I am one of the newest members of the Bowers and Wilkins R&D Team, and have worked here for two and half years. All the loudspeaker systems we produce are designed at the R&D establishment in Steyning. As a development engineer I am responsible for the development and design of loudspeaker systems.
To produce great sounding loudspeakers, many steps are taken to optimise the loudspeaker drivers/systems before any listening sessions take place. This is carried out through rigorous measurements and with the large experience of the team.
One of my day-to-day tasks is to measure and evaluate loudspeaker drivers/systems using a ‘Distortion Analyser’ and ‘Maximum Length Sequencer’.
The Distortion Analyser measures various parameters: small/large signal parameters, distortion products plus many more, and allows the causes of distortion to be reviewed, and simulations of drivers/systems to be carried out.
The use of the Maximum Length Sequencer’ in conjunction with an anechoic chamber allows the frequency response, harmonic distortion, electrical impedance and phase response to be measured in free-field conditions. These measurements give a good insight into the performance of a loudspeaker driver/system, but are by no means the only measurements we use.
Once the systems are optimised they are ready for listening. Listening is carried out in a specially treated listening room at Steyning and also across various other sites. Listening is an important part of the development process and it allowing fine-tuning of systems and cross-over components.
As a development engineer I also have to liaise with all the different parts of the company: our purchasing team when ordering sample, production team to discuss the manufacturing of prototypes and marketing team to discuss specs of systems and to give demonstrations. We work closest to the research team who are always generating ideas which need developing in to prototypes and potentially future technology.
I really enjoy working at Bowers and Wilkins R&D establishment. The unique working environment means my work is varied and interesting. Also the atmosphere is a friendly and happy one.