Bowers & Wilkins introduced their first portable, wireless speaker called the T7, which boasts two (patent-pending) force-canceling high-output bass radiators to extend low frequencies and two highly optimized 2 inch (50mm) drive units. Plus, the use of aptX Bluetooth ensures high-definition detail isn’t lost in wireless transmission when you stream audio directly from any Bluetooth-enabled PC, tablet or mobile phone. Finally, the T7 uses micro matrix honeycomb internal bracing, which provides substantial cabinet stiffening.
The T7 is designed to be simple, keeping buttons and feedback to a minimum, while still supporting the essential use of the product. Unobtrusive controls are supported by a unique collection of audio cues developed in collaboration with Mira Calix, an international composer, artist, and performer who works with sound across a range of formats.
T7 is the most portable standalone speaker Bowers & Wilkins has ever produced. The size of a hardcover book, it’s designed to be picked up and carried with you. T7’s rechargeable battery grants you the freedom to take it with you wherever you go, for up to 18 hours at normal listening levels.
The company says even though the T7 is compact, it’s reassuringly solid, with the heavy-duty stability you would expect of a high-quality speaker. The rubber surround adds protection and tactile quality, adding to the speaker’s distinctive, elegant design.
- Micro Matrix – The distinctive honeycomb structure surrounding T7 isn’t just for show. Micro Matrix braces the speaker, reducing cabinet resonance for a cleaner, more precise sound.
- Drivers – T7 uses two highly optimized 2 inch (50mm) drivers to ensure the highest quality of sound from the small enclosure. The driver diaphragm is made from glass fiber, the same material used in Bowers & Wilkins award-winning Wireless Music Systems.
- High-output bass radiator – T7 also uses two (patent-pending) force-canceling high-output bass radiators designed to provide impressive bass, even at top volume, without adding resonance or rattle. The result is cleaner, more powerful bass, from a smaller box.
- Electronics – High-performance digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) ensure audio is as faithful as possible to the source material. Digital signal processing ensures sound is controlled, whatever you’re listening to and no matter how loud. Two filterless class D amplifiers deliver smooth and open high frequencies, intelligible midrange frequencies and tight bass.
- Bluetooth with aptX – Bluetooth wireless streaming is built into nearly every modern portable device – laptops, smartphones and tablets. And, with aptX, the Bluetooth listening experience is improved significantly by improving the transfer of data without affecting audio quality or introducing latency issues.
- User interface A simple-to-use, intuitive user interface is supported by a pallet of unique audio cues developed in conjunction with composer, artist and performer Mira Calix.
- Play anywhere – A heavy-duty Lithium Ion rechargeable battery means you can forget about plugs and power sockets. T7 will go anywhere and everywhere.
To support the global launch of the T7, Bowers & Wilkins will initiate a year long Instagram campaign designed to celebrate the T7 experience through new owners who submit videos and images of how and where they use their new T7. Using #T7takesme individuals who best capture their experience will be awarded each month.
Price and Availability
The Bowers & Wilkins T7 will be available October 2014, priced at $349.99.