Tag Archives: loudspeakers

Bowers & Wilkins 803 D3: the Daleks have landed!

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 […]

New Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamonds in air force blue – and why you can’t buy them

Spotted during a tour of the Bowers & Wilkins factory the other day, a rather unique pair of the company’s new 800 Series Diamond speakers Had a fascinating tour of the Bowers & Wilkins factory this week, as part of the launch event for the new 800 Series Diamond speakers: in preparation for the range, […]

Two-channel audio alive and well in Japan’s megastores

So hi-fi as we know it is on its last legs, is it? The huge selection on sale in a couple of Japan’s consumer electronics superstores suggests otherwise… Some will have you believe that hi-fi as we know it is on its way out, replaced by small speakers, Bluetooth whatnots and streaming services, but having […]

Linn gets sourcey with its Exakt Akudorik speaker stands, and Nautilus in its expansion plans

Latest Exakt Akudorik speakers load processing engine and amps into their stands, while third-party speaker program kicks off with a word in B&W’s shell-like Things we clearly all got wrong when Linn first announced its Exakt system about this time last year: one was that it was only ever going to be available at flagship […]

Technics is back – and here’s the inside story

I’ve been following the development of the products chosen by Panasonic to revive one of the best-known names in audio – and they’re nothing if not ambitious Technics is back. Speaking at IFA in Berlin today, Michiko Ogawa – former Technics engineer, celebrated jazz pianist and the leader of the Panasonic project to revive the […]

Bowers and Wilkins 684 S2

REVIEW: Bowers & Wilkins 684 S2 loudspeakers

The price is right, and the sound is bang on the money, too: the smaller floorstanders in B&W’s latest 600 line-up are a serious bargain OK, so before we start, a small declaration of interest: the product manager at Bowers & Wilkins, Andy Kerr, is a fellow What Hi-Fi? exile who’s fallen on his feet […]

REVIEW: Focal CMS 50 active speakers

The latest arrivals on my desktop are the most convincing nearfield monitors I’ve heard … And so the saga of the desktop audio system continues: it’s amazing how, freed from the need to keep it quiet or compete with other systems in an office, I’m finding myself listening to more music while I work than […]