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At last, a new high-performance custom installation series featuring core B&W, Bowers & Wilkins technologies. Utilising Carbon Braced Tweeters, FST(tm) midrange technology and audiophile-grade crossover components. Two in-wall models and one in-ceiling model provide discreet flexibility for people who demand great sound with minimal visual impact.

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This flagship custom installation series sets a new standard for installation loudspeaker performance. Delivering audiophile quality to people who demand high-resolution audio, but don’t want to see any loudspeakers.

CI 800 is the result of an extensive project by Bowers & Wilkins engineers at the renowned Steyning research facility in West Sussex. Their considerable challenge was to deliver the exemplary quality levels associated with the reference quality 800 Series Diamond — the speaker of choice of major recording facilities such as London’s Abbey Road Studios — in loudspeakers designed to fit into walls and ceilings.

The CI 800 range comprises three speakers, with one in-ceiling and two in-wall models. All speakers in the range feature core Bowers & Wilkins technologies, many of which appear in an installation loudspeaker for the first time.

Foremost among these technologies is the introduction of the Bowers & Wilkins Carbon Braced Tweeter. Previously only found on the high-performance PM1 loudspeaker, the Carbon Braced Tweeter takes the already high performance of Bowers & Wilkins aluminium domes to a whole new level. It uses a ring of ultra-thin wound carbon fibre to brace the tweeter dome, and as a result raise the break up of the aluminium dome to around 40KHz, which has a dramatic effect on the audible frequencies below 20kHz. We are confident it’s the sweetest sounding tweeter yet heard in any custom installation loudspeaker.

In addition, the tweeters in all CI 800 models are Nautilus(tm) Tube Loaded designs, and are fully de-coupled from the rest of the speaker assembly, as in the 800 Series Diamond. This ensures that any vibrations from the LF units do not create unwanted colouration to the tweeter performance. Again, this adds to the audiophile performance of this remarkable custom installation range.

The midrange drivers are made from Kevlar®, dyed a discreet blue rather than Bowers & Wilkins traditional yellow, and use the Anti-Resonance Plug from PM1. The result is pristine midrange performance, with natural sound reproduction, just the way the artist intended you to hear it.

The dedicated bass units use carbon-reinforced Rohacell® cones, as found on the 800 Series Diamond, while Bowers & Wilkins Flowport(tm) technology dramatically reduces unwanted ‘chuffing’ effects at the low end.

The crossovers used in all CI 800 models are also of audiophile quality. They are as close to first order as possible, and share components with the 800 Series Diamond for high-performance sound every time.

Finally, one of the biggest challenges facing Bowers & Wilkins engineers in translating the high-performance of the 800 Series Diamond to the CI 800 range was ensuring a consistency of acoustic volume. In the case of in-wall models, this has to fit into relatively thin wall construction, in order not to eat up valuable cavity space. So a great deal of time has been spent optimizing materials to get the stiffest possible structure, and listening to the results. The back boxes are also fully Matrix(tm) braced, for extra rigidity and improved performance.

The CWM8.3 is a three-way, in-wall loudspeaker, conceived to offer the highest possible performance for a customer requiring great sound, without seeing the source. It features a Carbon Braced Tweeter, a 5in Kevlar® FST(tm) drive unit and two 7in carbon fibre reinforced Rohacell® low frequency drivers. The central baffle is rotatable, so the CWM8.3 can be used in either vertical or horizontal alignment.


The CWM-8.3 will be available in December 2012.

The second in-wall model in the new CI 800 range is the CWM8.5. This two-way loudspeaker features a Carbon Braced Tweeter and a single 7inch bass/mid Kevlar® driver, with anti-resonance plug. It also features a single Flowport(tm).

The CI 800 Series features a single in-celling model, the CCM8.5. This two-way model features a 7in bass/mid driver, again in blue Kevlar®. The 1in Carbon Braced Tweeter features an innovative ‘wing’ design which allows for the time alignment required to produce the best possible performance from an in-ceiling speaker. All the drive units are located in a continuously rotatable mini baffle, which allows for the custom installation version of ‘toeing in’ the loudspeaker. Again, this helps the audiophile-level performance of the loudspeaker.

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The launch of CI 800 completes Bowers & Wilkins highly impressive portfolio of custom installation loudspeakers, with the CI 300, CI 600, CI 700 and dedicated in-wall subwoofers all having been developed over the past few years by the same engineers responsible for Bowers & Wilkins most respected loudspeakers.


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About Paradigm Integration

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