Acclaimed U.K. loudspeaker maker Bowers & Wilkins—known for building monitoring systems in world-famous Abbey Road studios, among other places—has taken another step into the home theater market with its CM7 line of three-way floor-standing speakers.
“The objective of the new CM Series loudspeakers is to deliver a range of models that provide improved music and movie performance, while preserving the simple form factor of the previous CM Series,” said B&W executive VP Chris Browder in a statement. “The cabinets are constructed of heavy-duty, 3/4-inch thick MDF baffles and utilize top grade, real wood veneers.” Combined with the company’s CM1 bookshelf and CMC center channel speakers, the CM line offers a wide range of options for home theater and a wide variety of other applications.
The CM7s offer a true three-way design, with a 25mm Nautilus tube-loaded aluminum dome tweeter, a 130mm Kevlar cone FST mid-range driver, and a 165mm Paper/Kevlar bass drivers. The CM7s feature ear-tuned first and second-level crossover circuitry (350Hz and 4kHz), offering excellent bass response while retaining musical detail in midrange and high frequencies. The CM7 floor-mounted cabinets are traditionally constructed at B&W’s Denmark facility, and veneered in maple, rosenut, or wenge, with removable grilles in either black or dark grey cloth.
The CM7’s should be available this month for (take a deep breath) roughly $1,800 a pair.