In the first of a series of video tours around the Bowers & Wilkins UK factory, we take a look at 800 Series Diamond cabinet manufacturing. These exclusive videos provide customers and members of the public with a rarely seen insight into the attention to detail, advanced technology and craftsmanship that are combined to produce the world’s best loudspeakers.
Introduced by Product Manager Mike Gough, this unique video looks at the wood bending and machining processes that create the instantly recognizable cabinets of the 800 Series Diamond. Each curved cabinet is formed from a piece of 35mm ply, and both pressure and microwave energy is used to get it into shape.
It also shows the Matrix construction process. This is a vital element in the performance of the 800 Series Diamond, and is a proprietary Bowers & Wilkins technology.
The video also deals with the logistics of operating a cabinet manufacturing plant, and details the lengths Bowers & Wilkins goes to in order to ensure consistency, and the best possible end results. This includes regulating not only the temperature, but also the humidity of the working environment.
All of these vital elements are the first steps in the construction of these high-end, high-quality loudspeakers.