Bowers & Wilkins has begun shipping a new entry-level series of custom-install speakers as part of what it called the latest step in revamping its entire custom-install lineup.
The new entry-level CI 300 series, which replaces a similarly priced series, consists of three models, all with round and square grille options and narrow-bezel design. The introduction follows the launch more than a year ago of the CI 600 series, also with narrow bezels and round and square grille options, and the top-end CI700 series, which is designed for maximum performance.
The new series consists of the $300/pair in-ceiling CCM362 with a 6-inch polypropylene cone bass/midrange and 1-inch soft-dome tweeter, the $400/pair in-ceiling CCM382 with the same tweeter but with an 8-inch bass/midrange driver for deeper bass and higher sensitivity, and the $400/pair CWM362 two-way, in-wall speaker. It uses the same driver set as the in-ceiling CCM362.
All three feature high moisture resistance for use in bathrooms and indoor pool areas, and they offer a shallow mounting depth. The in-ceiling CCM362 is 3.2 inches deep, and the in-wall CWM362 is 3 inches deep to fit in 3-inch stud bays with a minimum of half-inch sheetrock.
All three models also share the same cutout sizes, so they can use the same PMKs and back boxes. To simplify installation, they feature swing-out dogs and spring clip wire terminals.
Sales and marketing VP Doug Henderson said the series combines high-value with high performance and are "entry-level in price only."
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