Bowers and Wilkins, the maker of the highly popular Zeppelin Air, is set to roll out new mini theatre speakers along with an upgraded compact subwoofer.The new MT-60D Mini package will consist of five upgraded M1 speakers and the upgraded PV1D sub. Pricing for Australia has not been set by the local distributor Convoy.
Hi Fi enthusiasts will be able to buy the speakers separately with the M1 having been completely redesigned inside with new drive units, including an in-house designed tweeter and a bass/mid-range driver that uses the company’s anti-resonance plug, which was first launched on the high-end PM1 speaker. The vented-enclosure M1 delivers a frequency response of 64Hz to 23 kHz +/-3dB through its Nautilus tube-loaded 1-inch aluminium-dome tweeter and 4-inch woven-glass fibre-cone midrange/woofer. Recommended amp power is 20-100 watts into 8 ohms, and sensitivity is 85dB at 2.83 volts at 1 meter.
The M1 measures 9.8 inches by 4.5 inches by 6.4 inches and comes with table top stand and wall bracket. An optional floor stand is available.
The new Bowes & Wilkins PV1D subwoofer has also been upgraded to offer Class D “digital” amplification and digital signal processing (DSP), and the M1 compact two-way speaker has been upgraded to offer deeper bass response to deliver the bass output of larger bookshelf speakers, the company said. It also offers cleaner aesthetic and other improved performance parameters according to B&W.
Both will be available in matte black and matte white.
The new PV1D subwoofer deepens frequency response compared to its predecessor to 7.5Hz +/-3dB, thanks to the inclusion of a Class D 400-watt amp, new aluminium-cone dual drivers, and DSP, which is applied to the low-pass filter’s slope, frequency, and phase. Response extends up to 400Hz. Like before, the sub features dual 8-inch drivers operating in opposed balanced configuration to cancel cabinet resonances.
The sub cabinet measures 13.5 inches by 10.6 inches by 14.1 inches. Though round, the cabinet is flat on both driver sides.
The sub comes with OLED display and touch buttons to access presets and tuning options, and SubApp PC software provides more advanced set-up options.