When you’re dealing with speakers this big and heavy, a simple courier drop-off isn’t quite possible!
So the delivery of the Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond speakers began with a false start: space had been cleared both for the 803 D3s and their massive boxes, and then – slightly anti-climactically – the hapless courier rocked up yesterday with a pair of the little 805 D3s instead. Well, I had queried the tracking data saying the speakers were in two packages of 15kg each…
Anyway, today the Daleks have landed – not in air force blue, but gloss black – and it was never going to be a simple drop-off. After the courier arrived to take the 805 D3s back, a large truck arrived, and ‘Got a pallet for you’.
I’d been expecting it, having seen the 803 D3s being packed at the factory the other week, but the reality proved even more daunting: a double-layer pallet, with a pair of tall boxes strapped in place, each containing 65.5kg of speaker wrapped in almost 20kg of packaging.
With some effort, I released them from the pallet, fortunately parked right by the front door, and – with bits pinging off the strapping left right and centre – dragged the two massive boxes one by one into the house.
And there they sit, waiting for me to summon the energy to unbox them and start listening.
Fortunately that’s (hopefully) going to be the easy bit, thanks to the castors built into the plinths and that clever box: it disassembles to leave the speakers sitting on a platform with a slot-in ramp, down which the speakers trundle onto the floor before being positioned.
I’m already excited to see and hear them in place, which is going to be a job for the weekend – I have a month to review them, and I’m looking forward to it.
I’ll keep you posted – meanwhile, here’s some background on the technology of the 800 Series Diamond…
Written by Andrew Everard