Small speaker, big sound – how does T7 manage it?

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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