of a song and what initially feels incomprehensible to the layperson – there is a lot of talk of tuning drums – suddenly emerges into a fully formed, and very beautiful, piece of music. The musicians seem excited about what they have accomplished and, somehow, we audience feel part of that experience too." The Guardian: "We heard quiet snatches of Harvey's vocal and guitar part replayed from time to time, frustratingly elusive, as well as an actual blues recording that seemed to be a guide track. The repeated sax riff ended suddenly. All eyes looked at Harvey, who frowned and uttered the single word "So…", beginning a sentence that we never got to hear. Silence fell. Our allotted time was up."  ]]>
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Your chance to experience PJ Harvey’s ‘Recording in Progress’ http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/music/win-tickets-to-see-pj-harvey-recording-in-progress-live-at-somerset-house-with-bowers-wilkins/ http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/music/win-tickets-to-see-pj-harvey-recording-in-progress-live-at-somerset-house-with-bowers-wilkins/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:00:39 +0000 rob http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/?p=22405 PJ Harvey

Ground-breaking musician PJ Harvey has joined forces with Artangel, Somerset House and Bowers & Wilkins to create 'Recording in Progress', an artistic project where visitors can experience Harvey, her band and regular collaborators as they record her new album.

Each week we will be offering you the chance to experience ‘Recording in Progress’.

Recording in Progress’ is a project conceived by PJ Harvey, in collaboration with Artangel and Somerset House. From 16th January, PJ Harvey will be recording her new album an architectural installation in the New Wing at Somerset House, with her band, engineers and regular producers Flood and John Parish. Lucky ticket holders will be able to watch and listen to exactly what is happening at a particular moment in the studio. Bowers & Wilkins award-winning 805 Diamond, AM-1 and CM10 speakers will be used throughout the ‘Recording in Progress’ ensuring absolute fidelity and accuracy for the audience. "From Abbey Road studios to the London Symphony Orchestra, and now Somerset House, Bowers & Wilkins collaborates with cultural partners who push the boundaries of sound," said Bowers & Wilkins Brand Director Danny Haikin. Bowers & Wilkins have secured one pair of tickets per week to this already sold out event. For your chance to experience ‘Recording in Progress, simply follow us on Twitter and send this tweet:

I would like to see #PJHarvey Recording in Progress with @bowerswilkins @somersethouse

We will pick a winner at random each week and contact you within 24 hours to arrange dates and times. More information about Recording in Progress. See you there! Competition terms and conditions]]>
PJ Harvey

Ground-breaking musician PJ Harvey has joined forces with Artangel, Somerset House and Bowers & Wilkins to create 'Recording in Progress', an artistic project where visitors can experience Harvey, her band and regular collaborators as they record her new album.

Each week we will be offering you the chance to experience ‘Recording in Progress’.

Recording in Progress’ is a project conceived by PJ Harvey, in collaboration with Artangel and Somerset House. From 16th January, PJ Harvey will be recording her new album an architectural installation in the New Wing at Somerset House, with her band, engineers and regular producers Flood and John Parish. Lucky ticket holders will be able to watch and listen to exactly what is happening at a particular moment in the studio. Bowers & Wilkins award-winning 805 Diamond, AM-1 and CM10 speakers will be used throughout the ‘Recording in Progress’ ensuring absolute fidelity and accuracy for the audience. "From Abbey Road studios to the London Symphony Orchestra, and now Somerset House, Bowers & Wilkins collaborates with cultural partners who push the boundaries of sound," said Bowers & Wilkins Brand Director Danny Haikin. Bowers & Wilkins have secured one pair of tickets per week to this already sold out event. For your chance to experience ‘Recording in Progress, simply follow us on Twitter and send this tweet:

I would like to see #PJHarvey Recording in Progress with @bowerswilkins @somersethouse

We will pick a winner at random each week and contact you within 24 hours to arrange dates and times. More information about Recording in Progress. See you there! Competition terms and conditions]]>
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Bowers & Wilkins pops up with Maserati in Stuttgart http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/news/events-and-shows/bowers-wilkins-pops-up-with-maserati-in-stuttgart/ http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/news/events-and-shows/bowers-wilkins-pops-up-with-maserati-in-stuttgart/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:39:09 +0000 Bowers & Wilkins http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/?p=22334 Maserati pop-up Galleria, Stuttgart

Maserati has opened a new, exclusive pop-up Galleria in the prestigious Bülow Carré mall in the heart of Stuttgart. And its audio collaborations with Bowers & Wilkins form part of the showcase.

The new, temporary high-end Maserati store opened last week in Stuttgart and will remain open until March 2015. Visitors will be able to experience the luxury and design of Maserati’s range including the celebrated new Ghibli and Quattroporte, both featuring unique, high-end Bowers & Wilkins in-car entertainment systems. Bowers & Wilkins world-leading audio isn’t just to be found inside the cars at Galleria Maserati, though. Visitors to the high-end showroom are able to try the co-branded Bowers & Wilkins P5 Maserati Edition headphones and 805 Maserati Edition speakers, alongside A7 and Zeppelin Air wireless speakers. For those who appreciate serious automotive and audio technology, Maserati Galleria in Stuttgart is a must visit.  ]]>
Maserati pop-up Galleria, Stuttgart

Maserati has opened a new, exclusive pop-up Galleria in the prestigious Bülow Carré mall in the heart of Stuttgart. And its audio collaborations with Bowers & Wilkins form part of the showcase.

The new, temporary high-end Maserati store opened last week in Stuttgart and will remain open until March 2015. Visitors will be able to experience the luxury and design of Maserati’s range including the celebrated new Ghibli and Quattroporte, both featuring unique, high-end Bowers & Wilkins in-car entertainment systems. Bowers & Wilkins world-leading audio isn’t just to be found inside the cars at Galleria Maserati, though. Visitors to the high-end showroom are able to try the co-branded Bowers & Wilkins P5 Maserati Edition headphones and 805 Maserati Edition speakers, alongside A7 and Zeppelin Air wireless speakers. For those who appreciate serious automotive and audio technology, Maserati Galleria in Stuttgart is a must visit.  ]]>
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Bowers & Wilkins wins five awards including Stereo Speakers Of The Year. http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/news/awards-and-reviews/bowers-wilkins-wins-five-awards-including-stereo-speakers-of-the-year/ http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/news/awards-and-reviews/bowers-wilkins-wins-five-awards-including-stereo-speakers-of-the-year/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:06:37 +0000 rob http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/?p=22235 685 What Hi-Fi Awards

The What Hi-Fi? Awards are the audio industry's Oscars. This year, Bowers & Wilkins new 600 Series speakers won three awards, including one for Stereo Speakers Of The Year, while the Mini Theatre home cinema package range also won two.

"A superb pair of speakers that are hugely thrilling… an update worth waiting for… hugely entertaining, and their sheer power, punchy dynamics and excellent detail retrieval will make you want to listen to your entire music collection from the start." What Hi-Fi was unstinting in its praise during its 5-star review of the new 685 speakers. And the review was capped off with the award for both "Best Standmounter £400-£800" and "Stereo Speakers Of The Year". The new 683 speakers also won "Best Floorstander £600-£1,200" with praise for a "very strong and versatile performance… they grab your attention effortlessly and stir your feet, but also provide delicacy and subtlety." In the home cinema "speaker packages" category, Bowers & Wilkins was a big winner once again. MT-50 won "Best Style Package £1,000-£1,400", with What Hi-Fi saying "Small package, hugely impressive sound". And MT-60D won "Best Style Package £1,800+" for being a " true all-rounder… adept at everything you’d want a 5.1-channel surround speaker package to do, confident in stereo, beautifully built, and versatile when it comes to installation." Five What Hi-Fi Awards for products we're massively proud of in 2014. And with rave reviews already coming in for our T7 Bluetooth Hi-Fi speaker ("we’re impressed… sounds comfortably better than any such product we’ve heard"), we're hoping for more in 2015!  ]]>
685 What Hi-Fi Awards

The What Hi-Fi? Awards are the audio industry's Oscars. This year, Bowers & Wilkins new 600 Series speakers won three awards, including one for Stereo Speakers Of The Year, while the Mini Theatre home cinema package range also won two.

"A superb pair of speakers that are hugely thrilling… an update worth waiting for… hugely entertaining, and their sheer power, punchy dynamics and excellent detail retrieval will make you want to listen to your entire music collection from the start." What Hi-Fi was unstinting in its praise during its 5-star review of the new 685 speakers. And the review was capped off with the award for both "Best Standmounter £400-£800" and "Stereo Speakers Of The Year". The new 683 speakers also won "Best Floorstander £600-£1,200" with praise for a "very strong and versatile performance… they grab your attention effortlessly and stir your feet, but also provide delicacy and subtlety." In the home cinema "speaker packages" category, Bowers & Wilkins was a big winner once again. MT-50 won "Best Style Package £1,000-£1,400", with What Hi-Fi saying "Small package, hugely impressive sound". And MT-60D won "Best Style Package £1,800+" for being a " true all-rounder… adept at everything you’d want a 5.1-channel surround speaker package to do, confident in stereo, beautifully built, and versatile when it comes to installation." Five What Hi-Fi Awards for products we're massively proud of in 2014. And with rave reviews already coming in for our T7 Bluetooth Hi-Fi speaker ("we’re impressed… sounds comfortably better than any such product we’ve heard"), we're hoping for more in 2015!  ]]>
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P5 headphones part of Sally Taylor’s unique Consenses events http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/speakers/headphones/p5-headphones-part-of-sally-taylors-unique-consenses-events/ http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/speakers/headphones/p5-headphones-part-of-sally-taylors-unique-consenses-events/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:54:06 +0000 Bowers & Wilkins http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/?p=22195 blogimage_SOS

For the past two years, Consenses’ founder and musician Sally Taylor has engaged artists from around the world, of every medium and genre, and brought them together by asking them to interpret one another's artwork and express it in their own medium.

Sound quality is paramount to the projects which is why Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones are part of the events, enabling the audience to hear the music as the artist intended. Music is a key aspect of the interpretative milieu, and live performances are a feature of Consenses events. But recorded music allows Consenses to offer a musical experience by artists who are not available to perform, and these headphones convey the full emotional depth of their work. Sally explains further: "Bowers and Wilkins P5s add a sophistication and elegance to Consenses' global, multi-disciplinary exhibition.  They are sleek as panthers and comfortable and comforting as a mother's hands.  We are proud to deliver the musical content of Consenses to our visitors on P5s" Consenses events attract outstanding artists and enrapture audiences. For example: a musician interprets a photograph, a dancer interprets their song, a painter interprets the dance, a perfumer interprets the painting, a poet interprets the perfume and so on until all five senses are represented. In this process, each artist is given seven days to extract the essence of the artwork they are provided and use this work as the catalyst for their own creation, ultimately expressing their raw reactions in the language of their own medium. None of the artists are privy to the identities of the other participants. This process has formed what Sally has termed Interpretative Chains: a collective, holistic statement; an intriguing procession from one piece to the next; the revealing of a unique glimpse into the artistic process and the complexity of perception. Consenses event information can be found here.      ]]>
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For the past two years, Consenses’ founder and musician Sally Taylor has engaged artists from around the world, of every medium and genre, and brought them together by asking them to interpret one another's artwork and express it in their own medium.

Sound quality is paramount to the projects which is why Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones are part of the events, enabling the audience to hear the music as the artist intended. Music is a key aspect of the interpretative milieu, and live performances are a feature of Consenses events. But recorded music allows Consenses to offer a musical experience by artists who are not available to perform, and these headphones convey the full emotional depth of their work. Sally explains further: "Bowers and Wilkins P5s add a sophistication and elegance to Consenses' global, multi-disciplinary exhibition.  They are sleek as panthers and comfortable and comforting as a mother's hands.  We are proud to deliver the musical content of Consenses to our visitors on P5s" Consenses events attract outstanding artists and enrapture audiences. For example: a musician interprets a photograph, a dancer interprets their song, a painter interprets the dance, a perfumer interprets the painting, a poet interprets the perfume and so on until all five senses are represented. In this process, each artist is given seven days to extract the essence of the artwork they are provided and use this work as the catalyst for their own creation, ultimately expressing their raw reactions in the language of their own medium. None of the artists are privy to the identities of the other participants. This process has formed what Sally has termed Interpretative Chains: a collective, holistic statement; an intriguing procession from one piece to the next; the revealing of a unique glimpse into the artistic process and the complexity of perception. Consenses event information can be found here.      ]]>
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Small speaker, big sound – how does T7 manage it? http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/speakers/small-speaker-big-sound-how-does-t7-manage-it/ http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/speakers/small-speaker-big-sound-how-does-t7-manage-it/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:00:59 +0000 Bowers & Wilkins http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/?p=22077 Bowers & Wilkins T7 Bluetooth speaker

The most portable standalone speaker Bowers & Wilkins has ever produced manages an amazing quality of sound from such a small footprint. How? Engineering know-how of course…

It takes just as much effort, if not more, to ensure you get great sound from a small speaker. That's why T7 has been such a labour of love. Wringing the best possible sound quality from such a portable standalone speaker has taken some serious engineering work. The first thing you'll notice about the tiny T7 Bluetooth wireless speaker is its use of unique, Bowers & Wilkins Micro Matrix interlocking panels. This three-dimensional honeycomb structure surrounds the powerful bass drivers so, no matter how hard they try to shake and rattle the cabinet, sound from the T7 stays composed and clear. Micro Matrix panels were originally conceived and designed for an in-car entertainment system showcased in the Jaguar CX-F concept car, based on the Matrix bracing found in our high-end speakers. Now, Micro Matrix is helping ensure even the smallest standalone speaker sounds amazing. Micro Matrix is particularly vital given the strength of bass response T7 delivers. That's because it features two 50mm drivers made from glass fibre ‑ the same material used in our much larger Wireless Music Systems. And because surround, voice coil and other components are all uniquely designed to maximise performance at the low end, traditionally a weak area for portable wireless speakers this size. To further extend the bass capabilities of T7, two Auxiliary Bass Radiators tuned to 66Hz are built in. These ABRs, designed uniquely for T7, use a metal and rubber sandwich construction for damping and a super-slim surround that allows lots of movement in a small space. The result is deeper, better bass without increasing cabinet size. Of course, as you'd expect from Bowers & Wilkins, mid and high-end frequencies aren't neglected either. From a dustcap carefully tuned specifically to ensure high-note clarity, to the two Class D amplifiers and the high-end digital-to-analogue convertors, every component in T7 is carefully selected to deliver amazing sound quality, without adding size. The same attention to detail we lavish on our speakers found at Abbey Road Studios has been applied to these, the smallest standalone speaker we've ever made – the results speak for themselves…
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Bowers & Wilkins T7 Bluetooth speaker

The most portable standalone speaker Bowers & Wilkins has ever produced manages an amazing quality of sound from such a small footprint. How? Engineering know-how of course…

It takes just as much effort, if not more, to ensure you get great sound from a small speaker. That's why T7 has been such a labour of love. Wringing the best possible sound quality from such a portable standalone speaker has taken some serious engineering work. The first thing you'll notice about the tiny T7 Bluetooth wireless speaker is its use of unique, Bowers & Wilkins Micro Matrix interlocking panels. This three-dimensional honeycomb structure surrounds the powerful bass drivers so, no matter how hard they try to shake and rattle the cabinet, sound from the T7 stays composed and clear. Micro Matrix panels were originally conceived and designed for an in-car entertainment system showcased in the Jaguar CX-F concept car, based on the Matrix bracing found in our high-end speakers. Now, Micro Matrix is helping ensure even the smallest standalone speaker sounds amazing. Micro Matrix is particularly vital given the strength of bass response T7 delivers. That's because it features two 50mm drivers made from glass fibre ‑ the same material used in our much larger Wireless Music Systems. And because surround, voice coil and other components are all uniquely designed to maximise performance at the low end, traditionally a weak area for portable wireless speakers this size. To further extend the bass capabilities of T7, two Auxiliary Bass Radiators tuned to 66Hz are built in. These ABRs, designed uniquely for T7, use a metal and rubber sandwich construction for damping and a super-slim surround that allows lots of movement in a small space. The result is deeper, better bass without increasing cabinet size. Of course, as you'd expect from Bowers & Wilkins, mid and high-end frequencies aren't neglected either. From a dustcap carefully tuned specifically to ensure high-note clarity, to the two Class D amplifiers and the high-end digital-to-analogue convertors, every component in T7 is carefully selected to deliver amazing sound quality, without adding size. The same attention to detail we lavish on our speakers found at Abbey Road Studios has been applied to these, the smallest standalone speaker we've ever made – the results speak for themselves…
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Bowers & Wilkins drives in-car entertainment forward at Paris Motor Show. http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/speakers/bowers-wilkins-drives-in-car-entertainment-forward-at-paris-motor-show/ http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/speakers/bowers-wilkins-drives-in-car-entertainment-forward-at-paris-motor-show/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:20:14 +0000 Bowers & Wilkins http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/?p=22038 146731_4_13

Mondial de l'Automobile, Paris in October is one of the most important auto shows. Bowers & Wilkins is featured there in both the debut of the Volvo XC90 and in the Maserati Sound Experience.

Bowers & Wilkins stunning in-car entertainment systems will be showcased on two automotive manufacturer stands at the Paris Motor Show in October. The hugely popular and influential show will see the much-anticipated debut of the new Volvo XC90. This radical reinvention of the luxury SUV is a fitting place to debut the world's first in-car system to use Bowers & Wilkins tweeter-on-top technology. Physically separating a tweeter from the confines of a speaker cabinet delivers clearer, purer treble, particularly vital for vocals clarity. While midrange is handled by Bowers & Wilkins signature yellow Kevlar® 100mm drivers, visible but protected by a grille designed for optimum acoustic openness. In all, 19 speakers are precisely placed and tuned to match the interior acoustics of the car. Volvo's stand is the place to experience the XC90 for the first time. As well as first sight and sound of the car itself, Volvo and Bowers & Wilkins have collaborated on two exciting on-stand activities. A full virtual reality headset tour of the XC90, "A Swedish Moment" will let visitors immersive themselves in the XC90 and the Swedish countryside. The headset will be paired with cutting-edge positional sound design played back to users via Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones. P7 headphones will also be used on-stand to let visitors listen to podcasts about the XC90. Bowers & Wilkins in-car systems will also be on show at the Maserati stand, where both its Quattroporte and Ghibli luxury cars with be showcased, each featuring unique Bowers & Wilkins in-car entertainment systems. Alongside the cars, Bowers & Wilkins 805 Maserati Edition speakers and P5 Maserati Edition headphones will be on display, and Bowers & Wilkins M-1 speakers will be putting the "sound" in the Maserati Sound Experience – a 360 degree surround recreation of the unique roar of a Maserati. If you're at the Paris Motor Show, don't miss out on the most exciting in-car entertainment systems and experiences from Bowers & Wilkins. Hope to see you there… Both Volvo and Maserati stands are located in Hall 1. The show is open to visitors until 19th October.]]>
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Mondial de l'Automobile, Paris in October is one of the most important auto shows. Bowers & Wilkins is featured there in both the debut of the Volvo XC90 and in the Maserati Sound Experience.

Bowers & Wilkins stunning in-car entertainment systems will be showcased on two automotive manufacturer stands at the Paris Motor Show in October. The hugely popular and influential show will see the much-anticipated debut of the new Volvo XC90. This radical reinvention of the luxury SUV is a fitting place to debut the world's first in-car system to use Bowers & Wilkins tweeter-on-top technology. Physically separating a tweeter from the confines of a speaker cabinet delivers clearer, purer treble, particularly vital for vocals clarity. While midrange is handled by Bowers & Wilkins signature yellow Kevlar® 100mm drivers, visible but protected by a grille designed for optimum acoustic openness. In all, 19 speakers are precisely placed and tuned to match the interior acoustics of the car. Volvo's stand is the place to experience the XC90 for the first time. As well as first sight and sound of the car itself, Volvo and Bowers & Wilkins have collaborated on two exciting on-stand activities. A full virtual reality headset tour of the XC90, "A Swedish Moment" will let visitors immersive themselves in the XC90 and the Swedish countryside. The headset will be paired with cutting-edge positional sound design played back to users via Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones. P7 headphones will also be used on-stand to let visitors listen to podcasts about the XC90. Bowers & Wilkins in-car systems will also be on show at the Maserati stand, where both its Quattroporte and Ghibli luxury cars with be showcased, each featuring unique Bowers & Wilkins in-car entertainment systems. Alongside the cars, Bowers & Wilkins 805 Maserati Edition speakers and P5 Maserati Edition headphones will be on display, and Bowers & Wilkins M-1 speakers will be putting the "sound" in the Maserati Sound Experience – a 360 degree surround recreation of the unique roar of a Maserati. If you're at the Paris Motor Show, don't miss out on the most exciting in-car entertainment systems and experiences from Bowers & Wilkins. Hope to see you there… Both Volvo and Maserati stands are located in Hall 1. The show is open to visitors until 19th October.]]>
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Maria Callas Remastered at Kings Place Festival, London http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/music/maria-callas-remastered-at-kings-place-festival-london/ http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/music/maria-callas-remastered-at-kings-place-festival-london/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:52:07 +0000 Bowers & Wilkins http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/?p=21793 Maria Callas

As part of  Kings Place festival this weekend, we will be providing a unique listening experience together with Warner Classics to celebrate the release of the Maria Callas Remastered boxset on the 22nd September

There will be eight opportunities to listen to some of these ground-breaking recordings on 800 Series Diamond speakers accompanied by a visual document of her life and career. The listening sessions will take place at the Box Office Stage, there is no need to book: Saturday 13 September 15:15 / 17:30 / 19:15 / 20:15 Sunday 14 September 14:15 / 16:15 / 18:15 / 20:15 Maria Callas Remastered - The Complete Studio Recordings is an extraordinary 69 CD boxset painstakingly remastered at Abbey Road Studios on Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond speakers.All the recordings will be available from Society of Sound as studio-quality downloads exclusively for two weeks from 22 September. Find out more about Kings Place Festival. ]]>
Maria Callas

As part of  Kings Place festival this weekend, we will be providing a unique listening experience together with Warner Classics to celebrate the release of the Maria Callas Remastered boxset on the 22nd September

There will be eight opportunities to listen to some of these ground-breaking recordings on 800 Series Diamond speakers accompanied by a visual document of her life and career. The listening sessions will take place at the Box Office Stage, there is no need to book: Saturday 13 September 15:15 / 17:30 / 19:15 / 20:15 Sunday 14 September 14:15 / 16:15 / 18:15 / 20:15 Maria Callas Remastered - The Complete Studio Recordings is an extraordinary 69 CD boxset painstakingly remastered at Abbey Road Studios on Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond speakers.All the recordings will be available from Society of Sound as studio-quality downloads exclusively for two weeks from 22 September. Find out more about Kings Place Festival. ]]>
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Bowers & Wilkins to offer live recordings from Kings Place, London. http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/music/bowers-wilkins-to-offer-live-recordings-from-kings-place-london/ http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/music/bowers-wilkins-to-offer-live-recordings-from-kings-place-london/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:03:38 +0000 Bowers & Wilkins http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/?p=21591 York_Tillyer_low

We have teamed up with Kings Place, London to provide a selected number of live recordings  from their bespoke, acoustically brilliant concert hall.

These recordings will be available as high-resolution downloads from Society of Sound. Together with Kings Place we will select a handful of recordings from their eclectic programme each year starting with Scottish singer songwriter and Idlewild front man Roddy Woomble. Kings Place is the first modern purpose built recital hall to be built in London.  With limited precedent in the UK.  Arup travelled with the client, Parabola Land Limited, and architect, Dixon Jones, to Japan, where a number of small halls have been built in the last 20 years.  This helped to consolidate what the team wanted from the new venue - a space with excellent acoustics for a wide range or performance genres. Arup Acoustics built computer models from the early concepts by the architect for the project, enabling the acoustic design to evolve along with the architecture. Although Hall One in Kings Place was to be a thoroughly modern room, Arup was keen to capture the important characteristics from classic historic halls noted for their acoustic. This resulted in a shoebox design of hall, optimum for this scale of auditorium, with predominantly timber finishes (they used 500-year old Black Forest oak) surrounding the audience and a classic coffered ceiling. The seats in the hall were sourced from Italy and were fully tested in an acoustics laboratory.  The design was developed as a result of the tests to make sure the seats absorbed the right amount of sound. Find out more about Roddy Woomble.]]>
York_Tillyer_low

We have teamed up with Kings Place, London to provide a selected number of live recordings  from their bespoke, acoustically brilliant concert hall.

These recordings will be available as high-resolution downloads from Society of Sound. Together with Kings Place we will select a handful of recordings from their eclectic programme each year starting with Scottish singer songwriter and Idlewild front man Roddy Woomble. Kings Place is the first modern purpose built recital hall to be built in London.  With limited precedent in the UK.  Arup travelled with the client, Parabola Land Limited, and architect, Dixon Jones, to Japan, where a number of small halls have been built in the last 20 years.  This helped to consolidate what the team wanted from the new venue - a space with excellent acoustics for a wide range or performance genres. Arup Acoustics built computer models from the early concepts by the architect for the project, enabling the acoustic design to evolve along with the architecture. Although Hall One in Kings Place was to be a thoroughly modern room, Arup was keen to capture the important characteristics from classic historic halls noted for their acoustic. This resulted in a shoebox design of hall, optimum for this scale of auditorium, with predominantly timber finishes (they used 500-year old Black Forest oak) surrounding the audience and a classic coffered ceiling. The seats in the hall were sourced from Italy and were fully tested in an acoustics laboratory.  The design was developed as a result of the tests to make sure the seats absorbed the right amount of sound. Find out more about Roddy Woomble.]]>
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