Bowers & Wilkins

Have you ever been annoyed by the sizzling noise of that mundane gigantic speaker at a typical retro concert hall? Do you appreciate the clarity of a person’s voice? Does appreciating a song concerns not only by the lyrics but how well the veteran artist pulls it? In awful clarity, have you ever pondered to yourself: since visual is constructed by my eyes and sound is found by my ears then why don’t I replicate the whole audio visual system in my living solitude?

Why don’t I simulate and re-construct an instrument, like Hugo and Isabella did with his automaton his father gave, so I could experience like the journalist in a live telecast from the News off far, I could be “there” simply by purchasing the DVD or Blue-ray disc at my local media store.

If you relate to me with positive thoughts till now, and thinking of constructing an emulator of such, you are lucky because there are existing passionate intellectuals and engineers who have came together to a company called Bowers and Wilkins, founded by John Bowers and Roy Wilkins. I will not delve deep into their history as that’s not why I’m writing this, unless their legacy makes them seem omnipotent to you please do @ B&W ‘s History (open new tab). I admit, I have never owned a system as exquisite and immortally accurate-sounding as a B&W but since I’m young and turning 17 my ears are still golden. I first listened to a quality stereo system in my dad’s study room. It was really loud. The guitar strums were majestic and Don Henley’s voice from The Eagles felt old but powerful and regal. The thumb of the bass can be felt right up my heart and I was lost in it. It’s crazy, I could literally forget I had hands, and for that moment I was thrown into one of the greatest moment in my life.

Then, what causes such an innocent cog to sound so great? For one, you will pay a high price for it, tweaking your impression of that machine and another, it’s the wholly genuinely useful technology the geniuses came out with. Unlike Philips, Sony, Yamaha or even Nakamichi, these designers know the system and its theories inside out.

For the reproduction of such accurate sounds, the diaphragm has to react in high frequency -sensitivity in hertz is the unit of measurement at a certain db(decibel). The more sensitive it is, the better but weight matters as well, the push(like the sound of an extremely low sounding jazz drum) can’t be felt if it’s light -therefore some audiophiles think heavier speakers are better, they are not entirely correct. The diaphragm has to be strong and sturdy too because it has to react as a whole, or barely sounding resonance(to most) will amplify in it’s cabinet causing unwanted noise at the back of the speaker. These characteristic are what makes them better than others. There are also the technologies to ensure honest transmission of signals from the disc receiver to the speaker too!

Granted, the epitome of the perfect system causing transgression to all technologies in the system, it will be the disc that determines the sound quality. Audiophiles go by this analogy due to their never dying egos. Not implying that it’s bad cause, I’m guilty of it too, I prefer to treat it as an ability of mine -to push faults away. Ola!

Here are the technology B&W has so proudly patent:

  • Carbon-Braced tweeter
  • Anti-Resonance plug
  • NautilusTM Cabinet
  • Quad-Tweeter Motor System
  • Twitter On Top(Technology)
  • Decoupling
  • and lots lots more…


Author: Kai Chong

A student, and an Entrepreneur. Kai loves exploring the Internet, trying out micro startups of his own and receiving American media. He hails from Singapore, and is an agnostic. He loves to interact over devices and dislikes waiting for responses for too long.

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