Bowers and Wilkins 805 D3 Bookshelf Loudspeakers

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The Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 is one of the best standmount speakers you can buy. The speaker combines immaculate build quality and sumptuous good looks. Sound quality is amongst the best of the best with a wide and deep soundstage and excellent articulation and dynamic heft. The diamond tweeter’s detailed treble never resorts to the harshness seen in cheaper speakers.

The smallest speaker in the 800 Series Diamond range is also one of the most groundbreaking. Packed with cutting-edge technologies
never seen before in a speaker of its class, it’s the
only stand-mounted speaker in the world to feature a
diamond dome tweeter. For lifelike spaciousness and
detail, no other small speaker comes close.

 

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Overview

The 805 D3 is the only loudspeaker of its size and type to feature studio-grade technology in the form of a Diamond dome tweeter.

Made by hand in England. 

Unique Performance

The exceptional 805 D3 is the only stand mount loudspeaker in the world to feature studio-grade technology in the form of a Diamond dome tweeter. It’s capable of delivering pristine sound from a relatively slight dimensions, allowing even those people with smaller listening rooms to experience True Sound.

Continuum cone
The Continuum cone delivers pristine midrange performance by effectively negating the break-up behaviour that can adversely effect this all-important part of the spectrum.

Solid body tweeter
The Diamond dome tweeter is housed in a solid piece of aluminium. This mechanically inert structure provides an incredibly rigid platform from which the tweeter can deliver crystal clear sound.

Diamond Dome Tweeters
Incredibly light, yet unbelievably rigid, Diamond is the ultimate tweeter material. Delivering the most revealing, natural treble you will ever hear.

Read the What Hifi 5 Star Review

StereoNET  Australia Review

What a revelation of a speaker. Compared to the 805D2 model it replaces, the D3 adds vivacity and translucence to the D2’s refinement and detailing qualities. Moreover its responsiveness and dynamics conjure a human quality to its reproduction of vocals in a way few speakers at any price points can rival.

Endearing, wonderfully blissful for extended listening sessions, handsomely styled, nicely proportioned and well dressed. Like I said at the start of this review, if the B&W 805D3 were a person, I’d invite them to live in.

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CNET REVIEW

  • The Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 is one of the best standmount speakers you can buy. The speaker combines immaculate build quality and sumptuous good looks. Sound quality is amongst the best of the best with a wide and deep soundstage and excellent articulation and dynamic heft. The diamond tweeter’s detailed treble never resorts to the harshness seen in cheaper speakers.

  • The Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 are the supercharged sportscars of the high-end speaker world, combining whiplash-inducing looks, cutting edge technology and exquisite performance.

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Technical features

  • Diamond Tweeter
  • Anti-resonance plug
  • Continuum Cone FST
  • Aerofoil cone bass units
  • Flowport
  • Optimised Matrix
  • Solid body tweeter
  • Tweeter on top

Description
2-way vented-box system

Drive units
1x ø25mm (1 in) diamond dome high-frequency
1x ø165mm (6.5 in) Continuum cone bass midrange

Frequency range
34Hz to 35kHz

Frequency response
42Hz to 28kHz (+/-3dB from reference axis)

Sensitivity
88dB SPL (2.83Vrms at 1m)

Harmonic distortion
2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m on axis)
<1% 70Hz – 20kHz
<0.6% 120Hz – 20kHz

Nominal impedance (min)
8Ω (minimum 4.6Ω)

Recommended amplifier power
50W – 120W into 8Ω on unclipped programme

Max. recommended cable impedance
0.1Ω

Height:
424mm

Width:
238mm

Depth:
345mm

Net weight
12.6kg (28lb)

Colours:
Piano Black Gloss Lacquer
Rosenut Veneer with Black Cloth Grilles
Satin White Cabinets with Grey Cloth Grilles

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