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British sound engineers, Bowers & Wilkins, have launched a new 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker designed to match the 805S and 800 Series loudspeakers from the brand.

Already popular in the UK, the CM1 ‘mini-monitor’ speakers share driver and crossover technology with the 805S and 800 Series models.


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Though small, the new speakers offer “colour, energy and beauty” in their sound, and are perfect for users who desire nice aesthetics with a discrete size.

The CM1s use laser-based measuring techniques to optimise linear inductance on the drive units, according to Bowers & Wilkins.

“It is due to this that they are able to draw greater detail from the signal. The crossover uses just a single component for each of its drive units meaning only the slightest of electronic adjustment is needed to balance the system,” said a spokesperson for the company.

 

The speaker is designed to be mounted on a stand or shelf where it may be used with the supplied port sleeve. The port sleeve itself has a hollow centre which alters the balance of the CM1’s low frequency response but retains overall balance.


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The 2-way vented box systems with woven Kevlar cones offer a frequency range of -6dB at 45Hz to 50kHz, and sensitivity of 84dB SPL.

The CM1 is available in three wood-inspired veneer finishes – Wenge, Rosenut and Maple – each completed by magnetically attached grilles in either black or dark grey.

The CM1 has a recommended retail price of $1,499 a pair and is available from Bowers & Wilkins dealers from January 2008.

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