Bowers & Wilkins DS3 On Wall Surround Speakers



For large home theatre installations, choose a pair of rear speakers that can get you closer to the true surround sound of the cinema.


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The DS3 is a wall-mounted surround speaker that can operate in what’s called ‘dipole’ mode, to create an authentic all-enveloping effect of the auditorium in a large space. Or, you may prefer to switch to conventional ‘monopole’ operation, in which the sound from side or rear is more precisely located and less diffuse. The choice depends on the room conditions, the size of the audience and the kind of material on view.

Whichever mode you select, the sound quality is superlative, supplied by a 130mm Kevlar® cone bass/midrange, twin midrange/high frequency units and a Nautilus™ tube-loaded tweeter.

Description 2-way closed-box selectable dipole/monopole surround system
Drive units 1x ø25mm (1 in) aluminium dome high-frequency2x ø80mm (3 in) midrange / high frequency

1x ø130mm (5 in) woven Kevlar® cone bass / midrange

Frequency range -6dB at 63Hz and 42kHz (monopole mode)-6dB at 63Hz and 15kHz (dipole mode)
Frequency response 85Hz – 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis (monopole mode)85Hz – 10kHz ±3dB power averaged over front hemisphere (dipole mode)
Dispersion Monopole mode: within 2dB of reference responseHorizontal: over 40º arc

Vertical: over 10º arc

Dipole mode: horizontal figure of eight

Effective null zone ±20º (250Hz – 15kHz)

Sensitivity 89dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
Harmonic distortion 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
Nominal impedance 8Ω (minimum 3.3Ω)
Crossover frequency 250Hz (dipole mode)
Crossover Filters 2nd Order – midrange / high frequencyt2nd Order – bass
Recommended amplifier power 25W – 100W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Max. recommended cable impedance 0.1Ω
Dimensions Height: 249mm (9.8 in)Width: 387mm (15.25 in)

Depth: 186mm (7.3 in)

Net weight 5.2kg (11.5 lb)
Finishes Black
Weight 5.2 kg
Dimensions 18.6 x 38.7 x 24.9 cm

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