Kevlar – what bullet proof vests and our speakers have in common

The midrange is where the real musical action is invariably found, and a smooth midband is an invaluable loudspeaker quality. Enter Kevlar.

It’s been Bowers & Wilkins’ cone material of choice since 1974, and with good reason. The basic woven fabric is first impregnated with a stiffening resin that cures during the cone forming process. The cone is then further treated with a polymer coat, which seals the fibres and adds damping. The result is a semi-flexible cone, which exhibits a peculiar style of break-up behaviour, not found in more conventional materials, that maintains a more constant dispersion pattern at all frequencies in its range and transmits far fewer delayed, time-smearing sounds to the listener. Not only does it deliver a cleaner sound, it can do so to a wider group of listeners.

You can read even more on Kevlar here, or let us know what you think about the results we’ve achieved using this distinctive material on our 600 Series speakers.

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6 Comments

  • Bill Perkins - PEARL, Canada says:

    Why not show us some of the the scanning vibrometer work ? ?

    Bill Perkins

  • Fitis says:

    Bonjour,

    Je m’intéresse depuis longtemps à la marque B et W dont je connais un peu la réputation des produits réalisés. Je cherche à faire évoluer mon ensemble musical en explorant de nouveaux horizons sonores c’est pourquoi la gamme des produits séries 600 685 par exemple semblerait pouvoir convenir à mon électronique: atoll in 50…
    Je poursuis donc ma réflexion avec votre participation si vous voulez bien m’y aider
    Très cordialement
    Fitis

  • Rahul says:

    its price please.
    indian

  • Ned says:

    i have been told that B&W no longer sell the ASW610 in cherry finish. Can someone confirm?

  • cchang86 says:

    Ned, the info you got is incorrect. they no longer make wenge color. it was not popular in the United States. Current color is cherry & black. hope that helps.

  • Scott says:

    I just got my first set of B&W 683 towers. This is my first true high quality speaker. I have to say that they have completely changed my listening and my music preferences. I don’t mean to sound corny, but stepping into this level of sound reproduction, the experience is almost emotional when I’m listening.

    Thank you B&W for the 600 series!!!

    Scott

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