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 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.

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The CWM Cinema 7 in-wall speaker, meanwhile, is also designed for home theater use, although it’s a bit larger, at 6.8 x 24.6 inches. It’s designed to be mounted to either side of your TV screen, with another speaker installed horizontally above or below to serve as the center speaker. Or, if you have an acoustically transparent screen, it could just as easily be installed behind. Total frequency response is 45Hz to 50kHz, making it equally perfect for high-res audio as well as today’s uncompressed high-resolution movie soundtracks.

Both Cinema 7 speakers install by way of Bowers & Wilkins QuickDogs fixings, which consist of spring clamps that rotate and clip into place, without the need for tools. They’re also designed to work with any wall or ceiling thickness.

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The Bowers & Wilkins CCM Cinema 7 in-ceiling home cinema speaker is expected to ship in August for $700 each, with the  CWM Cinema 7 in-wall home cinema speakers following in September for $850 each.

 

Content courtesy of: Dennis Burger, Editor in Chief, HDLiving.com

 

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