Bowers and Wilkins 802 Diamond Speaker

Bowers and Wilkins 802 Diamond Speaker

The B&W 802 Diamond is the smaller of the two ‘headed’ models in the 800 Series Diamond. It offers immense levels of scale and clarity, and is destined to be a favourite among audiophiles for many years to come.

If you’re looking for a speaker with the power, clarity and presence of the mighty 800 Diamond, but your listening area can’t quite accommodate its studio-sized proportions, the 802 Diamond is the answer. Retaining the groundbreaking spherical head design of its bigger brother, it’s the closest you’ll get to true studio sound at home.

While the slimmer dimensions of the 802 Diamond make it an easier fit for living spaces, the basic design retains nearly all of the features of the top-of-the-range 800 Diamond, including the teardrop form of the midrange head. Moulded from Marlan®, a synthetic, mineral filled resin, this granite-hard enclosure is sprayed with seven coats of lacquer and polished by hand until it’s as smooth as glass.

As with all of the speakers in the range, the 802 Diamond features our legendary Nautilus™ tapering tube drive unit technology. First pioneered on our trailblazing Nautilus speaker, the tubes work like horns in reverse, minimising colouration by soaking up excess sound energy from the back of the driver. So that all that emerges from the front is the most fully formed, focused and pristine sound.

Tech Specs

Woven Kevlar
Crossover Tuning
Nautilus Tapering Tube
Flowport
Mushrooms
FST
Tweeter on Top
Matrix
Rohacell
Diamond Tweeters
Sphere / Tube Enclosure
De-coupling
Quad Magnet Tweeter Motor
Dual Magnet Tweeter Motor
Description 3-way vented-box system
Drive units 1x ø25mm (1 in) diamond dome high-frequency1x ø150mm (6 in) woven Kevlar® cone FST™ midrange

2x ø200mm (8 in) Rohacell® cone bass

Frequency range -6dB at 27Hz and 33kHz
Frequency response 34Hz – 28kHz ±3dB on reference axis

 

Dispersion Within 2dB of reference response
Horizontal: over 60º arc
Vertical: over 10º arc
Sensitivity 90dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
Harmonic distortion 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)<1% 40Hz – 100kHz

<0.5% 70Hz –100kHz

Nominal impedance 8Ω (minimum 3.5Ω)
Crossover frequencies 350Hz, 4kHz
Recommended amplifier power 50W – 500W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Max. recommended cable impedance 0.1Ω
Height: 1135mm (44.7in) (not including feet)
Width: 368mm (14.5in)
Depth: 563mm (22.2in)
Net weight 72kg (159 lb)
Cabinet: CherrywoodRosenut

Piano Black Gloss

Grille: Black cloth