Bowers & Wilkins launches Panorama 2 Soundbar

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New drivers, bigger sound and better connectivity

Bowers and Wilkins says their Panorama 2 soundbar offers a dramatically improved acoustic performance over the original Panorama. It’s to feature HDMI connectivity (we should think so too!), a new proximity-sensing control panel and an enhanced user interface.

Panorama 2 is apparently the result of intensive research by Bowers & Wilkins engineering team at its UK Research and Development division in Steyning, West Sussex and includes technologies originally developed for high-end speakers such as the 800 Series Diamond.



The Panorama 2 will also feature completely new Bowers & Wilkins engineered drive units, which, they say, are responsible for the enhanced acoustic performance. The new low frequency drivers have improved linearity for greater dynamic performance and lower resonance for deeper extension. The midrange drive units have wider dispersion characteristics, which helps to improve the virtual surround performance. The tweeter has been improved, too, for smoother integration with the midrange. Of the nine drive units housed within Panorama 2’s casework, five are utilised in the active centre speaker: two bass woofers, two midrange drivers and an aluminium dome tweeter featuring Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus tube-loaded technology.
The other four drive units provide the rest of the sound, and each one is located within its own enclosure. All the drive units are powered by six class D amplifiers, providing a combined power output of 175Watts.

Panorama 2 also has improved connection options, with three HDMI inputs and single HDMI output. When Panorama 2 is operating the display is completely black, but when the user’s hand gets close, it slowly illuminates, allowing the user to control Panorama 2 directly. Panorama 2 is set up and configured through the OSD, and the menu system is designed to be so simple it can be used straight out of the box, without having to read the manual. Do they include manuals in boxes, who knew?

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2 is available November priced £1,650
 

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