Bowers & Wilkins CM10 speakers float the tweeter for extra bass space

Jul 10, 2013
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If you take your music seriously, and won't make do with an iPhone speaker-dock, then Bowers and Wilkins has made the new CM10 for you. The freshly-released flagship speakers perch a tweeter on top of a full-height floor standing unit - a flourish borrowed from B&W's hyper-expensive Reference 800 Series - with four drivers in the main body including a third bass driver.

That's accommodated thanks to shifting the tweeter to its new position, meaning the CM10 should be louder than the previous flagship B&W CM9. However, the company has also used a new "double dome" design for the tweeter itself, which - so it's claimed - will reduce distortion at higher frequencies.

By separating it from the other drivers, it also has room "for a more natural, spacious sound" B&W says, and while usually we'd be dubious, the company's long track recording in keeping audiophiles happy does encourage benefit of the doubt.

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On the back, there are two linked pairs of terminals. That allows the CM10 to be used in conventional setups, with one set connected to your amplifier, or as a bi-wire connection to make the most of that extended bottom end B&W promises.

The Bowers & Wilkins CM10 will go on sale in August, priced at around £2,999 ($4,462) for a set of two. They'll be available in gloss black, wenge, rosewood, or satin white.


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