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Renowned hi-fi journalist Jason Kennedy recently visited the Bowers & Wilkins Worthing factory for a feature in The Audio Beat, and we’re very happy to say he came away seriously impressed.

Here are a few exerts;

“My tour of the factory started in the warehouse, where 52.5′-high racking is managed by chaps who have to train in abseiling as well as fork-lift driving,” wrote Kennedy. “By British-audio-industry standards, this is a big storage space.”

It wasn’t just the physical scale of Bowers & Wilkins’ stockroom that got the Kennedy thumbs up. The grueling testing products get and the hours of polishing required to create the 800 Series Diamond piano black gloss were singled out for comment too. Kennedy was also struck by the fragility of the 800 Diamond tweeter domes: “I’ve been doubly cautious when going near the 802 Diamonds I use as a reference ever since.”

He concludes: “Bowers & Wilkins goes to extreme lengths to ensure quality and consistency in its products… The people on the factory floor are clearly dedicated to producing top-notch speakers, and the fact that they contribute key parts to the more affordable ranges built in the Far East indicates that ‘Made in Great Britain’ still has something to offer in these challenging times.”

Click here to read the full Audio Beat article.

Here is another East Bay office choosing Paradigm Integration to supply a very unique and nearly invisible solution to inter office music.

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As you can see, this is a very open office. Lots of glass….that we made sing!!

Using Solid Drive as the center of the design, the system uses the glass as speakers!

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Pictured here, a Solid Drive Transducer attached to one of the glass panels.

Now that we have a room full of speakers, we need a powerful source…..SONOS!!!

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We added the Sonos! This small box, hidden away in the office gives a host of digital streaming sources to the group here in this office…

The office ROCKS and you can’t really see a thing!

 

 

Atherton California Outdoor Sound

Here is a nice little job to provide some outdoor music via Sonance weather proof speakers.

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Brian Kahn of hometheaterreview.com has offered up a GREAT review of the stunning B&W DB-1 subwoofer.  Some of the highlights:

“Listening to “Le temps pass e” from Michel Jonasz’s album La fabuleuse histoire de Mister Swing (CD, EMI), I immediately noted how well the drums locked into and pressurized the room. The notes were solid and locked in, with a dimensional presence and depth that were missing before I switched the subwoofer into the system.”

“Moving to a more familiar piece with dynamic bass, I listened to Paula Cole’s ‘Tiger’ off her album This Fire (CD, Warner Brothers). Those of you familiar with the piece know the dynamic drums and deep bass lines that can test a system’s low-end response and detail. The impact of the initial drums was dynamic and visceral, with no compression even at high volumes. In addition to hitting hard, the DB-1 reproduced the detail in the bass lines as well as any other subwoofer I have had in my system. This impression remained consistent with the detailed bass lines in Holly Cole’s ‘Train Song’ off of It Happened One Night (CD, Blue Note Records). Whether the volume was low or on the higher end, the DB-1 added depth and impact to the system. While I expected this at the higher volumes, I was pleasantly surprised by the resolution and detail the subwoofer added, even at lower volumes.”

” The DB-1 also performed well with modern bass-heavy tracks, such as ‘Super Bass’ by Nicki Minaj of off her album Pink Friday (CD, Cash Money Records) and the Black Eyed Peas’ ‘Imma B'” from The E.N.D. (CD, Interscope). This disillusioned me of the DB-1 being overly polite; it hit as hard and tight as any other single subwoofer I have had in my system. The quick bass of the synthesizers used on these albums may not be natural, but it can be good for checking out the speed at which a subwoofer can respond to the signal. The DB-1 did not have problem with either the leading edges of the quick notes of the synthesizer, or playing the low-driving bass beats with conviction.
As the DB-1 had no problems with any of the two-channel music I threw its way, I switched over to multi-channel music using the second preset on the subwoofer. I began with High Altitude Drums SACD from Ray Kimber’s IsoMike label. This album features two different bands with, no surprise, lots of drums. Bowers & Wilkins’ 800Ds were utilized in mastering this album. The track ‘Square Push’ has very dynamic drums with good pitch, definition and space. The spacing and notes of the different drums were readily discernible and well-balanced. The bass remained well-balanced, despite the changes in notes or locations of the drums. The ‘Amazing Grace’ from this disc was drum-filled and dynamic. Despite the multitude of drums, the DB-1 remained detailed and musical.”

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The B&W, Bowers & Wilkins DB-1 subwoofer $4,500.00

Conclusion

“It would be hard to imagine this subwoofer not impressing just about any listener. The combination of room equalization and number of setup options should allow the DB-1 to be to be integrated into nearly any system with ease. This, coupled with its great sound quality, should please almost every user. True, it is not cheap and there is some heady competition at this price range, but the sound quality and aesthetics are hard to dispute. The only listener who might not be impressed is one who is seeking quantity first. For that listener, there are other subwoofers on the market that can hit harder, but I doubt one could find a subwoofer that hits harder that is just as musical as the DB-1 in this price range.”

“The DB-1 is an exceeding clean and musical subwoofer that not only can play low with great power and precision but, just as importantly, can play cleanly into the higher frequency ranges, allowing a clean transition to smaller main speakers. One of the greatest challenges in getting a subwoofer integrated into a music system is the transition between the main speakers and the subwoofer, especially if the main speakers have limited low-end extension. The DB-1’s clean reproduction capabilities, coupled with its setup options, should allow for a clean and musical transition. The only thing that would make this transition even easier would be a high-pass crossover for those main speakers that cannot handle low frequencies without distortion or clipping”.

“The DB-1s musicality provided a good start to its LFE duties with movies. A musical subwoofer can also reproduce the various low-frequency notes associated with blasts, crashes, etc., without them turning into a jumbled mess. Indeed, the DB-1 handled these tasks with ease. The dual 12-inch woofers and 1,000-watt amplifier also provided plenty of punch for visceral, chair-shaking bass. Despite high listening volumes, the DB-1 never lost its composure, remaining detailed and dynamic throughout my listening sessions.
To sum it up, the DB-1 is among the elite subwoofers. Its small size makes it unusual within this group and opens up more placement options than the majority of its competitors can offer.”

Click here to read the complete review.

Danny Phillips of Trusted Reviews tested out the Cinema 100 CT 5.1 system and gave it a score of 9/10 and the lovely, “Trusted Reviews Recommended” stamp of approval – what an honor that is! Here are some highlights from the review.

Gloriously Good Looking
“These are gloriously good looking speakers, giving off a palpable sense of quality both visually and to the touch. The cabinets, fashioned from mineral-filled polymer and coated in a sexy gloss black finish, have a satisfying robustness about them – confirmed by the dull, solid thud that comes back when you tap one as opposed to the hollow thonk that some speakers reply with. What’s more they’re fairly hefty, which is always a positive sign.”

“The subwoofer is styled with an equal sense of panache. A black cloth grille is wrapped around the front, top and bottom of this cute cube, while the sides are lustrous gloss black panels, giving the Cinema Sub a level of cosmetic class that few subs can match.”

Mesmerizing Performance
“In action this all translates into a mesmerizing performance. We’ve been blown away by several compact speaker systems of late, but this one really takes the biscuit. It’s a step up from most compact systems in terms of clarity, subtlety and composure, resulting in a sound that’s exhilarating, immersive and not lacking in large-scale ambition.”

“The sound is clean and free from nasty clipping and harshness, even at neighbour-bothering volumes. Its beautiful high-frequency reproduction brings a wonderfully airy and spacious feel to the sound, while midrange reproduction is superb, allowing voices to burst forth with warmth and richness.”

“The fronts and centre are a combined tour de force at the front, blending seamlessly with each other and crossing over to the sub in the smoothest, most harmonious way possible… The most remarkable aspect of the Cinema 100 CT’s performance is how it sounds much bigger than it is. They move the air with a level of gusto that you’d normally associate with floorstanding designs, making raucous action scenes sound immense.”

“But what sets this system apart from its rivals most is the sheer brilliance of the subwoofer. Tight and thunderous, its potency defies its modest dimensions. Yet it’s about more than mere muscle. There’s a sensitivity and agility about its contribution that impressed us greatly, gently reinforcing everything from the score to deep-voiced dialogue. But when called for it’ll thump right through your chest.”

The Verdict
“The Paradigm Cinema 100 CT is an outstanding speaker system. It boasts luxurious build quality and performance that’s a cut above your average compact package… Most impressive is how it makes you believe you’re listening to much bigger speakers, offering presence and authority beyond the norm – the mark of a truly triumphant compact system.”

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Click here to read the complete review.

 

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