Bowers & Wilkins release first Bluetooth Speaker - T7
Micro Matrix tech trickles down from reference 800 Series
Just about anyone who is anyone in the audio world now has a wireless speaker among its product ranges.
The T7 is Bowers & Wilkins first Bluetooth speaker and, despite the ‘lifestyle’ tag, they promise this product is all about the sound.
The compact speaker features the first commercially available application of Bowers & Wilkins Micro Matrix technology. Derived from the Matrix internal bracing used in the reference 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers found in Abbey Road Studios, and developed as part of Bowers & Wilkins next-generation automotive audio concepts, the Micro Matrix honeycomb structure provides substantial cabinet stiffening and a solid platform for the T7’s drive units.
Honeycomb structure isn’t just for show
The T7 also uses two (patent-pending) force-cancelling high-output bass radiators to extend low frequencies. The T7’s two highly optimised 50mm drive units are the result of a very long evaluation process by Bowers & Wilkins acoustic engineers and the use of aptX Bluetooth ensures high-quality streaming from PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Naturally, the T7 is the most portable standalone speaker Bowers & Wilkins has ever produced. The size of a hardback book, it’s designed to be picked up and carried with you; and T7’s rechargeable battery gives you the freedom to take it with you wherever you go, for up to 18 hours at ‘normal’ listening levels.
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. And two filter-less class D amplifiers deliver smooth and open high frequencies, intelligible midrange frequencies and tight bass.
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.
The T7 is available from October 2014, priced £299.99
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