The Bowers & Wilkins 805 D4 might be smaller than its floor-standing siblings, but it’s no lightweight: its beautifully constructed Reverse-Wrap cabinet, stiff aluminium bass pods and 165mm (6.5-in) Continuum™ mid-bass cone afford it exceptional bass extension and scale for a relatively compact speaker.
One of Bowers & Wilkins’ most significant accomplishments over the past two decades, the ultra-stiff, supremely accurate Diamond dome tweeter is the perfect combination of low mass, exceptional stiffness and outstanding accuracy. Their newest Solid Body Tweeter-on-Top housing features an elongated form with a longer tube-loading system, producing an even more free and open sound with high frequencies. The carefully decoupled housing is milled from a single solid block of aluminium to better resist resonance.
The new reverse-wrap orientation of the cabinet on 805 D4 means Bowers & Wilkins can place its sensitive crossover components inside their own, dedicated space within the cabinet, which has critical benefits to both performance and serviceability. The speaker terminals are upgraded, too. Innovation is at the heart of everything at Bowers & Wilkins. They use computer modelling to explore and reimagine every aspect of loudspeaker design.
804 D4 is a three-way speaker, with twin 165mm (6.5-in) Aerofoil™ bass cones – and that has huge benefits to its power and scale. As a three-way speaker, it includes a dedicated midrange cone, so voices and other details will sound more accurate.
COLOURS: gloss black in stock – white, satin rosenut, and satin walnut available by order.
Stands sold separately.
|Dimensions||Height: 440mm (17.3 in)
Width: 240mm (9.4 in)
Depth: 373mm (14.7 in)
|Net weight||15.55kg (34.3 lb)|
|Technical features||Diamond tweeter
Solid body Tweeter-on-Top
Continuum™ cone bass/mid
|Description||2-way vented-box system|
|Drive units||1x ø25mm (1in) Diamond dome high-frequency
1x ø165mm (6.5in) Continuum cone bass midrange
|Frequency range||34Hz to 35kHz|
|Frequency response||42Hz to 28kHz (+/-3dB from reference axis)|
|Sensitivity||88dB (on axis at 2.83Vrms at 1m)|
|Harmonic distortion||2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB,1m on axis)
<1% 90Hz – 20kHz
<0.3% 120Hz – 20kHz
|Nominal impedance||8Ω (minimum 4.6Ω)|
|Recommended amplifier power||50W – 120W into 8Ω on unclipped programme|
|Max recommended cable impedance||0.1Ω|
|Cabinet finishes||Gloss Black