Bowers & Wilkins engineers took their inspiration from nature when looking for the perfect way to brace the cabinet of T7, our most portable wireless speaker yet.
Bowers & Wilkins engineers have long taken design inspiration from natural forms. The iconic example is the Nautilus loudspeaker. Form followed function as they came up with a snail-like spiral made of a long, tapering tube that behaves like a horn in reverse: instead of amplifying sound, Nautilus tubes taper to make the unwanted sound from the rear of each driver disappear.
It’s also why our PV1D subwoofer is near-spherical, like a bubble, the strongest 3D shape in nature. In a normal, flat-sided subwoofer, air pressures tend to stress the panels of the cabinet, setting up unwanted resonances. In PV1D, those pressures are dispersed evenly around a rigid, continuous shell, reducing unwanted vibrations to a bare minimum.
And for T7, Bowers & Wilkins most portable wireless speaker yet, our engineers were looking for the perfect way to brace such a small cabinet, to reduce cabinet resonance for a cleaner, more precise sound. They settled on a honeycomb structure, a series of hexagonal hollow columns with a very high strength-to-weight ratio, found naturally in everything from beehives to bones. The result is the Micro Matrix honeycomb bracing that gives T7 its stunning, distortion-free sound.