B&W Unveils XT Line Flagship

According to a press release, renowned British hi-fi manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins is unveiling the new flagship of its XT line of loudspeakers. From the outside, the XT 8, which replaces the XT 4, looks to be identical to its predecessor, but on the inside, B&W refined the design, namely in the midrange, to improve sonic performance.

The release continues by saying that B&W refined the XT 8’s midrange driver by incorporating its FST (fixed-suspension transducer) technology to deliver improved accuracy. A realigned crossover network was employed to take into account the improved performance.

The release says that the XT 8 retains the Nautilus tweeter of the XT 4. This design features a metal-dome driver loaded into a tapered-tube enclosure and mounted on top of the speaker cabinet. The Nautilus design eliminates back-side internal resonances and its “top-pod” location helps prevent acoustic diffraction.

The XT 8 also retains the XT 4’s twin 5-inch paper/Kevlar composite woofers. The press release claims that the woofers are able to extend bass response to 34Hz—quite an achievement given the speaker’s slim design. The speakers are available in satin brushed aluminum or gloss black.

Pricing: $3,500/pair

For more information, visit www.bowers-wilkins.com

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