Whether you’re an audiophile or a casual listener, it’s hard to ignore how much more accessible and improved home audio systems have become. Although it can get pretty expensive to put together a high-end setup, the possibilities available are truly impressive. Companies like Bowers & Wilkins (which started in the ‘60s) have been in the game for years, pushing this audio technology forward. The label puts a special emphasis on research and developing new products, which makes B&W true trailblazers then and now. The 800 Series of speakers, in particular, have long been acclaimed by professionals, thanks to a diamond tweeter that uses a diamond dome, allowing you to hear higher frequencies without getting fatigued. And now B&W has announced two new upgraded additions to the 800 Series: The 801 D4 Signature Tower Speaker and the 805 D4 Signature Stand-Mount Speaker, two loudspeakers dedicated to a faithful audio experience.
Inspired by the Silver Signature (a unique loudspeaker from ‘91 that honored the late founder John Bowers) and the Nautilus speaker, the 801 D4 and 805 D4 both have interesting silhouettes, the signature diamond tweeter, a solid body tweeter on top, and a new tweeter grille. The flagship 801 D4 tower speaker, a staple in many professional studios, has been outfitted with twin 10” Aerofoil Cone bass drivers, an aluminum top plate, and updated motors and port output, improving sound accuracy and clarity.
The 805 D4 is the more compact option and features most of the same upgrades, besides the biomimetic suspension. With these new upgrades, both speakers provide clean midrange frequencies and higher-quality bass sounds. Additionally, both speakers are available in a California Burl Gloss finish that’s sustainably sourced from the Italian label ALPI.
Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Signature Speakers, including the 801 D4 Signature for $50,000 a pair and the 805 D4 Signature for $12,000 a pair, are available now through authorized B&W retailers.