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Form Industry’s Most Comprehensive Lineup of
High-Performance Architectural Loudspeakers
N. Reading, MA–Sept. 2005–Britain’s Bowers & Wilkins is well established worldwide as the leading producer of loudspeakers for high-performance home audio and home-theater systems, including its Custom Installation Series’ broad array of in-wall, “architectural” designs. With the addition of no fewer than ten new models B&W today expands this family to create one of the most complete and broadly applicable range of high-performance in-wall offerings available.
As is true across the Custom Installation Series, the new introductions showcase some of the B&W technologies that have made the name globally respected wherever serious audio reproduction is the subject. The company’s famous aluminum-dome 1-inch tweeter with Nautilus technology is employed on many premium models. B&W’s familiar woven-Kevlar bass/midrange drivers also appear on top-model Custom Installation Series speakers, and several feature EQ switching to optimize performance, for example, behind decorative screens or in other concealed locations. Like every B&W Custom Installation model, the new additions feature the series’ uniquely convenient “swing-out dogs” latching mechanism for quick and easy, yet positive and secure wallboard installation, and all 10 new models can be matched by optional pre-mount kits for precise, secure new-construction/renovation projects. The three new in-wall (rectangular) models also feature “back-box” options for sound isolation and building code compliance.
B&W’s ten Custom Installation Series additions lead with the impressive CWM LCR 7, a very wide-range, four-driver 3-way design that nevertheless measures just 23.6 x 5.9 x 3.8 inches (cutout x mounting-depth), ideal for main-channels use in sophisticated, custom-designed multichannel home-theater or audio systems. Also debuting is the CWM 6260, a rectangular 2-way of 11.1 x 7.3 x 3.7 inches (cutout x mounting-depth) that offers an impressive combination of value and genuine B&W-level performance; the generally similar CWM 6160 (without tweeter level control) approaches the same quality from an even more accessible price.
Seven new circular, ceiling-mount speakers are highlighted by the unique, dual-channel CCM 746S. Fitting within a 8.1-inch cutout diameter, this speaker accepts a two-channel signal-input, and employs dual mid/high-frequency drivers and a unique 2-way configuration to develop convincing, accurate stereo reproduction from a single, in-ceiling speaker location; the slightly less expensive CCM 646S is generally similar, but has a glass fiber bass cone instead of the Kevlar cone found in the 746S. Five more 2-way round ceiling speakers in 6.5 inch and 8 inch woofer configurations provide maximum installation versatility and sound quality when used in pairs where stereo reproduction is required, are also being introduced.
The new B&W Custom Installation Series models will be available September 2005, at the following manufacturer’s suggested prices:
Model Type Inches; cutout x depth M.S.R.P.
CWM LCR 7 Main-channels 3-way 23.6×5.9×3.8 $500 (ea.)
CWM 6260 Rectangular 2-way 11.1×7.3×3.7 $200 (ea.)
CWM 6160 Rectangular 2-way 11.1×7.3×3.5 $150 (ea.)
CCM 746S 2-way dual-channel ceiling 10×4.3 $350 (ea.)
CCM 646S 2-way dual-channel ceiling 8.1×4.1 $250 (ea.)
CCM 628 2-way in-ceiling 10×4.3 $225 (ea.)
CCM 636 2-way in-ceiling 8.1×4.1 $175 (ea.)
CCM 618 2-way in-ceiling 10×4.3 $150 (ea.)
CCM 626 2-way in-ceiling 8.1×4.1 $125 (ea.)
CCM 616 2-way in-ceiling 8.1×4.1 $100 (ea.)
Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) is Britain’s leading exporter of loudspeakers, and is also the number-one imported brand in North America. Since 1966, B&W’s “Quest for Perfection” has resulted in a succession of technical loudspeaker innovations that have satisfied the world’s most demanding listeners. B&W’s rave reviews and universal acceptance as the monitor for classical music recordings have helped B&W become the dominant premium loudspeaker company throughout the world.