The new loudspeakers from Bowers & Wilkins are housed in slimline aluminium cabinets, making it perfect for living rooms or modern apartments.
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|B&W’s XT8 Speakers|
The XT Series range features a three-way floor standing speaker, the XT8, a sleek column designed to act as either a highly polished stereo pair or the front left and right speakers of a Home Theatre system.
It contains many of Bowers & Wilkins’ signature technologies including an aluminium-dome Nautilus Tapering Tube tweeter, which is mounted outside the main cabinet to eliminate time smearing. It also utilises a woven Kevlar driver for midrange, and using developments derived from B&W’s high-end products it includes FST (Fixed Suspension Transducer) technology which helps to enhance definition.
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For Home Theatre enthusiasts the XTC is the ideal final element of the XT Series. This voice-matched, two-way Centre speaker uses an aluminium dome Nautilus Tapering Tube tweeter and two 130mm Kevlar midrange/bass drivers to achieve stunning all-round integration.
Due the exceptional capabilities of the XT Series’ drive units and enclosures, the all-important crossover network in XT models combines elegant simplicity with only the finest hand-selected components. The first-order tweeter filter for example uses just a single, high-calibre capacitor that can retain the subtle nuances of delicate high frequency information.
Complimenting the XT Series’ impressive loudspeakers is the PV1 500 Watt, 200mm (8 inch) subwoofer. The PV1, although elegant and stylish, owes its curved shape to sound engineering principles, those of a pressure vessel, from which the initials in the name derive.
From a simple bubble to a sophisticated deep sea diving bell, a spherical form is the ideal shape to accommodate pressure differences between the inside and outside of the enclosure; and there can be considerable pressures generated inside compact subwoofers. The intrinsic strength of the form enables a relatively thin wall construction to the aluminium enclosure, maximising the internal volume.
The XT series is available in both a sleek black and a stunning natural aluminium finish and will be sold at selected Bowers & Wilkins dealers from August 2009.
RRP are as follows:
- XT8 Three-Way Floorstanding Speaker $5,999/pr
- XT2 Two-Way Bookshelf/ Stand Mount Speaker $1,699/pr
- XTC Two-Way Centre Speaker $1,299 ea
- PV1 250mm (10″) 500 W Active Subwoofer $2,200 ea