Bowers & Wilkins Pushes Physics to the Limits with New 800 Series Diamond Loudspeakers

Bowers & Wilkins Pushes Physics to the Limits with New 800 Series Diamond Loudspeakers

Thanks to the weird and wonderful realities of General Relativity, if we were in a theoretical interstellar rocket ship exploring the galaxy, some kooky things would start to happen as we approached the speed of light. The amount of fuel and energy required to reach 95 percent of light speed would pale in comparison to that required to accelerate from 95 to 99 percent of light speed. And that amount would be positively dwarfed by the amount of fuel and energy it would take to accelerate from 99 percent to 99.9 percent of light speed. And to reach 100 percent would, as far as we know based on the laws of physics, be impossible since it would require an infinite amount of energy and fuel. Mind you, those physical principles aren’t at all the same as the ones that govern speaker design, but there is nonetheless a rough analogy to be made here: if you have a speaker that’s close to perfect to begin with, redesigning it with the goal of getting closer to genuine perfection requires a staggering amount of time and energy—and money. In the case of Bowers & Wilkins’ new 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers—introduced on Wednesday at an exclusive event at NYC’s Sterling Sound mastering studio—we’re talking about seven years of extensive research and design, as well as millions of dollars spent. All to take what many people consider to be the finest loudspeaker in the world—the speaker found in the most prestigious recording and mastering studios—and make it significantly better. Those of us gathered at the event got to see firsthand exactly how many of the components in the...