Bowers & Wilkins’ New Speakers Are Meant to Be Heard, Not Seen

Bowers & Wilkins’ New Speakers Are Meant to Be Heard, Not Seen

On a good day, you’re lucky if a company like Bowers & Wilkins announces one new speaker. I guess this is a very good day indeed, because this morning the company announced a trio of new speakers aimed directly at the architectural market, including two new round in-ceiling models and a fancy in-wall model engineered specifically for home theater applications. First up is the CCM632, a small, round in-ceiling speaker that was designed to address a very specific problem. Most in-ceilings of this size (5.7-inch diameter, designed to fit in a 4.5-inch cut-out) suffer from sound colorations due to the fact that the woofer required to deliver deep bass doesn’t have a lot of room to fire around the tweeter, which delivers higher frequencies. Bowers & Wilkins solves this problem by employing a single 3-inch, full-range driver with frequency response from 100Hz at the low end to 17kHz at the high end. On a good day, you’re lucky if a company like Bowers & Wilkins announces one new speaker. I guess this is a very good day indeed, because this morning the company announced a trio of new speakers aimed directly at the architectural market, including two new round in-ceiling models and a fancy in-wall model engineered specifically for home theater applications. First up is the CCM632, a small, round in-ceiling speaker that was designed to address a very specific problem. Most in-ceilings of this size (5.7-inch diameter, designed to fit in a 4.5-inch cut-out) suffer from sound colorations due to the fact that the woofer required to deliver deep bass doesn’t have a lot of room to fire...