Britain’s B&W Loudspeakers’ celebrated its 35th anniversary. In honor of the event, the company has debuted an upgraded product line. B&W has unveiled the Signature 800, the “kingpin” of the Signature Series, an upgrade of the original Nautilus 801 flagship model. The company also introduced the upgraded Signature HTM and Signature SCM center and surround-channel models, including improved components and elements.
In place of the original’ Nautilus 801’s single 15-inch bass driver, the Signature 800 employs twin 10-twin units-but each one is driven by the identical “motor” structure from the earlier design’s single woofer. According to the company, this doubling of drive capacity, with the same effective piston-area, yields improved bass dynamics. “Somewhere up there, [company founder] John Bowers is smiling,” said executive VP, Chris Browder, “Because the Signature 800 is far from just a change in form-factor or a cosmetic upgrade, or the most lavishly formed and finished speaker ever: It incorporates everything we’ve learned, over more than a third of a centure, about superior acoustic design.”
The Signature 800, Signature HTM and Signature SCM are now shipping.